Humanics Alumni Network
The Humanics Program Fresno State transforms lives and perspectives on leadership and philanthropy and positively impacts individuals, organizations, and communities.
The Humanics Key Stone Programs
Scholars identify worthy organizations living true to their mission, and engage in the full philanthropic process to provide up to three grants of $5,000 each year to support the operations of selected partners. Over $195,000 has been awarded to local CBOs.
Capacity Building Project
Over three semesters, scholars access our chosen partner nonprofit, identify priority areas using an Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) and implement recommendations, and evaluate the impact to enhance their capacity and long-term sustainability to better fulfill their missions.
Grant Writing Project
Scholars research and prepare grant proposals in partnership with local Community Benefit Organizations (CBO Nonprofits). In the past 13 years, scholars have researched, applied for and received $4.3 million in grants from federal, state, and local funding sources for our partners.
Instructors and lectures
Social Justice Advocacy Project
Scholars work with CBOs resulting in the establishment of organizations, like Faith In the Valley-Fresno (PICO) (formerly Faith In Community), and various campus policy changes and city ordinances regarding divestment from fossil fuel companies, anti-human trafficking, vacant blighted properties, and the Office of Independent Review (Police Auditor).
Over 320 alumni have earned the Humanics minor degree, certificate, or a special major in CBO Administration & Leadership. Approximately 70% are employed with CBOs (70% of whom are employed locally) and 10% have become directors, executive directors, or CEOs.
The interdisciplinary Humanics Certificate requires 19-24 units, including 300 hours of field experience with an organization. Involvement in the Humanics Student Association and participation in a professional development conference are also required.
A special major can be designed for a baccalaureate (B.S.) degree. Courses and internships may be used to fulfill the requirements of other degree and certificate programs with advanced approval.
The certificate is open to students of all majors and community individuals. Courses may be taken part-time or through Open University.