International Visitors Take Pointers from Nonprofit Management Program

Posted: September 21, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

Two weeks ago it was three journalists from Colombia, last week it was two nongovernmental organization leaders from Japan, and this week–until the Sept. 11 attacks postponed their visit–it was to be two university professors and a nongovernmental organization leader from Poland. These international visitors to the Arlington Campus all have something in common–they are here to learn more about the art of nonprofit management.

The Department of State brings these professionals to the United States through various programs designed to give them learning opportunities on different aspects of our society, says Patricia Lewis, manager of the Department of Public and International Affairs’ nonprofit management studies program, which is housed at the Arlington Campus. “They come to George Mason to find out more about the nonprofit sector and how it works so they can bring this knowledge back to their countries.”

They’ve come to the right place. George Mason was the first in the country to offer a comprehensive curriculum in nonprofit management, designed to prepare leaders for the nonprofit sector. The rich source of nonprofit activity in the Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia region make this program an outstanding source of nonprofit education, says Lewis.

In addition to telling the visitors about the university’s program, she discusses with them everything from nongovernmental organization relations with the press to the current state of the nonprofit sector to the management of environmental nonprofits.

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