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Civic Knowledge Project Launches Nonprofit Board Certificate Program

The Civic Knowledge Project recently received a grant from the Joyce Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust to help fund a new certificate program entitled “How to Be An Effective Member of a Nonprofit Arts/Humanities Board.”  Designed for community leaders and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, this 12-hour program will provide participants with the knowledge necessary to become successful board members of small Southside arts organizations.  This program will allow small-to-medium sized nonprofit arts and humanities organizations to benefit from participants’ ideas and knowledge while participants hone professional skills and civic responsibility in a collaborative environment.

The purpose of the Civic Knowledge Project is to develop and strengthen community connections, helping to overcome the social, economic, and racial divisions among the various knowledge communities on the South Side of Chicago.  For more information please visit their website at

This particular program will be led by the Southside Arts and Humanities Network (“The Network”), a program within the Civic Knowledge Project comprised of small and mid-sized arts and humanities organizations that cultivates the rich artistic, cultural, scholarly and human assets based on the Southside of Chicago.

Designed to leverage University of Chicago resources while providing participating South Side cultural organizations with talent for their boards, course titles will include “Effective Nonprofit Board Leadership and Management Approaches” and “Board Role in Nonprofit Organization Development and Fundraising.”  Participants will be selected through a competitive application process designed to match applicants’ skills and interests with one of the ten selected small South Side cultural institutions.

An information session will be held on Tuesday March 22nd from 12-1:30pm at the Graham School of General Studies (1427 E. 60th Street, Room 201) to help prospective participants learn more about this exciting new program.  Lunch will be provided; please rsvp to Joanie Friedman at

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, obtain a full list of courses and professors, and to download an application please click here.

A second information session will be held on May 3rd, 2011 from 12:00-1:30pm at the Graham School of General Studies (1427 E. 60th Street, Room 230).  Please RSVP to


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