Upcoming Webinars & Workshops

We are dedicated to connecting grantees with relevant, affordable, diverse, and impactful resources to help their organization's growth and development. Check out the upcoming webinar and workshop opportunities below. Click the accordion menu to expand additional information for each session.

April 2024

4/17 | The Enneagram at Work

The Enneagram is a tool that aids individuals in learning more about themselves and others. The program will help answer questions such as:

  • What are my best opportunities for growth?
  • What motivates me?
  • How can I better relate to others?
  • How can I promote improved relationships and mutual understanding for those on my team?

Through this program, you will gain better understanding of the way you and others relate, communicate, resolve conflict, manage change, and lead. 

Host Provider: Heart to Heart Leadership
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: United Way of Summit & Medina(37 N. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308)
Cost: $149 (Includes an Enneagram assessment, coffee, light snacks, drinks, and participant materials)

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4/17 | Introduction to finding grants

This free introductory course will explain what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and explore how to find potential funders. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: where nonprofit funds come from and what are their motivations are; what funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; and how to identify potential funders and make the first approach.

Note: This orientation is not intended for individuals seeking grants for their own use. Please refer to Candid's Knowledge Base articles for Individual Grantseekers.

Host Provider: Candid. & Akron Community Foundation
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Akron-Summit County Public Library (Main Library) - Meeting Room 2AB
Cost: Free

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4/17 | Online Fundraising: How to raise the most on your website, social media and more

Your website design, email, and social media campaigns, along with your choice of fundraising platforms, all play a critical role in your fundraising. Regardless of the size of your nonprofit, optimizing the donor experience is essential to maximizing your impact. Join us in this webinar, where our experts from Zeffy will delve into the best practices of online fundraising. Learn how to retain 100% of the funds you raise, avoiding the fees associated with traditional fundraising tools.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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4/22 | Impact Amplified: Strategies for strengthening nonprofit advocacy

This workshop is tailored for nonprofit organizations with existing experience in policy engagement at the state or federal level. This session aims to equip participants with advanced strategies to enhance their advocacy efforts while adhering to nonprofit guidelines. The focus will be on deepening engagement with policymakers, leveraging partnerships, and utilizing innovative approaches to amplify the organization's impact.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: Monday, April 22, 2024
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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4/25 | 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; and a 30-minute hands-on exercise to develop a proposal outline (in-person classes only).

Host Provider: Candid
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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4/30 | Your guide to social media best practices in the creative sector

In this virtual workshop, Grace Carter, Jade Houston, and Chloe Redman will equip you with all the tools you need to appropriately credit artists’ work on social media.

Host Provider: ArtsNow
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free
Who should attend?: Marketing, communication, and social media leadership interested in simplifying best practices for citing and engaging artists and arts nonprofit work online.

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May 2024

5/2 | Introduction to project budgets

Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don't know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence. This class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal. We will discuss: The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses; how to estimate the realistic cost of a project; and what other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal.

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

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5/6 | Cultural Humility: People, Community, & Practice

Cultural humility is an evidence-based framework that prioritizes the co-creation of dynamic and generative relationships with people from different cultural experiences than your own. Through a participatory framed experience, participants will be able to heighten their efficacy in their work by understanding how their biases, perceptions, and worldview impact their service to the community.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: Monday, May 6, 2024
Time: 8:00-11:00 am
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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5/8 | A Case Study in Finding New Donors

This educational session will focus on teaching you how to create a donor portfolio full of new potential donors. Whether you have a list of donors that aren’t engaged, don’t have a donor list at all, or are purely seeking new donors to support your cause, this case study will walk you through the process of building an effective list so you can raise more money – faster, and easier.
This real-life case study chronicles a project that was started without a 501(c)3, using a fiscal sponsor. The project had no history of individual or private foundation fundraising; all that existed was an outdated snail mail newsletter list that only included USPS addresses (no emails or phone numbers). We will show you how, using specific prospect research techniques and tools, a list was developed, and donors were engaged. This case study demonstrated the impressive results that can be achieved, even when there is initially very little to work with. Join us and learn how to use prospect research techniques to increase the impact of your organization’s mission.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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5/13-5/16 | 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: May 13-16, 2024
Time: Various
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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5/14 | 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; and creating a plan of action.

Host Provider: Candid
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free
Intended audience: Beginner; board members; CEOs, executive directors, upper management; and fundraising & development staff

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5/23 | 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, May 23, 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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5/29 | How to Cultivate and Manage Donors Remotely

Major gift fundraising strategies changed dramatically after the pandemic. Instead of a 3-hour commitment, traveling to and from an in-person meeting over coffee; you can now qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward your donors in a series of half-hour virtual meetings. In this workshop, you will get an insider's perspective on how to turn a spreadsheet of prospects into real philanthropic revenue.

Host Provider: Nonprofit Learning Lab
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Time: 8:00-11:00 am
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

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