We are pleased to share our 2016 Annual Report with you. Our ninth year was both busy and productive and we could not have accomplished all that we have without the steadfast support of our staff, board members, alumni, funding partners, and donors. We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the innumerable contributions of our founder, Barry Dym, who retired in June. For nine years, Barry built and led the Institute and was relentless in pursuit of our mission. We are honored to continue to forward this meaningful work.
We are now entering our 10th year of educating leaders on the front lines of social change. What started as one class of 14 students has grown to eight classes serving over 150 leaders across four cities. And we’re not done. The sector-wide needs that inspired our creation have not changed, rather, they are more urgent than ever.
This year we made several advances to prepare the Institute for what’s ahead: significant growth and expansion to meet the rising demand for skilled and diverse nonprofit leadership.
We welcomed exceptional new faculty members and graduated our largest and most diverse class to date. Our alumni body grew to 800 and an Alumni Council was created to harness the power of this cohort. We launched in a third city, Providence, Rhode Island and will announce a fourth site this fall.
We changed our name to Institute for Nonprofit Practice, and our new brand better reflects our organizational maturity, embodies our values of social justice, and provides our students with a credential that demonstrates the dignity and prestige a nonprofit career deserves. Our partnership with the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University continues to develop and increasingly benefit our students and alumni.
In early 2017 we will complete a strategic plan for growth and increased impact. We will maintain an unwavering focus on equipping the current and next generation of nonprofit leaders with the skills to address our society’s most complex issues. As we embark on this journey, we hope you will stay connected with us, give what you can, and share our work with others.
We hope as you read this report you will feel proud of all that we have been able to accomplish together. Thank you for your generosity and support; we are grateful that you share our vision for a stronger and more equitable nonprofit sector.
Yolanda Coentro Mark Rosen
President and CEO Chair, Board of Directors