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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, May 05, 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • United Way of Jackson Conference Room A/B, 536 N. Jackson St, Jackson MI 49201
    • 15

    Executive Director Networking is an opportunity for leaders, from all sectors of nonprofit organizations, to gather together, collaborate and share ideas. This provides a unique opportunity for arts, human service, education and environment organizations, as well as any other nonprofit, to learn from one another and receive peer support.

     

    Topic: Building Relationships with Funders


    Special Guest Facilitator: Dana Ashlock, Program Director, Jackson Community Foundation

     

    Make plans to join Nonprofit Network for this networking opportunity.


    Cost:

    Nonprofit Network members: Free

    Non-Members: $10.00


    Please register so we can plan accordingly.

     

    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.

    • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Baker College of Jackson Welcome Center Room 1028, 2800 Springport Road, Jackson, MI 49202
    • 19

    Discover the most accurate and efficient way to use QuickBooks for your nonprofit. Don’t waste time through trial and error learning.  Whether you are brand new to the software or you just need a little help, our QuickBooks Pro Advisor will teach you the skills you need in order to work with confidence. Take advantage of the power and flexibility of QuickBooks. This is not a hands-on workshop.  We do the typing…and you do the learning. Become a confident user and find answers to your QuickBooks frustrations. 

     

    QuickBooks for Nonprofits – Level 2 Learn about:

    • Payroll for Nonprofits
    • Nonprofit Specific Reporting
    • Analyzing your Financial Data
    • Common QuickBooks Mistakes
    • More Tips & Tricks

    Appropriate for those comfortable with the Microsoft Office and have a basic understanding of financial transactions relative to nonprofit organizations.  


    About the Presenter: 

    Dorothy Hawley has used QuickBooks since it first became available 23 years ago.

    She holds a degree in business and offers over 35 years of accounting experience in the for profit as well as nonprofit sectors.  Now, one of Intuit’s QuickBooks Pro Advisors, she owns and operates Dorothy Hawley Accounting Services which specializes in setting up QuickBooks for nonprofit organizations, training staff providing ongoing support and offering financial management to the local nonprofit community.  Her outstanding reputation for clean audits and best practices precedes her. Dorothy is dedicated to making sure ALL your questions are answered.      


    Cost: Nonprofit Network Members - $35.00 Guests (from same organization) $25.00

     

    Nonmembers - $50.00


    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.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Thursday, May 14, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • At Your Desk EDT
    • 22

    Nonprofit boards are responsible for the financial health of the organization they serve. All board members should be aware of what their role is in managing the fiscal operations of the nonprofit they serve. Join this webinar to gain an overview of how you, as a board member, can measure financial solvency, map profitability of programs and operations and monitor income and expense deviations from your organization’s budget. 

    Appropriate for current and incoming board members and nonprofit professionals.


    About the presenter:  


    Regina Funkhouser has been the Executive Director of Nonprofit Network since June 2009. Previously she was owner and principal consultant for Funkhouser Consulting, a Jackson, MI firm specializing in providing support, guidance and consulting services to nonprofit organizations. She had a wide and diverse client base including the Center for Family Health, Family Service & Children's Aid, Community Action Agency, Child and Parent Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jackson School of the Arts and many more.  Prior to owning her own company, Regina was the Development Director for the Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale, Washington, the Community Development Director for the Child and Parent Resources in Tacoma, Washington and the Special Events Coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Toledo, Ohio.  Regina is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green Ohio. 

     


    Cost: No Charge for Nonprofit Network Members

    $10.00 Future Members

     

    Please note: Board 101 - Basic board responsibilities is a recommended prerequisite  for this webinar


    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.


     

     

    • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Baker College of Jackson // Welcome Center, Room 1027 // 2800 Springport Rd, Jackson, MI 49202
    • 46

    Calling all Grant Writers!

    The Mid Michigan Grant Writers Network is about promoting best practices of grant writing and providing an opportunity for individuals to share ideas and be a resource for one another.
     

    Topic:  We will explore a growing trend by community foundations around community leadership. The National Task Force on Community Leadership has updated the definition of community leadership for Community Foundations to now read “the community foundation is a community partner that creates a better future for all by pursuing the community’s greatest opportunities and addressing the most critical challenges, inclusively uniting people, institutions and resources from throughout the community, and producing significant, widely shared and lasting results." 


    The Grant Writers Networking Group will explore how this might lead to new relationships and opportunities around grants/funding. 

     

    This is a great NETWORKING and learning opportunity, although you will learn a lot,  it is not a traditional workshop. 


    Facilitator:  Regina Funkhouser


    There is no charge for this networking meeting 


     

    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.

     

    • Thursday, May 28, 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • United Way Conference Room A/B, 536 N. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
    • 30

    Join us for this monthly networking and training opportunity to help anyone who is responsible for recruiting, training, managing and thanking volunteers.

     

    Bring your business cards so the networking can continue after the meeting!

     

    This Month's Topic: The Monetary Value of Volunteers: The how and why of tracking their time.

     

    Facilitators

     

    Diane McDonald

     

    Diane joined Nonprofit Network in 2010 and assists nonprofits in best practices. Upon graduation from Michigan State University, Diane began a career in the for profit sector in merchandising and retail 

    buying with R.H. Macy & Co, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri. After two years she was promoted on to Davidson’s, a Macy's division in Atlanta, Georgia, as department store group manager. A relocation to the Detroit area provided the opportunity for Diane to join Manufacturers Bank as branch manager. Her introduction to the nonprofit sector came through the Jackson Community Foundation, where she served as Grant and Scholarship Coordinator. Diane's broad range of professional experience in the for profit and non profit sector allows her to bring a unique prospective to assist nonprofit professionals in all areas of their professional development.

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    Stephanie Schiro

     

    Stephanie joined the United Way of Jackson County in October of 2013 as the Community Resource Associate. She plans all United Way special events, is a board member on the Women’s Leadership Council and maintains the Volunteer Portal. She graduated from Jackson College with her Associates in General Studies and later Spring Arbor University with her Bachelors in Social Work. Stephanie has been happily involved with volunteering her whole life. She has been involved with organizations such as KidsHope USA, 1208 Greenwood Church, and the Jackson County Freedom Coalition. Her work with the United Way’s Volunteer Portal allows her to have a distinctive perspective on the relationship between the organization and the volunteer and in turn, ways to develop and maintain a healthy relationship between these two important entities.



    Cost:

    Nonprofit Network Member Benefit - No Charge

    Future Nonprofit Network Member - $10.00


    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.

    • Wednesday, June 17, 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • LISD Tech Center // Professional Development Center // 1372 N Main St, Adrian, MI 49221

    Poverty is a complex social, economic and political issue that a "one-size-fits-all" approach fails to resolve. Investing the time to explore the research, listen to stories of those living in poverty, and discover new ways of thinking about policies and systems will create better outcomes.

     

    Broaden your perspective and understand the economic realities of poverty. 

    • Identify how your work can have a significant and lasting impact on addressing poverty.  
    • Learn how to use policies and systems to create better outcomes instead of barriers to moving out of poverty.
    • Use this model to improve systems for better outcomes at the individual, institution and community level.

    Appropriate for:  All nonprofit professionals and board members.


    Presenter: 

    Katena Cain, Nonprofit Management Consultant


    Katena is a professional consultant skilled at helping diverse groups and communities think creatively and collaboratively together. She empowers people to translate conflict and differences into creative breakthrough.
    She is a management consultant with Nonprofit Network where she works primarily with initiatives surrounding diversity, inclusion and equity, communication and board governance.


    Previously, she was in higher education where she served as an academic advisor and as the lead facilitator to Sisters of Strength, a service and leadership organization for women of color at Jackson Community College.  While in her leadership role with the Sisters of Strength, Katena has supported, encouraged and assisted many women of color toward their efforts in achieving academic and professional success.


    Katena has served on several committees related to strategic planning, workplace relations and diversity in her community. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University and is a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University.


    Cost: $125.00
    Bonus: 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Stay for lunch and discuss strategies for your organization - $15.00
       
    Nonprofit Network is recognized as a Local Authorized Consultant agency by aha! Process, Inc., the owners of the Bridges Out of Poverty framework.  Three certified trainers are available to host workshops and facilitate conversations using the Bridges model and framework.
     
    • Thursday, June 18, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • At Your Desk EDT
    • 25

    Are the right people sitting around your board table?
    •    Is your board inclusive of the community you serve?
    •    Are your board meetings inclusive of all voices around the table?

    Increasingly nonprofit organizations are recognizing the need to become more inclusive of diversity in order to meet the needs of the communities they serve and achieve their missions. In this session we will explore key trends illustrating the nonprofit landscape relative to diversity and inclusion and interactively examine practical strategies and tools to advance social equity around the board table. 

    Appropriate for current and incoming board members and nonprofit professionals.


    About the presenter: 


    About the presenter: Katena Cain

    Katena is a professional consultant skilled at helping diverse groups and communities think creatively and collaboratively together. She empowers people to translate conflict and differences into creative breakthrough. 

    She is a management consultant with Nonprofit Network where she works primarily with initiatives surrounding diversity, inclusion and equity, communication and board governance.
    Previously, she was in higher education where she served as an academic advisor and as the lead facilitator to Sisters of Strength, a service and leadership organization for women of color at Jackson Community College.  While in her leadership role with the Sisters of Strength, Katena has supported, encouraged and assisted many women of color toward their efforts in achieving academic and professional success.
    Katena has served on several committees related to strategic planning, workplace relations and diversity in her community. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University and is a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University.



    Cost: No Charge for Nonprofit Network Members

    $10.00 Future Members

     

    Please note: Board 101 - Basic board responsibilities is a recommended prerequisite  for this webinar


    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.


     

     

    • Thursday, June 25, 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • United Way Conference Room A/B, 536 N. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
    • 30

    Join us for this monthly networking and training opportunity to help anyone who is responsible for recruiting, training, managing and thanking volunteers.

     

    Bring your business cards so the networking can continue after the meeting!

     

    This Month's Topic: How you can support your volunteers and why it makes sense.

     

    Facilitators

     

    Diane McDonald

     

    Diane joined Nonprofit Network in 2010 and assists nonprofits in best practices. Upon graduation from Michigan State University, Diane began a career in the for profit sector in merchandising and retail 

    buying with R.H. Macy & Co, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri. After two years she was promoted on to Davidson’s, a Macy's division in Atlanta, Georgia, as department store group manager. A relocation to the Detroit area provided the opportunity for Diane to join Manufacturers Bank as branch manager. Her introduction to the nonprofit sector came through the Jackson Community Foundation, where she served as Grant and Scholarship Coordinator. Diane's broad range of professional experience in the for profit and non profit sector allows her to bring a unique prospective to assist nonprofit professionals in all areas of their professional development.

    ______________________________________________________

    Stephanie Schiro

     

    Stephanie joined the United Way of Jackson County in October of 2013 as the Community Resource Associate. She plans all United Way special events, is a board member on the Women’s Leadership Council and maintains the Volunteer Portal. She graduated from Jackson College with her Associates in General Studies and later Spring Arbor University with her Bachelors in Social Work. Stephanie has been happily involved with volunteering her whole life. She has been involved with organizations such as KidsHope USA, 1208 Greenwood Church, and the Jackson County Freedom Coalition. Her work with the United Way’s Volunteer Portal allows her to have a distinctive perspective on the relationship between the organization and the volunteer and in turn, ways to develop and maintain a healthy relationship between these two important entities.



    Cost:

    Nonprofit Network Member Benefit - No Charge

    Future Nonprofit Network Member - $10.00


    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.

    • Tuesday, September 01, 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • United Way of Jackson Conference Room A/B, 536 N. Jackson St, Jackson MI 49201
    • 20

    Executive Director Networking is an opportunity for leaders, from all sectors of nonprofit organizations, to gather together, collaborate and share ideas. This provides a unique opportunity for arts, human service, education and environment organizations, as well as any other nonprofit, to learn from one another and receive peer support.

     

    Topic: Coaching for Employee Success - Discuss effective ways to help employees draw on their own resourcefulness.

     


    Make plans to join Nonprofit Network for this networking opportunity.


    Cost:

    Nonprofit Network members: Free

    Non-Members: $10.00



    Please register so we can plan accordingly.

     

    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.

    • Tuesday, December 01, 2015
    • 12:00 AM
    • Thursday, December 31, 2015
    • 11:30 PM
    • At Your Desk

    Do you know who your next board member is? The key to effective governance is the right mix of talent and expertise. However, recruiting board members can be a daunting task. Learn the steps that will make board recruitment more productive and lead to better results.

     

    In this workshop you will learn:

    • How to identify the skills your board needs to accomplish the organization's mission (and the importance of recruiting board members based on their skills)
    • Where to look for the best board members (you won’t have to look too far)
    • How to communicate expectations
    • How to keep board members engaged and effective

    Past workshop participant comment:


    "It gave me a clear picture of things our organization should be doing to recruit and train new board members."


    Suggested Prerequisite: Board 101 – Basic Responsibilities


    About the presenter: 

    Regina Funkhouser has been the Executive Director of Nonprofit Network since June 2009. Previously she was owner and principal consultant for Funkhouser Consulting, a Jackson, MI firm specializing in providing support, guidance and consulting services to nonprofit organizations. She had a wide and diverse client base including the Center for Family Health, Family Service & Children's Aid, Community Action Agency, Child and Parent Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jackson School of the Arts and many more.  Prior to owning her own company, Regina was the Development Director for the Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale, Washington, the Community Development Director for the Child and Parent Resources in Tacoma, Washington and the Special Events Coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Toledo, Ohio.  Regina is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green Ohio. 


    Cost:
    Nonprofit Network Member - No Charge (Member Benefit)

    Non-Member - $10.00


    This workshop is made possible thanks to funding from

    The Jackson Community Foundation!


     

     

    • Tuesday, December 01, 2015
    • Saturday, December 31, 2016
    • Purchase the Guide

    Are you considering starting a nonprofit organization? 

    Starting a nonprofit takes a considerable amount of time, understanding of financial management, leadership and managerial skills and fundraising. This Guide will help you identify what you need to consider before forming your organization as well as how to prioritize, plan and complete the process.

     

      

    Cost:  


    Printed copy (available for pick-up at our office) - $50.00 

    PDF copy (e-mailed directly to you)- $50.00

    Printed copy (to be shipped to your address) - $54.50


    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.

    • Thursday, December 31, 2015
    • Saturday, December 31, 2016
    • At Your Desk - Eastern Time Zone
    • 25

    Leading a nonprofit board requires more than just following an agenda. It is important for the Board Chair to provide mission driven direction and leadership. Many times when Board Chairs are elected, they are not given the directions needed to guide their nonprofit organizations.  This workshop will help you understand the  role and responsibilities of Board Chairs and how they may better perform their duties. 

     

    Appropriate for current and incoming board chairs and nonprofit professionals.


    About the presenter:  


    Regina Funkhouser has been the Executive Director of Nonprofit Network since June 2009. Previously she was owner and principal consultant for Funkhouser Consulting, a Jackson, MI firm specializing in providing support, guidance and consulting services to nonprofit organizations. She had a wide and diverse client base including the Center for Family Health, Family Service & Children's Aid, Community Action Agency, Child and Parent Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jackson School of the Arts and many more.  Prior to owning her own company, Regina was the Development Director for the Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale, Washington, the Community Development Director for the Child and Parent Resources in Tacoma, Washington and the Special Events Coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Toledo, Ohio.  Regina is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green Ohio. 

     


    Cost: No Charge for Nonprofit Network Members

    $10.00 Future Members

     

    PLEASE NOTE:  BOARD 101 - BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES IS SUGGESTED BEFORE TAKING THIS CLASS.    


    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.


     

     

    • Thursday, December 31, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • At Your Desk
    • 11

    WEBINAR ON-DEMAND - Available Anytime! Click on "Show Details" to access


    Board 101: The Basic Legal Obligations, Responsibilities and Duties Every Nonprofit Board Member Should Know

     

    Nonprofit boards have the ultimate responsibility and accountability for the organizations they lead.   

    Does every member of your board understand their legal obligations, basic responsibilities, and duties?

    It doesn't matter if you have served on a board for years or if you are serving on a board for the first time, this one hour course will help you with whatever stage of board development you are at with your organization.  The following will be addressed:


     •3 legal responsibilities of a nonprofit board
    •10 basic responsibilities of a nonprofit board
    •Key tasks the board should undertake


    Past workshop participant comment: "It is a great overview of responsibilities of board members. For newcomers, it's enlightening; for experienced board members, it's a reminder of all their responsibilities."


    About the presenter:  Regina Funkhouser has been the executive director of the Nonprofit Network since June 2009. Previously she was owner and principal consultant for Funkhouser Consulting, a Jackson, MI firm specializing in providing support, guidance and consulting services to nonprofit organizations. She had a wide and diverse client base including the Center for Family Health, Family Service & Children's Aid, Community Action Agency, Child and Parent Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jackson School of the Arts and many more.  Prior to owning her own company, Regina was the Development Director for the Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale, Washington, the Community Development Director for the Child and Parent Resources in Tacoma, Washington and the Special Events Coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Toledo, Ohio.  Regina is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green Ohio. 


    Cost:
    Nonprofit Network Member - No Charge (Member Benefit)
    Non-member - $10.00 


    This workshop is made possible thanks to funding from

    The Jackson Community Foundation!



     

     

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