UofM and ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Collaborate on New Courses And Content In Philanthropy and Nonprofit Administration

October 12, 2017 - The University of Memphis Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration is collaborating with ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,® to create new courses and course content focused on philanthropy and nonprofit administration. The University also is working to identify internship opportunities and will bring student groups to the headquarters of ALSAC, located on the campus of St. Jude in Memphis, to learn more about the organization and how it operates.

The UofM currently offers a graduate certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.

"This partnership will allow us to move to the next level," said UofM President M. David Rudd. "This is a great opportunity for the department and the University to increase our national and international presences, provide online learning opportunities for the philanthropy and nonprofit sector, and provide our students with opportunities to learn from and work with a world-class organization. The Public and Nonprofit Administration MPA and graduate certificates have an established reputation in Memphis and throughout the Mid-South, and we will continue to engage and serve our local government and nonprofit communities."

"The spirit of education and lifelong learning is one ALSAC and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have always held in high esteem and we will continue to nurture, grow and support it," said Richard C. Shadyac, Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "It is especially imperative for us to amplify initiatives like these in our local community, and I'm confident that by working with a partner like the University of Memphis, we will reach new and important audiences around the world."

About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

Gabrielle Maxey