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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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May 2019

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

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,…

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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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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: Employee-led Volunteering

June 13 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Oswald Compnaies, 1100 Superior Ave East, First Floor
Cleveland, OH 441114
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Free – $65

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…

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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

Future Nonprofit Technology is Already Here: How Blockchain and AI Are Creating Impact Right Now

July 17 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
CBIZ, 6050 Oak Tree Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44131 United States
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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…

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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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August 2019

Forum with Senator Sherrod Brown, United States Senate

August 2 @ 8:45 am - 10:30 am
Thompson Hine, 127 Public Square #3900
Cleveland, OH 44114
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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…

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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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