Nonprofit Leaders Join MPA Faculty for Summer Program

Written by Laura Paskin
March 27, 2015

Neil J. Nicoll, former president and CEO of the YMCA of the USA, and Mary Kaufman-Cranney, Director of Philanthropy, The Nature Conservancy in Washington, bring their wealth of experience and expertise to teach Nonprofit Resource Development in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. The announcement was made by Professor Larry Hubbell, Director of the Institute of Public Service and its MPA program.

The 3-credit Nonprofit Resource Development course explores the principles of philanthropy and fundraising focusing on the key role of resource development. The class is scheduled to meet on three Saturdays in July and August.

Nicoll began his career at a local YMCA and rose to the top leadership position at the national organization in 2006. As president and CEO of the YMCA of the USA, he established and executed the organization's strategic priorities to increase the impact of the nation's 2700 Ys. He is credited with revitalizing the organization, implementing a nationwide leadership development training system to support 250,000 staff and 600,000 volunteers, and positioning the Y as a leader in the creation of the healthcare system. Among his many accomplishments as president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Seattle from 1992 to 2006, he positioned the organization as the leading human service organization in King County and completed $41.5 million in capital development debt free. Nicoll continues to work with the national organization on special projects.

The Nature Conservancy in Washington is the leading conservation organization in the world. In her leadership position, Kaufman-Cranney directs the organization's philanthropic efforts, securing $10 million annually for Washington and worldwide priorities. She is currently leading a team to increase philanthropic annual goals and launch a $150 million campaign later this year. Throughout her more than 25 years in development, including leadership positions at Seattle Opera and the YMCA of Greater Seattle, Kaufman-Cranney was responsible for securing more than $200 million in private funding for program, capital, and endowment programs, leading board development, and launching aggressive development campaigns.

Nonprofit Resource Development meets 8:30 a.m. ? 5:30 p.m. on July 11, August 1, and August 15, 2015. The class is required for all MPA students in the nonprofit specialization program.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers 80 undergraduate degrees and 6 master's degrees including an MPA and Master's in Nonprofit Leadership.