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Wake Forest University Charlotte Center offers courses for nonprofit leaders through Community Law and Business Clinic

CHARLOTTE — The Wake Forest University Charlotte Center is expanding its commitment to the community by offering a series of skill building courses designed for nonprofit board members, staff and volunteers through a partnership with the Wake Forest University School of Law’s Community Law and Business Clinic and the University’s Institute for Public Engagement.

“Essentials of Business for Nonprofit Organizations” is a series of nine courses covering a range of topics essential to the governance and management of nonprofits.

Classes are taught primarily by Wake Forest faculty and administrators and are open to the community.

“The Wake Forest University motto is Pro Humanitate, which means ‘for humanity.’ The core of our mission is to teach passionate leaders who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and talents to serve humanity,” said Steve Virgil, director of the Community Law and Business Clinic. Virgil explained the clinic will be the lead in Charlotte.

“Over the past four years Virgil and the IPE have led regular capacity building seminars for nonprofit organizations and developed these workshops into a series of popular programs. that is now offered through the Institute for Public Engagement,” he said. Virgil explains, “The program has been very successful, so much so that the folks leading the Charlotte Center encouraged the IPE asked me to offer the programs there. Instead of the IPE, The Clinic will take a more active role in the lead in Charlotte and the workshops will continue to be taught by faculty from across Wake Forest. The programs in Winston-Salem attract between 250 and 300 participants each year. We and I expect the interest in Charlotte to eclipse these numbers.”

Sessions will be offered monthly from September to June of the following year, with a break in January. Courses include: Human Resources, Fund Development, Collaboration, Evaluation, Advocacy and Communication, and Leadership Lessons for Nonprofits. Participants have two years to complete all nine sessions.

After finishing all sessions, participants will receive a certificate of completion from Wake Forest University.

Individual courses cost $75. Participants can register for all nine classes for $575. Scholarships are available courtesy of our corporate partners Duke Energy and Foundation for the Carolinas. Classes are held at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center on College and 5th streets in Uptown. Fees include lunch, parking and course materials.

Registration opens on June 1. To register or learn more about “Essentials of Business for Nonprofit Organizations” go online to UptownMBA.com/executive-education. You may also contact the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center at (704) 365-1717.