Southern Illinois

Leadership Institute

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What is The NonProfit Network of Southern Illinois?

Building diverse leaders for nonprofit organizations is critical for the overall wellness and development of our communities in southern Illinois.  The Southern Illinois Leadership Institute will offer emerging leaders individual leadership development, community-based service opportunities, and a broader understanding of the region’s economic, civic, and cultural drivers. 


The overall 8 session program will consist of six-hour training segments on the fourth Saturday of each month (March – October) starting March 27th, 2021.  The curriculum will include strengths assessment, strengths-based leadership, servant leadership, diversity and inclusion, communication and emotional intelligence, nonprofit governance, finance and stewardship, fund development, policies and procedures, motivating and engaging volunteers, empowering and equipping employees, program development and evaluation, and strategic planning.  

Participants in the classes will have the opportunity to engage with nonprofit organizations, food pantries, community gardeners, green houses, businesses, and government agencies in order to develop community relationships and to learn from current leaders.  Engaging the participants in community conversations on systemic racism and social justice issues is important for the development of each individual leader. 


Through SILI, we have the opportunity to better equip the leaders of our nonprofits, professionals, board members, and volunteers while also assuring diverse voices and strengths are included and empowered.  By developing our leaders, we transform not only individuals but whole communities.  Encouraging and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in nonprofit leadership is a critical piece of this transformation.   

 Our first cohort includes 15 participants.

Applications for 2021 are closed.  Please watch for the 2022 application cycle.

For further information, please contact Byram Fager or Michelle Snyder at 618-997-3700 or


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