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Office of Community Engagement

371 Varner Dr.
221A Varner Hall
Rochester, MI 48309
(location map)
248-370-3150
engagewithou@oakland.edu

Office of Community Engagement

371 Varner Dr.
221A Varner Hall
Rochester, MI 48309
(location map)
248-370-3150
engagewithou@oakland.edu

Office of the Provost

Wilson Hall, Room 205
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-2190
provost@oakland.edu

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Building Capacity for Non-Profits and Neighborhoods

The Building Capacity for Non-Profits and Neighborhoods pillar consists of multiple non - profit organizations dedicated to supporting the needs of Pontiac residents and families. The pillar works to support emerging non - profit organizations by sponsoring non - profit organizations leaders to complete grant workshops or receive a non - profit management certificate.

Pillar Leads

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Suzanne Rossi
MPA Coordinator
Oakland University
srossi@oakland.edu
Headshot of Jean Ann Miller
Jean Ann Miller
Senior Director
Office for Student Involvement
Oakland University
jam@oakland.edu
Headshot of Susan Harding
Susan Harding
Chief Executive Officer
OLHSA
susanh@olhsa.org
Headshot of Alexandria Riley
Alexandria Riley
Chief Development Officer
City of Pontiac
atr@alexandriatriley.com
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Rick David
Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus
Lighthouse of Oakland County
rdavid@lighthouseoakland.org
Objectives
  • Increase awareness of, and communication between, all nonprofits serving Pontiac
  • Increase the number of students in the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program
  • Promote cross-campus and cross-community collaboration for all social impact activities
Initiatives
Non-Profit Management Certificate Program
In October 2018, Oakland University’s Non-Profit Management Certificate Program graduated four non-profit leaders from the Pontiac community. Later in 2018 an additional six members of the Pontiac non-profit community collectively received over $25,000 in tuition waivers to attend this year-long non-profit professional development training. The Pontiac scholarship recipients Included Sonya LeDuff-Malone (OLHSA), Maggie Razdar (Kids Standard Magazine), Patrice Teasley (Pontiac Community Alliance), Leah McCall (Alliance for Housing), Chrishelle Griffin (Pontiac Policy Council), Catherine Johnson (God Is Raising Devoted Ladies for Excellence G.I.R.D.L.E.), Glen Konopaskie (Pontiac Transportation Museum), Melissa McQueen (Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network), Shannon Smith (Lighthouse of Oakland County) and Brent Sykes (Pontiac Youth Assistance).
Grant Workshops
OU-Pontiac Initiative Community Impact Sponsorship funding was awarded to Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) to provide grant-writing training for Pontiac nonprofits and community groups. Forty-one Pontiac nonprofits attended one of two free workshops held on April 13 and May 18, 2019 on Oakland University’s campus. Two additional workshops trained 15 Oakland University student volunteers who donated their time to assist in the community sessions. Each workshop consists of a three-hour grant writing training as an experiential learning opportunity for Oakland University students and Pontiac community members pursuing grant writing skills. The trainings covered researching grant opportunities, key components of successful grant proposals, and basic management of awards. Participants that completed gained a general understanding of planning, developing, and writing successful grant applications. The sessions were taught by Dr. Pat Chatman.
Make a Difference Day
Each year, hundreds of Oakland University students participate in Oakland University’s “Make a Difference Day”. “Make a Difference Day” is usually held the second Saturday of October, students are encouraged to complete an online registration in advance in order to be placed at a particular site. Upcoming “Make a Difference Day” is Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Jean Ann Miller at jam@oakland.edu.
Outcome Data
  • Nonprofit Management courses were provided to 46 students
  • Oakland University provided $62,550 in scholarships to Pontiac residents
  • Oakland University staff provided 2,426 staff hours to the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program