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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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August 2019

Manufacturing Our Future: The Past, Present, and Future of Northeast Ohio’s Economy

August 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
MAGNET, 1768 East 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114 United States
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BVU’s Cocktails with Champions is an opportunity for individuals to meet business and civic leaders shaping the future of Northeast Ohio. What does the future of Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing industry look like? How will we fill the 2,000+ openings in advanced manufacturing in our county? How is technology revolutionizing companies large and small? Come tour MAGNET’s Manufacturing Innovation Center firsthand, where you can interact with a robot, weld metal together in virtual reality, work in a mixed-reality simulation, and experience…

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Nonprofit Leaders Breakfast – Succession Planning

August 22 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Greater Akron Chamber, 388 S. Main Street. Suite 205
Akron, OH 44311 United States
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Free – $15

Succession Planning: Is your nonprofit prepared for leadership transitions?  Nonprofit Leaders Breakfasts convenes chief executives and board presidents to share and discuss perspectives with peers from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations. This session will explore how effective succession planning for your key staff leadership roles can help ensure the focus remains on your mission, while you pivot internally to respond to planned and unplanned changes in your team. Participants will learn about fundamental components of succession planning, including assessing…

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September 2019

Choosing a Donor Management System

September 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
JumpStart, 6701 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103 United States
$25 – $50

Are you in the process of selecting or re-evaluating your donor management system? Learn about three of the most popular donor databases being used in our region. Raiser's Edge, DonorPerfect, and Little Green Light will be demonstrated and reviewed by an expert panel of users along with database consultant Staci Lowell of Giving Insight. Learn about system features, reporting, data integrations among other topics. You will gain an understanding of the pros and cons of each system and pricing, and…

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October 2019

Business Partner Breakfast: The Business Case for Skills-Based Volunteering

October 3 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Discovery Center at Progressive, 6671 Beta Drive
Mayfield, Ohio 44143
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Free – $65

Doing good benefits our communities, but what happens when your employees lend their skills for a good cause? Join us as we take a look at the importance and benefits of skills-based volunteerism and the impact it has on your employees, the community, and your business. Progressive Insurance will share their experience from a recent skills-based volunteer project and the impact it made on the volunteers and the nonprofit. Moderated by BVU, we will discuss the benefits and challenges of…

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Linking New Leaders

October 8 @ 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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Role of the Board

October 18 @ 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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Nonprofit Leadership Summit

October 29 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Huntington Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Ave E
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
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Elevating Nonprofit Technology, Human Resource, Governance, Finance and Communications BVU’s first full day Nonprofit Leadership Summit will be packed with useful and practical knowledge focused on nonprofit management and governance topics led by seasoned experts in their field.  The Summit will provide nonprofit professionals, like yourself, with the opportunity to network and learn from leaders in the technology, human resource, governance, finance, and communications fields. This Summit is designed for board members, nonprofit chief executives and management staff. The day…

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November 2019

Cocktails with Champions

November 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Limelight Cleveland, 2515 Jay Ave #101
Cleveland, OH 44113 United States
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Connect with other professionals over drinks and appetizers at this casual happy hour event. Hear from business and civic leaders shaping the future of NEO. Featuring Bill Canady, CEO , Swagelok Bill Canady is President and Chief Operating Officer at Swagelok. He currently serves on the boards of the Great Lakes Science Center and Playhouse Square Foundation. Come hear from Bill about his career path and how community involvement and board service have helped him along the way. A note…

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December 2019

Doctor’s In

December 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
National Interstate, 3250 Interstate Dr,
Richfield, Ohio 44286
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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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Nonprofit Leaders Breakfast – 18 Years, 18 Lessons Learned

December 12 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Cornerstone of Hope, 5905 Brecksville Road
Independence, OH 44131 United States
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Free – $15

Leading a nonprofit is a labor of love with many lessons to be learned. Hear the top 18 lessons learned about operating and growing a successful mission-driven business from an 18-year veteran nonprofit executive who has transformed her organization from a grassroots local service to a nationally award-winning model. This fast-paced count down will cover topics ranging from collaboration, culture, and compliance to budget, board, and brand. And of course, fundraising and friend-raising! Natalie A. Leek, CEO and President, Providence…

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