The Boston Foundation Honors the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at SMG

in News, Press Release
February 8th, 2012

Newswise — BOSTON, Massachusetts (February 8, 2012) – Sometimes, good works do attract attention.

This time the attention was a prestigious, and unexpected, $100,000 grant from The Boston Foundation, which selected BU’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership for an ‘Out of the Blue’ grant in recognition of its work training present and future nonprofit leaders.

The Boston Foundation“Boston University has created a real treasure for the nonprofit sector in the INML,” said Paul Grogan, President and CEO of The Boston Foundation. “It’s an unrivaled training ground for leaders devoted to creating change in the nonprofits serving Greater Boston, bringing together seasoned professionals and the leaders of tomorrow to promote innovation and collaboration in the nonprofit sector.”

The Boston Foundation’s Out of the Blue grants are unsolicited one-year awards to high-performing organizations that are having a significant impact on people and/or places in Greater Boston. The one-time $100,000 award is given to “exemplary organizations that have demonstrated an impressive level of achievement as community leaders, have demonstrated effective and collaborative community leadership, and are directed by strong, stable executive and volunteer leadership.”

The Boston Foundation, whose mission is to support the whole nonprofit sector, has provided financial support in the form of scholarships to almost 100 leaders and senior managers to attend the program since its founding in 2007. This year, they selected the Institute for special recognition.

Foundation staff says The Boston Foundation’s selection of INML for the Out of the Blue award was based on a number of factors, including the strength and spirit of its leaders, Barry Dym, its Founder and Executive Director, and Kristen McCormack, its Faculty Director.

The Foundation also highlighted INML’s success graduating 285 nonprofit leaders by this June who will enrich the sector with skills learned through a university credentialed certificate in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, and its ability to engage and leverage the experience of 160 seasoned leaders who serve as teachers and mentors to the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

Barry Dym says, “The award is a wonderful, much-appreciated recognition for our entire faculty and student body, building the program quickly and decisively, with a focus on skills, diversity, and social justice. The Boston Foundation has long served as a supporter and partner to INML generously offering scholarships for many of our students. This new award is as much a tribute to their good work as to ours.”

In its fifth year of operation, the INML has graduated 197 students from its Core Certificate Program, a nine-month, highly practical course of study for senior managers and executive directors, and will graduate 88 new students this year. A unique blend of classroom learning, small group, case-based conversation, mentoring, and networking opportunities sets it apart from other nonprofit education programs.

In September 2012, the INML will launch a second certificate program: the Community Fellows Program, geared toward young urban nonprofit leaders, combining organizational and community leadership. The program’s long term aim is to provide much greater diversity within the ranks of nonprofit leadership.

INML also offers a Board Leadership Seminar program comprised of three sessions held two or three times annually. These sessions are geared toward nonprofit board members interested in professionalizing and increasing the positive impact of boards.

In addition to its educational efforts, the INML is committed to building a strong, cohesive nonprofit network in Greater Boston. Collaboration, lifelong learning, mutual support, and sharing in common cause can greatly increase the effectiveness of individual, often small, nonprofit organizations.


The Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University School of Management educates, connects, and supports the next generation of nonprofit leaders. For more information, visit