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April 2015

Working with Your Board

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Effectively working with your board is more art than science. Understanding governance structures is only one piece of the puzzle. Perhaps more important is how Executive Directors manage relationships with board members. This workshop is intended to help Executive Directors and leadership staff members develop strategies for tackling these issues head on.   Topics that will be discussed include:   Challenges and opportunities of managing a board, Governance structures, Effective board member engagement, and Board member involvement in fundraising.  …

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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Emergency Preparedness

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

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Emergency Preparedness for Nonprofits Taking care of staff and being able to continue operations in an emergency are critical components of today’s business planning. Join us for a discussion with Eric Klingensmith about emergency preparedness for your nonprofit office and for your personal life and home. While this program will not provide all of the answers to each organization’s specific needs, it will help raise awareness by asking questions and discussing tools and resources. Eric…

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May 2015
$1,165.00 - $1,295.00

Advanced Proposal Analysis – Grand Rapids, Mich.

May 4 @ 8:00 am - May 5 @ 5:00 pm
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Advanced Proposal Analysis intentionally focuses on the essential skills of proposal review, recommendations, project management, and other core competency areas. We strongly believe that mastering this work is the key to excellence in grantmaking. Key concepts include: Assessing proposals more efficiently, Spotting financial red flags, Finding and closing any gaps in your due diligence process, Using specialty grants within your organization’s mission, Assuring transparent and ethical behavior, Grantee relationship management, and Capturing the knowledge from grantmaking.   The Advanced Proposal…

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Skills Based Volunteer

May 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 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…

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VoiceGR Community Conversations: Garfield Park Neighborhood

May 13 @ 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Garfield Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA) Lodge,
334 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 United States
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We are happy to partner with the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA) to bring a VoiceGR Community Conversation to Garfield Park neighbors. The conversation will be centered on the results of the 2014 VoiceGR community survey that are specific to you and your neighborhood. You, along with your neighbors, will be encouraged to ask questions and to share your opinions. Give your feedback to researchers, businesses, nonprofits, and the city government. If you have constituents in the West Side, please share this information…

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$140.00

Nonprofit Board Certification Program

May 14 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

  Do you want to know how you might become a more effective board member – or even to know the questions to ask an organization before joining its board? Would you like your board commitment to be a better use of your time?   The Nonprofit Board Certification Program offers guidance and guidelines for those serving or planning to serve on nonprofit boards. This program defines the roles and responsibilities involved in serving on a board of directors and…

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Managing Foundation Relationships & Prospecting Grant Opportunities

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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The Nonprofit/Foundation relationship can be a mutually beneficial relationship; however, nonprofits struggle to understand the complicated world of foundations, how they give and how to effectively manage these relationships.  This interactive workshop will provide helpful insights into foundation grantmaking.  It will teach nonprofits how to begin and cultivate these relationships, how to identify grant opportunities, and how to think about foundation grants as merely one piece of a diverse portfolio of funding sources. Many other strategic tips will be provided…

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June 2015
$1,165.00 - $1,295.00

Evaluation for Grantmakers – Grand Rapids, Mich.

June 1 @ 8:00 am - June 2 @ 5:00 pm
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

  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. Using case studies, small group discussion,…

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Advanced Nonprofit Board Certification

June 4 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

This workshop serves as the continuation of the Johnson Center’s staple workshop: Nonprofit Board Certification Program. 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.   The program will cover the following topics: Ten Elements of Advancement Seven…

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July 2015

CMF-JCP Grantmaking Series: Funding Operating Support

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar,

What are the challenges and opportunities in providing general operating support to grantees? This webinar will explore these issues with examples from the presenters’ own experiences. *Completion of this webinar counts toward the CMF-JCP Grantmaking Series Certificate of Completion – More Details Speakers George C. Jacobsen, Program Officer, community Development/Detroit, The Kresge Foundation George C. Jacobsen joined The Kresge Foundation’s Community Development/Detroit Program in 2011 after three years with its national Arts & Culture Program. George is responsible for the administration…

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