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October 2019

Using Evaluation to Improve Social Impacts of Current and Future Impact Investments (webinar)

October 30 @ 11:00 AM12:15 PM
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Evaluation & Impact Investing Webinar Series

This is the third in a three-part webinar series on Evaluation and Impact Investing, presented in partnership with the American Evaluation Association’s Social Impact Measurement working group, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and the Mission Investors Exchange. This final webinar of the series highlights the ways in which evaluators can use their skills to help investors at the end of an investment, including how to recalibrate their investments and identifying the social impacts to be measured in…

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

October 30 @ 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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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…

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Big Data Mini-Symposium

October 31 @ 10:30 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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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…

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November 2019

Developing a Community with Inclusive Growth

November 4 @ 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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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…

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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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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

Managing Your Annual Fund

January 14, 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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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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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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June 2020

Nonprofit Board Certification

June 2, 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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