I’m privileged to be part of a team that plans educational events for nonprofit leaders. Our work includes listening to nonprofit staff and board members and providing sessions relevant to the topics they want to learn about.

On May 2, we delivered!


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Our session on Board Engagement & Fundraising Through A Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Access, and Belonging Lens hit on the two topics nonprofits have been telling us they want to increase their knowledge in – DEI and fundraising.

Over 100 nonprofit leaders from Northeast Wisconsin learned from Christal Cherry, The Board Pro, a national speaker with over 23 years of fundraising experience and a contributing author to Collecting Courage, which documents Black fundraisers’ experiences with racism in the nonprofit sector.


Christal’s warm, dynamic presentation style created a safe and supportive space that encouraged us to ask questions and share experiences. Christal challenged my assumptions about donors’ ability to give and made me reflect on how I’ve been perpetuating inequities in what I’ve valued in donor relationships.

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I’m not the only one who benefitted from Christal disrupting my current view of fundraising.

Comments from post-event surveys include:

“The workshop that Christal put together was one I think the Fox Valley area desperately needs. It forced us all to take a step back and look at the way we’re approaching funders of color; or if we’re even approaching them at all. I think the nonprofit sector still has a lot of work to do in dismantling those implicit biases, but I left feeling like I had a toolbox full of action items to use if I ever needed them.”

​“The material challenged me in ways I did not expect. I will be asking tough questions of my Boards about diversity and inclusion and teach my boards to be more active in fundraising efforts.”

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“I was really impressed with the depth of the DEIAB Lens – hadn’t thought about fundraising in that way before, but I will now.”


Thank you to the planning team sponsors Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, United Way Fox Cities, Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, Association of Fundraising Professionals and CLA for supporting nonprofit professional development.

The Nonprofit Leadership Initiative within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region 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. Since its inception in 2015, NPLI has offered 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 region. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, a Fox Cities-based nonprofit founded in 1986, helps people provide long-term support for favorite charities through endowments and other charitable funds. The second-largest certified community foundation in Wisconsin, its donors have allowed it to award more than $388.7 million to nonprofit organizations from more than 1,754 charitable funds. Affiliated community foundations operate in Brillion, Chilton, Clintonville, Shawano, and Waupaca. To learn more, go to cffoxvalley.org, subscribe to The Loop at cffoxvalley.org/loop or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.