Loading Events

Past Events › Brown Bag Lunch & Learns

Events Search and Views Navigation

Event Views Navigation

February 2018

Strategic Sponsorships (SOLD OUT)

February 28, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EST
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series

Do you dread finding sponsors for your next event? Are you tired of offering the same levels and benefits year after year? There’s a better way, and you can learn it during this workshop! Find out how to target, cultivate, and wow sponsors in a way that brings value to your organization and theirs.

Find out more »

March 2018

Strategic Sponsorships (Encore Presentation – SOLD OUT)

March 1, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EST
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map

Do you dread finding sponsors for your next event? Are you tired of offering the same levels and benefits year after year? There’s a better way, and you can learn it during this workshop! Find out how to target, cultivate, and wow sponsors in a way that brings value to your organization and theirs.

Find out more »

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Philanthropy’s Big Questions

March 26, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
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.

Find out more »

April 2018

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Global Perspectives

April 25, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series

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.

Find out more »

August 2018

Polarization to Optimization: Mission and Margin (Revenue)

August 29, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series

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.

Find out more »

September 2018

Community Activation: Tools to Inform and Engage

September 26, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series

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.

Find out more »

October 2018

Partnering with Business: Trick or Treat

October 31, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series

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.

Find out more »

November 2018

Building Inclusive Cultures through Talent Acquisition

November 28, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EST
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series

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 2025, Millennials and Generation X will comprise approximately 64% of the U.S. workforce By 2025, it is projected that less than 60% is likely to…

Find out more »

December 2018

Research Meets Practice

December 12, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EST
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
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 were published in the SPNHA Review, and free copies will be distributed to all event attendees. Presenters and their research topics will include: Debra Barnum  //  Michigan Juvenile Waiver Law: Time for Repeal Tammy…

Find out more »

February 2019

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Invest in Your Brand

February 27, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EST
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn - Invest in Your Brand

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 help How to inspire others with your cause How to discover your hero’s journey How to make a heart connection with donors and volunteers The positive impacts of investing…

Find out more »

March 2019

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

March 27, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn - Equitable Evaluation

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 about: The commonly held beliefs that underlie most approaches to evaluation and how they can undermine equity Core principles of equitable evaluation Resources available to…

Find out more »

April 2019

Design Thinking: A Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

April 15, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map

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.

Find out more »

The Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards of Charity Accountability

April 24, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map

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 best practices for doing this? The Wise Giving Alliance, in partnership with nonprofit leaders and accountants, developed the 20 Standards of Charity Accountability to help answer…

Find out more »

August 2019

Getting the Word Out: Media Services for Nonprofit Organizations

August 28, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
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…

Find out more »

September 2019

The “You” Portfolio: How to Invest in Yourself

September 25, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
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…

Find out more »

October 2019

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

October 30, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Let's Get Cooking: Your Recipe for Quality Nonprofit Project Management. Part of the Johnson Center's FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series.

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 helpful for others? In this interactive session, we'll explore some key ingredients (structured processes and strategies) that you can adapt and use in your own…

Find out more »

Big Data Mini-Symposium

October 31, 2019 @ 10:30 AM12:00 PM EDT
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Big Data Mini Symposium

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 their insights in academic research, digital humanities, and industry open-source trends. See topics below. Presenters: Dr. Imran Mazid, Grand Valley State University Adriana Paz, Johnson…

Find out more »

November 2019

Developing a Community with Inclusive Growth

November 4, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EST
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Developing a Community with Inclusive Growth // Part of our FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series

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 find opportunities, stability, and security for themselves and their families. The Right Place, in partnership with the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program's Inclusive Learning Lab, is…

Find out more »

The VoiceKent Community Survey: Insights & Tools for Your Mission

November 20, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EST
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn - VoiceKent Community Survey

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.

Find out more »

December 2019

Research Meets Practice

December 11, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EST
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
+ Google Map
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 are published in the SPNHA Review, and free copies will be distributed to all event attendees. Each speaker will…

Find out more »
+ Export Events