New international M.A. in philanthropy to invest in tomorrow's leaders of non-profit sector

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Jerusalem, January 8, 2007 - A new, international, master's degree program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will train students in the management of non-profit and communal organizations and in the rapidly developing area of philanthropy studies.

The program, to be taught in English and due to begin in the fall of 2007, will be offered by the university’s Rothberg International School, in conjunction with the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare.

The two-year M.A. program in community leadership and philanthropy studies is designed to create an international cadre of community leaders with expertise in the non-profit sector.

The program will include courses on perspectives on civil society, empowerment and professional practice, fund raising and public boards of directors. During the course of the program, students will also have the opportunity to engage in specific hands-on projects with non-profit organizations in Israel.

Students will also have the option to specialize in Jewish communal leadership and to take electives from other M.A. programs at the university. Preference will be given to candidates who have work experience in the non-profit sector.

According to Dr. John Gal, academic director of the program, "There is a real need for programs that provide both theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of community leadership and philanthropy studies - both in the Jewish and non-Jewish world. This program is intended to meet this need."

"This is an ambitious and innovative program with tremendous potential to contribute to community management," said Prof. Jaime Kapitulnik, provost of the Rothberg International School. "He explained the uniqueness of this program as combining three key elements: non-profit management, leadership (with an emphasis on communal leadership) and philanthropy.

Kapitulnik is keen to point out that while this program will naturally attract many Jewish students from North America and Europe, it will not focus only on Jewish communal leadership. With students from over 60 countries studying at the Rothberg School, Kapitulnik believes that this program will be a "multi-ethnic and multi-cultural encounter." While students will be encouraged to undertake projects at non-profit organizations in Israel, Kapitulnik says that he sees no reason why students could not fulfill this part of the program with an NGO or community organization in New York, Buenos Aires, Moscow or elsewhere.

In fact, several community organizations and foundations from Europe and North and Central America have already expressed an interest in sending candidates to study in this program.

Scholarships to the program on the basis of academic merit and/or financial need will be provided by the Rothberg International School.

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