Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Philanthropy’s Big Questions

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

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.

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Global Perspectives

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

We see reminders every day in our professional and personal lives why it is important to have a global perspective. Two amazing leaders who represent West Michigan-based international NGOs will share their challenges, successes and why having a global perspective is critically important to their work. We will discuss issues around cultural competency, communication, and involvement of local people in addressing complex social problems.

Polarization to Optimization: Mission and Margin (Revenue)

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

In this session, you will be addressing the classic nonprofit polarities of mission and margin (revenue). You will have the opportunity to complete an online assessment of your organization prior to the event around these polarities. You’ll receive your organization’s results privately, and composite results of all participants will be shared at the session.

Community Activation: Tools to Inform and Engage

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

Join us for a discussion about the importance of data-driven decision making in nonprofit work and how online data tools from the Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute can help you and your organization identify community challenges, work for change, and measure impact.

Partnering with Business: Trick or Treat

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

Nonprofit organizations can reap benefits from partnering with businesses for sponsorships,  program co-development, employee volunteerism and more. But, what can your nonprofit offer? Our presenters will discuss the recommended practice for approaching businesses and managing such relationships, as well as offer examples of challenges and successes from both the business and nonprofit perspectives.

Building Inclusive Cultures through Talent Acquisition

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

Seismic shifts in the global landscape are transforming the way we work, interact, and learn. Economic forces, changing talent needs, evolving demographic trends, increased competition, and demand for services are radically impacting the way organizations behave in virtually every industry all over the world. By 2020, five generations will be working side-by-side in organizations By…

Research Meets Practice

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

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 were published in the SPNHA Review, and free copies…

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Invest in Your Brand

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

Join us for a discussion about the many returns on investment when you get your nonprofit’s brand right. Jeff Terpstra, President of Scott Allen Creative, will present the value of investing in your brand. Learn how a strong brand can attract loyal donors, employees, and volunteers. You will learn: What to do when a brand needs…

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn – Equitable Evaluation: Whose voice counts?

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

While many organizations in the philanthropic sector have begun to bring an equity and inclusion lens to their work, few have addressed the issue of how evaluation practices can be made more equitable. Who asks the questions, who owns the data, and who interprets the data — it all matters. In this session, you’ll learn…

Design Thinking: A Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

GVSU's Design Thinking Academy students will lead community members in an engaging and educational program surrounding the Design Thinking Process, and how you might use it to help better your organization.

The Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards of Charity Accountability

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

The Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards of Charity Accountability Part of the Johnson Center's FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series All nonprofit professionals know that their organizations are expected to be open and transparent to the public, but what is the threshold for that transparency? What information is important to give to the public? Are there…

Getting the Word Out: Media Services for Nonprofit Organizations

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

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…

The “You” Portfolio: How to Invest in Yourself

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

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…

Let’s Get Cooking: Your Recipe for Quality Nonprofit Project Management

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

This event is part of the Johnson Center's FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series Do you manage multiple grants or projects simultaneously? Do you struggle with having enough time or capacity to keep track of complex grant requirements and components? Have you found any creative strategies that work well for you, and might be…

Big Data Mini-Symposium

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

Part of Big Data Month at GVSU Big Data Month at Grand Valley State University provides a forum for the humanities, research, and industry to exchange ideas around data and data science. As part of this annual event, we invite you to join us at the Johnson Center for four presentations from experts who will share…

Developing a Community with Inclusive Growth

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

This event is part of the Johnson Center's FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series In its 15th annual ranking, Business Facilities' 2019 Metro Rankings Report named Grand Rapids, Mich. as the No.1 mid-sized metro in the country for economic growth potential. But "growth" does not always translate into shared prosperity. Many of our neighbors still struggle to…

The VoiceKent Community Survey: Insights & Tools for Your Mission

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

Learn about the VoiceKent community survey, its methodology, and results, as well as how to use our online tools to find data that meets your needs.

Research Meets Practice

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

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…

Building Resilience at Work: Skills & Practices for a Mindful Career

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

*** SOLD OUT *** This event is part of the Johnson Center's FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series. Join our guest presenters as we explore mindfulness as it applies…

Corporate Social Responsibility in Our Community

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids

Join us to learn about the evolving role of business in our community and how nonprofits can help companies achieve their corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals.