Stay up to date on COVID-19 resources for nonprofits

NPLI is working closely with our partners, vendors and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region to bring you additional information regarding local resources and topics like technology, philanthropy, human resources and more as you lead through the COVID-19 period.

When information comes our way we are posting everything on in the COVID-19 Response Topic. This site was created for nonprofits and experts collaborating around how to best manage the COVID-19 crisis.

It’s free and does not have any geographical barriers so feel free to register and pass along.


Convenes nonprofit executive directors and board members from throughout the Fox Valley in a professional network to discuss issues, and to learn from each other.

Education on critical leadership, management, technical and governance topics and earn a Nonprofit Management Certificate. 

The Board Effectiveness activities include resources, tools and training for those serving on boards in Appleton, Wisconsin and the Fox Valley.

To learn about board, committee or task force service to our local community, join us at one of our events at Fox Cities Stadium or check out Board Connect Online


November 2019

Board Connect Event

November 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fox Cities Stadium, 2400 North Casaloma Drive
Appleton, WI 54912 United States
Free Event

Attend the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative's free, informational event. Network with passionate volunteers and local nonprofits to learn about available volunteer leadership opportunities in our community while enjoying complimentary food and beverages.  Nonprofits you'll meet at this event: Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass The BrigadeChristine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. Crossfire RanchFox Cities Leadership AcademyFox Valley Memory ProjectGirls on the Run Northeast WisconsinNeighborhood PartnersReach CounselingSamaritan Counseling Wild Ones Schedule: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.- Appetizers, networking, complimentary bar 6:00 p.m. - Short presentation followed by more…

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January 2020

Board Chair/Vice-Chair Round Table

January 8 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Fox Valley Technical College, Bordini Center, 5 N Systems Dr.
Appleton, WI 54914 United States

Join fellow Fox Valley nonprofit board chairs and vice-chairs to network and share best practice around the great task of leading a nonprofit toward efficiency and sustainability. These events are for board chair and vice-chairs only! The topic will be: How to lead effective board meetings Facilitated by: Torri England, Owner & Principal Consultant at T.L. England Consulting Space is limited to 25 attendees.

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Leadership Forum-Tough Conversations with Staff, Board and Volunteers

January 30 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fox Valley Technical College, Bordini Center, 5 N Systems Dr.
Appleton, WI 54914 United States

Tough Conversations with Staff, Board and Volunteers Welcome back Tricia Perkins, Senior Strategic HR Advisor, and Jane Clark, Attorney, from Lake Effect HR & Law, LLC. Having tough conversations with staff, board and volunteers is part of everyone's role in keeping operations running smooth and keeping your nonprofit's values alive and well. Jane Clark is a founding partner of Lake Effect HR & Law, Attorneys at Law. She has 20 years of human resources, labor, payroll and benefits experience as…

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March 2020

Leadership Forum-Plan and Facilitate Effective Meetings

March 5 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fox Valley Technical College, Bordini Center, 5 N Systems Dr.
Appleton, WI 54914 United States

"Plan a Meeting People Want to Come To" AND "Train the Trainer: Facilitation Skills & Strategies" by Tori England, Owner & Principal Consultant at T.L. England Consulting Well worth your time at this workshop with two back to back sessions. First we will learn how to plan an effective meeting. After a short break we will tackle facilitation strategies to improve coaching and listening skills to ensure maximum outcomes from your meetings. As an executive director or board member, these…

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CANCELLED: Board Chair/Vice-Chair Round Table

March 19 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Fox Valley Technical College, Bordini Center, 5 N Systems Dr.
Appleton, WI 54914 United States

This session is being cancelled and will be rescheduled.

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April 2020

POSTPONED: Leadership Institute 2020 Graduation

April 24 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am
WI United States

The Leadership Institute 2020 Graduation has been postponed. Due to the rapidly changing conditions and new information about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are postponing the graduation and we will post the new information once it has been determined. Participants of the May 2019 through April 2020 class will receive a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative & Fox Valley Technical College

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Webinar – NPLI and Network for Good: 3 Ways Technology Driven Nonprofits Are Thriving During COVID

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
WI United States

NPLI is teaming up with Network for Good to provide, yes, another webinar, on fundraising during COVID-19 and beyond. For those nonprofits not taking this opportunity to reach out to your donors, this webinar may not be for you. For those of you that are, your work is ever more complicated as you need to figure out both technology and how to approach donor stewardship and campaigns right now. Our Network for Good trainer, Travis Centers framed this up for us…

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May 2020

Webinar – Leadership Forum-Nonprofit Finances: From Sustainability to Survivability

May 5 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
WI United States

Training facilitated by Steve Zimmerman of Spectrum Nonprofit Services, LLC. Over the last month, nonprofit professionals have scrambled to devise new operating plans designed to serve as many constituents as possible while protecting and caring for employees. Revenue streams, from foundations to individuals and even fees for service, have been under extreme pressure. Indeed, for many executives, thoughts today are focused more on survivability than sustainability, and, as always, it is at these times our constituents need us most. As…

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Webinar – NPLI and Network for Good: Jumpstart Platform Information

May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
WI United States

Who is invited: Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region service area nonprofits. (Calumet, Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca counties and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago county.) Jumpstart is an immersive, yearlong program of Network for Good that helps nonprofits acquire, retain, and upgrade individual donors amidst everyday resource constraints, like limited time and technology. Over the past five years, the program has been deployed nationally to help cohorts of over 3,000 nonprofit leaders, providing them with the coaching, tools, and peer learning opportunities…

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Webinar – Leadership Forum-Making Remote Meetings Successful: Leveraging the Surprising Science of Meetings

May 20 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
WI United States

This 30-minute webinar brings a sharp and strategic light to the remote meeting as we quite simply cannot afford for them to be ineffective.  You will gain knowledge and resources on how to effectively lead remote meetings to promote effectiveness and innovation – tactics are grouped into three categories: 1) what to do prior to the meeting,2) running the meeting itself, and3) post meeting activity.   This session is designed for anyone being asked to run a remote meeting effectively.  Our…

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