Nonprofit Excellence Institute








In 2016, the Grand Island Community Foundation launched the Nonprofit Excellence Institute (NEI) – a year-long capacity building program for local nonprofit organizations. As a part of the Grand Island Community Foundation’s mission to support community groups and also respond to the ever changing needs of Grand Island and the surrounding area, the objectives of NEI include:

  • Providing resources to organizations that will result in them becoming more sustainable and setting nonprofit leaders up for future success
  • Helping organizations to create and evaluate their programming
  • Assisting in identifying the organization’s most critical area of need and creating an achievable solution to address that need
  • Fostering a culture of collaboration between nonprofits that will aid in building resources and possibly correct any duplication of services and programs in our community
  • Giving nonprofit organizations in the Grand Island area an opportunity to participate in valuable training without the typical costs (tuition, travel, time) associated with this caliber of training

Upon successful completion of NEI, nonprofit organizations will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $5,000 to assist in further capacity building within their organization. 

Participating organizations must have the following:

  • 501(c)(3) status
  • Paid executive director or CEO
  • Been in existence for at least four years
  • History of a sound financial position
  • Strategic plan or plan of work in place
  • Executive director and board members who are committed to attending the required sessions
  • Office and/or executive director based in Hall County

Applications Open – February 1, 2018 

Applications Due – March 22, 2018 by 4 p.m.

Interviews/Selection Meeting – April 17, 2018

Notification of Accepted/Denied Applications – Week of May 7th 

The application period is now closed for NEI Class 3 (2018-2019).

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