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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

A variety of nonprofit professional development opportunities are available this fall at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.  Please visit their calendar of events to view the full schedule and register for trainings.

Managing Your Annual Fund
Tuesday, September 29  /  2–5 p.m.

Advanced Nonprofit Board Certification Workshop
Tuesday, October 6  /  4:30–8 p.m.

Advocacy Training: Michigan Nonprofit Association
Friday, October 16  /  1–3 p.m.

Planning for Successful Fundraising
Tuesday, October 20  /  1–4 p.m.

Strategic Planning for Nonprofits: Managing People & the Process
Thursday, October 22  /  1–4 p.m.

New Consumer Guide to Donor Management Systems

Idealware, in partnership with NTEN and nPower, have published a new Consumer Guide to Donor Management Systems. The guide provides summaries of 36 systems, an overview of what the systems do, recommendations based on particular needs, comparison charts, and detailed reviews of their top 11 choices: CiviCRM, DonorPerfect Online, DonorPro, eTapestry, GiftWorks, Little Green Light, NeonCRM, The Raiser’s Edge(i), Salesforce Nonprofit Starter Pack, SuiteDonor, and Talisma Fundraising.

Download the guide for free now. 

Technology needs? Check out GiveCamp 2013!

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals – from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists – donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations.  This year’s Grand Rapids GiveGamp will be held November 8-10th, 2013.

Why Your Agency Should Apply

  • Connection to local IT and Software companies
  • Get help with long-term planning and development ideas
  • Develop a social media strategies
  • Redesign your website with a new look or more interactivity
  • Learn to use your IT products better
  • Get help building and implementing a database or other system

To assess if this is a good fit for your organization, check out the Grand Rapids GiveCamp’s guide for nonprofits and learn more about how to apply.

Download the new West Michigan Nonprofit Compensation and Benefit Survey

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy recently released the 2012 West Michigan Nonprofit Compensation and Benefit Survey. The information in this 2012 salary survey of 119 West Michigan nonprofits is presented with the hope it will assist directors and board members in developing compensation plans that will result in the successful recruitment and retention of employees. Download the free report from the Community Research Institute website today.

Upcoming Nonprofit Trainings from the Johnson Center at GVSU

A variety of upcoming nonprofit professional development opportunities are available at the GVSU’s Johnson Center for Philanthropy.  A sample of offerings through the end of 2012 are included below. Please visit the Johnson Center’s webpage to view the full schedule and register for trainings.

Oct 18          Strategic Planning: Managing the People and the Process

Oct 23          Basic Grantwriting

Oct 25          Professional Facilitator Training

Nov 6           Growing Exceptional Events

Nov 13         Nonprofit Governance Policies: Why They Are Important & What You Should Do

Nov 15         Succession Planning

Dec 4           Nonprofit Board Certification Program

Dec 6           Managing Your Annual Fund: Letters, Relationships, and Board Involvement

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