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.

2021 Workshop Schedule: 



Executive Director Mini-Retreat 

All day (9am-3pm) ~  Exact Date, Time & Location:  TBD

This Executive Director mini retreat is a great learning opportunity to help you design the future of your community. An opportunity to share our collective values, and agree on our vision for what we want for our community. The Executive Director retreat is a full day for ED’s to step away from the stresses and busyness of their individual organizations and come to learn from one another. 

 (Cook Family Foundation Partners Only)


— *Please STAY TUNED as we continue to develop the remainder of our 2021 Workshop Schedule, here’s a quick preview of the remaining topic(s):

How Boards Govern Around Values

September – TBA

Designed for Boards and Executive Directors – More information TBA




Moving to a Higher Performing and Energized Board

Nurturing your Board toward Better Performance ~ Are you ready to make some progress and impact?  Do you want higher performing committees?  Are you wanting to have deeper, generative, strategic and visionary conversations around your board table? 

This Workshop will cover:

  • Recruitment strategies to expand your sphere of influence.
  • Interview questions, conversations and protocols that will engage board members from day 1.
  • Actions that create a culture that allows productive and healthy debate that leads toward consensus.
  • Methods to provide ongoing professional development and continuous improvement

Designed for – Executive Directors, Board Chairs and Board Leadership should attempt to attend together.  




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 for networking and support from 12:00-2:00PM. This Executive Directory only, networking 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.

ED Networking Dates:  (Currently virtually)

August  2021 — Possible Mini or Full Retreat for Nonprofit Capactiy Building Members – TBD
October 12, 2021
December 14, 2021     

More ED Support:

Some of the early work of the Nonprofit Capacity Building program in 2021 will be focused on examining mission, vision, and values.  As well, many of you have already begun an effort to examine your policies and practices that relate to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA). 

We heard from you how you value connecting and collaborating with one another, and we are committed to supporting our community of nonprofit practitioners.  So in addition to the bi-monthly Executive Director Networking sessions (listed above) we will be hosting two monthly informal ZOOM chats:

  1. One on the second Friday of the month at noon (bring your lunch) to just check-in with one another:
    There continues to be lots going on!  These Friday calls will help you be responsive to current issues, Covid issues, staffing issues, or what ever else you wish to discuss.  Come prepared to share what you know.  As always, we will find time to breathe, laugh and cry – or what ever may be necessary. 

    July 9, 2021
    August 13, 2021
    September 10, 2021
    October 8, 2021
    November 12, 2021
    December 10, 2021

  2. One on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. to talk about IDEA and values work:

    These support calls will be Vision Readiness and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion meetings to help collectively advance your work. Come to share your success and barriers and receive peer support. 

    July 27, 2021
    August 24, 2021
    September 28, 2021
    October 26, 2021
    November 23, 2021
    No Dec. Meeting due to Holidays


TO REGISTER for any of the executive director networking meetings (intended for members and affiliates of the Shiawassee NonProfit Capacity Building Program), please use this link:                                                                   Register

**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.

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.

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