Nine area funders partner to strengthen local nonprofit sector

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On October 11, the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP) will launch Year 2 of its award-winning core certificate program on Cape Cod through a unique funder collaborative. Nine funders, dedicated to strengthening the local nonprofit sector, have underwritten the costs of INP’s nonprofit leadership development program, currently offered in Greater Boston, the Merrimack Valley, and Rhode Island. The program is affiliated with Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.
The participating funders for Year 2 are:

  • Bilezikian Family Foundation
  • The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
  • The Cape Cod Foundation
  • Cape and Islands United Way
  • Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits
  • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Edward Bangs Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation
  • Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

Cape Cod Foundation President and CEO Kristin O’Malley says “Last year’s pilot program on the Cape was extremely successful.  We are grateful that the Institute for Nonprofit Practice is continuing to offer the program here and that the funders are continuing to support this vital initiative. Our nonprofit leaders work to develop strategic solutions to our community’s greatest challenges, and this program strengthens the leadership and management skills they need to expand their impact and affect change within their organizations and throughout the community.”
Yolanda Coentro, the Institute’s President and CEO says, “These funders are making a bold and positive commitment to the Cape community. The Institute’s program is a transformative experience for nonprofit leaders.  It also opens doors for more meaningful collaborations, something that can have far-reaching impact for the community.”
The 16 alumni from the first Cape Cod and Islands cohort continue to meet and build on the momentum they gained together last year and have committed to supporting this year’s incoming class.
The new group consists of 16 leaders and managers from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations across the Cape. The participants are:
Andrea Aldana, Community Development Partnership
John Braden, WOMR/Lower Cape Communications
Courtney Bridge, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation
Elyse DeGroot, Duffy Health Center
Vanessa Downing, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Inc.
Dara Gannon, The Cape Cod Foundation
Sarah Johnson, Cahoon Museum of American Art
Hadley Luddy, Homeless Prevention Council
Kathy McNamara, Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation
Amy Neill, Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Pauline Neves, Hope Health
Mark Schmidt, Falmouth Historical Society, Inc.
Betsey Sethares, Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, Inc.
Denene Shimkus, CHAMP Homes, Inc.
Jill Talladay, CARE for the Cape & Islands
Edith Tonelli, Cape Cod Museum of Art
Hy-Line Cruises is once again providing meeting space for the group in Hyannis. The program includes approximately 50 hours of classroom sessions on nonprofit management and leadership skills, and another 30 hours of small-group sessions which encourage shared problem-solving, reflection, and application of skills. Participants also have mentoring opportunities and access to the Institute’s alumni programs. In May 2018, they will graduate with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, a national leader in civic engagement.  Learn more about the Institute for Nonprofit Practice at

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