Annual Highlights

American Humanics Nonprofit Administration Program

Department of Sociology

College of Social Sciences

California State University, Fresno

2007-2008

The Department of Sociology houses the American Humanics Program and offers an applied certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, directed by Dr. Matthew Jendian.  The American Humanics Program was brought to our campus in fall 1998, and, since 2001, 60 students (representing 23 different majors) have graduated from California State University, Fresno with American Humanics National Certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and approximately 2/3 of them are employed in the nonprofit and public sectors (with 75% of them employed locally).   Today, 83 students at California State University, Fresno are registered as AH Students at www.humanics.org.

Some highlights from the 2007-2008 academic year include:

  • 17 AH students attended the AH Management Institute in Kansas City, MO, January 3-6, 2008 (the students and program raised $14,559.37 towards the costs of participating in this Institute)
  • Continue to update our program’s webpage:  http://www.fresnostate.edu/ah/
  • Co-founded the Institute for Nonprofit Capacity, a partnership between Fresno Nonprofit Advancement Council, United Way of Fresno County, Central Valley Business Incubator, and American Humanics Program, to train staff and board members of local nonprofit organizations
  • Our AH Program served as the Certifying Organization for 115 CSUF students receiving the U.S. Presidents’ Volunteer Service Award distributed at the annual Service Recognition Reception on May 8, 2008, hosted by President Welty.
  • 28 AH students interned with 24 different nonprofit organizations and contributed 11,301 hours to the community (avg. of 404 hours per student)
  • 16 students graduated during 2007-2008 with AH National Certification
  • Susan Vang selected as “Outstanding AH Graduate” & “University Student Volunteer of the Year”
  • Hosted a “Career Day” on April 12, 2008 which offered 5 students assistance in preparing for employment (resumes, portfolios, interviewing, etc.)
  • Students enrolled in Soc150T, “Grant Writing & Evaluation,” in Fall 2007 helped research and prepare grant proposals that brought at least $12,000 to two local nonprofit organizations.
  • Students enrolled in Soc150T, “Philanthropy & Grant Making” in Spring 2008 awarded $8000 in grants to two local nonprofit organizations (made possible through partnership with Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Campus Compact, Fresno Regional Foundation, AH, Inc.).  (This course was officially approved by the University Curriculum Committee as Soc183 for future offerings.)
  • Generated $26,000 in grant support the AH Student Philanthropy Project and AH Program in 2007-08
  • AH Student Association and Program hosted Encourage Tomorrow’s Conference for over 100 Middle School and High School students at California State University, Fresno, January 23, 2008
  • Hosted the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Luncheon, March 18, 2008 (over 50 participants)
  • Organized a Nonprofit Conference, “Meeting the Leadership Demand for Nonprofit Organizations in Central California,” at University Business Center (CSUF), May 2, 2008 (over 90 registrants)

2006-2007

The Department of Sociology houses the American Humanics Program and offers an applied certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, directed by Dr. Matthew Jendian.  The American Humanics Program was brought to our campus in fall 1998, and, since 2001, 58 students (representing 20 different majors) have graduated from California State University, Fresno with American Humanics National Certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and approximately 2/3 of them are employed in the nonprofit and public sectors (with 75% of them employed locally).   Today, 64 students at California State University, Fresno are registered as AH Students at www.humanics.org.

Some highlights from the 2006-2007 academic year include:

  • 15 AH students attended the AH Management Institute in Washington, D.C., January 3-6, 2007
  • Launched our program’s webpage:  http://dev.csufresno.edu/socialsciences/sociology/degrees/certificates/humanics.html/
  • Our AH Program served as the Certifying Organization for 132 CSUF students receiving the U.S. Presidents’ Volunteer Service Award distributed at the annual Service Recognition Reception, hosted by President Welty.
  • 15 AH students interned with 20 different nonprofit agencies and contributed 5,247 hours to the community (avg. of 350 hours per student)
  • 9 AH students participated as United Way Site Visit Team Members (2 of them as Team Leaders) during Spring 2007
  • 5 students graduated during 2006-2007 with AH National Certification
  • Leslie Gacad was selected as the “Outstanding AH Graduate” for 2006-07
  • Hosted a “Career Day” on April 28, 2007 which offered students assistance in preparing for employment (resumes, portfolios, interviewing, etc.)
  • 11 AH students and family members/friends participated in "SERVING FRESNO,” on November 18, 2006, a community-wide day of service made possible through the collaboration of United Way, One by One Leadership, Fresno Unified School District, The Volunteer Center of Fresno County, and California State University, Fresno among others.
  • AH students enrolled in Soc150T, “Grant Writing,” in Fall 2006 helped research and prepare grant proposals that brought at least $9,000 to three local nonprofit organizations.
  • AH students enrolled in Soc150T, “Philanthropy & Grant Making” in Spring 2007 distributed grants totaling $4,000 to two local nonprofit organizations (grant made possible through partnership with Fresno Regional Foundation).

Our AH Program was featured in the April 2007 issue of CSU IMPACT: Learning & Serving

2005-2006

The Department of Sociology houses the American Humanics Program and offers an applied certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, directed by Dr. Matthew Jendian.  The American Humanics Program was brought to our campus in fall 1998, and, since 2001, 52 students have graduated from California State University, Fresno with American Humanics Certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and at least half are employed by nonprofit organizations.  Today, 57 students are registered as AH Students. 

Some highlights from the 2005-2006 academic year include:

  • 14 attended the AH Management Institute (AHMI) in January 2006 in San Diego
  • Our AH program was nationally recognized for the 4th time in four years—this time for “Excellence in Community Relations and Civic Engagement” at AHMI 2006 
  • Helped plan the Service Recognition Reception, hosted by President Welty on April 24, 2006, honoring faculty, staff, administration, and students who were engaged in service to the community
  • Served as the Certifying Organization for 116 CSUF students receiving the U.S. Presidents Volunteer Service Award
  • 14 AH students interned with 19 different nonprofit agencies and contributed 5,752 hours to the community (avg. of 410 hours per student)
  • 13 AH students participated as United Way Site Visit Team Members (7 of them as Team Leaders) during Spring 2006
  • 11 students graduated with AH National Certification
  • Ms. Kathleen Henry was selected as the “Outstanding AH Graduate” (she was recently hired as the new Executive Director of the Fresno Nonprofit Advancement Council)
  • Hosted a “Career Day” on May 6, 2006 which offered students assistance in preparing for employment (resumes, portfolios, interviewing, etc.)