OSU-Tulsa President Teaches Course in Nonprofit Fundraising

IMPRESSIVE PANEL: OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, left, introduces a guest panel of speakers during his class, including Phil Lakin, chief executive officer of the Tulsa Community Foundation and Tulsa city councilor; Ken Levit, director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation; Alana Hughes, chief operating officer for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; and Tim Colwell, Tulsa community outreach business partner at Williams Companies Inc.

Courtesy OSU-Tulsa

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa President Howard Barnett is helping graduate students learn the ins and outs on nonprofit fundraising through a course offered at -Tulsa this fall.

“Nonprofit organizations are integral to the quality of life in a community yet they are heavily reliant upon the generosity of donors,” says Barnett. “Students learn how to interact with stakeholders and establish the fundraising skills necessary in providing support for these endeavors.” The Fundraising for Nonprofits management course is offered through the Spears School of Business as part of the graduate certificate program in nonprofit management. Students in the course learn about fundraising from Barnett and a guest panel of fundraising experts each week.

As a longtime Tulsa businessman, Barnett has been involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Leadership Oklahoma, Tulsa Regional Chamber, Center for Nonprofits, Philbrook Museum of Art, Youth Services of Tulsa, Oklahoma Academy, Tulsa Ballet and Salvation Army. Barnett is past-president of the Board of Directors for the National Council of Nonprofits, the nation’s largest network of nonprofit organizations.

The Spears School of Business is the business component of Oklahoma State University. The Spears School is composed of seven academic departments with more than 100 tenure and tenure-track educational professionals. The college’s student body is made up of nearly 4,000 undergraduate students pursuing 15 degree fields and approximately 800 graduate students studying in seven different master’s degree programs. The Spears School also offers several Ph.D. programs, including business administration, economics and the new Ph.D. in Business for Executives.

Updated 12-24-2014

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