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FREE TO READ: Nonprofit Management Institute classes starting this week

NMI certificates – In May, 18 nonprofit leaders received their Certificate in Fundraising Management after completing 25 hours of instruction.

New classes at the Nonprofit Management Institute at Thomas Nelson Community College begin on August 23 for nonprofit professionals interested in obtaining a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. The Institute is the first of its kind to be offered on the Peninsula. It is a joint initiative of Thomas Nelson Community College and NetworkPeninsula, a local capacity-building organization that supports more than 300 nonprofits across the Peninsula.

The Williamsburg Health Foundation is offering training funds for local nonprofits and encouraging staff at all levels to attend. All classes are designed to educate nonprofit professionals and equip them with best practices in nonprofit management, leadership, and development. The ultimate benefit is in strengthening the capacity of local nonprofits, helping them to remain sustainable, able to meet the continuing needs in our communities.

33 nonprofit staff to learn about the important topic “Building an Annual Campaign ” at Nonprofit Management Institute in March

Classes at the Nonprofit Management Institute began in January 2019 and were filled to at or near capacity. In May, the last of five classes for the first Certificate in Fundraising Management wrapped up, with 49 local nonprofit staff attending the classes. All classes are open to nonprofit staff, board members, and anyone interested in developing and/or improving their skills in the nonprofit sector. Classes are taught by experts in their field from across the state and beyond.

The Williamsburg Health Foundation was one of the first groups to support this new initiative by providing training funds to enable greater Williamsburg nonprofits the opportunity to participate.

“We are fortunate in the Greater Williamsburg area to have so many great nonprofits working to meet the needs of our community,” said Carol Sale, President & CEO of the Foundation. “We are thrilled to have NetworkPeninsula stepping up to provide such high-quality, professional education for them right here at home. We commend Karen Dutro of NetworkPeninsula for all her hard work to make this happen,” Sale added.

According to Karen Dutro, Executive Director of NetworkPeninsula, “Nonprofit staff and Board will not only learn how to work effectively on a daily basis, but they will also learn the latest trends in the areas of fundraising and leadership. This will enable them to excel in their roles, to the ultimate benefit of their nonprofit and the communities in which they serve.”

Classes are $85 per class, with discounts provided to nonprofit members of NetworkPeninsula. Participants can work toward various Certificate Programs, including Fundraising Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Resource Development, and more. Ultimately, participants can work toward a comprehensive Certificate in Nonprofit Management. In addition, each class will provide participants with CEUs and CFREs, an international fundraising certification.

For more information, including class schedule and full descriptions, visit

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