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Every year we present over 40 events and seminars full of useful and actionable knowledge.

Every year we present over 40 events and seminars full of useful and actionable knowledge, focusing on nonprofit governance and management.

Upcoming Seminars & Events

Every year BVU presents over 40 seminars packed with useful and practical knowledge. Our seminars focus on nonprofit governance and management topics, including board roles, board leadership, public policy, HR, finance, and marketing. Additionally, BVU offers several events celebrating and promoting volunteerism

Check back often as we continually update our calendar of seminars.

 

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April 2019

Effective Leadership of Nonprofit Boards

April 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
JumpStart, 6701 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103 United States
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$65 – $95

In today’s economic and social environment, nonprofits are facing daunting challenges, as well as unprecedented opportunities, to innovate and serve.  The key to the board’s success in leading, shaping and supporting the organization is effective board leadership. An effective working relationship between the board and staff is absolutely essential. Join BVU for a small, hands-on workshop that will address the role of board leaders in guiding and shaping a board to advance the organization to achieve its full potential.  This…

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Nonprofit Executive Leadership Series

April 26 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Ratliff & Taylor, 6450 Rockside Woods Blvd S
Independence, Ohio 44131
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$1,550

To become an empowered and effective leader it is essential to understand your own leadership tendencies and opportunities to grow. Learn how to strengthen your team, effect change and use your words and actions to inspire others. Whether you are a current executive director or have plans to move into a more significant role, you will find this powerful series valuable to become a more effective leader in the nonprofit sector. Participants will be part of a cohort of other…

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May 2019

Linking New Leaders

May 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Market Cafe and Wine Bar, 3103 East 9th Street
Cleveland, 44114 United States
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Linking New Leaders is a fun, fast paced "speed dating" style event that brings together community-minded young professionals with local nonprofit organizations. The goal is to connect up-and-coming professionals who want to contribute their time and expertise to a variety of engagement opportunities including positions on boards, committees, and “friends” groups. How it works: BVU Business Members nominate candidates to participate. BVU works with our nonprofit partners to identify the right engagement opportunities. BVU brings together the candidates and the…

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Introduction to Finding Grants

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S High Street
Akron, OH 44326 United States
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Free

Are you new to the field of grant seeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations What funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding How to identify potential funders and make the first approach In-person classes will…

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Doctor’s In

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cornerstone of Hope, 5905 Brecksville Road
Independence, OH 44131 United States
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Free – $75

Is your nonprofit looking for assistance with a project related to Marketing, Human Resources, Finance or Employment law?  If so, sign up for the next Doctor's In event where BVU will have subject matter experts on hand to meet with you for 90 minutes to help get you started on your project or answer questions related to the project. Projects must fall into one of the categories below:   Please email  Kimberly Simpson-Kee (ksimpson-kee@bvuvolunteers.org) with the following information to reserve your spot:…

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The Art and Science of Fundraising

May 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
JumpStart, 6701 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103 United States
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$55 – $95

The Master Class for Nonprofit Leaders Success in today’s philanthropic landscape demands nonprofit chief executives to perform all fund development functions at the highest level. This half-day interactive seminar provides leaders the skills, knowledge, and confidence to be not only effective solicitors, but thoughtful and strategic development professionals. This intensive session showcases usable strategies and tactics to dramatically improve fundraising and development success with nonprofits. It provides the tools for you to inspire staff, volunteers, and boards to become active,…

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June 2019

Introduction to Proposal Writing and Budgeting

June 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S High Street
Akron, OH 44326 United States
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Free

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes! This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include: The basic elements of a proposal The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses How to estimate the realistic cost of…

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Business Partner Breakfast

June 13 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Oswald Companies, 1100 Superior Ave #1500
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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Free – $65

Leveraging community engagement to attract and retain talent. BVU’s Business Partner Breakfast brings together business professionals charged with community engagement at their companies to share best practices and network with peers. BVU will bring a panel of business leaders together to discuss how they leverage employee volunteer programs such as Board Service, Pro Bono consulting and Team Volunteer Projects to attract and retain talent. Sponsored by:   Register Now Member Rate: Free Nonmember Rate: $65

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Role of the Board

June 14 @ 8:00 am - 11:15 am
Tucker Ellis LLP, 950 Main Ave., Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113 United States
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$55 – $95

Over 5,000 nonprofit board members trained As nonprofits face growing complexities and challenges, getting the governance right has never been more important.  As a board member, you bring relevant skills, expertise and networks to the organization.  It is important to have a clear understanding of what your job is as a board member, and what it’s not. The key to your organization’s success depends on the board and the chief executive developing a competitive and forward vision, leading the organization…

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July 2019

Doctor’s In

July 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cornerstone of Hope, 5905 Brecksville Road
Independence, OH 44131 United States
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Free – $75

Is your nonprofit looking for assistance with a project related to Marketing, Human Resources, Finance or Employment law?  If so, sign up for the next Doctor's In event where BVU will have subject matter experts on hand to meet with you for 90 minutes to help get you started on your project or answer questions related to the project. Projects must fall into one of the categories below:   Please email  Kimberly Simpson-Kee (ksimpson-kee@bvuvolunteers.org) with the following information to reserve your spot:…

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