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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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Equitable Evaluation: Whose Voice Counts?

August 22 @ 3:00 PM6:00 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Equitable Evaluation: Whose voice counts?

Join us as we explore how working together can benefit both the foundation and the nonprofit, and make evaluation practices more equitable for all.

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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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Getting the Word Out: Media Services for Nonprofit Organizations

August 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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Getting the Word Out: Media Services for Nonprofits

This event is part of the Johnson Center's FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series The Community Media Center (CMC) offers a wide variety of communication tools to local nonprofit organizations, many free of charge — and many you may recognize from listening to WYCE, reading The Rapidian, or catching a program on GRTV. Since their last presentation at the Johnson Center in 2015, the CMC has added new opportunities and programs to help nonprofit professionals further their mission. Join…

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September 2019

Leadership Lab Series: Building a Culture of Inclusive Leadership

September 10 @ 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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Leadership Lab Series

The Nonprofit Leadership Lab series is designed to help you elevate your workplace practice and grow your capacity for strong, adaptive leadership. This higher-level training program will prepare nonprofit practitioners of every background to build dynamic, collaborative organizations for change.

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How to Use Data Tools to Advance Your Mission

September 17 @ 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 Use Data Tools to Advance Your Mission

How to Use Data Tools to Advance Your Mission will help you understand how to use data in the daily life of your organization. You’ll leave prepared to make the case for data-informed decision making and able to point to and use a variety of online tools for finding and learning from data.

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Build and Maintain Grantee Relationships (webinar)

September 24 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM
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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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The “You” Portfolio: How to Invest in Yourself

September 25 @ 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 // The "You" Portfolio: How to Invest in Yourself

This event is part of the Johnson Center's FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series In the nonprofit sector, it is common to hear conversations about the importance of cultivating diversified funding streams to build sustainable organizations. But how can we apply that same concept in our own personal and professional lives? How can we build more sustainable financial selves? According to CNN Money, more than 44 million Americans have a side hustle. The days of depending on one source of…

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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

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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Philanthropy 101

October 24 @ 8:00 AMOctober 25 @ 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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November 2019

What It Really Means to Be an Executive Director

November 5 @ 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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What It Really Means to Be an Executive Director

Learn how to move out of the role of chief hero and into the role of chief host, facilitating the success of your entire team.

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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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Financial Analysis in Grantmaking

December 6 @ 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

Learn how to conduct a thorough, effective analysis of your organizational and programmatic financial information to improve funding decisions.

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Managing Your Annual Fund

December 10 @ 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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Managing Your Annual Fund

Is your annual fund program adequately meeting your organization's fiscal needs? Do you have a systematic plan in place to identify prospects, request for support, involve your board, and increase gifts from one year to the next? In this workshop led by Tamela Spicer, participants will walk through a step-by-step process to managing a more effective annual fund program. Key Concepts: Effective annual fund planning for sustainability Tips for writing fundraising appeals Cultivating and stewarding donors Cost: $60 Free for…

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Research Meets Practice

December 11 @ 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 - Research Meets Practice

This event is part of the Johnson Center's FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series Please join us for a showcase of the research of alumni of the GVSU’s School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration. This presentation will fuel a discussion for how research can influence practice and how nonprofit organizations can be better consumers of research. The student papers will be published in the SPNHA Review, and free copies will be distributed to all event attendees. Presenters and their…

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January 2020

Advancing Equity: A Case Study

January 17, 2020 @ 12:00 PM5:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Advancing Equity: A Case Study

This course will help illuminate what’s involved in integrating an explicit equity focus into your grantmaking, from highlighting key decision points to navigating potential trade-offs and challenges.

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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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Nonprofit Executive Coaching (7 sessions)

February 11, 2020 @ 9:00 AM11:30 AM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Nonprofit Executive Coaching

The Johnson Center's small-group Executive Coaching Program brings together a cohort of leaders from different backgrounds and experience levels to forge a professional support network that will last well beyond our final session. By learning with — and from — each other over the course of eight weeks, we find new ways to tackle intractable challenges within our organizations and embrace our own professional development.

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Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking

February 20, 2020 @ 8:00 AMFebruary 21, 2020 @ 5:00 PM
Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center, 163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking

Explore how proposal analysis contributes to your foundation’s broader strategy and acquire the tools necessary for conducting a thorough proposal review.

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