Society Provides Nonprofit Professor with Alternatives

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For the third straight year, Professor Daniel Yoder, Ph.D., of Western Illinois University is requiring his students to become a member of the Society for Nonprofit Organizations (SNPO). This membership requirement has allowed Professor Yoder to include a theoretical and practical realm, while also serving to demonstrate the relationship between the two.

For the third straight year, Professor Daniel Yoder, Ph.D., of Western Illinois University is requiring his students to become a member of the Society for Nonprofit Organizations (SNPO). This membership requirement has allowed Professor Yoder to include a theoretical and practical realm, while also serving to demonstrate the relationship between the two.

"Requiring SNPO membership has been a wonderful component for my class,” Professor Yoder said. “Students appreciate membership after they see what benefits they receive."

Membership in the Society for Nonprofit Organizations is discounted for students, and provides them with subscription to a nonprofit management support magazine, an extensive online archive of articles, funding information, and other benefits aimed at nonprofit leaders and managers. While many professors limit course materials to textbooks and course packs, this unusual addition provides students with materials, including Nonprofit World magazine, that they will continue to receive well after the semester is over.

Professor Yoder teaches the course "Fundraising and Volunteer Management in Leisure Services," which is generally taken by juniors and seniors with an interest in nonprofit leadership and management. By requiring students to become a member of a professional organization like the Society, he provides these future leaders with a glimpse into the real world of the nonprofit sector.

As Professor Yoder explains, "Becoming a member of SNPO (or other professional organizations) is what young professionals will have to do if they are to be successful. It is a dose of the real world. You will pay a fee and you will get very real and very valuable benefits for those fees."

The Society for Nonprofit Organizations is a 501(c)(3) national membership organization that was founded in 1983. The Society encourages sharing among nonprofit organizations, and promotes excellence in leadership, management, and governance practices. The Society is best known for its national publications, Nonprofit World and Funding Alert, as well as its Learning Institute educational programs.

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