Three faculty members receive inaugural MNObility Award

MNObility Award winners with MNO Chair R. Fischer and Dean D. Voisin

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences held an event at the home of Visiting Committee member and alumna Susan LaPine (MNO ’97) on Aug. 10 to publicize an innovation in its nonprofit management programming—a new Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising—and to recognize three longtime faculty members who have been dedicated to the Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) program since its inception more than 34 years ago.

MNO Program Chair Rob Fischer announced the new certificate, in part thanks to the support of The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation in funding an educational needs study, is launching this fall. With the Mandel School’s longstanding history of fostering the next generation of nonprofit leaders, the new certificate is a natural fit. The program will advance the skills and success of development professionals to increase levels of funding for their nonprofits, elevate the fundraising profession and improve results for a wide range of nonprofit organizations. A priority audience of students will be fundraising professionals in smaller nonprofits supporting underrepresented minorities and disinvested Northeast Ohio communities as a pathway to prosperity.

During the event, Fischer also announced three inaugural MNObility Award faculty recipients who have inspired and transformed the path of the nonprofit world through their dedication to the MNO Program since its inception. Awardees include Adjunct Professor Paul C. Feinberg, Leonard W. Mayo Professor Emeritus John A. Yankey and Professor Emeritus Dennis R. Young (pictured above with Fischer and Dean Dexter Voisin).

The school thanks The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation’s President and Chairman Ellen Stirn Mavec and Executive Director Pam Eichenauer for their shared vision and valued partnership in this endeavor that will help take many nonprofit organizations to new heights.

To learn more about the Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising, please register for the Aug. 31 informational webinar.