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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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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 »
You’ve heard all the buzz about blockchain technology and artificial intelligence recently. But do they apply to the nonprofit sector? Do you need to pay attention? Yes! Both of these technologies are shifting the way impact is created, tracked, and measured for nonprofits and social enterprises alike. Join us for a session on July 17, and learn about how both of these tools are creating new opportunities in the impact space, right now: Creative ways nonprofits and NGOs…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 (email@example.com) with the following information to reserve your spot:…Find out more »
Learn of Senator Brown's current priorities as they relate to the interests of nonprofits; Dialogue; and Network. We are thrilled at the opportunity for Senator Brown to meet our community’s nonprofit board and staff leaders and for us to hear first-hand his current priorities. A few of his priorities that relate specifically to the nonprofit sector include the economy and jobs, education and workforce development, affordable housing, the revitalization of neighborhoods, protection of natural resources, healthcare, and seniors. A question and…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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