Best Project

United Way Supports Nonprofit Capacity Building

BEST Project

Building Excellence Sustainability and Trust (BEST) is a program of the United Way of Genesee County designed to strengthen the nonprofit sector of Flint and Genesee County by providing capacity building support and technical assistance.

BEST was formed out of an identified need for more well-lead, publicly accountable nonprofits with diverse funding that decreased dependency from any one source of funding. Since 2003, BEST has worked with more than 100 Genesee County agencies through educational programs, organizational development grants and technical assistance resources.  Agencies have subsequently expanded programs to serve more individuals in need, leveraged new financial and human capital and collaborated with cross-sector leaders to ensure alignment with community needs.   Our vast network of experienced capacity building consultants and various tools can meet your organization's most pressing infrastructure needs.

To learn more about the BEST Project call 810.232.8000.


Recruitment for the 2017 Class begins October 26, 2016!

Nonprofit, private and public organizations do vital work in Genesee County. Their achievements are credited to passionate, dedicated, competent individuals who understand how to lead and motivate. Leadership NOW is a comprehensive, professional development program for motivated people who want to give back to their community. It is a place where individuals can hone their skills through broad-based learning and personalized coaching. Broad-based learning takes a holistic approach to instruction and utilizes diverse methods to share information.

The mission of Leadership NOW is to support the intentions and actions of Genesee County based leaders for greater collaborative impact and effectiveness.

Leadership NOW – Optimizing Leadership Effectiveness will help individuals:

• Understand their unique abilities and skills

• Enhance your leadership qualities to the people and organization you serve

• Transform their community through collaborative involvement

To learn more, download FAQs.

To apply, you must attend one of the Information Sessions.

To register for a required Information Session, click a date below. 

Leadership NOW is a program of:

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 with content that participants can “take to action” and will enhance the skills and knowledge of nonprofit employees, board members, consultants, volunteers, and funders.

Assessments, Consultations and Referrals

Any Genesee County nonprofit organization is eligible for BEST assessment, consultation and referral services.  BEST has capacity building expertise in a variety of topics from starting a nonprofit, to dissolution and everything in between! The BEST Consultant Directory can be found here.  Contact the BEST Project for more information at 810.232.8000.

Capacity Building Grants

Financial awards, up to $10,000, are available to organizations and collaborations looking to grow internal infrastructure. Capacity Building Awards might include, but are not limited to:  strategic alliance/partnership facilitation and implementation; board governance training; planning retreat facilitation; creating a fund development and marketing plan; facility analysis; development of program or staff evaluation tools and processes; or, specialized organizational development training and consulting. Organizations are required to complete an organizational and board assessment prior to receiving funding. To learn more about the grant process visit the Capacity Building Award page or contact Jenni Dones via phone at 810.762.5822.