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September 2015

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: Foundation Center Tools for Grantseekers

September 2 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue Southwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Join us at the Johnson Center for a webcast presentation with Amanda Dillon and Caroline Herbert to find out how Foundation Center’s new tools can help you build your skills, connect with peers, and increase your impact! This presentation will provide an introduction to three key online tools for finding funders and telling your organization’s story, Foundation Directory Online, Foundation Maps and GrantSpace.  Learn how to create customized searches to develop lists of prospective foundation that support…

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Advocacy Training: Michigan Nonprofit Association

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue Southwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Advocacy Training for Nonprofit Staff and Board Members (Grand Rapids) Social Media and Nonprofit Advocacy – What works? The social media universe is always buzzing about community activism, so how do you cut through the noise so that people hear you? This session will focus on how you can utilize tools in the social media realm to increase your community organizing efforts. This seminar will be facilitated by Erin Skene-Pratt Erin Skene-Pratt has more than 15 years of experience as…

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The Foundation Review Webinar – Embrace Your Inner Publisher

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Webinar with Gabriela Fitz, Foundation Center Co-sponsored by Foundation Center September 15, 2015 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT Foundations and nonprofits produce a large amount of written material that is often released with a short-term perspective on sharing. Learn techniques that enable long-term, open-ended discoverability, sharing, and use of the knowledge captured in your written works. This webinar is based on the open access article in the current issue of The Foundation Review, “Grey Matter(s): Embracing the Publisher Within,” by Lisa Brooks and Gabriela…

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Basic Grantwriting Workshop

September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn the basics of grantwriting and grantseeking. Join other grant seekers in a four-hour workshop designed to give you an introduction to proposal development and tips on grantwriting language and writing styles, prospecting foundations and managing foundation relationships. Participants are encouraged to bring an idea for a grant proposal so that this workshop can serve as an opportunity to get a jump start. Link for registration: http://www.gvsu.edu/jcpevents/cms-form-edit.htm?formId=6D3FA41F-FC7F-D684-8DE0ECC3AF9CEB9F The cost of registration for this event is $55 This seminar will be…

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CMF-JCP Grantmaking Series: Strengthening the Grant Review Process

September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar,
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What are the roles of staff and board in reviewing proposals? What are the differences in review processes for solicited and unsolicited proposals? Two foundations will present review strategies that they have found to be effective. *Completion of this webinar counts toward the CMF-JCP Grantmaking Series Certificate of Completion – More Details Speakers Andrea Cole, Executive Director and CEO, Ethel & James Flinn Foundation Andrea Cole is the Executive Director and CEO of the Detroit based Ethel & James Flinn Foundation…

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Starting a Nonprofit Organization Workshop

September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue Southwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Do you have an issue or topic that you are passionate about? Do you want to see change happen? Learn how to turn your passion into a reality by starting a nonprofit organization. This seminar will cover key steps to start and successfully run a nonprofit organization. Topics to be covered in this seminar: Nonprofit incorporation, nonprofit management structure and roles, fundraising for nonprofit organizations and more! This four-hour seminar will be a lecture-style format which includes interactive activities. Participants will be…

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Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: Put Your People First for Greater Returns

September 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: Put Your People First for Greater Returns Heather Carpenter and Tera Wozniak Qualls, authors of The Talent Development Platform: Putting people first in social change organizations will walk you through the exceptional benefits of developing your staff and volunteers (e.g. your people). During the session you’ll receive tools from the book and practical examples of how to create an action plan for energizing your team to raise more money, increase community connections, and run your programs more…

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Managing your Annual Fund

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Is your Annual Fund program adequately meeting your organization’s fiscal needs? Do you have a systematic plan in place to identify prospects, request for support, involve your board, and increase gifts from one year to the next? Participants will walk through a step by step process to managing a more effective Annual Fund program. Link for registration: http://www.gvsu.edu/jcpevents/cms-form-edit.htm?formId=75168E1D-F90E-202C-EC76A8CB7458999E The cost of registration for this event is $55 This seminar will be facilitated by Matthew Downey Matthew Downey has worked in…

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October 2015

Strategy Development in Grantmaking – Detroit, Mich.

October 1 @ 8:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center,
163 Madison Street, Detroit, MI 48226 United States

Strategy Development in Grantmaking is an intensive two-day learning experience designed to help individual grantmakers and their foundations develop or refine a strategic lens to grantmaking and leverage improved program results for deeper impact. By defining strategic philanthropy and reviewing models and tools for strategy development and implementation, resources will be provided to guide and inform your foundation strategy. You and your colleagues will move through a series of individual and group activities and discussions, allowing for both interactive and…

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Advanced Nonprofit Board Certification Workshop

October 6 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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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