Strengthening Nonprofit Governance & Management
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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, May 15, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 137, 100 Building (building with flagpoles at entrance) // Baker College of Jackson // 2800 Springport Road // Jackson, MI 49202
    Register



    Leverage Your Story (Workshop Series)


    At the heart of your organization is a unique, driving story that can transform your fund development, board recruitment, talent retention, volunteer management, and relationship to the community. Do you know your story and how to communicate it well at all levels, both internally and externally?


    Don't forget to register for the rest of the series!


    Session 1: Building a Case for Support

    Session 2: Telling Your Story

    Session 3: Retention Power of the Thank You



    Leverage Your Story Series

    Session 2: Telling Your Story



    Do you realize that people—that donors—remember a story far longer than they remember facts and figures alone?   

     

    How are your storytelling skills?

     

    In this session, we'll examine the value stories play in your organization's fundraising, program promotion, and even board recruitment.  Join us to learn new ways to build your professional capabilities and bolster your organization's financial position.

     

    Session Goals 

    • The structure of a good story
    • Tips to get better at storytelling
    • Ways to use storytelling to share information


    Designed for—

    Executive directors, board chairs, and anyone involved in grant writing, fund development, and board recruitment. 



    Cost


    Nonprofit Network Members - $45.00 

    Additional registrants from same member organization - $35.00


    Nonmembers - $60.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Facilitator


    Tom Williams, Capacity Builder


    Learn more about Tom

    Tom has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in roles at the local, state and national levels.  Prior to coming to Nonprofit Network, Tom served as a statewide capacity building director with Michigan Habitat for Humanity, where he supported 73 separate governing boards through its affiliate structure.  In this role, he assisted organizations in their strategic planning processes, operational standards, policy development and board governance practices. 


    Before his time at the state level, Tom was involved in developing and implementing national partnerships, including Habitat's long-running relationship with Thrivent Financial.  Tom also served as an Executive Director of a Habitat affiliate. Prior to his nonprofit work with Habitat, Tom served as staff to a county planning commission where he developed land use and transportation plans, in addition to grant writing and community development work.  Tom is a graduate of the University of Michigan.



    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 22, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Room 137, 100 Building (Building with flagpoles at entrance) // Baker College of Jackson // 2800 Springport Rd // Jackson, MI
    Register



    Description

    Our biggest asset is our people—and for most of us, it is our biggest budget line item. Our missions can’t be accomplished without our people.  Keeping our people happy is critical to retaining moving our mission, serving our community and getting things done. Andsince most lawsuits against nonprofits are brought forward by employees for discrimination or wrongful termination, we know this is a topic that deserves our time and attention.  


    Come learn from the experts South Central Human Resource Management Association’s Co-Chair Doug Scott, Human Resource Manager at Industrial Steel Treating Co. and South Central Human Resource Management Association’s Workforce Readiness Chair Heather Harback, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP and Director of Organizational Development at CP Federal Credit Union


    Session Goals 


    This session will provide participants with the following:   

    • Employee classification (Exempt vs non-exempt) laws and test

    • The laws around comp Time vs flex time
    • Equitable vs Fair Employee Policies
    • Tips for managing employees
    • Fair and effective tips on evaluating and redirecting employees

    Designed for


    Appropriate and relevant for nonprofit employees and volunteers who are responsible for management and/or policies.



    Cost


    Nonprofit Network Members - $45.00 

    Additional registrants from same member organization - $35.00


    Nonmembers - $60.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Facilitator


    Regina Pinney, Executive Director


    Learn more about Regina

    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.


    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 24, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Conference Room A/B // United Way Center // 536 N. Jackson // Jackson, MI 49201
    Register



    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!


    Designed for

    This session is appropriate for anyone involved in the recruitment, retention, and management of volunteers. 



    Facilitator

    Stephanie Schiro, Community Resource Associate, United Way of Jackson


    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.



    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, June 05, 2018
    • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Baker College of Jackson // 2800 Springport Rd. // Jackson, MI 49203
    • 9
    Register



    The Nonprofit Network Executive Director Academy functions as a cohort of participants, with multiple presenters addressing key skills over the course of 7 monthly sessions.  To maximize the value of this cohort model, the sessions will be highly interactive not only on the topic to be covered during that session, but also in discussing the successes and challenges of implementing the topics covered in previous sessions. Participants are encouraged to deliberately focus on skill implementation of previous sessions and to share their barriers and breakthroughs with their fellow participants when the cohort. As described in the Academy Expectations, Consistent attendance will be necessary to appropriately support your colleagues and to gain proficiency with the skills that build on each other.


    Description

    The Nonprofit Network Executive Director Academy is a cohort of no more than 10 executive directors who have been in their position for fewer than 5 years.  This deliberate and consistent gathering of people who have similar tenure in their positions as ED's aims to accomplish the following:

    • Ensure clear understanding of the complexities of the role and awareness of the fully developed skill sets necessary for success
    • Build relationships among peers and networks within the community
    • Problem solve and learn from one another
    Every Academy participant in the Academy will be provided with a their own copy of the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual ($95 value). This manual will support some portions of the the sessions and will serve as a valuable ongoing reference tool for the executive director.


    There is no prerequisite to the Academy. However, it will be advantageous for participants to attend Becoming Your Best: Training for Executive Directorswhere many of the concepts and skill sets will be introduced. The Academy will pursue deeper exploration and real life application with feedback in the areas covered in Becoming Your Best.



    Schedule

    The Academy will meet as a group each month from June through December 2018


    Session 1: June 7, 12:30p-3:30p

    Trust, More Trust, Leadership, and Teams - Facilitated by Tom Williams


    Session 2: July 12, 12:30p-3:30p

    Nonprofit Tech - Facilitated by Andy Wolber, WolberWorks


    Session 3: August 8, 12:30p-3:30p

    Fund Development - Facilitated by Sharon Castle


    Session 4: September 20, 12:30p-3:30p

    The Role of the Executive Director in Human Resources - Facilitated by Regina Pinney


    Session 5: October 10, 12:30p-3:30p

    Communication and Having those Hard Conversations - Facilitated by Katena Cain


    Session 6: November 8, 12:30p-3:30p

    The Role of the Executive Director in Finances - Facilitated by Regina Pinney


    Session 7: December 11, 12:30p-3:30p

    Change, Crisis Management, and Tending to Self - Facilitated by Tom Williams



    Commitment

    For the benefit of all participants in the cohort, those registering for the Academy must commit to attending all seven sessions, prioritizing attendance over other commitments.



    Designed for

    Appropriate and relevant for executive directors who have been in their current position for fewer than 5 years. 


    Want to join, but you're not eligible?


    If you cannot attend these dates or if you're an ED with +5 years of experience, let us know here and we'll contact you as future cohorts are formed



    Cost$575


    The registration price includes enrollment in the 7-month cohort in addition to a personal copy of the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual ($95 value)


    Payment in full is required to secure your place in the cohort.  


    Due to the limited number of spaces in the cohort, Nonprofit Network may choose to deny a full or partial refund in the event that a registrant must cancel their registration.



    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 06, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 137, 100 Building (building with flag polls at entrance) // Baker College of Jackson // 2800 Springport Road // Jackson, MI 49202
    Register



    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 workshop will help you identify what you need to consider before forming your organization as well as how to prioritize, plan, and complete the process.

     

    BONUS: Participants will receive Nonprofit Network's Guide to Starting a Nonprofit



    Session Goals 
    • Understand the basic steps and legal requirements
    • Explore all the options including, a 501c3, L3C and a "B" Corporation
    • Learn about alternatives to starting a nonprofit
    • Find out if you are eligible for the new streamlined 1023ez application 


    Designed for


    Appropriate and relevant for anyone considering or in the midst of starting a nonprofit organization



    Cost$50.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Facilitator


    Regina Pinney, Executive Director


    Learn more about Regina

    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.


    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 14, 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Community Action Agency / 1214 Greenwood Ave / Jackson, MI 49203
    • 49
    Register

    What is Bridges Out of Poverty?


    "Bridges Out of Poverty is a powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, and legal services professionals. It reaches out to the million

    s of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty." (Aha Process)


    Bridges is not a program. It is a research-based framework of concepts, tools, and resources that equip people to reconsider how they approach their clients, their constituents, their neighbors, and their community.


    To comprehensively address the issue of poverty, we must look at it through three lenses: Individual, Institutional, and Community. This Triple Lens approach provides a comprehensive perspective on how we as individuals, organizations, and communities can eliminate poverty.


    Session Content 

    This 4-hour overview seminar aims to help you think critically about your role to comprehensively address poverty. Its emphasis will be on the lens of the Individual and will introduce the following content:

    • Key Points and Constructs of Bridges
    • Mental Models of Economic Class
    • Hidden Rules
    • Resources

    Bridges Out of Poverty is large framework, rich with resources and an amazing depth of content.  It takes a great deal of time to fully cover all of that material through the Triple Lens approach. The greatest level of change happens with the multi-day and full-day sessions. We know, however, that it’s simply not possible for many people to spend a full day in a workshop.  


    We therefore offer this 4-hour session that condenses the Bridges material to an overview of its most critical elements.  


    Designed for

    Appropriate and relevant for anyone who has a general interest in Bridges Out of Poverty. It will primarily focus on the Individual Lens and will motivate attendants to pursue Institutional and Community change as well  


    A common outcome of this session  is attendants bringing their learning back to their organization and advocate for a full or multi-day training, which allows time to sufficiently explore the Triple Lens approach. 




    General Registration: $49.00

    Reduced from $99.00 thanks to our Bridges Out of Poverty sponsors!




    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Thank you to the generous sponsors who have dramatically reduced the registration cost for Bridges Out of Poverty: Community Sessions






    Facilitator


    Victoria Reese, Capacity Builder



    With 26 years of mission-driven work experience encompassing equity, social justice, and expanding economic opportunities for vulnerable populations, Victoria has been at the forefront of many community development opportunities. 


    Victoria has a niche for moving programs from inception to fruition and has developed and expanded several programs. She is actively engaged in community initiatives, serving on numerous agency boards, committees, and coalitions. 


    Victoria holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University, is a certified professional coach, and certified Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer.




    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 20, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Room 205, 200 Building / Baker College of Jackson / 2800 Springport Rd. / Jackson, MI 49202
    Register



    Description

    How do you pack in good governance, due diligence, policy conversation, relationship building, committee work, strategic conversations and board engagement in one hour or so each month? How do you get everything done in 12-14 hours a year? This comprehensive approach to board management, culture, and structure builds a board that can see around corners for new opportunities and realities


    This full-day session includes a catered lunch. Registration opens at 8:30 am and the training will start promptly at 9:00 am


    Session Goals

    This workshop will provide participants with the following:

    • The three enduring principles of strong boards
    • Board meeting planning tools
    • Effective meeting management strategies
    • Foundational elements of board structure
    • How to cultivate engagement around your board room table

    Designed for

    This session is relevant to any board, committee, or team structure seeking improvement. Attendance as a group, while beneficial, is not necessary.



    Cost


    Nonprofit Network Members - $70.00 

    Additional registrants from same member organization - $60.00


    Nonmembers - $90.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Facilitator


    Tom Williams, Capacity Builder


    Learn more about Tom

    Tom has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in roles at the local, state and national levels.  Prior to coming to Nonprofit Network, Tom served as a statewide capacity building director with Michigan Habitat for Humanity, where he supported 73 separate governing boards through its affiliate structure.  In this role, he assisted organizations in their strategic planning processes, operational standards, policy development and board governance practices. 


    Before his time at the state level, Tom was involved in developing and implementing national partnerships, including Habitat's long-running relationship with Thrivent Financial.  Tom also served as an Executive Director of a Habitat affiliate. Prior to his nonprofit work with Habitat, Tom served as staff to a county planning commission where he developed land use and transportation plans, in addition to grant writing and community development work.  Tom is a graduate of the University of Michigan.





    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, June 26, 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Room 1026, Welcome Center (first building on campus, nearest Springport Rd) // Baker College of Jackson / 2800 Springport Road / Jackson, MI 49202
    Register



    Leverage Your Story (Workshop Series)


    At the heart of your organization is a unique, driving story that can transform your fund development, board recruitment, talent retention, volunteer management, and relationship to the community. Do you know your story and how to communicate it well at all levels, both internally and externally?


    Don't forget to register for the rest of the series!


    Session 1: Building a Case for Support

    Session 2: Telling Your Story

    Session 3: Retention Power of the Thank You



    Leverage Your Story Series

    Session 3: The Retention Power of the Thank You


    Donors want prompt, personal gift acknowledgements. Is it time to re-think your thank you note?  


    Development professionals who have re-engineered their acknowledgement letters to focus on the needs of the donor are raising more money and improving donor retention. Many have also received immediate and very generous additional gifts from donors who are now reading something they can get excited about. 


    Session Goals 

    This workshop will provide participants with the understanding of the following:

    • The 20 key elements that will make your thank you letters superior
    • Using a thank you note as a development and fundraising tool
    • How to write an effective thank you
    • The importance of donor retention

    Designed for

    Anyone involved in your fundraising or philanthropic efforts.



    Cost


    Nonprofit Network Members - $45.00 

    Additional registrants from same member organization - $35.00


    Nonmembers - $60.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Facilitator


    Regina Pinney, Executive Director


    Learn more about Regina

    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.


    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 28, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Conference Room A/B // United Way Center // 536 N. Jackson // Jackson, MI 49201
    Register



    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!


    Designed for

    This session is appropriate for anyone involved in the recruitment, retention, and management of volunteers. 



    Facilitator

    Stephanie Schiro, Community Resource Associate, United Way of Jackson


    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.



    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, July 17, 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Room 137, 100 Building (building with flagpoles at entrance) // Baker College of Jackson // 2800 Springport Road // Jackson, MI 49202
    Register



    Description

    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? We will address current trends, challenges, and climates for organizations in 2017.

     

    Session Goals 

    This workshop will provide participants with the following:

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

    Designed for

    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 workshop will help you with whatever stage of board development you are at with your organization. 


    Cost


    Nonprofit Network Members - $45.00 

    Additional registrants from same member organization - $35.00


    Nonmembers - $60.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy


    Facilitator


    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.  



    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, July 24, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Room 1028, Welcome Center / Baker College of Jackson / 2800 Springport Road / Jackson, MI 49202
    Register

    Description


    This fast paced and interactive workshop will assist you in assessing grant writing's role in your overall fund development efforts and using your strategic planning process to guide your grant applications.  We will review key policies and practices that every organization should deploy, how to get key players involved in the development process, and what makes a good application great. 

     

    Additionally we will spend time discussing practical applications as well as do's, don'ts and slaying some myths that remain about grant writing's role in a healthy nonprofit's efforts to advance its mission. 

     

    All participants should come prepared to share, learn, and plan.  Curriculum will include assessment tools, discovery sessions and best practices. 

     

    Session Goals 


    This workshop will provide participants with the following:

    • An understanding of what funding organizations look for in grant recipients
    • The components of a successful grant proposal
    • Customizable to-do list
    • Key strategies to engage program staff and finance people

    Designed for

    This workshop will provide beginners with a manageable, comprehensive overview of grant writing and will serve as a valuable review for intermediate grant writers.

     


    Cost


    Nonprofit Network Members - $45.00 

    Additional registrants from same member organization - $35.00


    Nonmembers - $60.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Facilitator


    Tom Williams, Capacity Builder


    Learn more about Tom

    Tom has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in roles at the local, state and national levels.  Prior to coming to Nonprofit Network, Tom served as a statewide capacity building director with Michigan Habitat for Humanity, where he supported 73 separate governing boards through its affiliate structure.  In this role, he assisted organizations in their strategic planning processes, operational standards, policy development and board governance practices. 


    Before his time at the state level, Tom was involved in developing and implementing national partnerships, including Habitat's long-running relationship with Thrivent Financial.  Tom also served as an Executive Director of a Habitat affiliate. Prior to his nonprofit work with Habitat, Tom served as staff to a county planning commission where he developed land use and transportation plans, in addition to grant writing and community development work.  Tom is a graduate of the University of Michigan.



    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, July 26, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Conference Room A/B // United Way Center // 536 N. Jackson // Jackson, MI 49201
    Register



    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!


    Designed for

    This session is appropriate for anyone involved in the recruitment, retention, and management of volunteers. 



    Facilitator

    Stephanie Schiro, Community Resource Associate, United Way of Jackson


    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.



    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.


    • Friday, July 27, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Dorothy Kellogg Room / WKKF / 1 Michigan Avenue East / Battle Creek, MI 49017
    Register



    Description

    How do you pack in good governance, due diligence, policy conversation, relationship building, committee work, strategic conversations and board engagement in one hour or so each month? How do you get everything done in 12-14 hours a year? This comprehensive approach to board management, culture, and structure builds a board that can see around corners for new opportunities and realities


    This full-day session includes a catered lunch. Registration opens at 8:30 am and the training will start promptly at 9:00 am


    Session Goals

    This workshop will provide participants with the following:

    • The three enduring principles of strong boards
    • Board meeting planning tools
    • Effective meeting management strategies
    • Foundational elements of board structure
    • How to cultivate engagement around your board room table

    Designed for

    This session is relevant to any board, committee, or team structure seeking improvement. Attendance as a group, while beneficial, is not necessary.

    Acce


    Cost


    Nonprofit Network Members - $70.00 

    Additional registrants from same member organization - $60.00


    Nonmembers - $90.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Facilitator


    Katena Cain, Nonprofit Management Consultant


    Learn more about Katena

    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 is skilled in cognitive coaching, is a certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainer and is a co-creator of a statewide Diversity, Inclusion and Equity toolkit. Additionally, Katena specializes in leadership and team development, board governance, strategic planning and communication. Her passion is creating environments where individuals, teams and organizations can transform and shift old ways of doing things.


    At Nonprofit Network, Katena’s ongoing clients represent a broad range of groups, including police departments, local municipalities, schools, religious institutions, social services and human services. Her training, coaching and consulting services have been experienced with rave reviews by leaders in Michigan’s nonprofit sector.



    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, August 01, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Jackson, MI
    • 50
    Register

    What is Bridges Out of Poverty?


    "Bridges Out of Poverty is a powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, and legal services professionals. It reaches out to the million

    s of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty." (Aha Process)


    Bridges is not a program. It is a research-based framework of concepts, tools, and resources that equip people to reconsider how they approach their clients, their constituents, their neighbors, and their community.


    To comprehensively address the issue of poverty, we must look at it through three lenses: Individual, Institutional, and Community. This Triple Lens approach provides a comprehensive perspective on how we as individuals, organizations, and communities can eliminate poverty.


    Session Content 

    This 4-hour overview seminar aims to help you think critically about your role to comprehensively address poverty. Its emphasis will be on the lens of the Individual and will introduce the following content:

    • Key Points and Constructs of Bridges
    • Mental Models of Economic Class
    • Hidden Rules
    • Resources

    Bridges Out of Poverty is large framework, rich with resources and an amazing depth of content.  It takes a great deal of time to fully cover all of that material through the Triple Lens approach. The greatest level of change happens with the multi-day and full-day sessions. We know, however, that it’s simply not possible for many people to spend a full day in a workshop.  


    We therefore offer this 4-hour session that condenses the Bridges material to an overview of its most critical elements.  


    Designed for

    Appropriate and relevant for anyone who has a general interest in Bridges Out of Poverty. It will primarily focus on the Individual Lens and will motivate attendants to pursue Institutional and Community change as well  


    A common outcome of this session  is attendants bringing their learning back to their organization and advocate for a full or multi-day training, which allows time to sufficiently explore the Triple Lens approach. 




    General Registration: $49.00

    Reduced from $99.00 thanks to our Bridges Out of Poverty sponsors!




    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Thank you to the generous sponsors who have dramatically reduced the registration cost for Bridges Out of Poverty: Community Sessions






    Facilitator


    Victoria Reese, Capacity Builder



    With 26 years of mission-driven work experience encompassing equity, social justice, and expanding economic opportunities for vulnerable populations, Victoria has been at the forefront of many community development opportunities. 


    Victoria has a niche for moving programs from inception to fruition and has developed and expanded several programs. She is actively engaged in community initiatives, serving on numerous agency boards, committees, and coalitions. 


    Victoria holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University, is a certified professional coach, and certified Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer.




    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, August 23, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Conference Room A/B // United Way Center // 536 N. Jackson // Jackson, MI 49201
    Register



    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!


    Designed for

    This session is appropriate for anyone involved in the recruitment, retention, and management of volunteers. 



    Facilitator

    Stephanie Schiro, Community Resource Associate, United Way of Jackson


    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.



    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, August 23, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Room 1678 / Baker College of Jackson / 2800 Springport Road / Jackson, MI 49202
    Register



    Description


    This full-day session focuses on the skills, knowledge and practices necessary to exceed as an impactful Executive Director at a nonprofit organization. 


    Through the use of assessments, tools, discovery sessions and best practice presentations, participants will explore the balance between the “business side” and the “mission side” of their complex nonprofit position. 


    We will provide a planning tool during the presentation and participants will leave with an action plan for personal growth.  



    This full-day session includes a catered lunch. Registration opens at 8:30 am and the training will start promptly at 9:00 am



    Session Goals 


    We will examine key roles in the following:

    • The elements of leadership
    • Financial stewardship
    • Fundraising
    • Board recruitment
    • Supervising staff
    • Communicating with volunteers. 


    Designed for


    Appropriate and relevant for intermediate and advanced executive directors who seek to refine their skills and gain a fresh perspective on their role.



    Cost


    Nonprofit Network Members - $70.00 

    Additional registrants from same member organization - $60.00


    Nonmembers - $90.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Facilitator


    Tom Williams, Capacity Builder


    Learn more about Tom

    Tom has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in roles at the local, state and national levels.  Prior to coming to Nonprofit Network, Tom served as a statewide capacity building director with Michigan Habitat for Humanity, where he supported 73 separate governing boards through its affiliate structure.  In this role, he assisted organizations in their strategic planning processes, operational standards, policy development and board governance practices. 


    Before his time at the state level, Tom was involved in developing and implementing national partnerships, including Habitat's long-running relationship with Thrivent Financial.  Tom also served as an Executive Director of a Habitat affiliate. Prior to his nonprofit work with Habitat, Tom served as staff to a county planning commission where he developed land use and transportation plans, in addition to grant writing and community development work.  Tom is a graduate of the University of Michigan.



    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, September 12, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Room 137, 100 Building (the building with the flagpoles at the front entrance) / Baker College of Jackson / 2800 Springport Road / Jackson, MI 49202
    Register



    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 workshop will help you identify what you need to consider before forming your organization as well as how to prioritize, plan, and complete the process.

     

    BONUS: Participants will receive Nonprofit Network's Guide to Starting a Nonprofit



    Session Goals 
    • Understand the basic steps and legal requirements
    • Explore all the options including, a 501c3, L3C and a "B" Corporation
    • Learn about alternatives to starting a nonprofit
    • Find out if you are eligible for the new streamlined 1023ez application 


    Designed for


    Appropriate and relevant for anyone considering or in the midst of starting a nonprofit organization



    Cost$50.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Facilitator


    Regina Pinney, Executive Director


    Learn more about Regina

    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.


    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, September 27, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Conference Room A/B // United Way Center // 536 N. Jackson // Jackson, MI 49201
    Register



    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!


    Designed for

    This session is appropriate for anyone involved in the recruitment, retention, and management of volunteers. 



    Facilitator

    Stephanie Schiro, Community Resource Associate, United Way of Jackson


    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.



    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, October 02, 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Room 121, 100 Building (building with flagpoles at entrance) // Baker College of Jackson // 2800 Springport Road // Jackson, MI 49202
    Register



    Description

    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? We will address current trends, challenges, and climates for organizations in 2017.

     

    Session Goals 

    This workshop will provide participants with the following:

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

    Designed for

    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 workshop will help you with whatever stage of board development you are at with your organization. 



    Cost


    Nonprofit Network Members - $45.00 

    Additional registrants from same member organization - $35.00


    Nonmembers - $60.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Facilitator


    Regina Pinney, Executive Director


    Learn more about Regina

    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.


    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, October 25, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Conference Room A/B // United Way Center // 536 N. Jackson // Jackson, MI 49201
    Register



    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!


    Designed for

    This session is appropriate for anyone involved in the recruitment, retention, and management of volunteers. 



    Facilitator

    Stephanie Schiro, Community Resource Associate, United Way of Jackson


    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.



    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 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Room 137, 100 Building (building with flagpoles at the entrance) // Baker College of Jackson // 2800 Springport Road // Jackson, MI 49202
    Register



    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 workshop will help you identify what you need to consider before forming your organization as well as how to prioritize, plan, and complete the process.

     

    BONUS: Participants will receive Nonprofit Network's Guide to Starting a Nonprofit



    Session Goals 
    • Understand the basic steps and legal requirements
    • Explore all the options including, a 501c3, L3C and a "B" Corporation
    • Learn about alternatives to starting a nonprofit
    • Find out if you are eligible for the new streamlined 1023ez application 


    Designed for


    Appropriate and relevant for anyone considering or in the midst of starting a nonprofit organization



    Cost$50.00


    Please refer to our Cancellation Policy



    Facilitator


    Regina Pinney, Executive Director


    Learn more about Regina

    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.


    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.


     



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