Fundraising to Philanthropy Part 2: The Power of Relationships

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • 10:45 AM - 1:15 PM
  • 300 Wahwahtaysee Way, Battle Creek, MI 49015 (Miller Manor) -with additional parking at 310 Wahwahtaysee way (Miller Foundation) -for additional information contact Lois at
  • 15



Building a philanthropic culture takes intentional planning and execution.  Success begins with a balanced development plan, Case for Support; stakeholder inclusion (board, staff, volunteers, donors…) and “ask” preparation – the “How” (direct mail, email, or in person) and the “Who” (staff, board or volunteer) – execution and follow-up.

This session is designed to teach participants the importance of philanthropy and its role in building sustainable resources for nonprofit organizations.  The group will also focus on ways to identify and steward donors as well as engage board members and volunteers in the process.

Session Goals –

Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions (please come prepared to share personal experiences, challenges and successes), and participate in rich conversations about the philanthropic process including:

·         Effective development planning

·         Establishing the Top Tier

·         Top Tier Donor stewardship and visits

Designed for—

**Only those who attended Session One - Moving from Fundraising to Philanthropy in June 2019 are eligible for registration in this workshop. However, due to the considerable number of openings as of this date, Sara has decided to open the registration for only the ED’s (of the group currently attending monthly meetings) and any of their board members even though they may not have had the opportunity to attend in June. 

Organizations who understand and wish to build donor relationships and make one-on-one “asks”.  Tailored for your board, ED and development staff.  Attend together to get the most out of this engaging, hands-on session.  

These training sessions are only available for non-profit EDs, board members, committee members and potential board members that directly serve the Battle Creek community, including having staff or office space in Battle Creek and are then available free of charge.

Additional information-

All workshops will take place at Miller Manor, 300 Wahwahtaysee Way, Battle Creek, MI  49015.

Parking is available at 300 and 310 Wahwahtaysee way, however it is limited, carpooling is suggested.   A parking diagram will be sent with your reminder.  (If you park on the street, park ONLY on the property of Miller Foundation.

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early as these sessions will start on-time. 

Lunch will be provided at this workshop session.

Cancellations must be made 1 week preferably and no later than 4 days prior to the meeting if you are unable to attend.  Since these workshops are free, please be advised that  “No-Shows” may affect the ability of organizations to participate in future events.

If you need assistance with a cancellation or a change in your registration please email or call our office at 517-796-4750


Thank you to the generous sponsors who have made this workshop available: 

Additional Sponsor: 


Sharon Castle, Capacity Builder

Having 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 20th Century 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. 

Learn more about Regina

Regina Pinney, Executive Director

Regina has been the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Network since June 2009. With twenty-five years working in the nonprofit sector, she has a full range of experience in fundraising, marketing, governance, management and grant writing. She has led Nonprofit Network from being a county-specific nonprofit management support organization to an international resource specializing in capacity building, professional development and governance and organizational management.

Previously, she was owner and principal consultant for Funkhouser Consulting, which specialized in providing support, guidance and consulting services to nonprofit organizations.  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.

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