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The Cape and Islands Partnership for Nonprofit Advancement

The Cape and Islands Partnership for Nonprofit Advancement is a regional collaborative whose mission is to leverage resources to effectively coordinate and expand training and educational opportunities for Cape Cod and the Islands in order to support the health and vitality of the nonprofit sector.

In the fall of 2015, the Partnership created a survey to gather data to help ensure that our area nonprofits have local, robust training and professional development opportunities.  The survey yielded 405 responses from nonprofit staff, Board members, and volunteers, and will inform current and future programming. A diverse group of respondents participated in the survey, with broad representation of organizational size, age, and geographic representation.

The key findings of the survey revealed top four training needs: Fundraising, Nonprofit Management, Executive/Leadership Training and Organizational Strategy. No matter the size of the organization, senior staff and Board members agreed on these rankings.  Click here to view a summary of the survey data.

Moving Forward
The Partnership has enhanced coordination of sharing educational opportunities and increased collaboration on existing programming. In addition, they have initiated new programming, specifically around leadership development, to address some of the gaps that were identified. Current initiatives include:

  • Coordinating a regional training calendar to more effectively share local educational and training opportunities for nonprofits in one central location
  • Establishing collaborative programming and co-sponsoring events and workshops
  • Funding the Institute for Nonprofit Practice to launch its award-winning certificate program on Cape Cod. Eight local funders have underwritten the costs of the Institute’s Core Certificate Program focused on nonprofit leadership development.

Members of the Cape & Islands Partnership for Nonprofit Advancement include: The Cape Cod Foundation (facilitator),         Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Associated Grant Makers, Bilezikian Family Foundation, Bridgewater State University of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Community College Center for Corporate and Professional Education, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits, Cape Cod SCORE, Cape Cod Technology Council, Cape & Islands United Way, Community Foundation for Nantucket, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Gestalt International Study Center, Goodwin Procter LLP, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands, Stonehill College Center for Nonprofit Management, Suffolk University Moakley Center for Public Advancement, and The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.

Click here to join the mailing list to receive monthly e-newsletters from the Partnership.

Questions about the Partnership? Please contact Kristin O’Malley at

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