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HFL Brings IU Nonprofit Leadership Academy to La Porte

May 2, 2018 | Grants

Twenty-three local nonprofit leaders are participating in the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte’s (HFL) IU Nonprofit Leadership Academy funded through their Capacity Building Grants.

HFL has partnered with Indiana University Executive Education at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs to bring professors and seasoned practitioners to La Porte to teach in the Academy. Participants will earn a certificate of completion from Indiana University after attending and participating in all classes.

“Indiana University Executive Education is grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte by offering the Nonprofit Leadership Academy to the La Porte community. Executive Education’s mission is to develop leaders in public service for the state of Indiana.  Being able to provide educational support for the critical work being done by nonprofit leaders of La Porte County not only supports the mission of HFL, but ours, as well.  We see this as a collaborative win-win between Indiana University and the Foundation by building leadership capacity in the community,” said Sara Johnson, Director of Indiana University Executive Education at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

The Academy consists of ten full day classes that cover Nonprofit Management in the 21st Century, Strategic and Operational Planning, Financial Management, Marketing and Communication, Planning for Fundraising Success, and Results-Based AccountabilityTM. These competency courses will cover areas of expertise vital for non-profit leadership and will be led by experienced practitioners to facilitate effective application learning methods.

HFL has identified capacity building as a funding priority to help organizations develop and strengthen the skills, abilities, and resources that are needed to make an even more impactful change in our community. These grants provide organizations with educational opportunities that they may not have the capacity to pursue on their own.

“Nonprofit organizations exist to serve a need within the community and spend their time providing resources to others,” said Maria Fruth HFL President and CEO. “Capacity building opportunities like this IU Nonprofit Leadership Academy are our way of giving resources back to the organizations who do so much for our community, allowing them to acquire more ‘tools’ to deliver services more effectively and efficiently.”

2018 Class Participants:

Sandy Cogswell – Anam Cara Stables, Lisa Smithson – Arts in the Park, Brandi Lewis – Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City, Jim Musial – Citizens Concerned for the Homeless, Jeanne Ann Cannon – Dunebrook, Karen Biernacki – Family Advocates, Connor Podkul – Friendship Botanic Gardens, Ashleigh Marlow – Frontline Foundations, Jennifer Olson – Healthy Communities of La Porte County, Amber Poff – Indiana Guardianship Services, Michelle Shirk – La Porte County Family YMCA, Nanda Danitschek – La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, Janet Bloch – Lubeznik Center, Diane Wilczewski – Meals on Wheels, Mario Rosa – Minority Health Coalition of La Porte, Cassaundra Hill – Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Larry Smith – The Intrepid Phoenix, Nate Loucks – The Pax Center, Kris Pate – United Way of La Porte County, Deb Varnak – Unity Foundation of La Porte County, Katherine Manion – Women’s Care Center, Sonshine Troche – Worthy Women Recovery Home, Steven Bernth – Youth Service Bureau.