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April 2015

VoiceGR Community Conversations: Grandville Avenue Corridor

April 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cook Library Center,
1100 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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We are happy to partner with the Cook Library Center to bring a VoiceGR Community Conversation to the Grandville Avenue Corridor. 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 neighborhood area, please share this…

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$50.00 - $55.00

Succession Planning

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

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…

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VoiceGR Community Conversations: West Grand Neighborhood

April 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Rockford Construction Community Room,
601 First St. NW, Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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We are happy to partner with West Grand Neighborhood Association to bring a VoiceGR Community Conversation to West Side 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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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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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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Strategy Development in Grantmaking – Des Moines, Iowa

May 14 @ 8:00 am - May 15 @ 5:00 pm
University of Iowa’s John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center,
1200 Grand Avenue , Des Moines, IA 50309 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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$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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