Eight Nonprofit Leaders Receive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Training

August 11, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC – August 11, 2010 – Eight students graduated from the Nonprofit Leadership Training Certificate Program, a collaborative effort between the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and Columbia College. Friends, family and colleagues gathered at Columbia College’s Humphries Hall for the graduation ceremony, honoring the inaugural class. In addition to a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Training, the students earned nine graduate-level credit hours through the Columbia College.

Pictured from left to right: Laurie Hopkins, Ph.D. (ColumbiaCollege), Vanassa Frazier (Christ Teens), Cecilia Meggs (LighthouseMinistries), Betsy Marlow (Miss Ruby’s Kids), Preston Winkler (GreaterColumbia Community Relations Council), Dorothy Priester (CherokeeCounty First Steps), Beck Sullivan (Municipal Association of SouthCarolina), Lila Anna Sauls (St. Lawrence Place), Tom Keith (Sisters ofCharity Foundation of South Carolina) and Katrina Spigner (Sisters ofCharity Foundation of South Carolina)

Columbia College Provost Laurie Hopkins, Ph.D., and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina President Tom Keith recognized the graduates and presented the certificates. Stephen Patterson, noted speaker on the benefits of a good laugh and the importance of a positive attitude and author of “Better Living through Laughter; An Attitude to Live By,” gave the keynote address at the ceremony.

2010 Graduates:
Vanessa Frazier, Christ Teens
Elizabeth “Betsy” Marlow, Miss Ruby’s Kids
Cecelia Meggs, Lighthouse Ministries
Dorothy Priester, Cherokee County First Steps
Lila Anna Sauls, St. Lawrence Place
Rebecca “Beck” Sullivan, Municipal Association of South Carolina
Jane Tuttle, House of Hope of the Pee Dee
Preston Winkler, Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

“The gratitude expressed from the graduates and the course facilitators was overwhelming,” said Tom Keith, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. “But the Sisters of Charity Foundation is most appreciative. We now have leaders who are even more empowered and already changing their organizations for the better. This program is a true benefit to the citizens of South Carolina.”

The Nonprofit Leadership Training Certificate Program is designed for nonprofit leaders who are recognized as having great potential and are ready to take their nonprofit leadership to the next level. The year-long program provides nonprofit leaders the opportunity to enhance knowledge, skills and frameworks to lead nonprofit organizations in an ever-changing diverse society.

This program is an expansion of the Foundation’s Learning Academy, which offers free daylong workshops and training to nonprofits addressing poverty across the state. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina pays tuition for each student accepted in to the Nonprofit Leadership Training Certificate Program. To learn more about the program and how you can apply, visit the Foundation’s Web site at sistersofcharitysc.com.

“The certificate program illustrates the Foundation’s commitment to providing accessible educational opportunities of the highest quality and leveraging training for the capacity-building needs of nonprofits serving the underserved in South Carolina,” said Keith. “Through this collaboration, we can continue to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of nonprofit organizations in this state, and ultimately, the lives of its citizens.”

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

About Columbia College
Columbia College is a private liberal arts women’s college related to the United Methodist Church with a legacy of developing women leaders with the courage, commitment, confidence and competence to build a better world. In addition to the Women’s College, coeducational evening and graduate programs are also offered. Enrollment is 1500 students from 23 states and 20 countries. Columbia College is also home to the Leadership Institute and the Alliance for Women, a network of colleges, universities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and individuals dedicated to working together to bring about positive changes that will improve the lives of all citizens of the State. For more information about Columbia College visit www.columbiasc.edu.