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In the spring of 2013, the University at Albany began to formalize its long partnership with the nonprofit community in the Capital Region by offering a lecture series on current issues in the nonprofit sector.  Experts on fundraising, fraud, governance, mergers, and a host of other topics shared their thoughts and facilitated discussion.  As time went by, the program grew and different locations in the University began to increase the number of nonprofit-related courses, coordinate nonprofit interns and job placements, and conduct research using both faculty and student teams.  We recognized that we could do more for the community working together as a unit, and so the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development was born in July of 2016.

In September of 2016, we held a strategic planning event with members of the nonprofit and university community to help focus our mission and goals.  The nonprofit community responded that training and professional development, a collection of online resources, and serving as a hub for the nonprofit community were all high priority.  Since then, we have been hard at work on new ways to answer the call, including an invigorated lecture series, in-depth professional development workshops, improved access to service-learning opportunities for nonprofits, plans for a nonprofit incubator, and many more initiatives.