Professional Development & Events

The BEST Project offers professional development workshops, peer learning sessions and other convening events throughout the year.  Professional development sessions are designed to “take to action” subject expertise and will enhance the skills and knowledge of nonprofit employees, board members, consultants, volunteers, and funders.  Peer learning is designed to formalize the opportunity for individuals to share the successes and challenges of sustaining a nonprofit organization.  Available topics include, but are not limited to: Leadership Development, Financial Management, Fundraising, Strategic Alliances, and Technology as a Tool. 

Workshop Descriptions 

Beginner:  These sessions include basic information about the given subject and are intended for individuals unfamiliar with the topic. 

For example, Budget Basics, covers how to complete a budget and a budget framework document that each organization can customize for their own use.

Intermediate:  These sessions include limited overview content.  They are intended for individuals with some familiarity and experience with the topic and/or specific questions about the content.

For example, How to Write a Marketing Plan, participants will learn how to write an actionable marketing plan that is focused on helping you meet your specific organizational goals and objectives. 

Advanced:  These sessions are designed for seasoned professionals with experience in the topic area.  Advanced sessions typically include group and individual work. 

For example, Nonprofit Finance Oversight and Management Training, a workshop designed for the Board Treasurer and the Executive Director to understand how to carry out the board oversight and ED's responsibilities including developing a monitoring action plan.

If you have questions, please contact Jenni Dones at or call 810.232.8000.

Workshop Fees

  • All workshops and/or professional development events must be paid for, online, in advance. 
  • Online registration will close 24 hours prior to the event.
  • Please contact Mary Bishop, 810.232.8000, if you need to make other payment arrangements.
Half day workshops: $35.00/per person in advance
$45.00/per person after registration is closed
Full day workshops: Price contingent on workshop
Multi-day workshops: Price contingent on workshop

If you register for an event and must cancel, kindly notify the office 24 hours in advance. No refunds will be considered with less than 24 hour notice.

No Shows:
If you register for an event and DO NOT SHOW, you will forfeit your registration fee in full. You are responsible for all fees whether you have paid in advance, by stipend, requested to be invoiced or indicated payment at the door. All No Shows will be invoiced. Failure to pay will result in limited future services.

Organizational Learning Scholarship and Award Provides Assistance for Workshop Fees
The BEST Project Organizational Learning Scholarship is in place to help organizations reach individual professional development and/or capacity building goals.  It provides organizations with assistance to cover educational expenses.  It is our hope that through board, staff and volunteer participation, relevant workshop content and effective implementation of the learning materials, the benefiting organization will demonstrate an increase in effective nonprofit leadership and improved success in achieving the organizational mission.  

The purpose of the Scholarship Award Policy is to provide consistent guidelines for awarding scholarships to the Genesee County nonprofit community. Through the effective use of these guidelines, the number of organizations receiving organizational learning awards will be maximized. Your acceptance of a scholarship indicates that you have read and understand the policy. 

Organizational Learning Scholarships awarded through the BEST Project are for workshops and other designated events as indicated on the BEST Professional Development and Events Calendar.  Sessions that are ineligible for a scholarship will be noted.