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Program hopes to help local nonprofits

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VAIL — There are two growing trends in nonprofit work today: an increasingly difficult time raising money and an increasing need for nonprofit services of all kinds within communities, according to the Council of Nonprofits, the nation's largest network of nonprofit groups.

Adding to those trends, nonprofits are wrestling with issues of modernization: Conquering the digital divide for communication and fundraising, attracting an engaged workforce, a shift toward consumerization of nonprofit services and a changing value system of future donors.

Compounding all these challenges for successful nonprofit management in Eagle County, however, is the unique issue of competition between organizations as they compete for a smaller donor pool.

There are currently 161 nonprofits registered and headquartered in Eagle County. With a total population of 53,605 people, that is one nonprofit for every 332 people, far above the state average in Colorado.

“The nonprofit sector of Eagle County is unique both in its prevalence as an employer and also the high level of services offered to the community. This program will help the community by offering nonprofit professionals information on a distinct set of emerging challenges and opportunities.”Ross IversonCEO, Vail Centre

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In order to help local nonprofits modernize, cultivate a donor pool to prop up their missions and successfully operate their organizations in a modern era, the Vail Centre, a local nonprofit and provider of higher education certificate programs, will host Duke University's five-day nonprofit management certification program.

"The nonprofit sector of Eagle County is unique both in its prevalence as an employer and also the high level of services offered to the community," Ross Iverson, CEO of the Vail Centre, said. "This program will help the community by offering nonprofit professionals information on a distinct set of emerging challenges and opportunities."

Eight Key Areas

The course will focus on eight key areas of nonprofit management. These area include eternal nonprofit skills such as leadership, grant writing and fundraising strategy adapted to the modern era, as well as also emerging topics including social entrepreneurship, social innovation, performance measurement tools and the shifting legal landscapes for nonprofit organizations.

"It takes more than a good idea and a great amount of effort to operate a successful nonprofit in Eagle County, in the state or anywhere in the nation," Iverson said. "Being in front of these challenging trends with education and information is a crucial factor to success."

For more information, please visit http://www.vailcentre.org.