ATLANTA – Four Georgia State University students—Rebecca Richard, Lauren Kline, Susannah Darrow and Eva Bradley — have received the first Nonprofit Leaders 30 under 30 Awards, which are aimed at encouraging the next generation of nonprofit leaders to continue their work.
Richard, a third-year student in the part-time master’s of social work program, is a program coordinator at the Midtown Assistance Center Inc. The nonprofit, interfaith organization’s mission is to provide emergency assistance to working poor people of Midtown and downtown Atlanta. The center’s aim is to prevent homelessness and hunger during periods of crisis.
Kline, a senior public policy major with a concentration in nonprofit leadership, is a program associate with the Foundation Center-Atlanta, one of five library/learning centers operated by the Foundation Center, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York. The Foundation Center’s mission is to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world. This is partly accomplished through free information and grant-seeker training offered to the public.
Kline also was co-president of Georgia State’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) program this past year. NLA, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offers the only national certification in nonprofit management and leadership developed with, and recognized by, the nonprofit sector. Georgia State has one of the nation’s largest NLA programs.
Darrow, who is working on a master’s degree in art history, is the executive director and co-founder of “Burnaway,” a nonprofit online magazine about the arts. The site, which hosts weekly articles, interviews and podcasts, has been named twice in Creative Loafing’s annual “Best of Atlanta” issue. In 2010, it received a $30,000 grant from the Possible Futures Foundation for pioneering new forms of art criticism in the city. Darrow also is on the board of directors of “Art Papers” magazine.
Bradley is working on a Master of Science in managerial sciences with dual concentration in organizational change and human resource management. She is the operations manager at VOX Teen Communications, an after-school program that helps teens across metro Atlanta find their voice through leadership development and storytelling. VOX, which is marking its 20th anniversary, publishes student work in a print magazine and online.
Nominees for the 30 Under 30 Awards aren’t required to hold leadership positions, but their actions and impact demonstrate the talent and commitment needed to become leaders in the nonprofit community.
Recipients are full-time employees at GCN member organizations, under 30 years of age, have worked in the nonprofit sector for a minimum of one year and have demonstrated leadership potential, according to GCN and YNPN.