Students Present at Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Conference

February 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

Spartanburg, S.C. — Ten Nonprofit Leadership Alliance students from the University of South Carolina Upstate presented a poster presentation entitled The Planning and Implementation of a Fundraising Model at the American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI), held January 3-6 in Orlando, Florida.

AHMI is an intensive educational symposium established in 1973.  It provides the capstone experience for nonprofit majors earning Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Certification in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. The interactive format of the Institute exposes the next generation of nonprofit leaders to the realistic experiences of a nonprofit organization. It is a unique opportunity for NLA students to network with nonprofit executives, participate in case studies and a national collegiate dialogue, attend workshops led by experts in nonprofit studies and participate in interviews for nonprofit professional positions. Over 600 students, alumni, faculty, nonprofit executives and volunteers attended this educational symposium in nonprofit studies.

Keynote speakers and presenters for this year’s conference included:  Meg Crofton, president of the Walt Disney World Resort; Matt Dunn, manager of Community Affairs for Google; Kathy Cloninger, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the USA; Ann Cramer, director for IBM Corporate Community Relations and Public Affairs; and Yolanda Londoño, vice president of Global Social Responsibility for Tupperware Brands.

USC Upstate NLA Campus Executive Director John Long accompanied students Roxanne Bradley, Kathy Buckson, Blake Coffey, Brittany Fyall, Angie Huggins, Danielle Jeanty, Jordan Littleton, Jessie Purvis, Jekeithlyn Ross and Kaci Sanders.

Kathy Buckson, a nonprofit administration major, says, “The speakers were motivational and encouraging, and the workshops I attended were educationally rewarding.  The highlight of the institute for me was the case study I selected to attend. I enjoyed the hands-on experience of meeting and discussing with the organization what improvements can be done to improve their mission as well as attract new donors. I left AHMI with a feeling of accomplishment and am looking forward to attending the 2012 Institute in Orlando.”

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders. Founded in 1948, it is affiliated with more than 62 colleges and universities nationwide including USC Upstate, and partners with more than 60 national nonprofit organizations including March of Dimes, YMCA, and Girl Scouts of the USA.

For more information about the Nonprofit Administration degree program at USC Upstate or the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance campus group, contact Assistant Professor John T. Long at