KSU’s Nonprofit Alliance Honored at National Conference

  KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 19, 2016) – Kennesaw State University recently was recognized…

Georgia (Jan 19, 2016)


KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 19, 2016) – Kennesaw State University recently was recognized at a national leadership conference for its students’ commitment to making a difference.

KSU was one of only two universities honored as a Four-Star Campus Program at the 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Management Institute/Conference in Houston, Texas. Arizona State University was the only other Four-Star Program.

Stars are awarded to campuses that increase their number of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance students and their number of Certified Nonprofit Practitioners from the previous year, and complete their annual progress report, according to Dr. Jennifer Wade-Berg, executive director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at Kennesaw State.

Along with the Four-Star Campus recognition, four KSU students received awards for their research projects. Alicia Ebrahim took first place in the undergraduate research category for “Making Wishes Come True: An Examination of Make-A-Wish Georgia,” and Asha Thomas, Madison Poff and Marcela Cadavid teamed up for third place in undergraduate research for “Creating Governance Structures: A Board Manual for the Brian Jordan Foundation.”

Thomas also received the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s NextGen Scholars Award, a paid internship for the spring semester. Thomas will serve as a development intern with All About Developmental Disabilities, providing fundraising assistance and development support for individuals and families living with development disabilities.

Ebrahim was one of six KSU students to receive their Certified Nonprofit Practitioner credentials, along with Cesily Boggs, Latia Daniels, Petra Kornicer, Priscilla Rodriguez and Alla Yoonis. Also during the conference, Wade-Berg presented an interactive workshop titled “Building Intercultural Competency: Expanding World View in the Context of Nonprofit Management.”

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s Management Institute is the only national conference expressly designed to prepare college students for a career in the social sector, according to Wade-Berg. Kennesaw State was represented by a group of 14 students and continuing education professionals.

“Dr. Wade-Berg and the other faculty members of the department bring an amazing level of passion and energy for preparing students to make a difference across the spectrum of human service fields. I am very proud of Dr. Wade-Berg and her students for these significant achievements,” said Monica Nandan, interim dean of the WellStar College of Health and Human Services.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance offers the only national nonprofit management leadership credential developed with, and recognized by, the nonprofit sector. KSU’s certificate program may be incorporated into the Human Services degree program, but it is open to all students regardless of major.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu