Harnessing the Power of Giving Tuesday

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

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…

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…

Leadership Lab Series: Building a Culture of Inclusive Leadership

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

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.

How to Use Data Tools to Advance Your Mission

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

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.

Build and Maintain Grantee Relationships (webinar)

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As the issues that foundations address become more complex, so too become the relationships that grantmakers must build and maintain with grantees. When nonprofits begin to collaborate, partner and scale, grantmakers must adapt to become connectors and conveners while still managing the power dynamics of being the one with the checkbook. If this is one…

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…

Using Evaluative Thinking at the Social Impact Investment Planning Stage (webinar)

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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…

How to Tell Your Story to Maximize Impact

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

Help you identify your organization's best story and explore ways to share it with your donors and stakeholders to drive your mission forward.

Applying Evaluative Thinking to Active Impact Investments (webinar)

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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…

Philanthropy 101

Grand Valley State University's Detroit Center 163 Madison Street, Detroit

Philanthropy 101 is a two-day learning experience that helps ground new professionals in the basics of foundations, nonprofits, and grantmaking and the field of philanthropy. As a participant in this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of what philanthropy is, what makes it distinct, and why it’s important. You will also examine how your…

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

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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…

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…

What It Really Means to Be an Executive Director

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

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.

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.

Nonprofit Board Certification

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

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…

Activating Philanthropy’s Power for Change: Tools to Advance Equity in Foundations and Communities (webinar)

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What does power have to do with equity? How can grantmakers better leverage power to help drive lasting, positive change? Learn about the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s innovative toolkit, Power Moves: Your essential philanthropy assessment guide for equity and justice. Join us for an interactive session to discover how Power Moves can help you…

Financial Analysis in Grantmaking

Grand Valley State University's Detroit Center 163 Madison Street, Detroit

Learn how to conduct a thorough, effective analysis of your organizational and programmatic financial information to improve funding decisions.

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…