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Our History

Our History


Nonprofit Web Resource

Community members discuss possibility of a nonprofit web resource.


Strategies designed by work groups

Terridale Consulting was hired to gather over 40 community leaders from businesses, funders, nonprofit executives and various community members to talk about what a successful nonprofit framework would look like. After months of meeting, five areas of strategic importance toward the goal of nonprofit excellence were developed: Leadership Institute Executive Forum Nonprofit Next Join a Board Events Board Training & Support.​

Project Leader hired

Kim O’Brien, a local consultant, is hired as Project Leader.​

New programs launched

The process of raising funds begins. Foundation donors United Way Fox Cities, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Community First Credit Union, and Thrivent step up to help launch the new programs.​


NonprofitNext resource website launched

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region enters into a three year agreement to host Nonprofit Next, a resource website, for local nonprofits and volunteers to access useful information pertaining to various aspects of nonprofit business.​

Logo & name designed for NPLI

Branding is developed for the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative (NPLI)​.

Executive Director hired

Kim O’Brien is hired as Executive Director of NPLI.​


Leadership Institute round 1

April: The first cohort of eleven nonprofit management students begin work on the twelve month coursework toward obtaining a Nonprofit Management Certificate. Leadership Institute classes are a collaboration between Fox Valley Technical College and NPLI.​


Fundraising for NPLI

Fundraising continues as NPLI passes the $477,000 mark, advancing toward the goal of $600,000.​

Leadership Institute Round 2

April: The second cohort of Leadership Institute students undertake the program.

Developing Plans

Progress continues in developing plans regarding sustainability.