Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series

The Brown Bag Lunch and Learn series presents informative sessions on a variety of topics related to the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. We offer monthly presentations during the fall and winter semesters free to participants. The series is a partnership between GVSU's School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. The presentations serve as a resource to the nonprofit community and provide a learning opportunity for students, faculty, and practitioners.

Sessions take place at the Johnson Center (map) from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Register for upcoming Brown Bag Lunch & Learns and other Johnson Center workshops here

For more information contact Dr. Sal Alaimo or Pat Nanzer.

Past presentations include:

  • Professional Development Tools to Help Enhance Your Nonprofit Career
  • Making Social Matter;
  • Grantmakers Talk About the Future of Philanthropy in West Michigan;
  • Easy, Engaging and Enviable Performance Reviews;
  • Customer Service in a Nonprofit Environment;
  • A Conversation About Intercultural Competence;
  • Leading an Organization Through Transition;
  • Business Model Canvas for Nonprofit Organizations;
  • Tell Your Story and Build Great Awareness With Great Video;
  • Make '13 Your Lucky Year: 13 Marketing Tips Nonprofits Can Use to Increase Their Odds for Fundraising and Friendraising Success in 2013;
  • Intercultural Competence in Nonprofit Administration - Part Two (all welcome);
  • Entrepreneuring in the Nonprofit World;
  • Opportunities and Challenges of Managing Your Board;
  • The Science and Art of Raising Funds;
  • Intercultural Competency in Nonprofit Administration;
  • Leadership in Sustainability: The Critical Role of Nonprofit Organizations in West Michigan;
  • Succession Planning: Approaches to Planned and Unplanned Losses in Key Leadership Positions;
  • Top Ten Tech Issues with Highway T;
  • First Look at Results from the 2011 Greater Grand Rapids Survey;
  • Risk Management in Nonprofits: Integrating Risk Considerations Into Strategic Decision Making;
  • Key Revelations From the Volunteering in America Report;
  • Financial Issues of Nonprofit Leaders;
  • Conducting a Community Needs Assessment;
  • Michigan's Nonprofit Employment;
  • Issues in Volunteer Administration;
  • Starting a Tax-Exempt Nonprofit in Michigan;
  • Google for Nonprofits;
  • Managing Service Delivery Contracts with Government;
  • Hospitality, Tourism and the Nonprofit Sector;
  • Contracting Out: the Services That Nonprofits Contract Out and The Implications for Their Organizations;
  • Technology and Marketing Introduction to Fundraising Resources The Current and Future State of Evaluation in the Nonprofit Sector A Look Inside Healthcare: its changing dynamic; and
  • The Gift of All: A Community of Givers documentary and commentary.


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