Historic Auburn home officially dedicated as Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies

Cary CenterAUBURN – With the use of a historic Auburn home to house the newly established Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University is poised to pursue philanthropic responsibility and nonprofit leadership education, outreach and research on a national level.

The Cary Center, in the historic Halliday-Cary-Pick home, was formally dedicated today. The second oldest home in Auburn was generously gifted to the college by Frances Pick Dillard, a founding member of the Women’s Philanthropy Board, and her family, to promote the expansion of the college’s already successful philanthropic efforts.

Since the organization was founded almost a decade ago, various development and outreach activities have transformed countless men and women of all generations into leaders and philanthropists, said June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences. In recent years, its work has spawned coursework in academia with a class called Gender, Wealth, and Philanthropy, and most recently, with the development of other offerings to constitute a new minor in philanthropy and nonprofit studies in the College of Human Sciences.

Philanthropy lessons have also been adapted to reach children ages 6 to 12 years old with Camp iCare and adolescents with Real Cents Real Change, a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County.

“As we began to build our vision to take the next step to the next level of achievement with this venture, we believed that a Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies would bring widespread recognition for the work of WPB and move us into the national arena to pursue other initiatives in education, research, and outreach,” said Henton.

Henton commended Dillard for her altruistic act, which resulted in a home for Auburn’s vision of becoming a national model for educational leadership in philanthropy, wealth management, mentoring and nonprofit studies.

“We believe the Cary Center will be unprecedented anywhere throughout the country,” she added.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy believes more than 300 colleges and universities offer courses in nonprofit management, most of which are for graduate education. Auburn’s nonprofit courses are currently for undergraduate students.

Henton said the Cary Center will integrate the Women’s Philanthropy Board into its operations and offer programs related to financial and philanthropic responsibility, nonprofit leadership and mentoring. Plans also include the development of distance education courses, certificate and degree programs and research. The center will work with the college’s Department of Consumer Affairs in promoting and supporting students seeking to pursue the new minor.

(Written by Amy Weaver.)

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