PMA Celebrates the Inaugural Marsicano Award for Philanthropic Leadership

October 2023

If you're looking for great examples of nonprofit leadership, we celebrated four of them today as the Institute for Philanthropic Leadership awarded the inaugural Michael Marsicano Award for Philanthropic Leadership. Each of the four finalists' stories reflected the principles the former Foundation For The Carolinas President & CEO embodied for more than 33 years.

Congratulations to Karen Calder (Classroom Central), Carol Hardison (Crisis Assistance Ministry), Kim Sleight Lanphear, MBA, MA (Apparo - Business and Tech Solutions for Nonprofits) and award recipient Shannon (Hinson) Green, MBA, CFRE (Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region) for all they are doing to better their organizations and the communities they serve.

Thanks as well to IPL board members Joanne O'Brien BeamPhilip BlumenthalJim Kelley and Meka Sales for tackling the very difficult selection process!

About the Institute for Philanthropic Leadership  
In January 2008, eight philanthropy leaders in Charlotte got together to develop a program to help educate nonprofit leaders about how to cultivate and secure major gifts. Their work resulted in the Institute and its inaugural program, Leadership Gift School, in 2010.  In 2015, the Institute added the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program.  For more information, go to the Institute's website linked here (

About PMA Nonprofit Leadership
Have you thought about leading a nonprofit organization?  Are you currently working in a nonprofit and hope to make it your long-term career goal? At PMA Nonprofit Leadership, we want to help you find the perfect nonprofit job and guide you along the road to career success in the philanthropic sector. Explore this website to learn more about the ways we can serve as a resource on your journey to success in nonprofit leadership.  As a firm, we are constantly developing content and programs to help you in three distinct ways.  The first way is to help you be a thought leader in the nonprofit sector by producing weekly content through our podcast Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership. The second way is through individual coaching, training and our unique Mastermind Nonprofit Leadership program. The third way is to help your nonprofit organization through support of its strategic planning, board & staff development, and fundraising. Through our exclusive partnership with the Institute for Philanthropic Leadership, we also  guide aspiring nonprofit leaders through the virtual Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy cohort training program, as well as the annual Leadership Gift School, now entering its 12th cohort season.  Let us know how we can help you! Join our community by signing up for our free resources here, and schedule a call if you'd like to learn more about ways we can help you on your journey to nonprofit leadership.