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Celebrating 10 Years, The Nonprofit Learning Institute Announces its 2021 Cohort
A Professional Development Series for Greater Boston Nonprofits in Partnership with Bank of America and Philanthropy Massachusetts
Boston, MA - In partnership with Bank of AmericaPhilanthropy Massachusetts is excited to announce the 2021 cohort of twenty-one nonprofit organizations participating in the Nonprofit Learning Institute (NPLI).

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Nonprofit Learning Institute is comprised of a series of technical assistance and capacity building sessions with the goal of fostering and empowering leaders in the Massachusetts nonprofit sector. For the first time, the Nonprofit Learning Institute is going virtual this year with its four sessions on learning led by experts in each topic area coinciding with networking opportunities.

“One of the ways Bank of America can advance issues relating to economic mobility and social progress is by equipping the next generation of nonprofit leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed,” said Miceal Chamberlain, Bank of America Massachusetts Market President. “We are especially gratified to be part of an effort to educate and encourage leadership from communities that represent America’s diversity.”

Twenty-one nonprofit organizations from a broad cross-section of the sector with missions ranging from immigration and social justice to education and arts and culture, were selected to participate through an application process. With an increased effort to support leaders of color through the work of the institute, 70% of the 2021 nonprofit organizations in the cohort are led by BIPOC leaders. Incoming NPLI participant, Chris Hope, Founder and Executive Director of The Loop Lab, expressed his goal for attending the institute is, “to grow as a nonprofit BIPOC leader and to strengthen my ability to bring my vision to scale.”

“The unprecedented situation of the pandemic this past year has exposed the fragility of our society and the need to maintain a secure infrastructure for our nonprofit sector to succeed. Organizations that participate in the Nonprofit Learning Institute are serving our communities' most critical issues such as immigration and social justice, families and youth housing, health and human services, food insecurity, arts and culture," explained Jeff Poulos, Chief Executive Officer of Philanthropy Massachusetts. “We are proud and grateful to be entering our 10th year partnering with Bank of America. Their continued support of our robust nonprofit sector in Massachusetts and investment in development and training through the Nonprofit Learning Institute is a model of philanthropy working in collaboration with the nonprofit sector for the well-being of the entire region.”
This year’s cohort joins the growing network of over 180 nonprofit organizations who have honed their skills and connected with peers in the sector by participating in the Nonprofit Learning Institute since its inception in 2012. The following nonprofit organizations are the 2021 cohort:
2021 Nonprofit Learning Institute Cohort (Organization and Leader)
  • African Cultural Services Inc./africanowaltham
- Juliet Najjumba
  • Boston Public Library Fund
- Paula Sakey
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South
- Monica Lombardo
  • Esplanade Association
- Montez Haywood
  • Family Independence, Inc.
- France A. Neff
  • He is Me Institute
- Robert Hendricks
  • MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
- Ruth Zakarin
  • Main IDEA
- Joy Murrieta
  • Manship Artist Residence + Studios, Inc.
- Rebecca Reynolds
  • Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
- Jeremy Surla Vargas
  • Meeting Street
- Michael Cancilliere
  • Mount Olives Community Center
- Gina Dessources
  • Saheli, Inc.
- Rita Shah
  • Somerville YMCA
- Tania Buck
  • Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice, Inc.
- Jonathan Goldman
  • Team New England
- Isaiah Davis
  • The Lenny Zakim Fund
- Eric Esteves
  • The Loop Lab
- Chris Hope
  • The Salem Pantry
- Robyn Burns
  • Theater in the Open
- Kelly Shea Knowles
  • VISIONS, Inc.
- Nikki Glass
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About Philanthropy Massachusetts
Philanthropy Massachusetts, promotes the practice and expansion of effective and responsible philanthropy to improve the health and vitality of its region. Founded in 1969, Philanthropy Massachusetts is a diverse and vibrant membership association of highly engaged philanthropic organizations and individuals with interests in Massachusetts and surrounding areas. We connect new and established donors, their trustees and staff to each other, to their communities and to emerging and relevant issues in the field. Philanthropy Massachusetts serves as a bridge between funders and fund applicants for better understanding, efficiency and impact. As a leading and influential voice and advocate for effective philanthropy, Philanthropy Massachusetts provides access to knowledge and cooperative action that enables our members to create extraordinary value for each other, their grantees and to collectively shape the future of a healthy and vibrant region. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter at @Philanthropy_MA.