INSTITUTE FOR NONPROFIT PRACTICE ANNOUNCES BLACK LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE TO SERVE BLACK LEADERS ACROSS SECTORS
Joined by Founding Sponsors Kraft Family Philanthropies, New England Patriots, Barr Foundation, and more
December 2, 2021, Boston — The Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP), which works to transform the social impact sector to be more effective, equitable, diverse, and connected, announced the launch of its newest initiative, a national Black Leadership Institute (BLI), alongside Founding Sponsors Kraft Family Philanthropies, New England Patriots, Barr Foundation, Papitto Opportunity Connection, Angell Foundation, and Fish Family Foundation during an event hosted at Gillette Stadium yesterday.
The program, set to launch in fall 2022, will address the well-documented racial leadership gap and unique systemic challenges that Black leaders across sectors face as they advance in their careers and influence by offering transformative programming to connect, inspire, and uplift Black leaders across the country.
HOW: Kraft Family Philanthropies was among the first funders to support BLI, awarding INP a $250,000 matching gift to encourage future donor participation ……
…. INP President and CEO Yolanda Coentro says. “In a time when progress is being threatened and our nation grapples with its history of anti-Black racism, we hope that this program will fuel Black leaders with lasting inspiration, relationships, and platforms, helping them stay the course. We are immensely grateful to the Founding Sponsors who swiftly responded to this idea with support, making BLI possible.”
BLI will launch with a national cohort of fellows comprised of groups located in Founding Communities across the country. The inaugural cohort will be selected from candidates leading on issues with significant outcome disparities for Black people, including incarceration and recidivism, healthcare, poverty, environmental justice, and education.
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APPLICATIONS: Leaders will share, learn, and leverage strategies to advance their capital—cultural, financial, social, and knowledge. The 18-month program, offered at no cost to fellows, is set to open applications for those interested in spring 2022.
WHAT: Erica Hamilton, Founding Director of BLI, who brings over two decades of experience as an executive in the nonprofit, private, and academic sectors, said, “Investing in Black entrepreneurs, communities, and social impact leaders is of critical importance. Black leaders are often the most underinvested in, the least well resourced, and the most isolated in their work to lift up their communities and advance the progress of Black and Brown communities. Through BLI, we have the opportunity to center Black leaders in design and implementation and to give leaders what they need to realize their goals for their communities.”