Duke Nonprofit Management Certificate Course Earns High Marks

Twenty-three Outer Banks nonprofit executives spent eight days in January and February learning intensely. Their online subject matter came straight from Duke University, and their end goal was to obtain a certificate in nonprofit management. Eight instructors, each high-level  educators and/or professionals in their respective fields, led virtual classes on financial management, grant writing, planning and evaluation, social enterprise, employment law, strategic planning, and more. $30,000 in Community Foundation grants assisted in underwriting course expenses for most attendees.

Here is just some of the positive feedback received:

“Having worked as a registered nurse and regional safety-net coordinator, I understood the challenges of accessing health care that uninsured, financially-challenged adults faced. To be an effective Executive Director of a free/charitable clinic, however, I had to learn how to lead so our organization could make positive, social change. The Duke Nonprofit Management Certificate Program taught me the key leadership skills that I needed to form the vision and culture for the Community Care Clinic of Dare staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors.” Lyn Jenkins, Community Care Clinic of Dare

“I sent you guys a thank you before the class began, however; I feel it’s even more apt to thank you in hindsight, given the invaluable experience I had. Everything about the class, including the instructors, the class content, and the interactions with classmates, was topnotch. Please relay my gratitude to everyone involved at Outer Banks Community Foundation.”  Mike Jones, Room In The Inn

“Even as a seasoned non-profit executive the Duke training was fantastic. It gave me the opportunity to engage with some managements tools I hadn’t yet tried. It also provided me with some useful tools to get/keep stakeholders engaged.”  Michelle Lewis, Executive Director, Peace Garden Project

The nonprofit sector is a significant contributor in communities nationwide; that is certainly the case on the Outer Banks, where more than 200 charitable organizations endeavor to create better outcomes for a variety of causes and need areas. Your Community Foundation is dedicated to increasing the capacity of local nonprofits. Sign up for our e-newsletter to keep abreast of upcoming events.