Upcoming Webinars & Workshops

We are dedicated to connecting grantees with relevant, affordable, diverse, and influential resources to help their organization's growth and development. Check out the upcoming webinar and workshop opportunities below. This page is updated weekly, so check back regularly for added opportunities. Click the accordion menu to expand additional information for each session.

June 2024

6/11-8/20 | Nonprofit Summer Learning Series

Enhance your capacity to achieve your goals in your nonprofit work by attending a virtual six-session series designed specifically for nonprofit professionals – Philanthropy Ohio’s Nonprofit Summer Learning Series sponsored by Huntington. This exclusive capacity-building series for nonprofit professionals delivers an in-depth look at leadership strategies, resiliency, advocacy, equity and sustainability and provides opportunities to learn from content experts and funders from across Ohio and beyond. At the conclusion of the series, you will be better positioned to lead and support your community.

Host Provider: Philanthropy Ohio
Date: Tuesday, June 11 - Tuesday, August 20, 2024
Time: 10:00-11:00 am 
Location: Virtual
Cost: $175
Who May Attend: Philanthropy Ohio members, eligible non-members and nonprofit professionals

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6/20 | Unlocking Workplace Well-Being

Research from Gallup shows supportive managers as the MOST important predictor of well-being in employees, which leads directly to increased employee engagement, retention, and productivity. Join Heart to Heart Leadership in partnership with the Greater Akron Chamber, for a full-day (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) program, Unlocking Workplace Well-Being: Practical strategies for Managers that Make a Difference designed to provide managers the tools and resources to promote workplace well-being and enhance the productivity and culture of your workplace.

Host Provider: Heart to Heart Leadership
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Greater Akron Chamber (388 S. Main St., Ste 205)
Cost: $399 for GAC members; $599 for non-GAC members

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6/25 | Build a Thriving Nonprofit Culture

Join the Chronicle of Philanthropy for three 75-minute sessions designed for leaders of small nonprofits who want to create a vibrant organizational culture that helps attract and retain top talent from all backgrounds. Our expert guests will offer strategies and tactics to create a positive work environment from the inside out — without breaking the budget. 

Host Provider: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:15 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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6/27 | Boost Your Email Results with Segmentation & Personalization

One of the most effective ways to boost your email marketing results is to segment your list and craft personalized emails, but mastering these strategies can seem daunting. Join our experts in this free, one-hour webinar to discover how to effectively segment your audience and create engaging, relevant content that gets results. Along the way, you’ll gain practical tips and insights to optimize your efforts. You’ll learn:

  • Effective segmentation techniques
  • How to create personalized, impactful emails that drive better engagement
  • How to leverage analytics to experiment and refine your segmentation and personalization tactics

Can’t make it to the live webinar? Register anyway to receive the recording.

Host Provider: Constant Contact
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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July 2024

7/2 | Tips & Tricks to Plan Your Strategic Plan

It’s funny how strategic planning isn’t really part of your team/organization's everyday work. Strategic planning can feel like “just another high-priority task.” It’s crazy to think… strategic planning requires a plan! But who has time to plan?! In this 30-minute webinar, your team will be equipped to pick up where your strategic plan left off or get started on a new planning adventure.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2024
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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7/9 | Build the board you need

Join Candid to learn practical strategies for creating a board that will move your organization forward. In this course, we’ll cover the board’s role, and what your organization needs from its board members. We will explore ways to find the right board members to serve your nonprofit at its current stage. We will also discuss how to create positive relationships with and within the board, and how to navigate the common challenges that arise with boards. Whether you’re an executive director, board member, or development professional, this course will help you plan for a healthy sustainable organization.

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Recruit and engage diverse board members
  • Use a Board Agreement as an integral tool for board establishment and management
  • Identify strategies to establish positive relationship dynamics among board members, the Executive Director, and other key staff
  • Strengthen your current board

Host Provider: Candid
Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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7/10 | Nonprofit Budget Management

Review the 5 steps for effective budget management including: connection to the strategic plan, assigning roles & responsibilities, preparation, the budget timeline, and budget implementation. Effective and efficient planning for the annual budget contributes to strong financial management foundation as well as long term financial sustainability.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: Monday, July 10, 2024
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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7/11 | Building Your Funding Playbook

Join us on July 11th for an in-person seminar on the playbook for nonprofit funding, including how to leverage three key funding strategies for mission success:

  • Philanthropy through foundations, corporations, and individuals
  • Federal and state appropriations
  • Tax credit equity

Host Provider: BVU
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024
Time: 9:00-10:30 am
Location: CanalWay Center (4524 E 49th St, Cuyahoga Heights, OH 44125)
Cost: Members $25; Nonmembers $50 

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7/18 | Planning a Year-End Fundraising Strategy in the Current Giving Climate

It isn’t easy to create a campaign that captures donors’ attention — and gets them to give — during the most competitive fundraising time of the year. And 2024’s giving season is likely to present even more challenges, including wars, economic worries, and a politically charged presidential election. To learn how to build a smart strategy despite the tricky climate, join the Chronicle for a 75-minute webinar. Our expert guests will share real-world examples of appeals and approaches that work, offer tips for planning a well-executed campaign, and share smart ways to engage others at your organization in fundraising to boost results. Don’t miss this chance to be inspired and get a jump on your year-end campaign.

What will you learn?

  • Creative marketing messages and tactics that resonate
  • How to map out year-end communications — and meet your budget goals — amid uncertainty
  • Ways to build strong ties with donors and share the impact of their gifts 

Host Provider: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:15 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: $69 early bird rate; $89 regular price

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7/23 | Introduction to finding grants

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? 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 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.

Host Provider: Candid
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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7/24 | Intro to Nonprofit Board Service for Black & African American Professionals

Are you ready to make a difference at the nonprofit board room table? BVU believes that community leaders should represent diverse voices and experiences. As part of our Minority Pipeline Initiative, we are pleased to host this roundtable in partnership with The Presidents’ Council and Cleveland NAACP to discuss how nonprofit board service can provide valuable development and networking opportunities for Black & African American professionals. 

Host Provider: BVU
Date: Monday, July 24, 2024
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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7/24 | AI Essentials for Nonprofits: Understanding Bias

In the rapidly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), it's crucial for nonprofit organizations to stay informed and prepared. This foundational session is designed for nonprofit professionals to demystify AI, with a particular focus on understanding biases in AI and a framework for assessing your organization's readiness to embrace AI technologies. Learning outcomes include understanding what the collective challenge with AI is and understanding what can be done when we intend to center the community at the core of the design. Promise of the session: You will work through an exercise to explore how you can design your AI values.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: Monday, July 24, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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7/25 | Bridges Workshop

Through this workshop, learn how economic realities of poverty, middle class, and wealth impact individuals, communities, systems, and structures. In order to positively impact the education and lives of individuals in poverty, we must explore the way we think and behave. Bridges Summit County Workshops offers a structure to help us assess the mindsets and world views we hold as individuals, institutions, and communities. It helps us define and visualize the experiences in economic class environments in order to increase our understanding.

Host Provider: United Way of Summit & Medina
Date: Thursday, July 25, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: United Way of Summit & Medina (37 N. High St.)
Cost: Non-continuing education cost is $25.00 (includes workshop, lunch, and materials); Continuing education cost is $40.00 (includes workshop, lunch, materials and credits)

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7/30 | Introduction to proposal writing

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
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no
  • 30-minute hands-on exercise to develop a proposal outline (in-person classes only)

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Understand how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.
  • Know how and when to follow up with funders after submitting a proposal.

Host Provider: Candid
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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August 2024

8/1 | Role of the Board

As nonprofits face growing complexities and challenges, getting the governance right has never been more important. This highly acclaimed seminar features an expert panel that will share their experience, discuss the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members, and consider challenges and opportunities facing nonprofits. The session includes presentations, a panel discussion, dialogue with the audience, and case study analysis. Learning Objectives:
After attending, you will have guidelines for effective and meaningful nonprofit board service and a clear understanding of your role and the expectations of a nonprofit board member.

Host Provider: Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU)
Date: August 1, 2024
Time: Various
Location: Tucker Ellis LLP (950 Main Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113)
Cost: Board Matching Program Participants: FREE; Business Members: $50; Nonmembers: $100

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8/6 | From the Ground Up: How to Advance DEI in Any Organization

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking for some help and direction, there are a few key ways to ensure your approach to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion will create sustainable and lasting impact. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn which factors to consider and what challenges to anticipate when developing and implementing a DEI strategy. We'll explore a framework for assessing which stage of DEI development your organization is at and you'll walk away with practical tips and tools for building an organization that centers equity and its people.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2024
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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8/12 | Why Retention & Succession Belong in your Strategic Plan

Agreeing on and implementing strategies to equitably address retention and succession of paid staff members and volunteers is one of the most pressing issues facing nonprofit organizations. Yet our people too often do not receive the same attention as funding and finances. This session argues for including retention and succession towards both better delivery of mission and long-term sustainability and provides examples of these strategies.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2024
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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8/12-15 | Ask the Expert

Four times a year, BVU connects our nonprofit partners with skills-based volunteers to work together on a variety of subjects. These 60-minute one-on-one meetings provide an opportunity to work on small projects, get questions answered, or receive practical suggestions. The goal of each Ask the Expert session is for the nonprofit to leave the meeting with recommendations they can implement right away. The skills-based volunteer and nonprofit will be matched based upon the volunteer’s strengths and the needs articulated by the nonprofit.

Host Provider: Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU)
Date: August 12-15, 2024
Time: Various
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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