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GiveCamp 2012 Currently Taking Applications

GiveCamp Grand Rapids has been scheduled for October 26-28, 2012!   They are currently accepting applications for nonprofits interested in participating. 

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals donate their time to provide solutions for nonprofit organizations.  Project examples include new or revised websites, databases, social media strategy or email marketing.

Any 501(3) can apply to participate in GiveCamp. Accepted non-profits will be matched with a project liaison prior to GiveCamp who will help them shape their project and answer any critical questions to ensure the weekend is a success.

Visit the Grand Rapids GiveCamp website for complete details on how to participate in this valuable capacity building opportunity.

Erhardt Construction hosting contest to award $50,000 to area nonprofits

Erhardt Construction is celebrating its 50th Anniversary by recognizing and supporting the work of people and organizations that are serving others in the community. They are giving away a construction project and prizes totaling $50,000 to area non-profit organizations through our Building Our Community contest.

Erehardt hopes to reach nonprofit organizations that have a vision for a project or facility improvement that will help them accomplish their mission, but they may not have access to funding. Nonprofit organizations can register to be eligible to win a donated construction or renovation project worth up to $45,000.

Winning non-profit organizations of the Building Our Community contest will receive:

– Grand Prize: $45,000 toward a construction or renovation project
– First Runner Up: $2,000 cash donation
– Second Runner Up: $1,500 cash donation
– Third Runner Up: $1,000 cash donation
– Fourth Runner Up: $1,000 cash donation

Key Dates Highlighted
May 16: Contest Registration Opens
The contest opens for non-profit organizations to submit their construction project through the registration page of the website. The public may also register to vote at this time.

June 11: Non-profit Registration Closes
Non-profit organizations have until 11:59 p.m. EST to submit their registration form through the contest website. The public may continue to register to vote in the contest until the contest ends.

August 23: Contest Winners Announced
The grand prize winner and the four runners up will be announced to the public.

Please visit the Building Our Community website for full contest details.

Michigan Nonprofit Compensation & Benefit Survey Now Open

From the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy:

The 2012 Compensation and Benefit Survey is now open! This survey is an invaluable tool that helps nonprofits gauge fair and competitive wages and benefits for their employees. If you are part of a registered 501(c)(3) in Michigan with at least one staff person, we urge you to participate.

Participating nonprofits will receive a free copy of the final report.

Click here to take the survey. The deadline is March 15!

GVSU Seeks Organizations to Host Volunteers in March

GVSU is looking for nonprofit organizations to host volunteer opportunities for students during its annual Community Outreach Week (COW) March 26-31. For more info on how to become a host agency, contact the COW team at

Johnson Center Training Calendar

If your organization is seeking local opportunities for professional development, check out the current offerings at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.

September Offerings for Nonprofits:

Recover Michigan Orientation
September 14, 2010
Grand Rapids

Managing Your Annual Fund: Letters, Relationships & Board Involvement
September 16, 2010
Grand Rapids

The American Presidency and Philanthropy
September 16-17, 2010
Grand Rapids

Grant Writing: Using the Logic Model to Define Your Programs
September 22, 2010
Grand Rapids

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series: Contracting Out
September 29, 2010
Grand Rapids

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