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Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence already making strides in membership


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 10, 2014) – In its first two-plus weeks, the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence has generated significant excitement in the area’s nonprofit community.

The INIE’s soft-launch event in June led to 19 organizations signing up with the Institute in just 14 days.

“As a small nonprofit organization, we are always searching for access to networks and services that are affordable and coordinated in a way that serves the nonprofit sector,” said Steve Starke, executive director of Good News Outreach. “This is an exciting opportunity for those of us who serve people in need.”

Lonnie Parizek, director of communications for the Ounce of Prevention Fund, praised the INIE’s provision of access to quality educational, training and networking programs.

“In addition to being a member, we are also looking forward to sharing our expertise as a training partner,” Parizek said. “The training scheduled to date is affording nonprofits an opportunity for high-level learning taught by top-level professionals. This has truly been a labor of love by the INIE staff, board and advisors.”

“The community response has been tremendous,” said Kimberly A. Moore, vice president for workforce development at Tallahassee Community College and INIE board member. “It really does speak to the varying needs that exist among the nonprofit sector and the impact that can be made when you design a seamless, coordinated system.”

The INIE’s reach already extends beyond the borders of Leon County. Grace Robinson, director of the Gadsden Arts Center, joined for the development of her staff, her organization and the Institute as a whole.

“Nonprofits in different arenas have similar needs and challenges, and we all have different expertise to share,” said Robinson. “I think networking among nonprofit professionals and the educational aspect for organizational development are very important.”

Starke noted that many of the services the INIE is expected to provide, such as human resources consultation and legal advice, will help to cut costs for cash-strapped nonprofits.

“I would encourage all of the nonprofit community to join this venture,” he said. “We’re going to see great things happen in the future as we work together.”

The INIE will begin formal training sessions in August with a pair of instructional seminars licensed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

For information, contact Sarah Young at (850) 201-9608 or

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