Last week, the Marriott School of Business here at BYU wrote an article about our success at AMI! Check it out here!
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Humble Beginnings Get Big Break
Nonprofit minor stands out with national recognition
PROVO, Utah – Jan 20, 2017 – Since its humble beginnings in 2008, the nonprofit minor at Brigham Young University is better than ever—and now has the hardware to prove it. The program received the Campus Program Excellence Award during the Alliance Management Institute national conference last month.
“We have tried this before and put our heart into it,” says Brad Harris, recreation management professor and adviser to BYU's Nonprofit Management Student Association. “It was a feeling that after eight years of working hard we’ve been recognized for our great program and high quality students.”
Receiving this award was no small feat. The application involved a six-month process in which students created a video, wrote a letter of intent, and prepared a slideshow to present to a committee over a video conference call.
“One of my favorite angles that we took in our application was that our club and our minor are super awesome, but the students’ accomplishments are really what set us apart,” says Hannah Smith, president of the NMSA.
BYU nonprofit minor students are also members of the NMSA and attend the AMI conference as a capstone experience to receive the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential. Many have made significant contributions in communities and across campus. Allegra Luft wrote a two million dollar grant for Utah Community Action; Stephane Akoki started his own nonprofit “Life Elevate” that works to promote self-sufficiency in the Ivory Coast; John Palmer is the president of Y Serve; and Shanelle Applegarth leads the campuswide Choose to Give campaign.
“We have seen a doubling in the participation of students and our enrollment has skyrocketed,” says Brandon Garcia, vice president of NMSA. “I’ve been seeing more students step up and personally want to make the program better compared to when I first started.”
With this national award under their belt, BYU nonprofit students and faculty see continued growth and accomplishment in the future.
“Kind of like the growth of any organization, you start off and you have growing pains, but we’ve been around for eight years now,” Harris says. “People know who we are, students are beating down the door to join us, and we make tweaks each year to improve. It’s kind of neat that we’re being recognized for it.”
BYU NMSA members working on their nonprofit minor celebrate the program's award.
Media Contact: Chad Little (801) 422-1512
Writer: Tessa Haas
Did you know the BYU NMSA is run by a board of your fellow students?
Take some time to get to know our beloved Vice President, Brandon Garcia!
Hometown: Nacogdoches, Texas
Major: Molecular Biology
How long have you been on the board? Two Years
What’s one food you would like to try? Authentic Italian food
Do you have a favorite place or language?
Obviously my favorite place is Texas, but of the places I have travelled Seattle and San Diego have been my favorites.
What is something about yourself that you are proud of?
I am most proud of being able to see the NMSA really grow over the past two years. It has been an amazing transformation to see! People are much more engaged and we now have some solid leadership that will be sticking around for a while. I cannot wait to check with what's going on over the next few years.
What have you gained from being a member of the BYU NMSA board?
My leadership skills have grown tremendously by being on the board and so has my patience. It hasn't been easy to step back and let other people help build our student organization. However, I have been absolutely amazed with the results! Being on the board really helped me to develop faith in the abilities of others.
Have anything in common with our VP?
Look out for more spotlights of our other board members coming soon!
Following the AMI Conference in Denver from January 3-5, 2017, the NLA (Nonprofit Leadership Alliance) wrote an article about our success and the Campus Excellence Award we were awarded! Check it out here!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 12, 2017
CONTACT: Christa Beall Diefenbach, CNP, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
Kansas City, Mo. – The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance presented Brigham Young University with the esteemed Campus Program Excellence Award. The awards presentation took place at the annual Alliance Management Institute—an educational conference geared toward students planning a career in the nonprofit sector. The 44th annual Institute was January 3-5, 2017, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.
The Campus Program Excellence Award is presented each year to an affiliated college or university that has demonstrated a commitment to running an exceptional Alliance program on its campus. “The awards committee reviews thoroughly vets the campus program before selecting a campus that excels in developing current and relevant coursework, meaningful nonprofit internship and employment opportunities, and strong connections between the campus and the local nonprofit community,” says Susan T. Schmidt, CNP, president of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. “Brigham Young University was selected based on their excellence in academics as well as the work their students are doing to better their campus and community.”
Brigham Young has 136 students seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential on their campus. They nearly doubled their recruitment efforts last school-year, recruiting 35 in 2015 and 59 in 2016. They participated in fundraising efforts that benefited local nonprofit partners, with one student writing a successful $2 million grant in such efforts.
The 2017 honorees were chosen by an awards selection committee comprised of key Alliance stakeholders, including affiliated faculty members, alumni, nonprofit partners, board members and sponsors. The selection of the award recipients was based on specific criteria for each respective award.
About the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance: Since 1948, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has worked to strengthen the social sector with a talented, prepared workforce. Its Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit management certification in the U.S. The Alliance system, which includes nearly 40 colleges and universities, 15 national nonprofit partners and more than 9,600 CNPs, is the largest network in the country working to build a talent pipeline for the social sector.