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February 2016

Basic Grantwriting

February 17 @ 1:00 PM5:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

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. Cost: $55 FREE for GVSU students/staff REGISTER NOW This seminar will be facilitated by Matthew Downey. Matthew Downey has…

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The Foundation Review Webinar: Theory of Philanthropy

February 23 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar

Philanthropic endeavors should be supported by a theory of philanthropy, argue authors Michael Quinn Patton, Nathaniel Foote, and James Radner in "A Foundation's Theory of Philanthropy: What It Is, What It Provides, How To Do It." A theory of philanthropy articulates how and why a foundation will use its resources to achieve its mission and vision. The theory-of-philanthropy approach is designed to help foundations align their strategies, governance, operating and accountability procedures, and grantmaking profile and policies with their resources…

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Navigating Philanthropy’s New Gatekeepers

February 24 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: Navigating Philanthropy's New Gatekeepers There are new players and new gatekeeper in philanthropy so how do you navigate the increasingly complex philanthropic landscape? Individual donors, foundations and corporations – for over a century have formed the basic legs of the fundraising stool. But today with the rise of donor advised funds, giving circles, grantmaking LLCs, pooled funds, social enterprise funds and more the landscape is increasingly complex. Similarly, there are new and varied types of…

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Working with Your Board

February 25 @ 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
Working with Your Board

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 nonprofit board members. This workshop is intended to help executive directors and leadership staff members develop strategies for tackling these issues head on. Topics will include: Challenges and opportunities of managing a board Governance structures Effective board member engagement Board member involvement in fundraising While all nonprofit staff members will find value…

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March 2016

Strategic Planning

March 2 @ 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is essential to any nonprofit organization's long-term growth and sustainability. Learn what it is, how to do it, and who should be involved in the process. This workshop will be led by Terry Horton. Cost: $55 FREE for GVSU students/staff. REGISTER NOW Terry Horton is the Senior Program Advisor to Philanthropic and Nonprofit Services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU. She received her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and her B.A. from the…

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Strategic Leadership Series: Social Innovation and Creative Placemaking

March 9 @ 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 Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s 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. Join special guest speaker Richard Evans as he explores the…

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Managing Foundation Relationships and Prospecting Grant Opportunities

March 23 @ 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

This seminar 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 throughout! A hands-on activity will help put some of the lessons into practice.

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Nonprofit Board Certification

March 31 @ 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. The program covers the following topics: The challenges facing nonprofits and their boards The roles, responsibilities and legal duties of the board Nonprofit board structures and effective practices Nonprofit strategies for funding and impact Participants who complete this seminar will receive a Certificate…

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April 2016

Strategic Leadership Series: Sustainability Mindset

April 20 @ 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 Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s 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. Join special guest speaker Steve Zimmerman as he explores the…

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Succession Planning

April 26 @ 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
Succession Planning

You’ve heard that you need a succession plan for your executive director, right? How do you go about creating one? This presentation will describe the two types of succession plans needed for the CEO/executive director position and who should be involved in creating those plans. We will also review the importance of planning for the succession of board leadership, how nonprofit lifecycles impact succession planning, and options for the executive transitions process. If you haven’t known how to broach the…

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