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.


2019 Workshop Schedule*

Shiawassee Serves Website Training Workshop
(Volunteer & Event/Opportunity Management Website)

When:        Wednesday, July 24, 2019 —-10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:   The Armory 215 N. Water Street, Owosso(Executive Board Room- Ground Floor)
Facilitator(s):  Diane Woodruff & Jenny McArdle, United Way of Genesee County 
Get better acquainted with the great Volunteer Management and Event/Opportunity tool The United Way of Genesee County (Serving Shiawassee County) introduced to all of us last year:  Shiawassee Serves. 
Shiawassee Serves online platform is FREE volunteer management software for both Genesee and Shiawassee organizations! Many organizations have already created an agency on the platform but are unaware of what to do next or that Galaxy Digital (the platform creator) is always updating and creating great new features! Come join us and learn more about some features in the system, such as:
– The Check-in Kiosk
– Plus-one hours
– Opportunity Scheduling: Posting Needs with Shifts
– How to Make the App Happen
– You are welcome to bring your devices (phone or computer) to follow along in real time and ask questions.(If you have specific questions that you want addressed, please feel free to reach out ahead of time to [email protected])




When:       Monday, August 05, 2019—12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location:  The Armory 215 N. Water Street, Owosso(Mess Hall Community Room-Lower Level)
Facilitator:  Brandon Brooks, Public Sector Consultants

The United Way of Genesee County (Serving Shiawassee County) has kindly offered to bring in folks to help us get better at our Social Media work we all do with our various orgs.  This will be especially helpful to those organizations with a raiseUPshiawassee/Giving Tuesday campaign.

This workshop will be responsive to audience needs and questions, while broadly covering: How to define (and find) your intended audience, why you want to target them and what you hope to get out of the relationship, what is meant by “engagement,” what social media channels may be best for your intended goals, what to include in the messaging, how to utilize multi-media (eg. photos, videos, links) and more!

(If you have specific questions that you want addressed, please feel free to reach out ahead of time to [email protected] and she will pass those on to the presenter.)

Lunch is included at noon.



Thursday, September 05, 2019—10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Armory 215 N. Water Street, Owosso(Mess Hall Community Room-Lower Level)
Facilitator: Carrie Rathbun Hawks, Rathbun Public Relations

Learn how to combine the elements of public relations, marketing, branding and advertising to tell your story and build a successful communications machine that reaches staff, volunteers, donors, board members and other key audiences for your organization without breaking the bank.

Also, Carrie Rathbun will provide follow-up support after the workshop in the form of answering a reasonable number of questions via phone or email. She is happy to meet with any workshop participant(s) personally for a more extended level of support or engagement as part of a mutually agreeable arrangement.

Lunch is included at noon.



Wednesday, October 23, 2019—3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Armory 215 N. Water Street, Owosso(Executive Board Room- Ground Floor)
Facilitator:  Nonprofit Network

The more you understand about embezzlement, the easier it is to recognize the signs and take steps to keep your company’s financial assets secure. Treasurers, Finance Committee members, Board Members, Executive Directors and Bookkeepers will all gain critical information about managing your nonprofits financial resources and futures. 

A Board’s primary responsibility is protecting the assets of the organization and the most common embezzlement is by employees or internal staff. Come learn how to spot signs of embezzlement or misuse of funds, how to protect your business, steps you should take and how to get the most out of your audit.

In this session we will discuss:

1.    Raising the awareness that embezzlement does happen

2.    Encouraging leaders to give high priority to instituting safeguards against embezzlement 

3.    Debunking the myth that having an audit fixes the problem

4.    Providing some tools/structure for participants to employ back at their shop to enhance safeguards.

Note: to be considered for 2020 grants, attendance at this workshop is a requirement.

Dinner is included.

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.

*Please note:  We may hold other workshops in 2019–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.) 


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 beginning on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019–(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 and affiliates 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