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Kim O'Brien


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Nonprofit Leadership Initiative

The Nonprofit Leadership Initiative develops effective nonprofit organizations in the Fox Valley region through leadership, collaboration and learning opportunities.

It offers a wide range of leadership, management and technical skill-building programs, as well as peer learning circles, to the entire nonprofit sector in the Fox Valley.


Improve effectiveness and efficiency of our nonprofits.

Improve collaboration and connectivity among nonprofits.

Strengthen leadership skills, assuring more effective service.

Protect current investment in the service areas.

June 2017 Newsletter

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Leadership Institute

    The Leadership Institute offers educational modules on critical leadership, management, technical and governance topics and the opportunity to earn a Nonprofit Management Certificate. The Institute was planned and implemented by a committee of nonprofit executive directors, Fox Valley Technical College, consultants and others active in the nonprofit sector. It is a year-long series of seminars led by experts in their particular competencies and enhanced with peer-facilitated discussion group for new executive directors or those in the pipeline. The program blends online and in-person learning and focuses on leadership and skill-development topics.

Coursework includes: Personal Leadership, Board Orientation & Leadership, Finances & Financial Management, Fundraising & Resourcing the Mission, Process Improvement, Human Resources, Marketing & Communications, Ethical & Legal Issues, Capstone & Graduation. Watch the video for current participants’ comments: Leadership Institute Video.

Application and program information for the May 2018-April 2019 coursework:

Nonprofit Leadership Institute Course Description 2018-2019

Leadership Institute Application Form 2018-19

Contact Kim O’Brien if you have questions: 920-702-7614 or [email protected].

NonprofitNext Fox Valley

NonprofitNext is a robust online resource filled with relevant, high quality tools, templates, videos and resources that deliver to Fox Valley nonprofit leaders and their board volunteers immediate solutions to a wide range of operational and governance questions and needs.

The site is intended to become a nonprofit leader’s primary go-to site, a “toolbox” that you can turn to regularly when an operational need pops up or a question about a governance problem arises.

Access is free for nonprofits in the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region service area (Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca, Shawano and northern Winnebago counties). Visit our site at NonprofitNext Fox Valley. You must register to have free access to downloads and resource links.

Board Pipeline

Board Pipeline events are free to the public to cultivate people for board, committee or task force service to local nonprofits.

To ensure you are on the email invitation list please email your request to Kim O’Brien,  [email protected].

Upcoming Events:

2018 Schedule

(Location: Timer Rattlers Stadium Fox Club, 5-7 pm)

    • January 25th: Topic-Women & Girls  Location
    • April 26th: Topic-Diversity & Inclusion 
    • September 20th:  Topic-Abuse & Assault
    • October 25th: Topic-Veterans

Email Kim O’Brien at [email protected] to be included 0n the invitation list.

Executive Director / Board Support Forums

Convenes executive directors and/or board members in a professional network to discuss emerging issues, and to learn from each other. Relevant topics include round tables with area experts in finance, fundraising, human resources, board development and more.

If you are not currently receiving these invitation,  contact Kim O’Brien, [email protected] to be included on the email list.

Nov. 16, 2017: Board roles & responsibilities 

(Combined morning 1/2 workshop for executive directors AND board members)

More Information and Register Here

Workshop Agenda:

  • Nonprofit Governance
  • Best Practices of Great Nonprofits Boards
  • Ten Principles of Governance – Sarbanes Oxley
  • Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
  • Nonprofit Governance Pitfalls
  • Governance vs. Management
  • Keys to Effective and Successful Board Operations
  • Strengthen Board Performance
  • Free tools available on Nonprofit Next for your board


Stephanie J Cavadeas, CPA | Senior Manager | Wipfli LLP |

2018 Schedule: Location-FVTC Bordini Center

  • January 18: 1/2 day morning workshop-Aligning HR with your mission-registration and more information coming by the end of 2017.
  • April 19: 1/2 day morning workshop-Managing Technology to Meet your Mission
  • September 13: topic TBD
  • November 8: topic TBD