The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University has received a gift of nearly $1.6 million to endow scholarships in community building for bright, talented, nonprofit leaders. Funding will support The Arthur J. Naparstek Philanthropic Fund, named for the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor and former Dean, whose work in urban redevelopment, public policy and private-public partnerships resulted in the multi-billion dollar federal Hope VI program, which continues to transform American and Israeli communities today.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) granted The Mandel Center $992,000 to provide scholarship support to candidates for the master of non profit organization degree.
This special award was spearheaded by U. S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), who worked closely with Naparstek in creating several national programs, including HOPE VI and The Corporation for National Service.
“We intend to actively seek out bright students with exceptional leadership skills, who will have high potential as nonprofit leaders,” stated Susan Lajoie Eagan, executive director and Mandel professor.
An additional $600,000 came from the philanthropic entities funded by Jack, Joseph and Mort Mandel; Robert Goldberg and family; Charles A. Ratner and family; the David and Inez Myers Foundation; and other donors associated with the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland.
“These scholarship funds were sought to reflect Naparstek’s legacy in building Israeli communities and strengthening relationships with Jewish organizations from around the world,” said Stephen H. Hoffman, president of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. Specifically, these funds will support graduate work in nonprofit management for a student from Israel or from the United States working closely with Jewish organizations.
A former dean (1983-1988) of the Case School of Applied Social Sciences (now the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences), Naparstek worked for over four decades in neighborhood revitalization through his educational activities and community work across the country. In particular, his work as director of the Cleveland Foundation’s Commission on Poverty transformed several under-served Cleveland neighborhoods and became the model for HOPE VI, as well as critical projects in Beit She’an and other cities in Israel.
Naparstek was appointed by President Carter to serve on the National Commission on Neighborhoods and by President Clinton to the Corporation for National Service. In addition, he was key in drafting the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Community Reinvestment Acts and the Urban Revitalization Demonstration Acts (HOPE I - VI).
“During his final weeks, my husband took great comfort in knowing that this scholarship fund would be helping gifted students acquire the skills and knowledge to improve neglected lives and revitalize under-served communities, long after he was gone,” his wife, Belleruth Naparstek, said.
Morton Mandel, CEO of the Mandel Supporting Foundations as well as a major contributor to the scholarship endowment fund, worked closely with Naparstek for many years. “Art was a true believer in community building and in generating strong and effective nonprofit leaders in order to transform the lives of the under-served. He envisioned this new scholarship endowment as a way to train people committed to changing the world to lead with vision and creativity.”
The Mandel Center offers the master’s in nonprofit organizations or certificate in nonprofit management to enhance the capabilities of talented professional leaders and managers. Approximately 20 percent of incoming students to this program are career changers from the for-profit sector. A small number of students attend straight from undergraduate school and the remaining having several years of work in the nonprofit sector.
The new scholarship funds will support the nonprofit leadership goals of the Mandel Center’s high caliber students.
Of the 600 students who have graduated from the Mandel Center since its inception twenty years ago, over 30 percent hold top management positions around the world in the arts, healthcare, philanthropic organizations, and leading nonprofits and educational institutions. Students seek the breadth of the Mandel Center’s interdisciplinary approach which includes partnerships with the Weatherhead School of Management, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the School of Law, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Home to nearly 8,000 nonprofits and some of the country’s oldest philanthropic organizations such as the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, is an ideal location for the Mandel Center.
For additional information about the Mandel Center and how to apply to their programs visit http://www.case.edu/mandelcenter/.
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