Introducing UNF’s Nina Waters Nonprofit Management Scholarship!

Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Joan VanVleck have made a generous gift to UNF’s Nonprofit Graduate Certificate program in the name of Nina Waters, CEO of the Community Foundation in Jacksonville: The Nina Waters Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship.  The $25,000 endowment will generate an annual scholarship worth $1,000 for people who are 1) currently working for a local nonprofit, 2) have been working in the sector for at least 1 year, and 3) have been accepted into the Nonprofit Graduate Certificate program.

Here is the article from today’s Florida Times-UnionNew UNF endowment honors Nina Waters, will help grow nonprofit leaders.  It provides a lot of information about the endowment and what it seeks to achieve.

UNF’s Nonprofit Management Certificate program faculty would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to Jim and Joan VanVleck and Nina Waters for their dedication and passion to advance nonprofits in Northeast Florida!

The VanVlecks Nina Waters

(Photos from the Florida Times-Union)

What is the Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate program?

It is a program that can be completed in one year, if an individual takes one class in the fall, one in the spring, and two in the summer (one in the first half, the other in the second half).  The program of study for the certificate is:

Fall: Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Spring: Nonprofit Stakeholder Relations

Summer: Nonprofit Financial Management

Summer/Fall/Spring: An approved elective

Why have a Nonprofit Management Certificate program?

Well, as students learn in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership course, the sector, and the organizations that comprise it, are become more professionalized.  There are many pressures on nonprofits, the vast majority of which are small, to demonstrate measurable outcomes while operating in the most efficient manner possible. These measures are needed to compete for tightening financial resources and  to attract the most qualified people to the organization.  UNF’s graduate Nonprofit Management Certificate program will introduce students to how these pressures, and a host of others, are impacting nonprofits and ways for nonprofits to strategically place themselves into a position to face these pressures and become sustainable for the long term.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the program, please contact Dr. George Candler, MPA Director by email at or via phone at 904.620.1388

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