Nonprofits at the Next Level
Nonprofit organizations have a profound impact on the quality of life in Vermont—in virtually every important arena, from education and the environment to economic development, human services, agriculture, the arts, and myriad causes. According to one estimate, nearly 3,000 nonprofits are based in the state. In addition to the vital work that these organizations carry out, the nonprofits involve thousands of individuals in meaningful work as employees, volunteers, and board members.
It was with this critical sector of the workforce in mind that the Woodbury Institute of Champlain College recently secured a $4,000 grant from National Life of Vermont to support the innovative Nonprofit Certificate Program. Created in 2008 through a collaboration among the Woodbury Institute of Champlain College, Champlain College’s Workforce Development Center, and Marlboro College, the certificate program addresses a need for improved education and training among individuals working in the nonprofit sector. The program consists of 10 days of workshops delivered over a four-month period in spring and fall of 2009, focusing on the critical management and leadership challenges confronting the nonprofit sector today. Workshops combine the best of face-to-face learning with discussion among colleagues and faculty via online learning portals as participants refine skills and deepen knowledge in such areas as strategic planning, financial planning, and fundraising.
The generous contribution from the National Life Group Charitable Foundation, Inc., will fund enrollment in the Nonprofit Certificate Program for 10 nonprofit workers/residents of Washington County, home to the corporation. —Staff report