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June 2018

Mastering the Art of Donor Stewardship

June 5 @ 1:30 PM4:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Mastering the Art of Donor Stewardship

Research has shown that while it may be difficult to garner new donors, it is even more challenging to retain them. Join us for an interactive conversation about what motivates loyal donors and how your organization can implement practices to encourage your supporters to become lifetime donors.

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Philanthropy 101 (Lansing)

June 6 @ 9:30 AMJune 7 @ 3:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, 925 S Creyts Rd
Lansing, MI 48917 United States
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Philanthropy 101

From the big picture view to ground level perspectives, this interactive course provides an overview of philanthropy, foundation governance, grantmaking and emerging practices; offers lively discussion about the current big issues in philanthropy, and explores the various roles within philanthropy. Leave equipped with all the knowledge you need to hit the ground running in your new role.

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Nonprofit Board Certification

June 7 @ 4:30 PM8:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Nonprofit Board Certification

The Nonprofit Board Certification Program offers guidance for those serving or planning to serve on nonprofit boards. This engaging training, led by Matthew Downey, provides opportunities for learning, discussion, and practice. Regardless of experience, you'll gain valuable knowledge on how to become a more strategic organizational leader.

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Developing a Strategic Culture

June 19 @ 1:30 PM4:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Developing a Strategic Culture

While nonprofits have noble missions, we tend to spend the majority of our time and resources on programmatic triage, and we tend to neglect developing thorough strategies to help move the needle. Built around the Foraker Sustainability Model, this workshop covers four key aspects to keep your organization future focused.

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Writing Skills for Grantmakers (Detroit)

June 22 @ 9:00 AM4:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Writing Skills for Grantmakers

Whether preparing a grant recommendation for the board, drafting a strategy document to share with stakeholders, or doing blog posts, writing skills are an essential component of a program officer’s job. This interactive workshop will focus on sharpening the analytical skills that are the basis for good writing, writing for different audiences, and creating different types of written products.

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July 2018

How to Tell Your Story to Maximize Impact

July 12 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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IMAGE: How to Tell Your Story to Maximize Impact

Sharing a relevant, meaningful story is key to the success of any organization. It can be a beacon for the success of your mission; the more defined your story is, the brighter your beacon becomes. This hands-on workshop with Tamela Spicer will help you identify your organization's best story and explore ways to share it with your donors and stakeholders to drive your mission forward.

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Funder Collaboratives: The Potholes, Potentials, and Possibilities (webinar)

July 31 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar

Is collaborative funding right for you? Funder collaboratives can leverage skills and networks and can amplify the impact of your grantmaking but they can also face many bumps in the road. Join this webinar to learn about the ingredients of a successful funder collaborative, explore examples of collaborative successes and challenges, and get practical advice as you consider joining, developing or managing a funding collaborative.

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August 2018

Advanced Fundraising for Today’s Dynamic World

August 7 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Advanced Fundraising

We all know the tried and true practices for fund development, but how are we keeping up in today's rapidly-changing world? This workshop led by Jason Franklin and Tamela Spicer will energize seasoned professionals by helping develop a deeper awareness and understanding of the changing landscape of giving across the country... and around the world.

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September 2018

Ethics in Grantmaking: Dimensions, Dilemmas, and Decision-Making (webinar)

September 18 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
Grantmaking Webinar Series

Most foundations have codes of ethics and most grantmakers strive to behave ethically — but what exactly does that mean? In this webinar, we will examine ethical dilemmas and how to navigate them as we explore tools and techniques for ethical reasoning and decision-making in grantmaking.

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December 2018

Beyond the Basics: Simplified Grant Applications (webinar)

December 4 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
Grantmaking Webinar Series

Grant applications provide a powerful source of information for making optimal funding decisions and driving organizational learning. But grant application requirements and processes can be unnecessarily cumbersome and impose burdens on grantseekers that stymie intended impact. Join us for this webinar to learn principles and techniques for simplifying your application process and explore examples that adhere to best practices.

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