The Next Level of the Osborne Meese Academy

By Allie Watson

December 4, 2018

When local nonprofits are operating at an optimal level, grants made by the Richland County Foundation make the most impact. 

The Osborne Meese Academy was developed to build capacity, serve as an informational resource and act as a catalyst to encourage stronger collaboration among nonprofit organizations. The Richland County Foundation has offered the Osborne Meese Academy for the past four years serving sixty nonprofit organizations. 

We’re adapting as we move into the fifth year of the Osborne Meese Academy. Next year the Foundation will take the training sessions to the next level. Nonprofits will participate in two half-day sessions per topic and will take away a tangible outcome. For example, the first topic will address strategic planning. Each nonprofit will leave day two with a draft of a strategic plan specific to their organization. 

The topics covered in 2019 are strategic planning, board development and recruitment, fundraising and marketing, and leadership development and succession planning. The goal for 2019 is to take Osborne Meese Academy graduates to the next level. 

If your organization is interested in participating in the Osborne Meese Academy 2019, apply through this link by December 14.

By the way, have you heard about Richland Gives? It was launched four years ago at the same time as the Osborne Meese Academy to provide organizations with operating revenue and a platform to connect with donors.  

 For information about the Osborne Meese Academy click here.


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