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August 2016

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn // Building Stronger Donor Relations Systems

August 31 @ 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 Series

In recent years, phrases like “culture of philanthropy” and “donor centricity” have hit the field by storm, often with budget-breaking strategies for implementation and little information about where to start when one may not be a decision-maker. Join us for a discussion about the importance of donor relations when it comes to long-term fundraising success and ethical fundraising practices. Mr. Cumming will also talk about the role of fundraising in the context of arts and cultural organizations.

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September 2016

Grantmaking Webinar Series // Analyzing Financials: Critical Aspects of Grant Applications and Form 990s

September 27 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
Grantmaking Webinar Series

Assessing the financial status of an organization is an important aspect of the grant application review process. In this webinar, we will outline a process for completing a basic financial review of the grant seeker, including review of the organization’s financial statements, analysis of the organization’s financial results using financial ratios, and review of the organization’s Form 990 for potential compliance issues or concerns.

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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn // Continuous Improvement for Social Change

September 28 @ 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 Series

The abilities of people are the greatest strength of your organization. When people experiment, learn, and continuously improve work processes it grows an organization that is more adaptive and effective at meeting the ever-changing dynamics in your community. Explore how nonprofits are harnessing improvement patterns and coaching patterns to strengthen their ‘theory of change’ and provide better program services. Examples in the areas of case management, meals, in home care, senior volunteering and aging navigation. Participate in a fun and interactive activity demonstrating the use of of a simple four step improvement pattern for testing whether changes actually result in improvement.

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October 2016

Grantmaking Webinar Series // Sharing Learning: Scaling Up Replicability

October 18 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
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Grantmaking Webinar Series

Scale, replicate, grow… if only it were that easy. While social change investors constantly strive to scale up models for greater impact, the reality is far more complex given the uniqueness of varying local contexts. Join us for a discussion on how research and data can help inform if, when, and how to scale programs and interventions, and hear essential learnings from peers who have been on a scaling journey.

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