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Nonprofit Leadership Initiative has experienced new leader

Posted on Nov 7, 2016, by
By Kim O’Brien
Executive Director
Nonprofit Leadership Initiative

I came to work here in September of 2015 as a part-time, three-month project leader for an effort to strengthen the leadership of nonprofits, led by the Community Foundation and supported by many other Fox Valley-area nonprofits, funders, educational institutions and businesses.

kim-obrien-flyoutWorkgroups had been meeting since late 2014, dedicating themselves to developing an infrastructure to provide resources needed by effective nonprofit boards and executive leaders. My three-month project turned into a year-long journey of collaboration and amazing support from the Fox Valley as together we created the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative. I will be able to continue building on the early success met by our pilot projects, after being selected last month as the executive director of the Initiative.

As a past employee of LEAVEN and a current board member of CHAPS Academy, I saw the immense value in the numerous committees’ objectives and was honored to be a part of a strong community commitment to nonprofits. My 30 years of experience on various nonprofit boards, along with a background in human resources, also solidified my belief in the programs being developed.

Based on best practice nonprofit resource centers around the country, the Initiative offers Fox Valley nonprofits a wide range of leadership, management and technical skill-building programs, as well as peer learning circles.

Our goals include, but are not limited to:

  • Improving effectiveness and efficiency of our nonprofits.
  • Improving collaboration and connectivity among nonprofits.
  • Strengthening leadership skills to assure more effective community service.
  • Protecting current investment in the service areas.

The Nonprofit Leadership Initiative will create a framework to develop effective nonprofit board and executive leaders in the Fox Valley region through leadership, collaboration and learning opportunities.

Learn more about the programs of the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative.

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