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Nonprofit board members are stewards of the organization and have legal responsibilities to ensure that the organization is sustainable through sound ethical, legal and responsible governance.  

Building a strong board takes time, commitment to your mission and a strong recruitment and orientation plan.  

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    • Wednesday, June 03, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online At Your PC
    • 35
    Register

    MetabERN Board Meeting | Postponed - MetabERN

    This webinar is the second in a three-part series of monthly webinars called Building a Strong Board;

    Part 1: Culture - presented on May 14th, 2020 (Will soon be added to our online store for purchase after it's recorded)

    Part 2: Structure - June 3rd, 2020 at Noon

    Part 3: Recruitment & Orientation - July 22nd at Noon


    The structure of a board plays a critical role in allowing an organization to grow.  Is your structure an intentional, well-planned element?

    Here are some questions to consider:

    • Do your committees serve their purpose? Do they have the right people on them?
    • Do your policies and procedures help your board make decisions?
    • Do your bylaws enhance your board or do they tie your hands?

    If you are stuck in "today," then your board cannot plan for tomorrow.  Structure allows you to be the board that your organization needs.

    This webinar will explore the following:

    • Committee management
    • How to critically review bylaws, policies and procedures
    • Holding yourself accountable to processes
    • Strategic Planning Conversations
    • Succession Planning

    Appropriate for all current and incoming board members and nonprofit professionals.

    *This webinar will be recorded and the recording shared with all paid registrants.

    Cost:  Nonprofit Network Members - $5

    Non-members - $15.00



    About the presenter: 

    Regina Pinney
    Executive Director

    Regina is well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth way that makes sense. She can see past symptoms to the root cause of the issue. Having worked all of her life in the nonprofit sector, she seeks to teach organizations to be self-sufficient. Regina excels at making people feel comfortable to safely discuss hard topics.

    She has provided consultation to hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes and shapes throughout Michigan and beyond. She is an expert in nonprofit governance and management, with a special interest in bringing people with unique world views and experiences together to dialogue towards consensus on the issues that face their organizations.

    Regina has a wide range of nonprofit experience. She has worked as staff, as a volunteer, and as a board member. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Nonprofit Network, Regina was a consultant and development director. She received her BA from Bowling Green State University a very long time ago. 

    __________________________________________________________________________________________Please Note: Nonprofit Network will video record these webinars for future use. 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 04, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop
    • 24
    Register

    Are you new to fundraising or are you juggling many responsibilities in addition to raising funds for your organization? 

    This FREE session will define fundraising, discuss general concepts including message development;  donor acquisition, retention and upgrade; and must haves for fundraising success.  Be prepared, in this interactive two hours you will have opportunities to ask questions and share ideas and ways in which organizations can raise necessary resources through individual contributions.

    Join this online workshop to;

           Fundraising - Defined
           Elements of a Fundraising Plan
           Concepts
           10 Must Haves


    Appropriate for current and incoming board members and all nonprofit professionals.

    Costs (Funding generously donated by: CP Federal Credit Union)

    Nonprofit Network Members - $25.00 

    Nonmembers - $40.00

    SPONSORED BY:



    Facilitators:

    Sharon Castle
    Capacity Builder

    Sharon's approach to her work as a Capacity Builder is based on her commitment to provide excellent service with the highest degree of professional integrity. She enjoys working with a diverse clientele who have a passion for their mission.  Having worn many hats – Executive Director, Development Director, Board Member, Volunteer, Consultant and Donor –  in the nonprofit sector affords Sharon a unique perspective in her work as a Capacity Building Consultant at Nonprofit Network. Sharon has over 30 years of experience in the sector including management, planning, coaching and fundraising and enjoys assisting organizations increase their capacity.

    She credits her in-depth knowledge to her years as Deputy Director of Development for the American Lung Association of Michigan where she managed a team and was responsible for all aspects of statewide development efforts focusing on relationship building; the Michigan Historical Museum where she headed the Michigan Historical Center Foundation, worked with museum staff on setting goals with an eye to private support and completed the fundraising for the 20th Century permanent galleries; and for more than 20 years as President of Castle & Associates, Inc. a full-service organizational management firm where she assisted clients with strategic planning, coaching, and all aspects of philanthropy.  She was a long-time volunteer facilitator at Gryphon Place where she trained volunteers to utilize active listening and empathy skills when working with individuals in crisis.  Sharon recently completed courses in Cognitive Coaching Foundation and Adaptive Schools expanding her repertoire of practical facilitation tools including:  skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus; ways to value and use dissension, argument and conflict; and strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energized and resourceful.

    Katena Cain, PhD

    Nonprofit Management Consultant

    Katena is a Management Consultant skilled at helping diverse groups and communities think creatively and collaboratively together. She empowers people to translate conflict and differences into creative breakthrough. Her passion is creating environments where individuals, teams, and organizations can transform and shift old ways of doing things. 

    Katena specializes in leadership and team development, board governance, strategic planning and communication. 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. Her ongoing clients represent a broad range of groups, including police departments, local municipalities, schools, religious institutions, social services and human services. 

    Katena holds a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University.




    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, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual Workshop
    • 34
    Register

    5 pasos para entender la contabilidad digital | BELOW THE LINE ...Built for the people (volunteers, staff and board members) who are responsible for overseeing your organization's fiscal health. We will review how to read financial statements and reports, what reports should be reviewed by the ED, which should be reviewed by the Finance Committee and which should be shared with the board on a regular basis (and define what "regular" means), what a finance committee should be discussing and what policies should be in place.

    This interactive workshop will provide an overview of:    

    • Nonprofit Fiscal Responsibilities
    • Basic Internal Controls
    • Signs, Symptoms and Risk Factors
    • Expectations of the Executive Director in financial management and oversight

    A Board's primary responsibility is protecting the assets of the organization. 

    What is a Virtual Workshop?

    NN will present Virtual Workshops via Zoom or GoToMeeting.  They will be a live interactive webinar presented by one or more of our facilitators. We will be replicating our in-person facilitation style and the workshop will be engaging and require dialogue. We will provide you a login link and a copy of the presentation ahead of time via email. You will also be emailed all coordinating documents in order to follow along, ask questions and provide feedback. 

    You will need access to a Computer, notebook, or tablet. If you do not have a microphone or sound on your PC or tablet  you can also dial-in by phone.

    How to join a Zoom meeting, click HERE


    Costs: Nonprofit Network Members $25
      ~Guests of Members $15

    Future Members $40.00 
    ~Additional non-member from same organization $30


    Facilitator

    Regina Pinney
    Nonprofit Network Executive Director

    Regina is well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth way that makes sense. She can see past symptoms to the root cause of the issue. Having worked all of her life in the nonprofit sector, she seeks to teach organizations to be self-sufficient. Regina excels at making people feel comfortable to safely discuss hard topics.

    She has provided consultation to hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes and shapes throughout Michigan and beyond. She is an expert in nonprofit governance and management, with a special interest in bringing people with unique world views and experiences together to dialogue towards consensus on the issues that face their organizations.

    Regina has a wide range of nonprofit experience. She has worked as staff, as a volunteer, and as a board member. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Nonprofit Network, Regina was a consultant and development director. She received her BA from Bowling Green State University a very long time ago. 

    __________________________________________________________________

    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, July 22, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online At Your PC
    • 36
    Register

    team with gears-strategies - MEBA

    This webinar is the first in a three-part series of monthly webinars called Building a Strong Board;

    Part 1: Culture - presented on May 14th, 2020 (Will soon be added to our online store for purchase after it's recorded)

    Part 2: Structure - June 3rd, 2020 at Noon (Will soon be added to our online store for purchase after it's recorded)

    Part 3: Recruitment & Orientation - July 22nd at Noon


    A fully engaged, active board does not happen organically.  It takes deliberate acts and concentrated efforts, and that often starts with recruitment, orientation and and training for new board members.

    This interactive webinar will explore the foundation for recruiting the right people for your board and ensuring that the orientation and training experience sets them up for productive and successful terms to strengthen your nonprofit organization.

    Session Goals 

    This webinar will review the following:

    • Best Practices in Board Recruitment Strategies
    • How to create a Composition Analysis/Identification of Needs
    • How to identify who 
    • Orientation Process
    Designed for - 

    Appropriate for anyone struggling with board recruitment or wants to recruit high performing board members. This webinar will help with whatever life-cycle stage your organization is at. 

    *This webinar will be recorded and the recording shared with all paid registrants.

    Cost:  Nonprofit Network Members - $5

    Non-members - $15.00



    About the presenter: 

    Regina Pinney
    Executive Director

    Regina is well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth way that makes sense. She can see past symptoms to the root cause of the issue. Having worked all of her life in the nonprofit sector, she seeks to teach organizations to be self-sufficient. Regina excels at making people feel comfortable to safely discuss hard topics.

    She has provided consultation to hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes and shapes throughout Michigan and beyond. She is an expert in nonprofit governance and management, with a special interest in bringing people with unique world views and experiences together to dialogue towards consensus on the issues that face their organizations.

    Regina has a wide range of nonprofit experience. She has worked as staff, as a volunteer, and as a board member. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Nonprofit Network, Regina was a consultant and development director. She received her BA from Bowling Green State University a very long time ago. 

    __________________________________________________________________________________________Please Note: Nonprofit Network will video record these webinars for future use. 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 15, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Jackson MI (Room TBD)
    Register

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    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 the current year.

    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. 


    Facilitator

    Laura Fuller
    Capacity Builder

    Laura began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 1999 and has worked to make the world a friendlier place ever since. During her AmeriCorps years, she learned the basics of grant writing, project management, and volunteer recruitment, skills that she has sharpened in the years since.

    Much of Laura’s career has been spent working for Extension in all programs in various states helping farmers increase the productivity of their farms and improve their living standards. She spent four years working to educate immigrants and refugees about healthy food choices and finances through SNAP programs.  She has been a 4-H Educator with a program serving more than 2000 urban youth and managing the more than 500 volunteers who mentored them. As a Community and Economic Development Educator, Laura’s projects included teaching seminars on grant writing, working with communities to determine the impacts of oil and gas drilling on their economics and schools, and with prisons to implement entrepreneur education so that prisoners would be able to create their own opportunities upon release.  Most recently, Laura was a Regional Director for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Western Region where she managed the teams supporting finance, HR, and IT for nine counties as well as a residential 4-H Summer Camp and her own staff of 21 direct reports.

    For eight years, Laura served our country as an Ombudsman for the US Navy Reserve, supporting the Great Lakes chain of command beginning in 2003.  During this time, she oversaw the mobilization of more than 500 sailors to Iraq and lent a listening ear to their dependents, a service that led directly to her research interests.

    Laura holds a BA in Women’s Studies with an honors thesis on domestic violence in military families and a MS in Sociology with a focus on Community Development.


    Thank you to our generous sponsor for providing funds to cover the cost of this workshop:



    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, November 05, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • (Room TBD)
    • 30
    Register


    Sponsored by: Henry Ford Allegiance Health

    Nonprofit boards have the ultimate responsibility and accountability for the organizations they lead. A fully engaged, active board does not happen organically.  It takes deliberate acts and concentrated efforts, and that often starts with recruitment, orientation and and training for new board members.

    This fast paced and interactive webinar will explore the foundation for recruiting the right people for your board and ensuring that the orientation and training experience sets them up for productive and successful terms to strengthen your nonprofit organization.

    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. 


    Thank you to our generous sponsor for providing funds to cover the cost of this workshop:

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________

    Facilitators

    Regina Pinney
    Executive Director

    Regina is well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth way that makes sense. She can see past symptoms to the root cause of the issue. Having worked all of her life in the nonprofit sector, she seeks to teach organizations to be self-sufficient. Regina excels at making people feel comfortable to safely discuss hard topics.

    She has provided consultation to hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes and shapes throughout Michigan and beyond. She is an expert in nonprofit governance and management, with a special interest in bringing people with unique world views and experiences together to dialogue towards consensus on the issues that face their organizations.

    Regina has a wide range of nonprofit experience. She has worked as staff, as a volunteer, and as a board member. Prior to becoming Executive Director of Nonprofit Network, Regina was a consultant and development director. She received her BA from Bowling Green State University a very long time ago. 


    Laura Fuller
    Capacity Builder

    Laura began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 1999 and has worked to make the world a friendlier place ever since. During her AmeriCorps years, she learned the basics of grant writing, project management, and volunteer recruitment, skills that she has sharpened in the years since.

    Much of Laura’s career has been spent working for Extension in all programs in various states helping farmers increase the productivity of their farms and improve their living standards. She spent four years working to educate immigrants and refugees about healthy food choices and finances through SNAP programs.  She has been a 4-H Educator with a program serving more than 2000 urban youth and managing the more than 500 volunteers who mentored them. As a Community and Economic Development Educator, Laura’s projects included teaching seminars on grant writing, working with communities to determine the impacts of oil and gas drilling on their economics and schools, and with prisons to implement entrepreneur education so that prisoners would be able to create their own opportunities upon release.  Most recently, Laura was a Regional Director for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Western Region where she managed the teams supporting finance, HR, and IT for nine counties as well as a residential 4-H Summer Camp and her own staff of 21 direct reports.

    For eight years, Laura served our country as an Ombudsman for the US Navy Reserve, supporting the Great Lakes chain of command beginning in 2003.  During this time, she oversaw the mobilization of more than 500 sailors to Iraq and lent a listening ear to their dependents, a service that led directly to her research interests.

    Laura holds a BA in Women’s Studies with an honors thesis on domestic violence in military families and a MS in Sociology with a focus on Community Development.


    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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