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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

Please note: Events in April are being postponed or turned into a virtual 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 2020

Role of the Board – Webinar

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Zoom Webinar OH United States

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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Linking New Leaders – Webinars

May 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
OH United States

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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WEBINAR: Returning to Work: What All Leaders Need to Consider

May 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

As Ohio’s economy begins the gradual and careful process of restarting, returning to a physical workplace will be anything but business as usual. As eager as organizations are to reopen, working in person again will bring even greater challenges than working remotely. Join ERC President Kelly Keefe as she discusses the critical conversations leaders and management teams must have before going back to work in a post-quarantine era. How will your organization: Provide a safe workplace? Manage employee fear and…

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Ask the Expert

May 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual OH United States
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 Ask the Expert 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…

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POSTPONED – Technology for Today’s Nonprofit Leaders

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Akron Library, 60 S High St
Akron, OH 44326 United States
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BVU and the Akron Community Foundation partner to bring two nationally-recognized nonprofit thought leaders to share how your organization can embrace technology and equip yourself with the knowledge and resources you need to continue to grow and thrive.   Presentations include: The Technology Leadership Imperative: Digital skillsets are essential to the success of nonprofits and the people who lead them. Drawing on Idealware’s research, we will explore why technology leadership—and its companions, digital readiness, and technical literacy—are critical for your…

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Understanding the latest PPP loan forgiveness guidance – Webinar

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

We are pleased to present a webinar on Wednesday, May 27, with Justin Stallard and Becky Eley of RSM.  They will walk us through the loan forgiveness calculation, recent guidance, and additional considerations for PPP borrowers.  We’re sure this will be valuable and hope you are able to join us! RSM will discuss: An overview of the loan forgiveness calculation under the PPP How recent guidance impacts forgiveness calculations Revised application of loan forgiveness “haircuts” Accrual versus cash method for…

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June 2020

Business Partner Breakfast

June 12 @ 8:30 am - 9:45 am

Unexpected Discoveries Through BVU’s Board Matching Program | Candid Insights from the Employer, Participant and Nonprofit Perspectives A virtual panel discussion with question and answer session. Are you a BVU partner charged with selecting colleagues to participate in BVU’s Board Matching Program? Are you a professional interested in learning about BVU’s Board Matching Program and how to align your interests and expertise with a nonprofit in our community? Are you seeking a virtual opportunity to hear insights and ask questions…

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Cocktails with Champions

June 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This Thursday afternoon event features Bernie Moreno. Come hear from business and civic leaders shaping the future of NEO over this virtual happy hour event. Conversation moderated by BVU’s YP Ambassador Chair Michelle Sustar of Crain’s. Bernie will share highlights from his career journey and how nonprofit board service has impacted his work. sponsored by:    The views and opinions expressed during our events are those of our panelists and speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or…

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2020 Summer of Service: Volunteering Together… Apart!

June 26

Sponsored by MIM Software, BVU's annual Summer of Service is a series of collaborative service days for BVU Business Partners. Summer of Service promotes engagement and commitment to our cities while learning about community needs and networking. We will be offering 3 dates this year: June 26, July 24, and August 7. Volunteers can sign up for a project of their choice from either 9 am-12 pm or 1-4 pm.  Each service day will offer a variety of small, 10 person…

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July 2020

Nonprofit Leader’s Breakfast – Webinar

July 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Adaptive Leadership:  Resilient Leaders Make For Resilient Organizations   “The only thing that is constant is change” is a famous quote by the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Indeed, life is constantly changing and evolving - - and always has.  However, we find ourselves living at a moment in time where colossal change, seemingly minute by minute, is upending every normative element of our work and professional lives.   Focusing primarily, but not solely on resilience, we will explore a number of…

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