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August 2019

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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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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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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The VoiceKent Community Survey: Insights & Tools for Your Mission

November 20 @ 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 - 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.

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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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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. Research topics will…

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January 2020

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

January 29, 2020 @ 11:30 AM1:30 PM
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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Building Resilience at Work: Professional Skills & Practices for a Mindful Career

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 to professional growth and career development. In this 90-minute lunch and learn session, participants will be introduced to and explore how mindfulness and contemplative practices can help alleviate work related burn-out, distraction, and loss of productivity. In this session, participants will: Learn how mindfulness practices such as self-compassion, mindfulness meditation, and empathic listening can…

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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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Designing Metrics for Program Evaluation

February 6, 2020 @ 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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Designing Metrics for Program Evaluation

Evaluation doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In this session, we'll share practical tools and strategies that can help you integrate effective evaluation into your programs.

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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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March 2020

Nonprofit Board Certification

March 3, 2020 @ 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 Johnson Center's Nonprofit Board Certification program offers guidance for those serving or planning to serve on nonprofit boards.

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April 2020

What It Really Means to Be an Executive Director

April 7, 2020 @ 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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Your Personal Wellness Revolution

April 29, 2020 @ 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 - Your Personal Wellness Revolution

In this workshop, participants will dive into what it takes to lead a personal wellness revolution. Whether you're well practiced in self-care or struggling to stay afloat, you'll benefit from engaging in this interactive learning experience and will walk away with helpful strategies to be your best self.

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May 2020

How to Tell Your Story to Maximize Impact

May 5, 2020 @ 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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