Nonprofit Capacity Building Workshops and Other Educational Opportunities

We believe that Shiawassee nonprofits should have access, locally, to experts in nonprofit management, and we bring in presenters to our community for free educational programs. If you’d like to participate and are not already a member of our Shiawassee NonProfit Capacity Building program, then please email Yvette Collard at: [email protected] call 989-725-1621. Feel free to contact us or the professionals at Nonprofit Network for more information on any session topic, or to determine if attending the future sessions will be right for you and your organization.

TO REGISTER for any of the workshops listed below please use this link:      REGISTER



Leveraging Resources Through Sharing, Partnering and Collaborating
   Wednesday, May 31st, 9am – 4pm
at Baker College Welcome Center of Owosso
Lite breakfast and lunch included; registration required

Are partnering and collaborating just overused buzzwords or can the right partnerships actually build our capacity and truly enhance the impact possible within our mission?  What makes for a good partner?  What does it take to BE a good partner?  In this session, we’ll examine the value to our organization and the community in developing mutually edifying partnerships with others as well as the pitfalls to avoid in sustaining these new relationships.  We will analyze the obligations our organization assumes to truly collaborate and explore action steps to investigate, convene and sustain these activities that seek to facilitate change and improvement in our communities.

Designed for Executive Directors and key board leadership of organizations seeking greater impact in the community

Participants will:

  1. Consider the value of partnerships and collaborations to enhance our own capacity and increase the impact our organization can achieve for the community
  2. Analyze the elements of mutually edifying partnerships to assist us in identifying solid partners as well as being the best partner possible
  3. Examine key conditions for successful partnerships and collaborations to take root and thrive as well as pitfalls to avoid that collapse partnerships
  4. Explore steps to investigate, convene, nurture and sustain new partnerships

Becoming Your Best (Executive Directors and their Boards)
    Friday, September 22, 9am – 4pm
at Memorial Healthcare Cancer Center‘s Conference/Board Room
Lite breakfast and lunch included; registration required 

This session takes a twofold approach to the skills, knowledge and practices necessary to become and work in partnership with an impactful Executive Director.  Because we know the most successful organizations have a leadership team of staff and board, this session will address this issue from the board perspective as well as the employee.  This twofold approach will provide insights from both perspectives.

Through the use of assessments, tools, discovery sessions and best practice presentations, participants will explore the balance between the “business side” and the “mission side” of their complex nonprofit position. We will examine key roles in—

  • The elements of leadership
  • Financial stewardship
  • Fundraising
  • Board recruitment
  • Supervising staff
  • Communicating with volunteers.

We will provide a planning tool during the presentation and participants will leave with an action plan for personal growth as an ED or board member.  While not required, to maximize this investment of your time, we strongly encourage board members to accompany their Executive Directors to this session.

Designed for seasoned Executive Directors and members of their board

Participants will:

  1. Identify key leadership practices exhibited by successful board and staff
  2. Explore necessary roles and responsibilities in financial management, fund raising and governance of the organization
  3. Examine foundations for successful team, board and staff relationships
  4. Investigate tools and techniques for managing conflict and change within the organization

Other Workshops

As we better determine the aspirations and needs of our nonprofit partners, we will be setting another workshop topic or two.  If you have specific ideas, please contact us.

Other NonProfit Capacity Building and Learning Opportunities:

As a member of the Shiawassee NonProfit Capacity Building Program there are other opportunities available to your nonprofit organization. For Executive Directors there are “standing” bi-monthly meetings, meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month–(with lunch included and served at noon) for networking and support from 12:00-2:30PM at the Baker Welcome Center, 1309 S M-52 Owosso, MI 48867. This opportunity will help you build your capabilities through peer learning and networking relationships. Come share up-to-date information about current trends and gather tools to help you be a more effective nonprofit executive director. 


TO REGISTER for the executive director networking meetings (intended for members of the Shiawassee NonProfit Capacity Building Program), please use this link:                                                                   Register

For more information on workshops and to learn more about the NonProfit Capacity Building program click here: Capacity Building Participation or follow us on Twitter @ShiaNPCB