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January 2015
Free

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Getting the Word Out: Media Services for Nonprofit Organizations

January 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

The Community Media Center offers a wide variety of communication tools to local nonprofit organizations, many free of charge. Come learn about ways you can promote your organization and further its mission through PSAs, radio and TV interviews, citizen journalism, information technology and more.   Speaker: Tom Clinton     Tom Clinton is the Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, an organization that assists local residents and organizations in sharing their stories through effective use of communication…

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February 2015
$50.00 - $55.00

Managing Your Annual Fund: Letters, Relationships, and Board Involvement

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

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?   Veteran fundraiser Matthew Downey, the Johnson Center’s nonprofit services program director, will walk participants through a step by step process to managing a more effective Annual Fund program.     This workshop will be facilitated by Matthew Downey. Matthew has worked with nonprofits…

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$140.00

Nonprofit Board Certification Program

February 10 @ 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 discusses the…

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Strategic Leadership Series: Culture in the Board Room

February 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Loosemore Auditorium,
301 W. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Nonprofit boards face many challenges and opportunities on the pathway to successfully guiding an organization. Boards with essential tools and knowledge of best practices help their organizations run well and grow strong. Join David Renz as he shares tactics and strategies based on his research and experience for nonprofit leaders to put into action in the boardroom. David Renz is the Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership and the Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, an education, research, and…

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$140.00

Government Grant Seeking Workshop

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Get expert insights on how to access announcements and craft proposals for federal and state government grants. This highly interactive workshop will walk you through all the steps to becoming a successful applicant for publicly-funded offerings. You will learn how to: Research and locate government grant opportunities on the Internet Dissect and analyze RFPs on government-sponsored grants Complete key steps in developing government grant applications Wrap up and submit applications to federal and state agencies. PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP FOR…

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Free

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: Running a Nonprofit, Legally and Sustainably

February 25 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Running a Nonprofit, Legally & Sustainably: An Open Conversation on Legal Concerns Facing Nonprofits and How to Address What is Within Your Reach Nonprofit organizations are started to meet a need, realize a mission, run a program – to do good. Despite these lofty goals, in their lifespan nonprofits face legal issues and exposure to liability just like their for-profit counterparts, but with added scrutiny and transparency requirements.What if you could be the Zorro of your circle of influence –…

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March 2015

CMF/JCP Grantmaking Series: Judging the Soundness of Proposals

March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Webinar,

This webinar provides an introductory focus on the key elements and skills for effective proposal review and project selection.  You will learn how to assess projects more effectively, identify red flags and assure that proposals selected have the best opportunity for success. *Completion of this webinar counts toward the CMF-JCP Grantmaking Series Certificate of Completion – More Details Speaker Frank L. Gettridge, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Frank Gettridge is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich.…

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$75.00

Advanced Nonprofit Board Certification

March 5 @ 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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$50.00 - $55.00

Basic Grantwriting

March 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Learn the basics of grantwriting from the experts. Join other grant seekers in a three-hour workshop designed to give you an introduction to proposal development and tips on grantwriting language and writing styles. 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.   Trainer   This workshop will be facilitated by Matthew Downey. Matthew has worked with nonprofits as a consultant, program manager and development officer…

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Strategic Leadership Series: Your Role in Driving Organizational Culture

March 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Loosemore Auditorium,
301 W. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Join Gloria Johnson-Cusack as she offers participants an unique 30,000 foot view of the entire field shaped by her work with CEOs from the largest nonprofits in the country. She will discuss how nonprofit professionals can uniquely prepare and position their organizations to succeed well into the future by being aware of their own selves and personal impact on the organization’s culture. Gloria Johnson-Cusack serves as Executive Director of Leadership 18, an alliance of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) responsible for leading some of the country’s largest and most well…

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