16 Local Nonprofit Executives Graduate from Award-Winning Program

Institute for Nonprofit Practice's award-winning Core Certificate program...
Graduates of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice's Core Certificate program (Julia Cumes photo)

SOUTH YARMOUTH – Sixteen leaders from nonprofit organizations across the Cape recently graduated from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s (INP) award-winning Core Certificate Program.  It is designed to provide nonprofit leaders the professional development experiences, tools, networks, and strategies they need to ensure organizational excellence and drive social change.

The following nonprofit executives (in alphabetical order) graduated from the program which is partnered with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University: Andrea Aldana, Community Development Partnership; John Braden, WOMR; Courtney Bridge; Elyse DeGroot, Duffy Health Center; Vanessa Downing, Wellfleet Preservation Hall; Dara Gannon, The Cape Cod Foundation; Sarah Johnson, Cahoon Museum; Hadley Luddy, Homeless Prevention Council; Kathy McNamara, Cape Cod Community College Education Foundation; Amy Neill, Cultural Center of Cape Cod; Pauline Neves, Hope Health; Mark Schmidt, Falmouth Museums on the Green; Betsey Sethares, Cape Cod Times Needy Fund; Denene Shimkus, Champ Homes, Inc.; Jill Talladay, CARE for the Cape & Islands, and Edith Tonelli, Tonelli Arts and Consulting.

This is the second year the intensive, six-month management and leadership program has been held on the Cape.  It was made possible by a funder collaborative through The Cape Cod Foundation. Nine funders, who believe in strengthening the local nonprofit sector through education, joined forces to underwrite the cost: Arts Foundation of Cape Cod; 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, and the Edward Bangs Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation.

“We need to develop and empower the nonprofit leaders who are doing important work in our community,” says Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “This is the second graduating class.  We are now powering up a third class for Fall.”

She says the program focuses on individual and collective growth.  “Participants also become part of a strong network that will support them long after the program has ended,” she says.

Nonprofit leaders interested in applying for the program can visit nonprofitpractice.org or contact Nate Bae Kupel at [email protected]  The priority application deadline is July 1, 2018; rolling admissions follow until the class is filled.

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