Institute for Nonprofit Practice Gets $1.5M to Grow Nationally
Institute for Nonprofit Practice

October 6, 2020 — The Institute for Nonprofit Practice, a Boston-based nonprofit that educates nonprofit leaders, today announced it received a $1.5 million grant from the Barr Foundation to support its equity focused leadership development programming and embark on a major national expansion.

Noting that “strong nonprofits are integral to our nation’s ability to confront and recover from COVID-19,” the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP) said the public health crisis spawned by the pandemic “is disproportionately affecting the most marginalized communities, while simultaneously threatening the effectiveness—and even the existence—of the vital organizations so many depend on.”

INP President and CEO Yolanda Coentro said, “Advancing racial equity in the social sector is paramount to its effectiveness. INP was built to fundamentally disrupt the status quo and ensure the sector is exponentially more effective, connected, equitable and diverse. Barr Foundation has been a stalwart partner in this work since our founding. We will fully leverage this investment to reach more leaders and offer them resources to renew, reform, and rebuild.”

Over its 13-year history, INP said it has equipped more than 1,400 leaders, a majority of whom are Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) and women, with tools and networks to assume greater leadership roles.

In the face of multiple concurrent crises, INP said it has raised funds to waive tuition for every student partaking in its 2021 class, leading to a record number of applications that will create the largest, most racially diverse class in the organization’s history, comprising 250 students, more than 70% of whom are BIPOC leaders.

“At this moment, it is critical to invest in nonprofit leaders, especially BIPOC leaders,” said Barr President Jim Canales. “Working with local partners in New England, INP has proven its model for equipping leaders in our region with knowledge, skills, and networks to have even greater impact in their organizations and communities.

“Barr is excited to support INP’s bold ambition to significantly expand their geographic reach. With new partners in new communities, INP is sure to play an important role in addressing our sector’s talent and network development needs.”

The grant, the largest ever made from Barr’s Sector Effectiveness portfolio, aims to expedite racial equity and widespread positive change in the nonprofit sector.

INP said it has begun market analyses and is actively seeking new partners to further expand its footprint with a goal of doubling the number of social sector leaders served in the next five years.

Founded in 2007 in Boston, INP has since opened four additional program sites in New England and New York. Through year-long certificate programs, INP trains executives, managers, and emerging leaders with a focus on social justice and supporting women and people of color to step into leadership roles of greater influence.