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February 2019

Nonprofit Executive Coaching

February 6 @ 9:00 AMMarch 27 @ 11:30 AM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Nonprofit Executive Coaching with Tamela Spicer

The Johnson Center's small-group Executive Coaching Program brings together a cohort of leaders from different backgrounds and experience levels to forge a professional support network that will last well beyond our final session. By learning with — and from — each other over the course of eight weeks, we find new ways to tackle intractable challenges within our organizations and embrace our own professional development.

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March 2019

Do Your Due Diligence (webinar)

March 26 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
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Grantmaking Webinar Series

Due diligence is an essential step in the grantmaking process to ensure that funds are distributed to reach maximum impact. During this webinar designed for grantmakers who are newer to the field, participants will learn tips and tricks for reviewing a nonprofit’s finances, discuss resources on grant application review strategies and hear different perspectives from active grantmakers on topics such as site visits, board presentations and more. Cost: $35 for CMF members / $70 for nonmembers Completion of this webinar…

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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn – Equitable Evaluation: Whose voice counts?

March 27 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn - Equitable Evaluation

While many organizations in the philanthropic sector have begun to bring an equity and inclusion lens to their work, few have addressed the issue of how evaluation practices can be made more equitable. Who asks the questions, who owns the data, and who interprets the data — it all matters. In this session, you’ll learn about: The commonly held beliefs that underlie most approaches to evaluation and how they can undermine equity Core principles of equitable evaluation Resources available to…

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April 2019

Developing Leadership for Tomorrow’s Organizations: A Three-Part Series

April 9 @ 9:00 AMJune 18 @ 12:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Leadership Lab Series

The Nonprofit Leadership Lab series is designed to help you elevate your workplace practice and grow your capacity for strong, adaptive leadership. This higher-level training program will prepare nonprofit practitioners of every background to build dynamic, collaborative organizations for change.

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Faith and Philanthropy (webinar)

April 16 @ 12:00 PM1:30 PM
Webinar

This webinar will help you understand the role that faith plays in philanthropy and how it might impact your nonprofit organization.

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The Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards of Charity Accountability

April 24 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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The Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards of Charity Accountability Part of the Johnson Center's FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series All nonprofit professionals know that their organizations are expected to be open and transparent to the public, but what is the threshold for that transparency? What information is important to give to the public? Are there best practices for doing this? The Wise Giving Alliance, in partnership with nonprofit leaders and accountants, developed the 20 Standards of Charity Accountability to help answer…

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May 2019

Nonprofit Board Certification

May 7 @ 4:30 PM8:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Nonprofit Board Certification

The Nonprofit Board Certification Program offers guidance for those serving or planning to serve on nonprofit boards. This engaging training, led by Tamela Spicer, provides opportunities for learning, discussion, and practice. Regardless of experience, you'll gain valuable knowledge on how to become a more strategic organizational leader. The program covers the following topics: The challenges facing nonprofits and their boards The roles, responsibilities and legal duties of the board Nonprofit board structures and effective practices Nonprofit strategies for funding and…

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Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking

May 9 @ 8:00 AMMay 10 @ 5:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking

Presented by The Grantmaking School Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking explores what informs foundation strategy and grantmaking and also focuses on the essential skills of grantmaking, including proposal review, due diligence, recommendations, and other core program officer competency areas. This two-day course provides you with an understanding of how proposal analysis contributes to your foundation’s broader strategy along with the necessary tools and methods to conduct a thorough proposal review and grantmaking process. What you’ll learn in this course: Foundation mission, strategy,…

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Persuasive Writing for Grantmakers

May 16 @ 9:00 AM4:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Persuasive Writing for Grantmakers

This interactive workshop will focus on sharpening the analytical skills that are the basis for good writing, writing for different audiences, and creating different types of written products.

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Philanthropy 101

May 30 @ 8:00 AMMay 31 @ 5:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Philanthropy 101

Philanthropy 101 is a two-day learning experience that helps ground new professionals in the basics of foundations, nonprofits, and grantmaking and the field of philanthropy. As a participant in this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of what philanthropy is, what makes it distinct, and why it’s important. You will also examine how your role fits within the broader philanthropic ecosystem and how the sector interacts with other sectors. The course introduces many concepts essential to philanthropic work, including…

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June 2019

Strategy and Evaluation in Grantmaking

June 19 @ 8:00 AMJune 20 @ 5:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Strategy and Evaluation in Grantmaking

Presented by The Grantmaking School Strategy and Evaluation in Grantmaking is a two-day learning experience designed to help you develop or refine your grantmaking strategy and to develop evaluation approaches that support learning, strategy improvement, and promote equitable evaluation practices. Philanthropy is evolving quickly, presenting new opportunities and challenges for grantmakers like you. Effective evaluation can help your foundation overcome those challenges with new solutions for your work and that of your grantees. Strategy and Evaluation in Grantmaking gives you…

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Set Your Strategy (webinar)

June 25 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
Grantmaking Webinar Series

Setting a grantmaking strategy can be a long and complicated process. To get to the strategy you must identify the needs and ensure all voices are heard in the process. Once the strategy is set, it is critical to educate your nonprofit partners on your new focus areas and notify long-term grantees if they no longer fit into the selected priority areas. Join this webinar to hear from grantmakers who have recently implemented new strategies with and for the communities…

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July 2019

Strategy and Evaluation for Health Foundations

July 8 @ 8:30 AMJuly 9 @ 4:30 PM
RTI International, 3040 E Cornwallis Rd
Durham, NC 27709 United States
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A Workshop for Board Members and Staff Presented by The Grantmaking School Strategy and Evaluation for Health Foundations is a two-day learning experience designed for those who work for foundations whose mission is focused on human health and are considering developing a more strategic approach to their work. This course may also be of particular benefit to newer, health-conversation foundations. During this course, health foundation board members, senior staff, and program officers will be introduced to the fundamentals of strategic philanthropy…

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September 2019

So, You Want to Fund the Revolution? Social Movements and Grantmaking

September 18 @ 8:00 AMSeptember 19 @ 5:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Social Movements in Grantmaking

Join us for a 2-day mix of lectures, discussions, and experiential exercises, which will provide you with an understanding of philanthropy’s influence on social movements and how to identify funding opportunities to support these critical movements.

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Build and Maintain Grantee Relationships (webinar)

September 24 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
Grantmaking Webinar Series

As the issues that foundations address become more complex, so too become the relationships that grantmakers must build and maintain with grantees. When nonprofits begin to collaborate, partner and scale, grantmakers must adapt to become connectors and conveners while still managing the power dynamics of being the one with the checkbook. If this is one of the issues that keeps you up at night, join this webinar to hear from your grantmaking peers who have advice to share from their…

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