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Kim O'Brien


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Nonprofit Leadership Initiative

The Nonprofit Leadership Initiative is a partnership of Fox Valley-area nonprofits, funders, educational institutions and businesses dedicated to providing resources needed by effective nonprofit boards and executive leaders. 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, Operations, Human Resources, Marketing & Communications, Ethical & Legal Issues, Capstone & Graduation. Watch the video for current participants’ comments: Leadership Institute Video. Applications for the May 2017 through April 2018 session are no longer being accepted.

Check back late fall of 2017 for the 2017-2018 class application.

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].

January 2017 Fox Valley Housing Programs Board Pipeline Event Highlight Video

Upcoming Events:
September 26, 2017: Skills Based

To be held at the 5th Quarter Sports Bar and Banquet Hall, Little Chute, WI.

9-11 a.m. and 5-7 pm

More Information and Register

Co-hosted by Nonprofit Leadership Initiative and the Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce of Kaukauna, WI.

Nonprofits seeking board members with the following skills: Marketing/Communication; Accounting; Fundraising; Event Planning; and Human Resources.

Panel participants include: CAP Services, Community Benefit Tree, Jake’s Diapers, Center for Suicide Awareness and Girls Scouts. Other Heart of the Valley Chamber Member nonprofits will be invited to provide a booth for the event. Contact Diane [email protected] at the Chamber for more information.

November 2, 2017: Education

To be held at Valley New School for a light breakfast from 7:30 – 9 am.

Registration details coming. Limit of 60 attendees.

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.

Sept. 21, 2017: Fundraising

AM Session for Board Members 7:30 – 9:00 am

PM Session for Executive Directors 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Fundraising in the new age, for those that aren’t really fundraising people


We are offering two round table discussions. You will be able to attend both if interested.

1) Grant writing isn’t rocket science…or is it?

  • Community Foundation for the Fox Valley staff will walk you through the grant planning stages, which surprisingly should come first before you embark on the actual grant writing. Do you have the tools, correct information and skills to tackle a successful grant process?
  • If you are an executive director, you should find out what the “planning” part means for yourself, and for your development staff and board members.
  • If you are a board member, you should learn what happens next after you tell your ED to “just write a grant for that”.

2) My board/ My executive director doesn’t know how to ask for money.

  • Greg Linnemanstons will tell you that “You don’t always have to ask for money to be a successful fundraiser!”
  • How about using your current forms of social media to simply share what you are passionate about?
  • And that means if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you need to get one, to share information about your nonprofit engagement with the community. And make sure your executive director and all of the staff have a LinkedIn profile also.

Oct. 4, 2017: Sustainability Matrix Mapping

Learn More and Register Here

Steve Zimmerman of Spectrum Nonprofit Services will guide you through pursing nonprofit sustainability using the Matrix Map to make strategic decisions. Co-sponsored by United Way, Schenck, The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative.

Nonprofit sustainability lies in committed, passionate leaders coming together with a shared understanding of the organization’s business model. Effective leaders use that collective insight to make strategic decisions that adjust to the dynamic environment and constituent needs.

This interactive training introduces the matrix map, a visual tool used to guide your leadership in making decisions that drive exceptional impact in a financially viable manner.

Full day workshop at Bridgewood Resort. Cost $35 per participant. (Valued at over a $3,500 training session if you brought this in-house!)

All are welcome!

Oct. 19, 2017: Finance


AM Session for Board Members 7:30 – 9:00 am

PM Session for Executive Directors 3:30 – 5:30 pm

We are offering two round table discussions. You will be able to attend both if interested.

1) Preparing for your audit, maintaining internal controls

  • Schenck will discuss preparing for your audit or review (remind you what your 990 is); and discuss the critical components of maintaining internal controls.

2) Estate Planning/Endowments and the importance of reserves

  • Community Foundation for the Fox Valley staff will help you through how to set up estate planning programs for your nonprofit; discuss the importance of endowments; and how your donors like to see you planning for reserves.

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 |


Additional Workshops in the area

Oct. 3, 2017: Ethics in Business

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Corporations – Nonprofits – Small Businesses – Educational Institutions

The Fox Valley Ethics in Business Summit fosters a culture of integrity at work and in our community. Participants will demonstrate their commitment to ethical best practices. They also will explore with fellow leaders how to set the ethical tone from the top.

October 17th & 18th, 2017: Launch Wisconsin

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Launch Wisconsin invites those in the world of nonprofit to attend and experience the 2017 Launch Wisconsin conference at Lambeau Field on October 17th & 18th.

As a startup and a nonprofit ourselves, Launch Wisconsin understands that at the core of a nonprofit is an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. Listen to leaders from groups such as Feeding America and The Wisconsin Philanthropy Network discuss this spirit and share their stories.

Also, this year, Launch Wisconsin has dedicated an entire stage to the subject of Social Innovation. This stage will showcase mission based business in the world working to improve the world. This stage will also feature Social Innovation pitches for area non-profit start-ups.

As a one-time event, they are also seeking 50-60 volunteers for the two-day conference.

Volunteer Form

Nov. 15, 2017: National Philanthropy Day

More information and register here

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals invites you to attend National Philanthropy Day on Wednesday, November 15, 2017,Lambeau Field – Legends Club Room, Green Bay, WI

2017 Keynote Speaker: Tom Ahern

Tom will present on two keynote topics: 1. Everything I know in 60 slides & 2. Storytelling for Fundraisers

Thank you to our key partners

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    • The Nonprofit Leadership Initiative is supported financially by many local businesses, individuals and family funds. Our key partners include:

Community First Credit Union
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
Thrivent Financial Foundation
United Way Fox Cities

Other financial supporters include: SECURA Insurance Companies, Frank C. Shattuck Community Fund, Bergstrom Automotive, Godfrey  & Kahn, Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Doug and Carla Salmon Foundation, Robert & Patricia Endries Foundation, Prosser Family Fund, Seifert Family Fund, Jewelers Mutual Charitable Giving Fund, Jon and Becky Stellmacher, The Boldt Company, Arthur and Mary Rhoades Charitable Foundation, Schmerein Family Fund, Fox Cities Stadium Charitable Fund, Peter and Joann Mariahazy, Michael and Stephanie Vrabec Family Fund, Bemis Company Foundation, Kimberly Clark Foundation, First Business Bank, BMO Harris Bank and anonymous donors.

In-kind donations have been received from Fox Valley Technical College as well as and many consultants and trainers.

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Kim O’Brien, Executive Director
Nonprofit Leadership Initiative
[email protected]


*Nonprofit Leadership Initiative is not responsible for, nor does it endorse, any site to which materials provide links. The materials provided in our programs are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal or financial advice.