Jesse Kloss Memorial Scholarship Fund

By Dr. Kathleen Robinson, NANOE Co-Founder

Some friends and colleagues live a life that is memorable and unforgettable. To me, Jesse was one of them! He was a thoughtful, passionate, intensely curious individual who sought to better the lives of low-resourced communities and show the way we should all live-with kindness, thoughtfulness, empathy, and clarified conviction.

He lived out the principle that we should do to other what we would want done to us! He was a man of faith who showed those around him a sounder, more complete way to manifest their faith in community action. No matter where he lived, he sought to serve his community. He wanted to be a comfort and an encouragement to others. He wanted to challenge people’s thinking. Not to agitate but to encourage a re-examination of what was valued and believed so that actions were intentionally purposeful. That, to me, is a man of courage!

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Yes, he was a scholar and a hard-working colleague while we were both at the University of Hawaii and the University of South Carolina. Our work was in and with communities working to realize best practices in meeting needs, building human service systems that truly made an impact, and analyzing current community situations with community and neighborhood leaders to address social and environmental issues. He was a systems thinker. He understood that many issues faced by communities were a result of the current ways in which people interacted and shared resources and opportunities, or the lack of connection and access to resources and opportunities. In South Carolina and Hawaii, various community leaders used his contributions to guide their strategic business, foundation, nonprofit, and government actions and services. He was a private businessman for years and later in life sought to pursue his degrees. He worked his way through his bachelors, master’s and doctorate at a time when most men would be too afraid to give up their current life in order to strike out in a new direction. But that was Jesse! A man with a passionate purpose that drove him to use his talents and do the hard work needed to become truly proficient.

His work life post doctorate was cut short. He went through major surgery which left him dealing with a great deal of continuing health issues. This is indeed unfortunate, but it is a reminder that each day counts. It’s not so much about what we plan to do in the future as it is how we live our life each day!

To carry on the legacy he left us, funds donated in his memory will go to support the growth, development, and impact of nonprofit leaders who desire to make a significant impact related to their mission. Memorial contributions will be given to National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE). Gifts may be made online by pressing donate below or by phone at (803) 808-5086 or by mail:

NANOE PO Box 1840 Lexington, SC 29071

Dr. Kathleen Robinson Jesse’s university faculty mentor, friend, and colleague Co-founder of NANOE


National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) is a nationwide network of donors, volunteers and charitable leaders whose relentless commitment to significant and sustainable impact transforms the communities we serve. NANOE members are innovators who solve problems (not just service them) by deploying heroic missions of scale that confront social and environmental dilemmas so completely that money chases after their every need.

  1. We connect philanthropists, funders and academics to people that transform their worlds;
  2. We create platforms, programs and tools that supercharge financial capacity building;
  3. We form economic impact engines infusing capital into charities to guarantee mission success;
  4. We confront intellectual dishonesty using mass communications to dispel myths and disseminate truth;
  5. We disrupt industry associations, organizations and media outlets whose activities injure nonprofits;
  6. We build personal relationships with leaders that strengthen them and meet their needs;
  7. We establish compensation standards that safeguard the financial success of those employed in our sector;
  8. We credential executives in advanced management models, capacity-building and consulting;
  9. We research and report on scale, sustainability and significant impact;
  10. We host forums, conferences and events on scale, sustainability and significant impact;

NANOE, a 501(c)3 corporation, has unveiled a new and growing set of capacity-building “best practices” that empower nonprofits in ways previously thought to be impossible. These approved techniques are based on field tested university research and have been peer-reviewed by NANOE Governors during NANOE’s Convention & Expo. They have been designed for leaders who have a passion to grow their mission. For more information on NANOE’s Board of Governors’ Convention & Expo please visit our Events Page.

NANOE is the only nationwide membership organization in the U.S. for executives seeking credentials in the art of nonprofit capacity-building. Practitioners who hold a prestigious NANOE credential are “best practice” experts who grow charitable enterprise and discover new ways to advance the common good. For more information on CNE, CDE & CNE credentialing please visit our Credentials Page.

Ultimately, NANOE members believe that “innovation never fears a challenge” and that the greatest contribution nonprofit practitioners can make to charity is to become the creative enterprise-leaders our sector so desperately needs. For more information on how you can join please visit our Membership Page.

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