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

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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February 2018

Introduction to Finding Grants

February 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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 grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders using a variety of freely-accessible databases. 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 do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding. How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.…

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BVU Business Partner Breakfast

February 15 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Children’s Museum of Cleveland, 3813 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Free - $65

BVU Business Partner Breakfasts are a great way to network with other community engagement and HR professionals and discuss best practices with peers from a diverse group of businesses. Leverage the BVU Business Community's Expertise and Experience At this breakfast, we will introduce a NEW format: peer-directed dialogue. You will: Determine onsite the hot topics most pressing to discuss Engage in one of three facilitated "sessions" with peers Participate in peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity while leveraging the intellectual capital…

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Pro Bono Assistance – Doctor’s In Event

February 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Fathom digital, 8200 Sweet Valley Dr., Suite 100
Valley View, OH 44125 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 60 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. Marketing:  - Brand development - How to tell your story to increase…

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March 2018

The Role of the Board – Cleveland

March 2 @ 8:00 am - 11:15 am
Tucker Ellis LLP, 950 Main Ave., Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113 United States
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$65 - $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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Introduction to Proposal Writing and Budgeting Basics

March 20 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S High Street
Akron, OH 44326 United States
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Free

This course offers tips and techniques in successful grant proposal writing for nonprofit organizations, including what goes into a successful proposal, how the material is organized, how proposal budgets are prepared, and how to present proposals to grant makers in ways designed to promote a positive response. Presented by Foundation Center in collaboration with the Akron-Summit County Public Library and Business Volunteers Unlimited.      This event is Free Register Now

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Unleashing the Power of Your Brand

March 30 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
JumpStart, 6701 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103 United States
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$55 - $75

Learn how a well-defined brand strategy that translates into compelling messaging and design standards will help ensure that when people focus their attention on your organization, they understand your cause and that the work you do matters. More importantly, they are enticed to listen, care and act. This event is $55.00 for members and $75 for nonmembers  Sponsored by: Presented by: Susan Puflea, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Brand Strategy, Falls Communication. Register Now

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April 2018

CEO Eric Gordon invites you to a celebration of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Advisory Board members and ‘Friends’

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Windows, 2000 Sycamore St
Cleveland, OH 44113 United States
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Free

As a member of a CMSD Advisory Board or Friends group of one of the schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, you serve a vital role as an ambassador, community liaison and partner, and strategic leader for the school. This is a unique opportunity to hear from experienced advisory board members about trends and opportunities in Cleveland’s schools and the critical role that your groups play in schools’ success. Hear from an expert panel moderated by Randy McShepard, Vice President, Public…

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Introduction to Fundraising Planning

April 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S High Street
Akron, OH 44326 United States
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Free

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. Presented by Foundation Center in collaboration with the Akron-Summit County Public Library and Business Volunteers Unlimited.      This event is Free Register Now

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Nonprofit Leaders Breakfast – Benchmark Your Board Nationally and Regionally

April 26 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Cornerstone of Hope, 5905 Brecksville Road
Independence, OH 44131 United States
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Free - $15

Nonprofit Leaders Breakfasts convenes chief executives and board presidents to share and discuss perspectives with peers from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations. Benchmark your board of director's practices and performance against national norms that were just released, as well as within the 'room'. Learn and share your perspectives and tools. This event is free to BVU Members and $15.00 for nonmembers. Register Now

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May 2018

Master Nonprofit Social Media

May 11 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Cleveland Food Bank, 15500 S Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH 44110 United States
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Free

In this session, we will delve into the important tips and tricks to help your nonprofit master social media. You’ll hear about the important basics and nuances of the different social platforms, discover fun ways to keep your followers engaged and learn about the nut and bolts behind the scenes. Best part, we will learn from peers, what is and what is not working for them. Tech4Good Cleveland is an informal local group to network with colleagues and collaborate, educate, brainstorm…

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