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Alabama Power Foundation supports UAB program for nonprofit leaders

The Alabama Power Foundation and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration are teaming up to promote capacity building and credential attainment in central Alabama’s nonprofit community.

Beginning in fall 2022, the department will offer scholarships to eligible students who pursue a graduate certificate in nonprofit management. The Alabama Power Foundation provided scholarship funding, aiming to remove financial barriers for current and future nonprofit leaders who want to build competencies vital to their organizations.

UAB’s graduate certificate in nonprofit management is the only one of its kind in Alabama. Classes taken in the program can be used toward further graduate work. Through the program, students can take an array of courses on topics ranging from data management to grant writing. Many notable nonprofit leaders have taken courses in the program and gone on to earn their Master of Public Administration. Among them are Katrina Watson, executive director of the Literacy Council of Central Alabama.

“We are very happy to be collaborating with the Alabama Power Foundation,” said Rob Blanton, chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. “We are excited about the ways in which we can further develop the considerable talent in this sector and provide a foundation for increased collaboration among these organizations.”

The new partnership, also known as the UAB Nonprofit Certificate Management Scholars Program, will strive to nurture a cohort model with scholarship recipients. Through these connections, the Alabama Power Foundation and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration aim to prompt new strategic alliances and partnerships across the nonprofit community.

“We’re excited to support this unique initiative that will open the door for more nonprofit leaders in Alabama to attain and share valuable information,” said Hallie Bradley, manager of Strategic Initiatives for the Alabama Power Foundation. “The knowledge and training they gain through this program can help these leaders become even more effective in serving their clients.”

To learn more about the graduate certificate in nonprofit management, visit the department’s website. For more information about scholarship opportunities, click here. To learn more about the Alabama Power Foundation, visit powerofgood.com.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)

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