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October 2014
$50.00 - $55.00

Basic Grantwriting

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 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 for over…

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Evaluation for Grantmakers

October 29 @ 8:00 am - October 30 @ 5:00 pm
Change Makers conference room inside the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo,
726 Exchange Street, Suite 525 , Buffalo, NY United States
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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. Participants will find a balance among…

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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn – Creating and Cultivating Your Nonprofit Culture

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

MOKA, a nonprofit charitable agency supporting children and adults with disabilities throughout western Michigan, will provide details and insights on their ongoing quest to create an organizational culture where employees are wildly engaged in the mission, highly satisfied, always learning and authentically respectful of one another. Thomas Zmolek, executive director, Tracey Hamlet, director of programs and Dorothy Bowne, Human Resources director will share how the organization pursues critical aspects of its company culture, all geared toward providing highly competent and…

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$50.00 - $55.00

Creating Systems to Engage and Retain Volunteers

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Does your organization need additional manpower but you feel hesitant to use start a volunteer program? Do you want to make sure that if you invest time in a volunteer program that it will be worth it? Through the use of action learning activities participants will learn how to use new tools and develop compelling opportunities and new strategies to increase the engagement, more fully utilize the skills, and retain the services of volunteers of all ages. Trainer This workshop…

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November 2014
Free

Give Learning Curves the Boot

November 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
LearnPhilanthropy Webinar,

Special Webinar for Those New to Grantmaking Organizations Philanthropy can be a complex field. Whether you’re starting your career, transitioning into a new role, or simply want a refresher, let us be your guide. This free, 30-minute webinar will introduce you to essential topics every philanthropic professional should know and give you three strategies for getting more informed about and connected to the field. Presenters

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Strategic Leadership Series: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

November 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Loosemore Auditorium,
301 W. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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  The study UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising reveals that many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the report found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study reveals deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role,…

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$50.00 - $55.00

Succession Planning

November 13 @ 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 the…

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Comprehensive Financial Analysis

November 17 @ 8:00 am - November 18 @ 5:00 pm
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Suite 230,
201 Front Ave SW, Grand Rapids , 49504
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Grantmaking is evolving quickly, presenting new challenges for grantmakers. Comprehensive Financial Analysis gives you the tools you need to take those challenges head on with a strong financial acumen. This course provides staff of grantmaking institutions with the necessary knowledge and skills they need to conduct a comprehensive and effective analysis of organizational and programmatic financial information to improve funding decisions. Key concepts include: Creating a culture of comprehensive financial analysis for grantmaking, The relationship of financial condition to effective grantmaking,…

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$50.00 - $55.00

Building a High Performing Board

November 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnson Center for Philanthropy,
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Does your board have a hard time seeing the forest for the trees? Do you feel like you’re discussing committee-level work rather than governance-level work in the board room? Are you interested in helping your nonprofit board improve? “Building a High Performing Board” will help you to create clear expectations for board members, to make sure that board members enjoy their service and find it rewarding, and ensure that time spent together in the board room is time well spent.…

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December 2014
$140.00

Nonprofit Board Certification Program

December 4 @ 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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