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May 2019

Philanthropy 101

May 30 @ 8:00 AMMay 31 @ 5:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Philanthropy 101

Philanthropy 101 is a two-day learning experience that helps ground new professionals in the basics of foundations, nonprofits, and grantmaking and the field of philanthropy. As a participant in this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of what philanthropy is, what makes it distinct, and why it’s important. You will also examine how your role fits within the broader philanthropic ecosystem and how the sector interacts with other sectors. The course introduces many concepts essential to philanthropic work, including…

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June 2019

Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking (Colorado)

June 20 @ 8:00 AMJune 21 @ 5:00 PM
Colorado Association of Funders & Community First Foundation, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Unit A
Arvada, CO 80003 United States
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Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking

Presented by The Grantmaking School in partnership with the Colorado Association of Funders Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking explores what informs foundation strategy and grantmaking and also focuses on the essential skills of grantmaking, including proposal review, due diligence, recommendations, and other core program officer competency areas. This two-day course provides you with an understanding of how proposal analysis contributes to your foundation’s broader strategy along with the necessary tools and methods to conduct a thorough proposal review and grantmaking process. What…

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Set Your Strategy (webinar)

June 25 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
Grantmaking Webinar Series

Setting a grantmaking strategy can be a long and complicated process. To get to the strategy you must identify the needs and ensure all voices are heard in the process. Once the strategy is set, it is critical to educate your nonprofit partners on your new focus areas and notify long-term grantees if they no longer fit into the selected priority areas. Join this webinar to hear from grantmakers who have recently implemented new strategies with and for the communities…

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July 2019

Strategy and Evaluation for Health Foundations

July 8 @ 8:30 AMJuly 9 @ 4:30 PM
RTI International, 3040 E Cornwallis Rd
Durham, NC 27709 United States
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Strategy and Evaluation for Health Foundations

A Workshop for Board Members and Staff Presented by The Grantmaking School Strategy and Evaluation for Health Foundations is a two-day learning experience designed for those who work for foundations whose mission is focused on human health and are considering developing a more strategic approach to their work. This course may be of particular benefit to newer, health-conversion foundations. During this course, health foundation board members, senior staff, and program officers will be introduced to the fundamentals of strategic philanthropy…

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August 2019

Grantwriting for Success

August 6 @ 9:00 AM3:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Grantwriting for Success

Go beyond the basics of grantwriting with Tamela Spicer. Gather with other grantseekers and nonprofit professionals in this workshop curated to give you the opportunity to develop your grantwriting skills. Bring your ideas for potential grant proposals to this full-day seminar where we'll go step-by-step through the process of writing a grant — with Tamela’s professional experience to assist you along the way! To supplement your skills, this class will provide in-depth guidance on proposal development, tips on grantwriting language…

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Nonprofit Board Certification

August 15 @ 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 Tamela Spicer, provides opportunities for learning, discussion, and practice. Regardless of experience, you'll gain valuable knowledge on how to become a more strategic organizational leader. The program covers the following topics: The challenges facing nonprofits and their boards The roles, responsibilities and legal duties of the board Nonprofit board structures and effective practices Nonprofit strategies for funding and…

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Harnessing the Power of Giving Tuesday

August 27 @ 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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You know that Giving Tuesday is an annual day of generosity, but how does fit within your organization’s fund development strategy? And how can you maximize the effectiveness of your Giving Tuesday campaign to build social capital, development capital, and mission awareness? Join the Johnson Center's Tamela Spicer and Karen Hoekstra as they share best practices for leveraging the “megaphone effect” of Giving Tuesday for your own local campaign. You’ll walk away with simple, actionable ideas for harnessing the power of the…

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September 2019

Social Movements and Grantmaking

September 18 @ 8:00 AMSeptember 19 @ 5:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Join us for a 2-day mix of lectures, discussions, and experiential exercises, which will provide you with an understanding of philanthropy’s influence on social movements and how to identify funding opportunities to support these critical movements.

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Build and Maintain Grantee Relationships (webinar)

September 24 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Webinar
Grantmaking Webinar Series

As the issues that foundations address become more complex, so too become the relationships that grantmakers must build and maintain with grantees. When nonprofits begin to collaborate, partner and scale, grantmakers must adapt to become connectors and conveners while still managing the power dynamics of being the one with the checkbook. If this is one of the issues that keeps you up at night, join this webinar to hear from your grantmaking peers who have advice to share from their…

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October 2019

How to Tell Your Story to Maximize Impact

October 1 @ 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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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. This workshop will cover: Identifying your organization's primary story Crafting your story to increase reach and engagement Outlining story-sharing platforms Cost: $60…

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December 2019

Nonprofit Board Certification

December 3 @ 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 Tamela Spicer, provides opportunities for learning, discussion, and practice. Regardless of experience, you'll gain valuable knowledge on how to become a more strategic organizational leader. The program covers the following topics: The challenges facing nonprofits and their boards The roles, responsibilities and legal duties of the board Nonprofit board structures and effective practices Nonprofit strategies for funding and…

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February 2020

Grantwriting for Success

February 4, 2020 @ 9:00 AM3:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Grantwriting for Success

Go beyond the basics of grantwriting with Tamela Spicer. Gather with other grantseekers and nonprofit professionals in this workshop curated to give you the opportunity to develop your grantwriting skills. Bring your ideas for potential grant proposals to this full-day seminar where we'll go step-by-step through the process of writing a grant — with Tamela’s professional experience to assist you along the way! To supplement your skills, this class will provide in-depth guidance on proposal development, tips on grantwriting language…

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