October 26, 2021 | News Article

Institute for Nonprofit Practice & New Sector Alliance Announce Program Transfer


Institute for Nonprofit Practice to Acquire Two New Sector Alliance Programs

October 26, 2021, Boston – The Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP), an organization which works to transform the social impact sector to be more effective, equitable, diverse, and connected, and New Sector Alliance (NSA), which works to accelerate social change by strengthening organizations and developing leaders, announced today that two NSA programs, the RISE and Summer Fellowships, have formally transitioned from NSA to move under the management and ownership of INP. NSA will continue to operate as a separate 501(c)(3) and build out its Designing Your Success Fellowship and other future-focused programming, under the leadership of NSA Founder & Executive Chair, Carly Janson. 

For 15 and 20 years, respectively, INP and NSA have offered a range of programming that equips promising social impact leaders with the skills, tools, resources, and networks they need to advance in their careers and be forces for change in their organizations and communities. 

As COVID-19 and the nation’s racial reckoning took a devastating toll on communities and the nonprofits that served them, INP and NSA began to explore ways to work together to deepen and expand their impact and catalyze support for leaders and their organizations. With the shared belief that collaboration and coalition building are critical to scaling solutions, INP and NSA, launched a process to explore a more substantive alliance.  

After an extensive due diligence process led by merger and acquisition consultants from La Piana Consulting and supported by Sea Change Capital, both organizations’ Boards of Directors unanimously approved the decision to transition management of the RISE and Summer Fellowship programs from NSA to INP.

“We are thrilled to welcome the RISE and Summer programs, and their 1,400 distinguished alumni, into the INP community,” said Yolanda Coentro, President and CEO of INP. “Our organizations share a deeply held commitment to advancing organizational effectiveness and equity in the social impact sector. These programs are a natural extension of what we offer at INP, allowing us to support leaders across their entire career trajectory, from their first job all the way through leadership at the executive level.”

The addition of the RISE and Summer Fellowship programs to INP’s existing portfolio will extend the pipeline of leaders served by INP, adding individuals who are just beginning their professional journeys, and expands the organization’s geographic reach, adding sites in Chicago and Minneapolis to INP’s five existing sites across Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

Carly Janson, Founder & Executive Chair of NSA, said, “Throughout New Sector’s 20-year history, we’ve built strong cross-sector alliances focused on innovation, impact, and scale. INP is an ideal strategic partner, and Yolanda and I hope that our collaboration will be a model for the sector. Through this programmatic transfer to INP, the RISE and Summer programs will be able to scale to reach many more Fellows and integrate these emerging leaders and New Sector alumni into a much larger network of social impact leaders across the country. This will strengthen the field of equity-focused nonprofit leadership development for years to come.” 

About the Institute for Nonprofit Practice:

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice works to ensure that the most promising nonprofit leaders have the skills, knowledge, networks, resources, and confidence they need to effectively lead, advance justice, and build a more equitable future for all. Through academically distinguished certificate programs, the Institute trains executives, managers, and emerging leaders across the country. Central to the Institute’s work is a focus on social justice and supporting women and people of color to step into leadership roles of greater influence; the majority of the Institute’s students and alumni identify as BIPOC, and over 60% are women. For more information, visit nonprofitpractice.org or follow @InstituteNP.

About New Sector Alliance:

New Sector Alliance works to accelerate social change by strengthening organizations and developing leaders. New Sector’s Fellowship programs bring together cohorts of highly motivated, mission-driven professionals committed to making a difference. Depending on the program, Fellows deliver high-impact projects, improve organizational operations, or design new service models rooted in human-centered design-thinking while building mindsets and skills to succeed in the future of work. New Sector’s approach is founded in empirical academic research and theories, drawing on disciplines spanning public policy, organizational behavior, economics, psychology, and education. For more information, visit newsector.org.

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