Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute offers educational modules on critical leadership, management, technical and governance topics and a Nonprofit Management Certificate. The Institute was planned and implemented by a committee of nonprofit executive directors, Fox Valley Technical College, consultants and others active in the nonprofit sector.

It is a year-long series of seminars led by experts in their particular competencies and enhanced with peer-facilitated discussion group for new executive directors or those in the pipeline. The program blends online and in-person learning and focuses on leadership and skill-development topics.

The application deadline for the May 2019 through April 2020 session is January 15, 2019.

Nonprofits in the Community Foundation service area will be charged a tuition fee of $1,500. To secure a spot, a payment of $1,000 is due before March 1, 2019. The remaining amount may be paid any time before January 31, 2020.

The application is an online form that needs to be completed by a board representative AND the candidate of the nonprofit agency wishing acceptance to the program. **It needs to be completed in one sitting so feel free to peruse it a bit before completing.

If you have questions regarding the application please contact Kim O’Brien at [email protected]


The 5 minute video below highlights testimonials from two of our recent graduates. We encourage you to watch the video, review the coursework and reach out to our alum and participants to hear how the program has impacted their leadership with our local nonprofits.


  • Personal Leadership
  • Board Orientation & Leadership
  • Finances & Financial Management
  • Fundraising & Resourcing the Mission
  • Operational Excellence
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Ethical & Legal Issues
  • Capstone & Graduation

2018-2019 Participants


Stephanie Bowers Jake’s Diapers, Executive Director
Brett Devine Seed Inc, Executive Director
Jessica Fleek Habitat for Humanity, Family Services Manager
Mike Goodwin Memorial Presbyterian Church, Common Ground Co-Chair & Memorial Presbyterian Head Pastor
Jill Grambow Fox Valley Memory Project, Executive Director
Katy Hopp Makaroff Youth Ballet, Executive Director
Lisa Jones Community Clothes Closet, Administrative Director
Jamie Kriewaldt Best Friends Neenah Menasha, Executive Director
Anne Muller Homeless Connections, Deptuy Director
Ryan Roth Habitat for Humanity, Community Development Manager
Luke Schiller Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Public Program Coordinator/Naturalist
Susan Vanden Heuvel Volunteer Center, Executive Director
Jolie VerVoort Apricity, President Residential Services
Rachel Youngquist Housing Partnership, Deputy Director

2017-2018 Graduates

Sri Buddi IndUS of Fox Valley, President
Maria Costello Paper Discovery Center/Paper Industry International Hall of Fame, Executive Director
Kathy Fehl Weyauwega Arts, Artistic Director
Lindsay Fenlon Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region, Executive Director
Dan Haak Apricity, President Contract Packaging and Recovery Support
Diane MacDonald Community Clothes Closet, Executive Director
Vicki McAuliffe Valley VNA Senior Services, Inc., Senior Accountant
Debbie Nowak Friends of 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Naturalist
Nik Shier Fox Valley Literacy Council, Executive Director
Lisa Strandberg Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, Development and Communications Director
Rhonda Strebel Rural Health Initiative, Executive Director
David Weiss Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade, Development Director
Alice Zarda Youth Go, Community Outreach Coordinator
Oliver Zornow Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Community Engagement Manager

2016-2017 Graduates

Hilary Armstrong Appleton Boy Choir, Executive Director
Rosangela Berbert Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, Executive Director
Jarrad Bittner Building for Kids Children’s Museum, Executive Director
Michael Green COTS, Executive Director
Denise Martinez Financial & Information Services (FISC), Operations Leader
Jennie Moore Goodwill Industries, Program Leader-Vocational Support Services
Kelly Nutty While in the program: Riverview Gardens, Director of Resource Management
Maren Peterson NAMI Fox Valley, Executive Director
JJ Schauske Tri County Dental Clinic, Assistant Director
Kristopher Ulrich While in the program: newVoices, Executive Director
Bee Yang While in program: Hmong American Partnership Fox Valley, Executive Director