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News VERMONT COLLEGES JOIN FORCES TO OFFER NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE

Marlboro and Woodbury awarded over $80,000 in grants to develop joint program

MARLBORO, VT – (January 31, 2008) –Organizations in the state of Vermont are combining resources to help those who help others by offering a nonprofit management certification course.

Starting in March, 48 students will assemble at either the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro or at Montpelier’s Woodbury College for ten in-person sessions supplemented by an online component.

Each workshop will focus on an aspect of nonprofit operation, including effective leadership, understanding boards, human resources and conflict resolution, financial management, fundraising and marketing, and strategic planning and evaluation.

Over $80,000 in grants have been awarded to Marlboro College and Woodbury College to recruit faculty, develop a curriculum and obtain the necessary materials to create a program that will help leaders of Vermont’s nonprofit organization to better serve the needs of their respective constituencies.

With the nonprofit sector comprising nearly 11 percent of the state’s economic activity and employing over 12 percent of the workforce, Marlboro College president Ellen McCulloch-Lovell says it was only natural that the Marlboro College Graduate Center -- known for providing continuing education for adults in several facets of business management -- would want to be involved.

“The health of Vermont’s nonprofits is vital to the health of the statewide economy. We are grateful for the generous support we’ve received to develop this program and the enthusiasm generated by both the faculty and incoming students,” said McCulloch-Lovell.

Woodbury and Marlboro’s long-standing commitment to adult education make them strong and logical partners in this endeavor. Woodbury’s president, Larry Mandell believes that career-oriented adult colleges like Marlboro and Woodbury are best equipped to work with the leaders of Vermont’s nonprofits.

“Nonprofit organizations play a critical role in Vermont communities. Helping the leaders or future leaders of these organizations strengthen their skills is at the heart of Woodbury College’s mission to help create a healthy, just and democratic society.”

Granting organizations include the Workforce Education and Training Fund (WETF), which is a division of the Vermont Department of Labor, an anonymous donor and the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation, which recently launched a new program to provide funds for nonprofit employee education and professional development.

"TD Banknorth partners with many non-profit organizations across the state of Vermont. It is a highly competitive work environment, with thousands of non-profits competing for limited resources and funding," stated Philip R. Daniels, TD Banknorth President in Vermont. "Participation in this program will help non-profit organizations to strengthen their management skills and, in turn, enhance the services provided to our communities."

The grants have allowed the schools to cap tuition costs for in-state students at just $500. In addition, local chapters of the United Way are helping to further defray the costs. The Green Mountain United Way is offering eight scholarships of $250 for applicants who are members within the counties of Orange, Washington, Essex, Caledonia, and Orleans; while the United Way of Windham County is contributing $100 towards tuition for any of its members, as well as ten $250 scholarships, according to executive director Konstantin von Krusenstiern.

"Helping nonprofits build capacity is central to United Way's mission. This sort of professional training will have a tremendous impact on an organization’s ability to be more effective and efficient in serving the community,” said von Krusenstiern.

After the Vermont Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (VANPO) ceased operations, the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) led a series of meetings to discuss the unmet needs of the nonprofit sector. As a result of these meetings, VCF stepped up its efforts to meet some of the networking and information needs by acting as a clearinghouse for donors and to publicize training efforts, while the need for more training is being filled by the Marlboro-Woodbury program.

“The VCF supports the colleges’ nonprofit management training initiative as a way to strengthen community-based organizations and help them achieve in greater things for Vermont and Vermonters. Woodbury College and Marlboro College are perfect providers,” said VCF president and CEO, Brian Byrnes.

A complete schedule of workshops, course descriptions and faculty information can be found online at gradcenter.marlboro.edu/woodbury or www.woodbury-college.edu.

For information about the Marlboro College Graduate center part of the program, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. For information about Woodbury College, please contact Jessie Lynn at 802-229-0516, x245 or jessiel@woodbury-college.edu.

Celebrating 60 years, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, career-enhancing degree programs to working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro, Vermont. Programs include management of information systems and technologies, healthcare administration, Internet engineering and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability.

Woodbury College offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, as well as Certificate programs. Woodbury offers a challenging and supportive learning environment for students to prepare for fulfilling new careers in the fields of mediation, law, advocacy and conflict management.

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