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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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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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
Join us to learn how the Greater Cleveland Food Bank has delved deeper in their data to support their work in the community. We will discuss the importance of data driven decisions to evaluate your programs, report outcomes and strengthen your marketing efforts. Tech4Good Cleveland is an informal local group to network with colleagues and collaborate, educate, brainstorm and share best practices regarding technology in the nonprofit world. Participation in Tech4Good Cleveland events and access to its resources is entirely…Find out more »
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information to reserve your spot:…Find out more »
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, accomplished participants in identifying, cultivating, securing,…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
How to leverage your employees' voice in planning corporate volunteer projects. Looking for a way to engage your employees? Do you want to increase participation at your company's volunteer events? Employee-led volunteering uplifts the interests of your employees and increases community engagement. A panel of BVU Business Partners will share their experiences in empowering their employees to lead their volunteer efforts. The Panel will include: Katharine Tonti, Manager, Internal Communications, Vitamix Karri Hwang, Senior Dealer Account Representative, Vitamix Tracey Petrakis, Community Engagement Manager, Hyland…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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