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Our Humanics Program at Fresno State was founded in 1998 and has been nationally recognized
for excellence and was originally affiliated with Nonprofit Leadership Alliance—a
national alliance of universities and national nonprofit organizations. Since spring
2001, our Humanics Program has generated over 300 alumni who have earned the Humanics
Certificate in Administration & Leadership for Community Benefit Organizations (CBOs)
or Minor Degree in Philanthropic & Community-based Leadership. Approximately 70%
of our alumni are employed with CBOs (70% of whom are employed locally and 10% who
have been promoted to CEO/ED/Director). All of these students have completed at least
12 units of coursework and 300 hours in an internship with a nonprofit, community
benefit organization. They have achieved competencies in areas including management,
program planning and evaluation, board development & financial literacy, marketing/public
relations, fundraising and grant writing, advocacy, volunteer administration, and
human resource development and supervision.
The Humanics Program benefits from an excellent Advisory Council, consisting of a
current Fresno State student, faculty and staff, alumni, CBO professionals, and community
leaders. This group meets occasionally to review and support the program faculty,
current students, and alumni.
Each year, community benefit organizations need thousands of new full-time professional
staff. Men and women who fill these positions are people-oriented, competent managers,
who are committed to improving their communities and the future of our society.
The Humanics Minor Degree and Certificate is a value-added form of human capital for students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in recreation administration and leisure
studies, social work, psychology, sociology, public health, business, arts & humanities,
and other academic areas. All Humanics students acquire knowledge and skills to demonstrate
the following competencies:
Furthermore, all interested students engage in leadership development through activities with the Humanics Collegiate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising
Professionals, a recognized campus organization for students interested in this career
The Humanics Program has an outstanding record of job placement with several CBOs
for its graduates.