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March 2018

Beyond the Basics: A Closer Look at the Fundamentals of Financial Analysis (webinar)

March 13 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
Grantmaking Webinar Series

So, you know the basics of conducting a financial review — but now what? Join us as we roll up our sleeves and take a closer look at financial statements, program budgets, 990s, and techniques to strengthen your financial analysis ninja skills.

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Webinar: Legacy and Impact – How Family Foundations Can Have Both

March 22 @ 12:00 PM1:15 PM
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Legacy and Impact: How Family Foundations Can Have Both

Philanthropic families care about legacy as well as impact — but at times, honoring both can be a challenge. As social issues, needs, and pathways to impact evolve, it can be difficult to find creative ways to honor cherished family legacies while remaining responsive to beneficiaries and adaptive to new ideas and new priorities. Join us for a webinar in which we’ll learn how both long-standing and newer family foundations are tackling this challenge.

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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Philanthropy’s Big Questions

March 28 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series

This session addresses the big questions about philanthropy, those questions that often get assumed or implied by those working in the field. It is meant both as an introduction to the sector for those new to philanthropy, and a chance for those with more experience to consider the core rationale for their work.

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April 2018

Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking

April 12 @ 8:00 AMApril 13 @ 5:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking

Designed specifically for foundation professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills on proposal assessment, 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.

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Equitable Evaluation Practices in Philanthropy

April 18 @ 9:30 AM3:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Grantmaking Series Workshop

Evaluation plays a crucial role in grantmaking and philanthropy — but do your evaluation practices reflect and promote equity? Designed for grantmakers and philanthropic professionals, this one-day workshop will explore key issues, insights, and principles for bringing an equity lens to your evaluation processes.

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May 2018

Financial Analysis in Grantmaking (Detroit)

May 18 @ 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Financial Analysis in Grantmaking

This course does not attempt to transform program officers into financial professionals. Instead, our intent is to provide grantmakers with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct a comprehensive and effective analysis of organizational and programmatic financial information to improve funding decisions.

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June 2018

Philanthropy 101

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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July 2018

Funder Collaboratives: The Potholes, Potentials, and Possibilities

July 31 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
Grantmaking Webinar Series

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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September 2018

Ethics in Grantmaking: Dimensions, Dilemmas, and Decision-Making

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

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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