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May 2016

Advanced Nonprofit Board Certification

May 5 @ 4:30 PM8:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
Advanced Nonprofit Board Certification

Going beyond the basics, participants will engage in a higher level of conversation about how the role of boards and board members advance their organizations’ missions. The program’s approach is to engage participants in strategic conversations about trends and issues facing nonprofit organizations with discussion of the board’s role in each topic.

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Strategic Leadership Series // Why I Became a Localist

May 11 @ 4:00 PM6:00 PM
Loosemore Auditorium,
401 W Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
Strategic Leadership Series

Experience some of the best thought leaders in the business right here in West Michigan. The Strategic Leadership Series engages nonprofit professionals and the larger philanthropic community to encourage the development of a diverse, equitable, local ecosystem that supports entrepreneurialism when addressing critical social issues. These experiences will infuse our region with fresh thinking on the power and potential of nonprofits to be catalysts for change.

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Financial Analysis in Grantmaking

May 13 @ 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center,
163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Financial Analysis in Grantmaking

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. This course provides grantmakers with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct a comprehensive and effective analysis of organizational and programmatic financial information to improve funding decisions.

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Planning for Successful Fundraising

May 17 @ 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Do you feel your organization approaches fundraising haphazardly? This workshop offers an overview of how and why planning is important to successful fundraising and how to write a fund development plan. "Planning for Successful Fundraising" is ideal for those who want to learn how to make the most out of their fundraising efforts.

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June 2016

Nonprofit Board Certification

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

The Nonprofit Board Certification Program offers guidance for those serving or planning to serve on nonprofit boards. Designed as an engaging experience with opportunities for learning, discussion and practice, participants, regardless of experience, become more knowledgeable and strategic organizational leaders.

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Advanced Proposal Analysis (Calgary)

June 13 @ 8:00 AMJune 14 @ 5:00 PM
Kahanoff Conference Centre,
105 12th Ave SE, Suite 200
Calgary, AB T2G 1A1 Canada
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Advanced Proposal Analysis - Calgary

Advanced Proposal Analysis intentionally focuses on the essential skills of proposal review, recommendations, project management, and other core competency areas. The Advanced Proposal Analysis course is specifically designed for foundation professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills on proposal assessment. NOTE: This course includes information specific to Canadian tax law, policy, and system.

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July 2016

Grantmaking Webinar Series // Communicating Progress on Strategy: Dashboards and Metrics

July 19 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
Grantmaking Webinar Series

How can dashboards be used to drive better decision making? Dashboards, when aligned with strategy, grantmaking and measurement activities can help bring the data that’s needed when it’s needed to the audience that requires it. Explore methods to enhance the integrity of your measurement and make your dashboards an effective tool for timely decision making.

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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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October 2016

Grantmaking Webinar Series // Sharing Learning: Scaling Up Replicability

October 18 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
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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