The Institute for Nonprofit Practice Expands its Programming to Western New York

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP) is assisting in the transformation of communities by preparing social impact leaders with essential skills and resources to effectively advance social justice and expand their organizations.

Since its founding in 2007, INP has set out to improve historic racial and gender gaps in leadership and to ensure the social impact sector reflects the diversity of the communities they serve. INP provides several training methods to help leaders identify what their organizations need to be more effective internally, and within their communities.

Nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in Western New York expressed a need for INP’s unique offerings, which can ensure that social sector leaders at all career levels have access to capacity building support and diverse professional connections to realize their organizations’ missions,” said INP president and CEO Yolanda Coentro. “We are thrilled to launch INP in Western New York and contribute to the region’s already vibrant social impact sector.

INP welcomes leaders into a space where they can be their authentic selves and feel a true sense of belonging. There is a shared commitment to building bridges across differences to create collective change.

The Tower Foundation has been a partner of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice for almost 15 years and is looking forward to seeing its impact in Western New York.

As COVID-19’s impact on the workforce continues to unfold, threatening the sustainability of community organizations and employee retention, it is more critical than ever that we come together as a funding community to support social impact leaders and organizational capacity,” said Tracy Sawicki, executive director of the Tower Foundation.

The Tower Foundation was the lead funder assisting INP, but other funders include The John R. Oishei Foundation and KeyBank.

The inaugural launch of INP’s Core Certificate Program will take place in Fall 2022. The program is now accepting applications and is open to 24 leaders in the social impact sector of Erie and Niagara counties. Interested candidates can apply here.