Institute for Nonprofit Practice

The Core Certificate Program in Leadership equips nonprofit leaders with the skills, knowledge, and networks they need to make strategic, mission-driven decisions.

The Institute For Nonprofit Practice (INP) Core Certificate Program in Nonprofit Leadership is through Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, designed for current executive nonprofit leaders and emerging nonprofit leaders. The 7-month program differs from other professional development courses, with its emphasis placed equally on leadership, self-awareness, and personal growthIt is relevant and open to all types and sizes of nonprofit organizations.  

The Martha's Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative (MVNC)as part of their capacity building initiatives, has worked with INP to modify the program to make it accessible to Vineyard nonprofit leaders. The INP curriculum combines traditional classroom learning in a monthly full-day, intensive management seminar format on the Cape, with small group practice seminars on Island 3x a month. This year the session will begin virtually, adjusting as new gathering rules due to Covid-19 come into focus. The program runs from October-April. 

"The INP Core Certificate Program is an excellent hands-on program for nonprofit leaders to gain critical skills while interacting with peers facing similar challenges. The collaboration we have seen has been outstanding, capitalizing on respective strengths and avoiding duplication, which is crucial when resources are scarce. - Robert Egerton, Board Chair Emeritus, MV Community Services

This INP program addresses several issues specific to the Vineyard:

Leadership transitions. As baby boomers retire, many organizations do not have a large enough staff to provide succession from inside. Some of those taking the lead are younger and less experienced, and the INP program offers tangible benefits from factual and experiential learning.

Providing and strengthening important skills in budgeting, marketing, fundraising, staff management, Board engagement, etc.

Increase efficiencies and impact. Stronger collaboration among nonprofits will have a more significant, collective impact on the community and maximize most nonprofits' limited resources.

Strengthening bonds. The Island has over 100+ nonprofits. To be sustainable, we need more partnering, collaboration, and mergers; this requires bonds of trust and honest communication between nonprofits whose mission serves a similar "space," and those who can benefit from increased collaboration. INP has a proven track record of building these strong bonds between cohort members that last long after graduation.

Access. Professional development is challenging for nonprofits due to the Island's isolated location. These programs and expenses to travel off-Island for classes are typically too high for small nonprofits.

Nine funders who believe in strengthening the local nonprofit sector through education joined forces to underwrite the cost of the Vineyard program. This year, INP waived the tuition, from each nonprofit, for every student in 2021 in response to the need to support leaders as they navigate the monumental changes that lie ahead. This generous support has made the award-winning program FREE. 

For more information on the program, contact Nevette Previd,

The impact

The real impact of this program will be felt over time as more and more Vineyard nonprofit leaders take this course. Better managers will lead to better nonprofits but the growing network of leaders willing to work together and collaborate will deliver an even more significant benefit to the Island. Download the 2018-2020 report here:

2018_2020 INP Report.pdf

INP Graduates

28 Leaders from different Island nonprofit organizations will have participated from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice Core Certificate Program.  Please help us congratulate their achievement.


Edgartown Board of Trade / Erin Ready

Featherstone Center for the Arts / Ann Smith 

MVY Radio / PJ Finn

Martha's Vineyard Museum / Katy Fuller

Sherif Meadow Foundation / Nancy Tutko

Slough Farm Foundation / Sophie Jones

The Yard / Chloe Jones

Vineyard Conservation Society / Samantha Look

Vineyard Montessori School / Deborah Jernegan


Emma Green Beach / Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group

Sidney Morris / Chappaquiddick Community  Center

Christopher Anderson / Island Housing Trust

Emily Reddington / Great Pond Foundation

Shelley Edmundson / Martha’s Vineyard Fisherman Preservation Trust

Leslie Clapp / Center for Living

Kayte Morris / Island Food Pantry

Hilary Dreyer / Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival

Kristina West / Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society


Amy Houghton, MV Hospital (previously at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services)

Sam Hart, The Trustees

CJ Rivard, Campground Association 

Sarah McKay, Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center

Tom Hallahan, Hospice Martha’s Vineyard

Posie Hager, Featherstone Center for the Arts

Nevette Previd, Martha’s Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative

Emily Armstrong, Island Grown Initiative 

Kate Desrosiers, The Vineyard House


Andria Jason, Permanent Endowment of Martha's Vineyard

Made possible with the Support of:

Thank you to our 2020/2021 supporters:

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

Cape and Islands United Way

Martha's Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative

Rotary Club of Martha's Vineyard

The Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard 

Dr. James Weiss

Mr. Gerald Jones

Mrs. Carol Kenney

The Wilks Family Foundation

The Vineyard Fund for Board Education and Development 

Become a Cape and  the Island's INP supporter

INP 2018/19 Class: From left to right: Sam Hart, Amy Houghton, Posie Haeger, Sarah McKay, Emily Armstrong, Kate Desrosiers, Thomas Hallahan, CJ Rivard, (Nevette Previd is absent)

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