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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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April 2019

Cocktails with Champions: Big & Small Sustainability

April 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
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  Title Sponsor: Sherwin-Williams Sustainability is a topic that impacts both large and small corporations, and as Forbes has been asking for the past decade: “Can Corporations Save the World?” This is an opportunity for young professionals who care about corporate social responsibility and sustainability to come together for an evening of networking and panel discussions that will shed light on the meaning of sustainability, and the role of the corporation: the large, established perspective of Covia, and the small,…

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Business Summit: Using the United Nations SDGs as a Framework for Corporate Community Engagement

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Tinkham Veale Center, CWRU, 11038 Bellflower Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106 United States
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Title Sponsor: Hyland Businesses Doing Good: Doing it Better, Doing it Together The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have an impact on businesses large and small. Join Northeast Ohio businesses to learn how to leverage the SDGs for operational efficiency, profit and communications for stronger investor relations, employee engagement and our community. The Summit will include: Introduction of the SDGs to the NEO business community as a framework for collaboration. Executive speakers about the impact of the SDGs on business. Real-world exercises…

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Introduction to Fundraising Planning

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S High Street
Akron, OH 44326 United States
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Learn a basic planning process for diversifying your organization's support. A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams. If your organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You'll learn how to: Take stock of your organization's strengths and assets Develop a case statement Set fundraising goals Identify funding partners Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar Presented…

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Protected: Role of the Board for Professionals of Color

950 Main Ave., Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113 United States
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Over 5,000 nonprofit board members trained   Join the Urban Action Collaborative (CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs; PolicyBridge and the Urban League of Cleveland) and BVU for a board training session designed to recruit, and inspire professionals of color to serve on nonprofit boards. According to national research, the levels of board diversity have largely remained unchanged, with people of color and ethnic minorities never representing more than 18 percent of board membership.* Numerous studies have shown that having diverse…

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Effective Leadership of Nonprofit Boards

April 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
JumpStart, 6701 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103 United States
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$65 – $95

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…

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Nonprofit Executive Leadership Series

April 26 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Ratliff & Taylor, 6450 Rockside Woods Blvd S
Independence, Ohio 44131
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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…

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May 2019

Linking New Leaders

May 7 @ 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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Introduction to Finding Grants

May 9 @ 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 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…

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Enhance the Work of Your Nonprofit with Data Driven Decisions

May 16 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

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…

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Doctor’s In

May 22 @ 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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