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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 and IBM Corporation to provide meaningful capacity building workshops for nonprofits.

Nonprofit Learning Institute


Apply for the 2021 Nonprofit Learning Institute

The following nonprofit organizations participated in the 2020 Nonprofit Learning Institute (NPLI) program: 

Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

Greater Boston Legal Services, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Heritage Museums & Gardens


Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

Beyond Benign

Kids in Tech, Inc.

Community Music Center of Boston

Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, Inc.


People Acting in Community Endeavors (PACE)

English At Large

Social Capital Inc. (SCI)

English for New Bostonians


Friends of the Children-Boston

Youth Development Organization, Inc. (YDO)


“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”

Application information for the Nonprofit Learning Institute


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