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September 2018

Community Activation: Tools to Inform and Engage

September 26 @ 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

Join us for a discussion about the importance of data-driven decision making in nonprofit work and how online data tools from the Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute can help you and your organization identify community challenges, work for change, and measure impact.

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Taking the Mystery Out of Nonprofit Advocacy: What’s allowed and what works?

September 27 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Taking the Mystery Out of Nonprofit Advocacy

Join Dr. Jason Franklin for an interactive workshop — part panel discussion, part education — in which we aim to take the mystery out of nonprofit advocacy.

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October 2018

Ethics in Grantmaking: Dimensions, Dilemmas, and Decision-Making (webinar)

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

Most foundations have codes of ethics and most grantmakers strive to behave ethically — but what exactly does that mean? In this webinar, we will examine ethical dilemmas and how to navigate them as we explore tools and techniques for ethical reasoning and decision-making in grantmaking.

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Grantwriting for Success

October 25 @ 9:00 AM4:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Grantwriting for Success – A full-day, hands-on workshop led by Tamela Spicer

Bring your ideas for potential grant proposals to this full-day seminar where we'll go step-by-step through the process of writing a grant! To supplement your skills, this workshop will provide in-depth guidance on proposal development, tips on grantwriting language and writing styles, prospecting foundations, and managing foundation relationships.

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Partnering with Business: Trick or Treat

October 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

Nonprofit organizations can reap benefits from partnering with businesses for sponsorships,  program co-development, employee volunteerism and more. But, what can your nonprofit offer? Our presenters will discuss the recommended practice for approaching businesses and managing such relationships, as well as offer examples of challenges and successes from both the business and nonprofit perspectives.

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November 2018

Planning for Successful Fundraising

November 6 @ 1:30 PM4:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Planning for Successful Fundraising

Do you feel your organization approaches fundraising haphazardly? This workshop led by Matthew Downey puts a laser focus on proper planning for a successful fundraising program.

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Building Inclusive Cultures through Talent Acquisition

November 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

Seismic shifts in the global landscape are transforming the way we work, interact, and learn. Economic forces, changing talent needs, evolving demographic trends, increased competition, and demand for services are radically impacting the way organizations behave in virtually every industry all over the world. By 2020, five generations will be working side-by-side in organizations By 2025, Millennials and Generation X will comprise approximately 64% of the U.S. workforce By 2025, it is projected that less than 60% is likely to…

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December 2018

Beyond the Basics: Simplified Grant Applications (webinar)

December 4 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
Grantmaking Webinar Series

Grant applications provide a powerful source of information for making optimal funding decisions and driving organizational learning. But grant application requirements and processes can be unnecessarily cumbersome and impose burdens on grantseekers that stymie intended impact. Join us for this webinar to learn principles and techniques for simplifying your application process and explore examples that adhere to best practices.

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How to Tell Your Story to Maximize Impact

December 6 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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IMAGE: How to Tell Your Story to Maximize Impact

Sharing a relevant, meaningful story is key to the success of any organization. It can be a beacon for the success of your mission; the more defined your story is, the brighter your beacon becomes. This hands-on workshop with Tamela Spicer will help you identify your organization's best story and explore ways to share it with your donors and stakeholders to drive your mission forward.

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Financial Analysis in Grantmaking

December 7 @ 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Financial Analysis in Grantmaking

Presented by The Grantmaking School Most grantmakers are hired for their program knowledge and expertise. Yet it is impossible to separate the role of money from programmatic success. Excellence in grantmaking is not limited to program knowledge. It requires a comprehensive understanding of nonprofit organizations, including their financial statements, budgets, reserves, policies, and processes for resource management. We know that financial issues impact programmatic results. As a part of routine due diligence, many grantmaking organizations conduct a financial review after…

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January 2019

What It Really Means to Be an Executive Director

January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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What It Really Means to Be an Executive Director

As an executive director, how can you move from being the one that does it all to the one that facilitates it all happening? That’s the question we’ll address during this interactive workshop. You will learn how to move out of the role of chief hero that does it all and into the role of chief host, facilitating the success of your entire team.

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February 2019

Nonprofit Executive Coaching

February 6, 2019 @ 9:00 AMMarch 27, 2019 @ 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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Grantwriting for Success

February 21, 2019 @ 9:00 AM4:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Grantwriting for Success – A full-day, hands-on workshop led by Tamela Spicer

Bring your ideas for potential grant proposals to this full-day seminar where we'll go step-by-step through the process of writing a grant! To supplement your skills, this workshop will provide in-depth guidance on proposal development, tips on grantwriting language and writing styles, prospecting foundations, and managing foundation relationships.

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March 2019

Managing Your Annual Fund

March 5, 2019 @ 1:30 PM4:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Managing Your Annual Fund

In this workshop led by Matthew Downey, participants will walk through a step-by-step process to managing a more effective annual fund program.

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