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Vail Centre and Duke team up to offer courses

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EAGLE COUNTY — The Vail Centre is partnering with Duke University to bring its signature Nonprofit Management Program to Vail this summer from July 31 to Aug. 5.

This program explores areas of nonprofit management including fundraising, board governance, planning and evaluation, grant writing, leadership, sustainability, strategy and financial management. The program is intended to help nonprofit directors, board members, paid staff, philanthropists and volunteers strengthen their organization’s structure and expand their reach for sustained success.

Scholarships are available for area nonprofits. Three have already been awarded to Eagle River Youth Coalition, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley and Eagle River Watershed Council. Additional scholarships are available to local nonprofits through the Vail Centre.

“Getting a scholarship to attend a nonprofit management course taught by recognized Duke University faculty in my own backyard is a dream come true,” Eagle River Watershed Council Executive Director Holly Loff said. “As a busy professional, my time is so limited and having access to this course right here in the Valley is spectacular.”

Ross Iverson, CEO of the Vail Centre, said, “The Vail Centre is committed to providing educational opportunities that resonate with Eagle County residents as well as professionals throughout the state of Colorado taking advantage of our unique mountain location to exchange ideas, increase opportunities and solve today’s professional challenges.”

Strengthening nonprofit structure

The courses will be taught by recognized Duke faculty who are established practitioners and scholars in the nonprofit arena.

The instructor of the Nonprofit Leadership Session, Oie Osterkamp, executive director of Ronald McDonald House of Durham and Wake Counties, said, “The privilege of coming to the Vail Centre is a mountain top experience for me. The honor of spending two days discussing leadership with some of the brightest minds in the nonprofit world at the Vail Centre has me so excited I may not need a plane to fly there.”

The program is geared toward nonprofit leaders with two or more years of management experience and will be conducted over six days and include ten courses. In addition, there will be receptions with the professors, networking opportunities and outdoor activities. Participants will learn about new trends in philanthropic fundraising, effective strategies for compliance and addressing emerging legal issues as well as how to properly evaluate nonprofit programming and measure performance.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship, go to or email attend@vail

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