We believe that Shiawassee nonprofits should have access, locally, to experts in nonprofit management, and we bring 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, please email Kerry Dutcher at: or call 989-725-1621.

2023 Workshop Schedule

The Cook Family Foundation will host FREE Board training events this year. These sessions are open to any current Shiawassee County nonprofit leadership, board members, staff members, or volunteers that live in, or directly serve the Shiawassee County community.

Upcoming Public and Partner Events

Professional Development for Nonprofit Leaders and Their Boards
Topic: Board Training
Date: March 5, 2024
Time/s: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET (US and Canada)

Register For:

FEB 21 & 28th | 9 AM – 11 AM (on Zoom)
Advancing DEI within Your Organization

A diverse and inclusive workplace has increased creativity – a variety of different people from various backgrounds working together will get you better solutions to problems. Diversity encourages personal growth – employees are encouraged to learn new ideas, perspective, and connect intellectually and personally to different people.

Fundamental Conversations for Boards

7-Part Series

A great way to Start the year off!
This video course offers your board professional development when it is most convenient for you. Each video is just 10 minutes or fewer and comes with a
corresponding Discussion Guide.

$50 for members ~ $80 for non-members

**Please note**

If you are a member of our NonProfit Capacity Building Program and would like to see a workshop brought to our area, we would consider supporting this effort IF you collaborate with at least two other nonprofits on your chosen topic for Nonprofit Network (or another facilitator) to present, AND IF each participating organization can commit to bring at least five members of their organization (Board Members, Staff, Volunteers, etc.) to the workshop.

Feel free to contact Kerry Dutcher  (989.725.1621) or the professionals at Nonprofit Network (517-796-4750) for more information on any session topic, or to determine if collaborating to coordinate a future session would be right for you and your organization.

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





Through the Shiawassee Advantage, the Cook Family Foundation offers a $3,000 scholarship to all Shiawassee area students who are admitted to University of Michigan–any one of their three campuses.  (Click here for full details regarding our scholarship work.) We encourage the best and brightest high school graduates from the greater Shiawassee County region to pursue an education at a premier university, including the world class University of Michigan.  If you are a Shiawassee area senior (or rising senior) and are interested in the University of Michigan (any of their campuses) please read more about our scholarship programs and look at the FAQs and testimonials.  Most importantly, fill out an application for our scholarship.  This will make it possible for us to give you the most help.  For Michigan residents, UM may be your most affordable option and is certainly a great value.  

In addition to helping students receive scholarships and the maximum amount of financial aid, the Foundation is committed to providing top students advice and help throughout their high school years on up through and beyond the application process (and through the Shiawassee Scholars program, which is expertly run by the Shiawassee Regional Education Services District’s, Kelsee Gewirtz.)   To that end we try to round up expert information and share with students and parents. See below for our upcoming scholarship-related events and how to participate.  



U-M Financial Aid Next Steps Webinar Series

Learn more about completing the financial aid process after being admitted.  UM’s Financial Aid Office Representatives will cover topics on scholarships, understanding financial aid award notices, verification AND MORE.  After the event, they will share links to videos and resources that will be helpful to you as you are applying for financial aid.








Tour of UM – Flint

Tentative 2024 Fall Tour date:  Tuesday, November 12th


For any questions please contact Yvette Collard at 989-725-1621 or