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April 2018

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Global Perspectives

April 25 @ 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

We see reminders every day in our professional and personal lives why it is important to have a global perspective. Two amazing leaders who represent West Michigan-based international NGOs will share their challenges, successes and why having a global perspective is critically important to their work. We will discuss issues around cultural competency, communication, and involvement of local people in addressing complex social problems.

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May 2018

Strengthening Your Talent Pipeline Through Volunteer Management

May 15 @ 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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Strengthening Your Talent Pipeline through Volunteer Management

One of the biggest challenges nonprofits face is finding qualified staff and making time to recruit them. However, nonprofits have long neglected one of their greatest tools for finding and testing new talent: volunteers. Join us as we discuss and explore how quality volunteer management can assist in solving your organization’s HR woes.

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Financial Analysis in Grantmaking (Detroit)

May 18 @ 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

This course does not attempt to transform program officers into financial professionals. Instead, our intent is to provide 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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June 2018

Mastering the Art of Donor Stewardship

June 5 @ 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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Mastering the Art of Donor Stewardship

Research has shown that while it may be difficult to garner new donors, it is even more challenging to retain them. Join us for an interactive conversation about what motivates loyal donors and how your organization can implement practices to encourage your supporters to become lifetime donors.

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Philanthropy 101 (Lansing)

June 6 @ 9:30 AMJune 7 @ 3:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, 925 S Creyts Rd
Lansing, MI 48917 United States
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Philanthropy 101

From the big picture view to ground level perspectives, this interactive course provides an overview of philanthropy, foundation governance, grantmaking and emerging practices; offers lively discussion about the current big issues in philanthropy, and explores the various roles within philanthropy. Leave equipped with all the knowledge you need to hit the ground running in your new role.

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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
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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 Matthew Downey, provides opportunities for learning, discussion, and practice. Regardless of experience, you'll gain valuable knowledge on how to become a more strategic organizational leader.

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Developing a Strategic Culture

June 19 @ 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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Developing a Strategic Culture

While nonprofits have noble missions, we tend to spend the majority of our time and resources on programmatic triage, and we tend to neglect developing thorough strategies to help move the needle. Built around the Foraker Sustainability Model, this workshop covers four key aspects to keep your organization future focused.

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Writing Skills for Grantmakers (Detroit)

June 22 @ 9:00 AM4:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Writing Skills for Grantmakers

Whether preparing a grant recommendation for the board, drafting a strategy document to share with stakeholders, or doing blog posts, writing skills are an essential component of a program officer’s job. 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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July 2018

Funder Collaboratives: The Potholes, Potentials, and Possibilities (webinar)

July 31 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
Grantmaking Webinar Series

Is collaborative funding right for you? Funder collaboratives can leverage skills and networks and can amplify the impact of your grantmaking but they can also face many bumps in the road. Join this webinar to learn about the ingredients of a successful funder collaborative, explore examples of collaborative successes and challenges, and get practical advice as you consider joining, developing or managing a funding collaborative.

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September 2018

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

September 18 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
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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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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