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ASU launches new nonprofit certificate program

October 10, 2007

ASU’s Center for Nonprofit Management & Leadership (CNLM) has launched a new program offering, bringing its Nonprofit Management Institute (NMI) on site to a group of 26 management staff at A New Leaf, a comprehensive human service agency.

When the volunteer Board of Directors and senior management at A New Leaf chose to invest in the professional growth and education of their leaders, ASU CNLM met that need with its NMI certificate program; a program tailored to the needs of individuals working in the nonprofit sector. This onsite offering is unique to the arena of professional development, as it brings the program to the agency, thereby providing an entire nonprofit organization with the training it needs and desires.

“This is a dream that has finally come to fruition,” said Michael T. Hughes, CEO of A New Leaf.

The 13 class program includes all the coursework required to complete the professional NMI certificate, including Human Resource Management, Leadership and Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector, and Diversity Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations.

"Effective organizations invest resources in staff development and training because they realize their nonprofit is only as effective as the human resources deployed to realize the promise of their programs,” said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, professor of nonprofit studies and director of ASU's CNLM. “We salute leaders of A New Leaf for realizing how important having the latest nonprofit knowledge and tools are in order to meet their vital mission."

A New Leaf is a comprehensive human service agency that was established in 1971, and has a mission of “Helping Families…Changing Lives.” A New Leaf serves over 20,000 individuals each year through its domestic violence and homeless shelters and youth and community programs throughout the Phoenix metro area.

The mission of ASU CNLM is to help build the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage, and support nonprofit organizations. CNLM provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, and volunteers by offering research, technical assistance, workshops, conferences, classes, and capacity building programs. For more information, visit: