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October 2014
$50.00 - $55.00

Planning for Successful Fundraising

October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue Southwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Do you feel your organization approaches fundraising haphazardly? This workshop puts a laser focus on proper planning for a successful fundraising program. It offers an overview of how and why planning is important to successful fundraising and how to write a fund development plan. Key issues discussed will be:  why a fund development plan is necessary, the basic steps/components of a fund development plan, when and how to use a fund development plan, and how to become more strategic while…

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$50.00 - $55.00

Strategic Planning: Managing the People and the Process

October 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Strategic planning is essential to any nonprofit organization’s long-term growth and sustainability. Learn what it is, how to do it, and who should be involved in the process. This workshop will be led by one of the Johnson Center’s nonprofit technical assistance providers, Terry Horton. Trainer Terry Horton is the senior program advisor to Philanthropic and Nonprofit Services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU. Horton has a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Ore. and was previously a…

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$50.00 - $55.00

Skills Based Volunteer

October 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Do you want to increase your organization’s manpower in a cost effective way? Do you want to increase your organizations abilities by bringing in professionals who offer a certain knowledge and experience that can bolster the impact of your organization? Using skills based volunteers is not just a trend! Skills based volunteers can offer your organization a way to increase capacities throughout your organization. This training will serve organizations just starting volunteer programs as well as a time of enrichment…

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$50.00 - $55.00

Structuring a Capital Campaign

October 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

This workshop serves as an introduction to capital campaigns. Participants will learn how to determine when the time is right for a capital campaign, what types of organizational needs are better suited for a campaign, how to structure the campaign, and how to manage it with other fundraising activities. Bring your colleagues and board members, as making the decision on whether or not to pursue a capital campaign is a team effort! Participants will go through a step-by-step process of…

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$50.00 - $55.00

Basic Grantwriting

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Learn the basics of grantwriting from the experts. Join other grant seekers in a three-hour workshop designed to give you an introduction to proposal development and tips on grantwriting language and writing styles. Participants are encouraged to bring an idea for a grant proposal so that this workshop can serve as an opportunity to get a jump start. Trainer This workshop will be facilitated by Matthew Downey. Matthew has worked with nonprofits as a consultant, program manager and development officer for over…

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Evaluation for Grantmakers

October 29 @ 8:00 am - October 30 @ 5:00 pm
Change Makers conference room inside the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo,
726 Exchange Street, Suite 525 , Buffalo, NY United States
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Philanthropy is evolving quickly, presenting new opportunities and challenges for grantmakers. Effective evaluation at your foundation can help you overcome those challenges with new solutions for your work and that of your grantees. The Grantmaking School’s Evaluation for Grantmakers gives you the opportunity to examine the history, strategy, design, and theory behind the process of evaluation and get equipped with the tools you need to respond to the diverse nature of evaluation in foundations. Participants will find a balance among…

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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn – Creating and Cultivating Your Nonprofit Culture

October 29 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

MOKA, a nonprofit charitable agency supporting children and adults with disabilities throughout western Michigan, will provide details and insights on their ongoing quest to create an organizational culture where employees are wildly engaged in the mission, highly satisfied, always learning and authentically respectful of one another. Thomas Zmolek, executive director, Tracey Hamlet, director of programs and Dorothy Bowne, Human Resources director will share how the organization pursues critical aspects of its company culture, all geared toward providing highly competent and…

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$50.00 - $55.00

Creating Systems to Engage and Retain Volunteers

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Does your organization need additional manpower but you feel hesitant to use start a volunteer program? Do you want to make sure that if you invest time in a volunteer program that it will be worth it? Through the use of action learning activities participants will learn how to use new tools and develop compelling opportunities and new strategies to increase the engagement, more fully utilize the skills, and retain the services of volunteers of all ages. Trainer This workshop…

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November 2014
Free

Give Learning Curves the Boot

November 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
LearnPhilanthropy Webinar,

Special Webinar for Those New to Grantmaking Organizations Philanthropy can be a complex field. Whether you’re starting your career, transitioning into a new role, or simply want a refresher, let us be your guide. This free, 30-minute webinar will introduce you to essential topics every philanthropic professional should know and give you three strategies for getting more informed about and connected to the field. Presenters

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Strategic Leadership Series: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

November 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Loosemore Auditorium,
301 W. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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  The study UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising reveals that many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the report found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study reveals deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role,…

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