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ROCKY MOUNT — Anonymous Trust and Word Tabernacle Church have partnered to offer leadership development and capacity building to community-based and faith-based organizations in eastern North Carolina.

The Duke Nonprofit Management Certificate Program is being offered in addition to a professional/staff development Lunch & Learn series, executive director’s book club, nonprofit capacity-building intensives, pastor’s development intensives and a summer internship program. The Anonymous Trust grant provides full $2,000 scholarships for 25 nonprofit executives to complete the program.

“We are excited about this program and cannot wait for the first class to graduate,” said Debbie Aiken, executive director of Anonymous Trust.

The eight-week Duke University Nonprofit Management Intensive Track Program was initially scheduled to launch March 14 but was delayed due to COVID-19. There are 13 nonprofit executives and lead staff in the inaugural class, representing nonprofit organizations from as far east as Windsor, as far north as Enfield and as far south as Goldsboro.

“We are happy to provide NP training to nonprofits in Rocky Mount and areas in proximity which is sponsored by The Impact Center,” said Nancy Love, director of the Duke University Nonprofit Management Program.

The fall cohort classes include Nonprofit Leadership, Planning and Evaluation, Board Governance, Financial Management, Fundraising and Grant Writing and Basic Accounting. For participants without Wi-Fi access in their homes or offices, The Impact Center provides classroom space for the program’s duration. Participants are required to wear a mask, complete a COVID-19 questionnaire and perform a temperature check before entrance into the assigned space while practicing social distancing.

“It is well known that rural communities are disproportionately underfunded, which limits our ability to form public-private partnerships,” said Pastor James D. Gailliard. “Foundations kept iterating the problem was a lack of capacity, so we developed a center to address this issue, and Anonymous Trust agreed to partner with us. We hope other funders and partners will join us.”

The program will be offered again in spring 2021. Rocky Mount now joins Durham, Charlotte and Asheville as host sites for this program. For more information, contact Word Tabernacle Church at The Impact Center at 252-442-2925, beginning in February.