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.

July 2024

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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7/25 | Master Your Digital Marketing Metrics

Looking to get better results from your digital marketing efforts? First, you have to understand what's working and what can be improved. Join this free one-hour webinar to enhance your digital marketing results by mastering key metrics for social, email, text (SMS), and events. Plus, learn how to leverage those analytics in order to refine your strategies.

You’ll discover how to:

  • Understand crucial metrics for each marketing channel that drive success
  • Gain insights into what these metrics reveal about your audience’s behavior and preferences
  • Experiment and optimize for better results across all channels

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

Host Provider: Constant Contact
Date: Thursday, July 25, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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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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8/1 | Introduction to measuring your impact

Your nonprofit does great work, but what is most important is the impact of that work. How do you demonstrate that your programs get results? An outcome-centric approach will lead to stronger program design and increased funding opportunities for your organization. In this introductory course for beginners, learn the basics of shifting focus from your nonprofit’s activities to its outcomes. We will demystify the language of outcomes measurement and guide you through the process of creating logic models for programs.

This course will prepare you to:

  • Draft SMART objectives for a program
  • Identify the parts of a logic model
  • Report the impact on your Candid profile

Intended audience: Beginner; Fundraising & development staff; and Program directors and staff.

Host Provider: Candid
Date: August 1, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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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: Monday, August 12, 2024
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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8/13 | Get your board fundraising

Join us to learn practical strategies for better engaging your board in fundraising. In this course, we’ll cover boards’ typical fundraising responsibilities, why some board members may be reluctant to fundraise, and how to overcome these concerns. We will also brainstorm new ways your board members can participate in fundraising activities and will share tips for strengthening your board and aligning on fundraising priorities. Whether you’re an executive director, board member, or development professional, this course will help you plan for your organization to fundraise better as one team.

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

  • Describe the board’s role in fundraising
  • Integrate fundraising into your board’s roles and responsibilities
  • Plan how you will use your GuideStar profile for board development and fundraising
  • Identify a range of fundraising activities that can engage your board members

Intended audience: Beginner; Board members; CEOs, executive directors, upper management; Fundraising & development staff; Nonprofit startups; Program directors and staff

Host Provider: Candid
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
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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8/15 | Introduction to fundraising planning

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.

This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:

  • Making your case for support
  • Diversifying your organization's fundraising base
  • Creating a plan of action

Intended audience: Beginner; Board members; CEOs, executive directors, upper management; and Fundraising & development staff.

Host Provider: Candid
Date: Thursday, August 15, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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8/19 | Identifying and Filling Data Gaps to Tell Your Full Story

Have you ever felt like your data tells only part of your story, or you have lots of disparate data points and are struggling to put them all together? This session will give you A Plan To Plan: you will walk away with a facilitator agenda to identify what you know, where you have data gaps, and how you will fill them.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: August 19, 2024
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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8/20 | 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.

Intended audience: Beginner; Fundraising & development staff; and Grant writers.

Host Provider: Candid
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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8/27 | 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, August 27, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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September 2024

9/4 | Practical Steps to Organizational Development

This workshop is designed to provide a broad overview of the knowledge and tools available to build an operational structure that enables nonprofit and social impact organizations to strengthen sustainability and improve flexibility to internal and external changes. The workshop includes practical approaches to gain a comprehensive understanding of existing activities and resources that may be sources of challenges but also insights into unexplored opportunities to create consistency with the agility of how organizations do things to be effective with their programs. It also explores realistic approaches to identify and adopt innovative ways to address challenges and explore opportunities that allow organizations to empower people within organizations while building data-informed and evidence-based decisions.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: September 4, 2024
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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9/16 | Captivating Canva Graphics: Unlock the Power of Design Principles

Nonprofit communications and marketing professionals often juggle many tasks, including ad hoc Canva design. By understanding design best practices, you can create more effective Canva graphics—and stay on-brand. Learn the four key design principles (layout, color, typography, imagery) as well as sources for high-quality graphics. Basic Canva knowledge is helpful but not required.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: September 16, 2024
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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9/25 | Crafting Year-End Donor Engagement Surveys

Want to prepare for the year end’s fundraising meaningfully? Then listen to what your donors have to say. Join this session to enhance your donor survey strategy, focusing on inclusion. Learn how to create surveys that authentically capture diverse perspectives and ensure accessibility. You then build knowledge and tools to deepen donor relationships, personalize communications, and fuel your mission. Whether you are doing a survey for the first time or planning to re-use an old one, this session is suitable for all. Register now to secure your spot and build a donor survey strategy rooted in inclusivity. Participants will explore harms of data collection, best practices of equitable and inclusive surveys, and five must-ask questions to include in your next donor survey..

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: September 25, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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