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] or call 989-725-1621.

To see our current Shiawassee NonProfit Capacity Building Events listing, click here.  
(You may register for any event at this link also.) 


2018 Workshop Schedule*

*Please note:  We held our board governance workshop in February, and may hold other workshops in 2018–but that all depends on nonprofit organization feedback.

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.

Interested? Here’s a listing of the types of facilitated workshops we could bring to our area (click here). Feel free to contact Yvette Collard or Tom Cook  (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.

To see our current Shiawassee NonProfit Capacity Building Events listing, click here.  
(You may register for any event at this link also.) 

Upcoming Workshop . . . .

Leverage Your Story: Building the Case for Support

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • Time:        9:00 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Baker College Welcome Center 1309 South M-52, Owosso, MI 48867


TO REGISTER  please use this link:  Register

At the heart of your nonprofit organization is a unique, driving story that can transform your fund development, board recruitment, talent retention, volunteer management, and relationship to the community. Do you know your story and how to communicate it well at all levels, both internally and externally?

Whether embarking on a capital campaign or raising funds for your annual campaign, EVERY nonprofit should have a case for support (CFS).  Your CFS provides your organization’s mission and history. It communicates the community need and how your organization responds to the need. And it presents the vision for the future and how the gifts of current and prospective donors create hope for the future.

The CFS is the foundation of all of your donor focused communications and is a valuable tool not only for anyone who is helping raise money for your organization, but also for any current or prospective donors as well.

Session Goals

This three-hour workshop is designed to help participants understand the CFS’s role in telling your organization’s story and why it is essential for successful fundraising.

Goals will include the following:

  • Key elements in a CFS
  • Process for writing the CFS
  • Length of the CFS
  • Difference between the “internal” and “external” CFS

Designed for
The session will provide beginner communication and fundraising staff guidelines for producing a strong CFS and as a refresher for more seasoned staff charged with developing a CFS.


Sharon Castle, Capacity BuilderHaving worn every hat in the philanthropic process affords Sharon a unique perspective in her work as a Capacity Building Consultant at Nonprofit Network.  Her approach is based on a commitment of providing excellent service with the highest degree of professional integrity. She enjoys working with a diverse clientele who have a passion for their mission.Sharon brings more than 30 years of experience in fundraising and enjoys assisting organizations increase their fundraising capability.

She credits her in-depth fundraising knowledge to her years as Deputy Director of Development for the American Lung Association of Michigan where she was responsible for all aspects of statewide fundraising; the Michigan Historical Museum where she completed the fundraising for the 20thCentury permanent galleries; and for more than 20 years as President of Castle & Associates, Inc. a full-service fundraising and organizational management firm where she assisted clients with strategic planning, capital campaigns, development audits, major gifts and fundraising plans.

Please Note: Nonprofit Network may videotape or photograph public events. Videos and photos are used solely for the promotional purposes of Nonprofit Network. Nonprofit Network will regard as confidential all non-public information obtained during the course of its professional assignments. Information given in a public setting has no expectation of confidentiality.


Other NonProfit Capacity Building and Learning Opportunities:

Executive Director Networking Sessions—

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 (*local location of each event will be noted on the registration webpage)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