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Nonprofit Learning Institute Overview

(NPLI session in the time of COVID)

The Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NPLI) is a cohort-based learning opportunity for nonprofit leaders that takes a broad look at organizational capacity. Thanks to the generous partnership of Bank of America, NPLI is now in its tenth year of helping nonprofit professionals increase their understanding of sector trends, best practices, and operational needs in order to advance the mission of their organizations.




2021 Press Release: The Nonprofit Learning Institute Announces its 2021 Cohort


The following nonprofit leaders are participating in the 2021 Nonprofit Learning Institute (NPLI) program: 


Juliet Najjumba 
African Cultural Services Inc.

Gina Dessources
Mount Olives Community Center  

Paula Sakey
Boston Public Library Fund

Rita Shah 
Saheli, Inc. 

Monica Lombardo 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South

Tania Buck 
Somerville YMCA 
Montez Haywood 
Esplanade Association
Jonathan Goldman
Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice, Inc.  
France A. Neff 
Family Independence, Inc.
Isaiah Davis
Team New England  
Robert Hendricks 
He is Me Institute 
Eric Esteves
The Lenny Zakim Fund 

Ruth Zakarin
MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence  

Chris Hope
The Loop Lab  

Joy Murrieta
Main IDEA  

Robyn Burns
The Salem Pantry  

Rebecca Reynolds
Manship Artist Residence + Studios, Inc. 

Kelly Shea Knowles 
Theater in the Open
Jeremy Surla Vargas 
Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center 
Nikki Glass
Michael Cancilliere 
Meeting Street



“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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