In September 2015, Peter Kiewit Foundation (PKF) awarded the Grand Island Community Foundation (GICF) a $75,000 grant to partially fund the Nonprofit Excellence Institute (NEI) for three years. The first NEI class launched in 2016 to provide capacity building training to area non-profit organizations.
“The Nonprofit Excellence Institute has been a driving force of change for the non-profit community in Grand Island,” says Kara Faber, GICF program officer. “We are seeing more collaboration between organizations, more communication between executive directors, and relationships built among the board members who have gone through the program.”
NEI provides valuable resources and instruction to non-profit professionals and board members in the Grand Island area without the typical costs of tuition, travel and time generally associated with this caliber of training. Program objectives set organizations and their leaders up for success, assisting them in creating and evaluating programs and internal systems as well as fostering a culture of collaboration.
Mary Lee Fitzsimmons, a non-profit organization management consultant from Mission Matters, facilitates the year-long program during four-hour sessions once a month. Board members are invited to join executive directors at quarterly sessions. An average of five to eight nonprofits participate in each class.