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Twenty-two Nonprofit Leaders Graduate from Award-winning Program

Twenty-two leaders from nonprofit organizations across Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard recently graduated from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s (INP) award-winning Core Certificate Program.  The program is designed to equip nonprofit leaders with the skills, knowledge, and networks they need to make strategic, mission-driven decisions that will positively impact their organizations and the communities they serve.

The following nonprofit executives (in alphabetical order) graduated from the program. They received a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University:

Emily Armstrong, Island Grown Initiative; Dorothy Basset, Chatham Conservation Foundation and Chatham Marconi Maritime Center; Kathryn Carpenter, Cape Cod Literacy Council; Tracey Crago, Falmouth Volunteers In Public Schools, Inc.; Julie Dalton, HopeHealth; Amy Davies, Provincetown Community Television; Kate Desrosiers, Vineyard House; Amy Doherty, WellStrong; Posie Haeger, Featherstone Center for the Arts; Thomas Hallahan, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard; Samuel Hart, ACE Martha’s Vineyard; Amy Houghton, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services; Susan Johnson, Cape Cod Village, Inc.; Tracy LaBonte, Cotuit Center for the Arts; Elaine Lipton, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival; Sarah McKay, Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center; Kim Mead-Walters, Sharing Kindness, Inc.; Katie Miller, International Fund for Animal Welfare; Noëlle Pina, Orleans Chamber of Commerce; Nevette Previd, Martha’s Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative; CJ Rivard Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association; Katharine Taylor, Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.

“Nonprofit leaders are tackling complex social and environmental challenges, but too often they are expected to go it alone,” said Yolanda Coentro, INP President and CEO. “This isolation diminishes impact. The Institute equips leaders both with a panoramic understanding of the skills required to manage and lead high-performing organizations and breaks down silos across the sector to meaningfully connect leaders. Over the past three years since our launch on the Cape and Islands, we have seen how this powerful combination of skills, networks, and confidence catalyzes impact at the organizations our communities rely on.”

This is the third year the intensive, academic year-long management and leadership program has been held on Cape Cod, and the first year with a Martha’s Vineyard specific cohort.  This year’s program was made possible by a collaboration of funders spearheaded by The Cape Cod Foundation and the Martha’s Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative. Fourteen 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; Cape and Islands United Way; Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation; Cape Cod Foundation; Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits; The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod; Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation; Edward Bangs Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation; Martha’s Vineyard  Nonprofit Collaborative; Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard; Rotary of Martha’s Vineyard; The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation; and The Vineyard Fund for Board Development and Education.

The Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors and Cape Cod Community College provided class space.

“Fifty-four local nonprofit leaders have participated in this empowering program so far,” says Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “They have benefitted individually and collectively. The strong, nonprofit network we are building has provided these leaders ongoing support and led to important, impactful collaborations throughout the Cape and Islands.” 

Peter Temple, Executive Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative added,

“Our first cohort just graduated, but we have already seen stronger leadership and new collaborations from this group. We thank INP for working with us to make this transformative program accessible to our nonprofit leaders by holding classes on Island. Based on the number of applicants for year two, the benefits of this program to our community will grow for years to come.”

Registration is now open for the fourth class, set to begin this fall. Nonprofit leaders interested in applying for the program can visit or contact Nate Bae Kupel at  The priority deadline is June 3, 2019; rolling admissions follow until the class is filled.

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