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Abileneís Nonprofit Management Center joins ACUís Center for Building Community

For immediate release
June 24, 2003

The Nonprofit Management Center will become a part of the Center for Building Community at Abilene Christian University on July 1.

The announcement was made jointly by Dr. Gary McCaleb, vice president of ACU and executive director of the Center for Building Community, and Terri Burke, president of the Management Center's board of directors.

The NMC, begun as a project of the Community Foundation of Abilene in 1987, provides management assistance to more than 750 nonprofits in the 23-county Big Country area. The NMC offers seminars on grant writing, nonprofit management for paid staff, board of director training and serves as a resource center for area nonprofits.  The Center, together with KTXS and the Abilene Reporter-News, annually sponsors the Precious Jewels and Jefferson Awards programs to recognize volunteerism in the region.

The Center for Building Community, established in 1999, is multifaced in programming, perhaps best known to the public for the Distinguished Speakers on Community series which has included Congressman J.C. Watts, former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, coach John Wooden, Linda Chavez and Knight Kiplinger.

"The nonprofit organizations and the spirit of volunteerism which they foster are an extremely important factor in the quality of life in our communities," McCaleb said."We are very pleased to have this new opportunity to work closely with them through the Nonprofit Management Center."

The move will give the NMC a solid base and greater potential as well, Burke said.

"Joining with ACU, with its broad spectrum of disciplines and talent among both faculty and students, allows us to expand our reach," she said."The Nonprofit Management Center will continue to provide the same sort of services to nonprofits as we always have."

The NMC will be under the direction of Bill Culp, chair of ACU's Department of Sociology and Social Work, and will continue to be staffed by Mary McWillliams, who has been with the organization for nearly two years.

The Nonprofit Management Center will be relocated to 1926 Campus Court, across form the main ACU campus, joining the ACU Pruett Gerontology Center in that facility.

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