Monday, March 27, 2006 | Staff Editorials-NPOs still need to demonstrate business savvy | Staff Editorials: "With a drop in the amount of federal and state assistance to communities, nonprofit agencies across the spectrum have had to pick up the slack from government institutions. This situation has made the success of nonprofits all the more important for spurring a community's economic development.

Krishna Das, director of Iowa State University's Nonprofit Management Academies and member of the Press-Citizen's Writers' Group, said that the curriculum for his program has changed drastically since first being offered in 1999. Early versions of the academy offered classes primarily in human resources and other intra-agency management issues. Now, the sessions focus on a host of topics including risk analysis, crisis management, conflict resolution and marketing."

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