Flashback Friday: Every Day is Philanthropy Day

C.M. “Hank” and Demaris Hudspeth

C.M. “Hank” and Demaris Hudspeth provided the initial funding for the establishment of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.

Today as we celebrate National Philanthropy Day, and close out National Philanthropy Week (NPW), it seems appropriate to highlight our Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL), where every day is Philanthropy Day. Programs to improve the practice and management of nonprofit organizations started more than twenty years ago within the Glasscock School, but have expanded greatly over the last three years thanks to the establishment of CPNL and the leadership of Director Angela Seaworth, ACFRE. Seaworth had a busy week attending the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Houston Chapter’s Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon Wednesday to honor local organizations and philanthropists for their contributions, as well as inspiring and educating Rice University staff, students and faculty on campus about giving in the NPW kickoff letter. However, Seaworth did take a moment to reflect on her time with the Glasscock School.

Dr. James Edwards, Center Director Angela Seaworth and Dr. Michael Moody

Left to right: Dr. James Edwards, Center Director Angela Seaworth and Dr. Michael Moody

How long have you been at GSCS, and what drew you to the school to begin with?
In November, I will celebrate my fourth anniversary with GSCS. I was attracted to this position because I wanted to start a center for philanthropy and nonprofit leadership.

How has your program area changed over time?
Our program has grown significantly. Although we inherited a few courses and programs, we have created more than 20 new courses, two new certificate programs and a national symposium in our first few years. Our enrollment has increased significantly, and we started offering online courses. We now have students from 37 states and three countries!

What is your fondest memory working here thus far?
It’s always wonderful to celebrate our students’ successes, but I think my fondest memories stem from involving my colleagues from around the country in our program. They have been impressed by our Glasscock School staff and the university, and it feels fantastic to connect great people.

What do you enjoy the most about GSCS?
Everyone in the individual departments seems passionate about their work and that creates a good work culture.

For more information about the Center, visit cpnl.rice.edu.

Jennifer Egenolf

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