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Thursday, September 18, 2008
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The Need for Entrepreneurial Skills in Non-Profit Organizations
The Creation of Non Profit Organizations calls for Innovation and Creativity while competing for funds and community attention. Non Profit managers need to develop Entrepreneurial skills in order to compete for funding and market share, especially when competing in difficult economic markets, or against long established organizations.
The desire for Entrepreneurship can be found in many disciplines within and outside the college curriculum. In recent years our Enterprise Institute has been involved in helping with marketing, fundraising and management training for developing non profit institutions. Entrepreneurial education can have no greater value than application in the non profit sector of the economy. Developing a vision, understanding the competition, developing marketing strategy, applying conceptual and interpersonal skills are essential. Our experience with two non profit organizations in particular will be discussed.
Our experience with the newly formed League of Dreams, an organization providing baseball playing opportunities for children with disabilities, and the local Alzheimer’s Foundation. We have found that while working with these organizations, students have been very willing to devote time and effort to be creative and dedicated to these projects. Internships, credit and non credit, pay and not for pay can be created. Community College curricula and Incubators can serve as trainers and supporters of the future leaders of these organizations.
Larry Aaronson, Director Enterprise Institute, CCBC, MD
Paul Coakley, Department Chair, CCBC, MD
Kathleen Gandy, Coordinator, Accounting, Faculty Advisor, SIFE, CCBC, MD