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Nonprofit Learning Institute Overview

Throughout the year, Philanthropy MA offers opportunities to increase your nonprofit's capacity with programs that focus more broadly than just fund development. These opportunities are meant to increase your understanding of nonprofit trends, best practices, and organizational needs in order to bolster the capacity of your organization to achieve its mission. Please use the navigation on the right hand menu to view current special initiatives.

In the past, Philanthropy MA has partnered with Bank of America Charitable Foundation and IBM Corporation to provide meaningful capacity building workshops for nonprofits.

Nonprofit Learning Institute

Partnership with Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Applications for the 2018 -19 Nonprofit Learning Instiute have closed.

The following nonprofit organizations participated in last year's Nonprofit Learning Institute (NPLI) program: 

Adaptive Sports New England

Latino STEM Alliance

Boston Cares

Life Science Cares
Boston Dance Alliance Mill City Grows, Inc.

Center for Artistry and Scholarship

MITS, Inc. (Museum Institute for Teaching Science)

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc.

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts

The Commonwealth Institute

EVkids, Inc.

The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc.

Farrington Memorial d/b/a Farrington Nature Linc

Urban Farming Institute of Boston, Inc.

Found in Translation

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Hospitality Homes WriteBoston, Inc.


“It is definitely worth the time and effort. A large key to taking what is learned and implementing it is to have both board & staff representation at the sessions. It provides a great opportunity to hear the same story, share takeaways and to learn that your organization is not alone in its struggles and challenges. You build a sense of community and a stronger knowledge base of how you can meet some of the challenges”

"Having one consistent board member attend with me was really key in helping us implement some of the ideas from NPLI. This way, suggestions for change were coming from both a board member and the executive director, giving it more credibility and strength”

"As a new (and young) executive director, this series was incredibly helpful. I've used a lot of the information and tools in everyday worklife"

"Our board recruitment and vetting has become much more organized, as well as a formalized rotation plan so that the board continuously brings on new members and doesn't get stale”

“Very helpful for both board development and prospective donor ‘pitches.’ Was especially helpful to be able to bring key board members with me on specific subjects. They got a lot of out of it”

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