United Way of Northwest Louisiana has announced the second class of the United Way of Northwest Louisiana’s Executive Academy, sponsored by BHP. The academy, beginning in January, will offer nonprofit leaders the chance to participate in a five-month leadership development series to improve the agency’s capacity and communities it serves.

Despite the high volume of applications, only 20 nonprofits executives could be selected:

1. Teresa Cooper, Family Resources for Education & Empowerment 2. Judy Daniels, Campti Community Development Center 3. David Tinkis, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana 4. Jessica Schiele, Cohabitat Foundation 5. Robin Jones, Bossier Arts Council 6. Meghan Hochstetler, Robinson Film Center 7. Lisa Sweeney, Sisters International Inc. 8. Debbie Hollis, Works in Progress Louisiana 9. Terri Hines, Sadies Armes Inc. 10. Terri Schaffner, Active Recovery Foundation Inc.

11. Christie Rodriquez, Renzi Education & Arts Center 12. Vicky Caskey, Wiggin Out 13. Heather Kleckinger-Craven, Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling 14. Nina Webster, Successfully Preparing Our Teens (SPOT) 15. Vickie Brumley, Care Pregnancy Center 16. Sarah Williams Shoup, Common Ground Community, Inc. 17. Rae Phillips, Friends of MLK 18. Betty Johnson, St. Luke’s Mobile Medical Ministry 19. Hershey Krippendorf, The Philadelphia Center 20. Monique Bryant, Providence House

BHP donated $25,750 in scholarships to twelve agencies participating in the 2018 academy.

“BHP values each nonprofit and their contributions to Northwest Louisiana. We believe the Executive Academy will strengthen the capacity of impact in our local communities,” said BHP Community Manager, Doug Bannerman. “BHP also understands that funding can hinder one from receiving the tools provided by the academy. As a result, BHP has provided assistance to relieve that financial burden.”

The goal of the academy is to educate these local nonprofits to help them qualify for future grants. Organizations may also need help training their board of directors, implementing effective financial protocols, gaining official nonprofit status, or addressing any number of operational issues. By providing nonprofits with essential skills, the capacity of Northwest Louisiana nonprofits to serve their communities will increase. The program will begin in January. The curriculum begins February 20 and concludes May 15. Academy graduates will also participate in a closing ceremony on June 19, 2018. The series will be led by Baton Rouge based management and strategic consulting firm, Emergent Method.

 

About United Way of Northwest Louisiana:  For nearly 100 years, United Way of Northwest Louisiana has improved lives of individuals in our community. The organization fights for the education, health, and financial stability for everyone, while helping those in crisis. United Way of Northwest Louisiana serves agencies throughout a ten parish region, and operates eight human service programs of their own. Each United Way organization operates independently of each other and makes decisions by local leaders.

About BHP:  BHP is a leading global resources company. Our purpose is to create long-term shareholder value through the discovery, acquisition, development and marketing of natural resources. BHP’s Petroleum business has exploration, development, production and marketing activities in countries around the world, including significant positions in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, onshore U.S., Australia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Across our global operations, we are committed to working in ways that are true to Our BHP Charter values of Sustainability, Integrity, Respect, Performance, Simplicity and Accountability.