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August 2019

Grantwriting for Success

August 6, 2019 @ 9:00 AM3:30 PM EDT
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, 2019 @ 4:30 PM8:30 PM EDT
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, 2019 @ 3:00 PM6:00 PM EDT
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, 2019 @ 1:30 PM4:30 PM EDT
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, 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
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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, 2019 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM EDT
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, 2019 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM EDT
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, 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
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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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Using Evaluative Thinking at the Social Impact Investment Planning Stage (webinar)

September 26, 2019 @ 11:00 AM12:15 PM EDT
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Evaluation & Impact Investing Webinar Series

This is the first 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. Both the Rockefeller Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation have evaluation and impact investing teams that enjoy close working relationships. In this first of three webinars on evaluation and impact investing, team members from both organizations will share their serious commitment to…

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October 2019

How to Tell Your Story to Maximize Impact

October 1, 2019 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM EDT
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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Applying Evaluative Thinking to Active Impact Investments (webinar)

October 10, 2019 @ 11:00 AM12:15 PM EDT
Webinar
Evaluation & Impact Investing Webinar Series

This is the second 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 installment of the "Evaluation and Impact Investing" webinar series focuses on the role evaluators can play in monitoring and evaluating active investments, particularly from a gender lens. Using its active gender-lens investments as examples, including an ongoing collaboration with…

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

October 30, 2019 @ 11:00 AM12:15 PM EDT
Webinar
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, 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
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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, 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
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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, 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
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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, 2019 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM EST
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, 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
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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, 2019 @ 4:30 PM8:30 PM EST
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, 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
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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 are published in the SPNHA Review, and free copies will be distributed to all event attendees. Each speaker will…

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January 2020

Managing Your Annual Fund

January 14 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM EST
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 support, involve your board, and increase gifts from year to year? In this workshop led by Tamela Spicer, we'll will walk through the step-by-step process of developing and 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 GVSU…

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