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Voices From the Valley

A podcast of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

Strengthening Our Nonprofits

How do we make our local nonprofit organizations in the Fox Valley strong and equip their leaders with the knowledge and tools they need to serve our community? We take our leaders to school! The idea is to build better leaders so that together we can build a better community.

Leadership Institute is an innovative programs offered through our Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, and last week 15 local leaders already working in their professional capacity at their nonprofit organizations graduated from the year-long program. We couldn’t be more excited for them. Listen now to hear from the students, and the people who make the Leadership Institute run:


The Nonprofit Leadership Initiative within the Community Foundation 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. NPLI 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.

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Congrats to our Leadership Institute Class of 2022:

  • Jen Ainsworth  Wild Ones Natural Landscapers
  • Meherrnaz Balaporia  IndUS of Fox Valley
  • Brad Creighton  Volunteer Fox Cities
  • Cindy Flauger  Neenah Animal Shelter
  • Ernesto Gonzalez Jr  Casa Hispana Inc.
  • Marci Hoffman  Trout Museum of Art
  • Laura Jones  African Heritage Inc.
  • Megan Koehler  Thern Farm/New London Heritage Historical Society
  • Wendy Krueger  Be Well Fox Valley/United Way Fox Cities
  • Emily Lewis  Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response Team
  • Barb Mendoza  The FRESH Project
  • Harper Smith  Fox Valley Memory Project
  • John Timmer  BergstromMahler Museum of Glass
  • Kristen Trimberger  Reach Counseling
  • Leah Wojnowiak  The Compassionate Connections Center

Your hosts:

Amy Spreeman

Annette Look, NPLI Program Manager






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