Here is the list of 2013-2014 Nonprofit Capacity Building workshops. Pre-registration required; please email Yvette Collard at: yve...@cookfamilyfoundation.org or call 989-725-1621. Feel free to contact us or the professionals at Nonprofit Network for more information on any session and to determine if it is right for you and your organization. You can also arrange for an one-on-one meeting before or after the workshop.
1. Board Chair Training, Presenter: Regina Funkhouser, Nonprofit Network. Monday, September 30, 4:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner included. Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52, Owosso
Leading a nonprofit board requires more than just following an agenda. It is important for the Board Chair to provide mission-driven direction and leadership. Many times when Board Chairs are elected they are not given the directions needed to guide the nonprofit organization. This workshop will help the Board Chair understand their role and responsibilities. This session is appropriate for current or incoming board chairs and vice chairs, or someone who wants to be a chair. The executive director or other staff leadership should attend as well.
2. Go Quickly, Together: Improve Board and Staff Collaboration, Presenter: Andy Wolber, Wolber Works. Wednesday, October 23, 4:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner included. Memorial Healthcare Medical Arts Building, 721 N. Shiawassee St, Owosso
You may have heard the African proverb, “To go quickly, go alone. To go far, go together.” Technology enables staff and board members to communicate and collaborate quickly. Email speeds up communication, and social tools transform decision-making processes. Join Andy Wolber (@awolber) to learn how to improve your organization’s use of email for board and staff communication, and how to leverage private social media tools to “go quickly, together.” Appropriate for any and all board members, executive directors, and staff members responsible for communication and technology.
3. Creating a Positive Workplace, Presenter: Katena Cain, Nonprofit Network, Wednesday, November 13, 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Lunch included. Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52, Owosso
Effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills are essential as well as valuable in the workplace. Understanding how to communicate effectively and how to resolve conflicts can lead to a more productive environment. This training is designed for those who want to learn how effective communication can reduce conflict. Appropriate for board members, nonprofit staff and anyone in a leadership position.
4. How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal, Presenter: Diane McDonald, Nonprofit Network Wednesday, December 11, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch included. Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52, Owosso
Learn the keys to making your grant proposal more competitive. This workshop will provide tools needed to create a winning proposal. Discussion will include how to research funding possibilities, develop budgets, and communicate reasonable goals and objectives, and options for evaluating the success of your project. Bonus: Learn how to avoid the pet peeves of funders. Appropriate for the novice grant-writer.
5. Building a Fundraising Plan–Essential Building Blocks, Presenter: Regina Funkhouser, Nonprofit Network, Wednesday, January 29, 2014; 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch included. Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52, Owosso
Planning, budgeting and setting goals are all part of a successful fund development plan. Discuss ways to build a culture of fund development within your organization. Learn how to incorporate fundraising into your strategic plan, how to build policies and procedures that will encourage all those involved in your organization to participate, and how to achieve your fundraising goal. You will learn about: donor database options and why you need one, important policies (gift acceptance, code of conduct, bylaws, and board commitment), and how to measure success and keep everyone motivated. Appropriate for anyone, staff or volunteer, who is involved in the fundraising process.
6. Secrets of a High Performing Board, Presenter: Regina Funkhouser, Nonprofit Network, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Dinner included. Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52, Owosso
You have an understanding of board members’ roles and their tasks related to the success of your organization, but you want to move your board from Good to Great. This workshop will help you take a closer look at the steps your board should take to guarantee it is doing its job well and efficiently. Learn how to motivate your board to become fully involved in promoting your mission and governing your organization. Attend this workshop if you: aren’t sure what “higher level” conversations your board should be having, your board meetings run over by an hour and you’ve only gotten through half of your agenda, you know what your board should be doing but aren’t quite sure how to keep them motivated and on track, or you are overwhelmed with committee work and what feels like micromanaging. Appropriate for nonprofit leaders, board chairs and other board members.
7. Succession Success, Presenter: Patrice Martin, Nonprofit Network, Monday, March 10, 2014, 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Dinner included. Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52, Owosso
Successful nonprofits are committed to sustaining healthy, functioning organizations. Key leadership positions such as the executive director and board chair are central elements in every organization’s success. Succession planning helps to ensure that the nonprofit has a strategy to effectively manage in the event of the departure of key leadership. An important component of a comprehensive succession plan is a strategic plan with goals and objectives for the near term (up to three years), including objectives for leadership talent development. This session will present the business case for succession planning, explore the important connection to strategic planning and provide participants with useful tools to develop and implement a planning process appropriate for their organization. Appropriate for nonprofit leaders, board chairs and other board members.
8. Where are We Going, and How Do We Get There: Strategic Planning 101, Presenter: Patrice Martin, Nonprofit Network, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Dinner included. Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. M-52, Owosso
Begin with the end in mind. What does your organization hope to accomplish, and how will it get there? A strategic plan is a fundamental and essential tool to establish priorities, choose actions, create a game plan and allocate resources toward a sustainable and successful vision. If your organization needs a focused strategic plan, or it is time to revisit an old plan, this basic 101 class is for you. Participants will learn the components to a successful strategic plan, learn tips and considerations for choosing consultants and begin to put together a checklist to be prepared for the planning process. Appropriate for nonprofit leaders, board chairs and other board members.