Grant Abramson and Miriam Muscarolas
Grant Abramson and Miriam Muscarolas met at USC in the ‘70s and have been married for 31 years. They share a passion for art and architecture, hiking, travel, and supporting the nonprofit sector. “Organizations addressing the most basic of human needs are particularly important to me,” explains Muscarolas, a partner and senior managing director at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors.
In 2012, Muscarolas and Abramson – an AULA Board of Trustee member – pledged $75,000 over five years to support AULA’s graduate management programs. The gift is the largest donation ever by an AULA Trustee, and funds the Abramson-Muscarolas Scholarship in Nonprofit Management, providing full tuition for one student in the new Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management program.
When Abramson retired as director of leadership development at Capital Group three years ago, he reconnected with AULA, where he’d taught in the Master of Arts in Psychology program from 1985 to 1995. Since 2010, he’s served as a guest lecturer and independent study advisor in the MA in Organizational Management program, and joined the task force group that developed the MA in Nonprofit Management program, which will launch in the fall of 2013.
The couple’s support of this new graduate program enhances the University’s ability to train the next generation of nonprofit leaders, who play a crucial role in serving the underserved.
“There are over 50,000 nonprofits in the Los Angeles area,” Abramson notes. “Improved education and training for nonprofit leaders and volunteers is essential to make their efforts more effective and to reach more people within their service areas.”
Adds Muscarolas, “Nonprofit leaders continue to be challenged to do more with less. The economic downturn beginning in 2008 accelerated the pressure. We think having more comprehensive analytic tools and problem-solving abilities will be critical to building a stronger community of nonprofits. In addition, having mentors, strong networks of peers, and a strong business perspective to match their passions is a great foundation for leadership success.”
To learn more about making a gift to AULA’s graduate management programs, creating a lasting legacy through a named scholarship, or other giving opportunities, please contact Amy Smith, vice president for Institutional Advancement, at (310) 578-1080 ext. 116 or email@example.com