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Nonprofit Learning Institute


Presented by Bank of America Charitable Foundation and Associated Grant Makers, the Nonprofit Learning Institute each year brings twenty nonprofit organizations from a broad cross-section of​the nonprofit sector together to participate in a series of technical assistance and capacity building sessions. Each organization sends two attendees to sessions led by experts from leading service organizations and/or consultants in different topic areas. In addition to the sessions, there are a number of supplementary opportunities to meaningfully engage, network, and share experiences with your peer participants. The program was founded in 2011 and is sponsored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Over the last six years, this program has increased the effectiveness of 100 nonprofit organizations from throughout Massachusetts.

2016-17 Nonprofit Learning Institute

Nonprofit Learning Institute 2016-17 Session Descriptions:

  • Launch of Nonprofit Learning Institute (November 16, 2016 – 11:30am-1:30pm)
    This will be the orientation for the Nonprofit Learning Institute. During this orientation, we will go over goals and expectations for the program, as well as learn more about the organizations in the program.

  • Board Management & Development (December 8, 2016 – 8:00am-12:00pm)
    This session will focus on managing and developing a board; member purpose, roles and responsibilities; opportunities for board leadership; and, strategic board recruitment.

  • Board Engagement (January 10, 2017 – 8:00am-12:00pm)
    This session will focus on strategically engaging board members and creating a healthy board culture; organizational involvement; and, the role of the board in organizational fundraising.

  • Capitalization & Financial Stability (February 8, 2017 – 8:00am-12:00pm)
    This session will focus on the role of executives and board leadership in effectively identifying a sustainable business model; understanding how to address breaks within a business model; and, strategizing how to effectively capitalize an organization (i.e. how to build financial resources required to support your mission).

  • Closing Reception (late March / early April TBD)
    This will be a closing reception with the informal opportunity to meet with other organizations who have participated in the Nonprofit Learning Institute. 



  • Organizations must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in Massachusetts

  • Annual operating budget should be between $500,000 and $2 million
    (Budget size should not deter organizations from applying. Organizations outside this range will also be considered. See Application Form Question 7 for details.)

  • One primary senior staff member must commit to attending all sessions
    At each session, organizations may send two representatives. The second representative may be different for each session. It is strongly recommended that the second representative be either a board.member or additional senior staff member.



  • All sessions (listed above) will be hosted at Bank of America (225 Franklin Street, 5th Floor, Post Office Square Room, Boston, MA 02110)

  • Food and refreshments will be served at each of the sessions


Application Timeline:

  • September 10, 2016: Application released

  • October 9, 2016, 5pm: Deadline for application submission

  • October 30, 2016: Participants notified of application status

  • November 2016 – March 2017: Nonprofit Learning Institute Sessions    

For the complete guideline and application questions, please click here. Note that the application must be completed online, and the application questions in the following document are just for reference.

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