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Introducing Our New Consultant: Brett Heflin

Tuesday, November 02, 2021 1:34 PM | Tracey Wilson (Administrator)

We are so excited to present you with one of the newest members of Nonprofit Network's staff— Brett Heflin!  With extensive experience in nonprofit governance, organizational management, board development and so much more, Brett will bring his diverse perspective to nonprofits seeking to make change and build capacity. We'll let Brett introduce himself.

Brett Heflin
Capacity Builder

This past month has been one of the most energizing and empowering of the decade. As most of us have, I found myself questioning the direction to follow toward the future. Here in Michigan, I have worked at several levels of oversight in community development from a non-profit perspective and beyond. I have served in roles from the individual classroom to the Board of Directors and into executive leadership at a large education management company, churches, federal program boards, private and community service organizations.

After working with Michigan non-profits and assisting their development, fundraising, strategic planning, and implementation through my own company, I have developed a unique set of skills and broad experiences. The education sector was my home for the roles and responsibilities of classroom teacher, curriculum developer, Assistant Principal, Principal, and District Director before becoming an independent Educational Consultant. In the following decade, my efforts have been in the areas of organizational growth, strategic partnerships, and board governance. Using the background in operations, scheduling, data research, and creative educational development to assist nonprofit organizations as they do their amazing work for others has been very fulfilling.

And then a global pandemic showed me that doing work for the greater good in my own small circle was simply not enough. Daily, throughout the developing responses to catastrophe, I witnessed the strength and bravery of those willing to shoulder the burdens of others with no thought of personal reward. Their heroic actions prompted me to seek other examples of regular people using their gifts for the betterment of others and the promotion of the greater good. I found these examples quite consistently in the world of nonprofits. My realization emerged that by helping these incredible organizations, I could help far more people succeed at many more graceful and empowering efforts than with my own two hands at work could accomplish.

Finding this team at Nonprofit Network was a blessing. Being asked to join it is a tremendous gift and answer to prayer. My constant goal is to provide perspectives, insight, and strategic guidance toward organizational development and the programming that will build community support. With extensive independent experience as a grant writer, researcher, director, and training program developer in staff, contract, and fully-remote roles, my new endeavor with Nonprofit Network could not find a better foundation than with my new colleagues. I am very honored to be surrounded by such a powerful collection of thought-leaders and their skill and experience is only outshined by the tremendous care with which they exercise their craft. It is my sincere hope that each reader of this message will take advantage of the opportunity to work with the fine people that I am privileged to join. If you knew the degree to which they care, the thought and expertise brought to each initiative and decision, and the potential they see in your organizations and in each of you, there would not be a moment of hesitation in seeking their collaboration. We are truly stronger together.

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