Nonprofit Capacity Building Program

Through its NonProfit Capacity Building Program, the Cook Family Foundation works with nonprofit organizations based in Shiawassee County to help them strengthen their ability to carry out their mission.

PARTNERS:  Nonprofits in Shiawassee County may participate in the NonProfit Capacity Building Program (NPCB) and become members of the Nonprofit Network at no charge.  To be eligible, the nonprofit organization must meet these requirements:

  • serve Shiawassee County residents
  • have board members who are Shiawassee County residents
  • be based in Shiawassee County, or demonstrate how the local needs of Shiawassee communities are assessed and addressed within the organization
  • have a paid executive director*
  • have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit determination letter from the IRS, and be registered in Michigan*
  • not discriminate in the delivery of services on the basis of race, gender, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation
  • not be an organization whose primary purpose is the promotion or support of religious activity or association

Organizations that have filed for legal recognition and are working toward hiring a staff person may be considered for membership. While Cook Family Foundation prefers to work with 501c3’s, other 501c’s may also be eligible. The Cook Family Foundation will consider mission, board structure and funding sources, paying particular attention to the organization’s ability to be innovative, adaptive and sustainable. We cannot provide expertise in political or governmental issues.  Contact the Foundation office for more details.

Partner Benefits

  • membership in Nonprofit Network (Click here for more information)
  • invitation to educational workshops for board members and staff
  • consultation with Nonprofit Network professionals and priority for technical assistance grants
  • technology support and assessments 
  • invitation to bi-monthly executive directors meetings and tech support group
  • eligible to apply for Innovation and Impact Grants


Membership for other NonProfits: The primary focus of the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program is on locally-based, locally-serving nonprofits that already have staff. All-volunteer nonprofits, non-local organizations that serve Shiawassee County, and other organizations that do not meet the Partner criteria (see above) are welcome to attend educational workshops, and may apply for technical assistance and other capacity building grants.  Upon request, the Foundation may provide for membership with the Nonprofit Network.

Our current Nonprofit Capacity Building Partners 

Twenty-three nonprofit organizations in Shiawassee County have joined the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program and become members of the Nonprofit Network. The Cook Family Foundation is proud to work with these organizations who have made a commitment to capacity building.


You can also keep up to date about events regarding our NonProfit Capacity Building program by following us on Twitter @ShiaNPCB