Arlington Nonprofits Get a Boost of Education

A new partnership in Arlington is energizing the city’s nonprofits.

Arlington Tomorrow Foundation has teamed up with CNM, or the Center for Nonprofit Management, to offer a series of educational workshops. Called the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, the classes provide in-depth instruction on how to run a successful nonprofit.

“This is strengthening the Arlington community,” said Tina Weinfurther, president and CEO of CNM. “We are educating Arlington nonprofit leaders while giving them a platform to build their network and resource toolkit.”

Students attend seven full-day classes, which cover organization and strategic planning, program planning and evaluation, human resources and volunteer management, financial management, fund development, risk management and legal, and branding, marketing and publication relations.

“We want to provide a comprehensive view of how nonprofits work,” Weinfurther said. “When you work for a nonprofit, you’ll typically wear a lot of different hats. It helps to know about all the different functions within an organization.”

Instructors come from various business and academic backgrounds, with track records of success in their fields and areas of expertise.

The certificate program costs $600, just half of the usual price due to the support of the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.

Arlington nonprofit leaders have jumped at the opportunity for more education.

Nonprofits of all sizes representing a wide range of mission spaces have signed up for the certificate program.

Kathryn Rhadigan, development director for Levitt Pavilion, was among the recent students. Rhadigan has worked for nonprofits for 15 years but is new to Arlington’s nonprofit community. She saw the program as an opportunity to strengthen her organization as well as the Arlington community.

Interacting with Arlington nonprofit leaders has been invaluable. “There are opportunities for collaboration that might not have existed before,” Rhadigan said. “Understanding the strengths and challenges we face in Arlington and finding ways to partner up has been so beneficial.”

Rhadigan said she would recommend Arlington’s nonprofit leaders register for CNM’s Nonprofit Management Certificate program. “We really appreciate the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation for going the extra step and making this happen. For nonprofits, affordable education is so important.”

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