Events

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM · 19 rsvps

    Gearing Up for Giving Tuesday

    Like it or not, November is going to be here before we know it and GivingTuesday is just around the corner. In its inaugural year, 2012, the day raised $10.1 million. From there, Giving Tuesday rapidly grew, raising $274 million in 2016, just over $300 million in 2017, and a whopping $380 million in 2018. The day is expected to continue growing both in the number of organizations participating and in funds raised. At this point, you may be asking not only how your organization can get involved, but also how you can be successful. 

    Join Tory Martin, communication director for the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU(a founding organization of Giving Tuesday), and be one of the organizations that gets noticed! Learn the steps to prepare for a successful campaign and utilize the day to engage stakeholders to set your organization for future success. Start your planning now and you’ll have plenty to be thankful for this November.

    As the director of communications and engagement, Martin partners with her colleagues on the senior leadership team to identify, implement, support, and promote the Johnson Center’s strategic priorities and vision for a world powered by smart, adaptive, and effective philanthropy. She is responsible for steering the Johnson Center’s messaging and brand expression across digital and print platforms, and oversees our efforts to connect our work and mission with a growing community of philanthropists and nonprofit professionals.

    Note: Conversation Starters take place over the lunch hour, please feel free to bring your own food/snacks/drinks. Coffee and water will be provided.

  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019 at 11:30 AM · 56 rsvps

    Dismantling White Consciousness to Build Authentic Relationships

    According to the State of Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector report, people of color make-up 30% of the total workforce in the U.S. and the nonprofit sector is falling behind with just 18% of employees identifying as a person of color. Until the sector develops a more inclusive and equitable talent pipeline and culture, nonprofit organizations will not adequately reflect the communities they serve. What do you do when your organization does not reflect the community it serves? Are you or your organization seen as an imperialistic white savior or are you seen as a valued community partner?

    Making progress towards a nonprofit’s mission is already difficult and challenges are only exacerbated by systems of privilege and oppression. These systems are rarely taught and contribute to a gulf of miscommunication between cultures and communities. We, as a sector, need to understand these systems in order to move from a savior approach to a servant approach and develop authentic relationships with our stakeholders.

    Join Dr. Marlene Kowalski-Braun, Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Student Support at Grand Valley State University, and Deanna Rolffs, Vice President of Housing and Family Services at ICCF, on this journey as we discuss the systems of privilege and oppression that surround nonprofits and develop strategies for dismantling these systems and discovering our own implicit biases as we seek to better serve our communities.

    Marlene, an avid advocate for social justice work and community and civic engagement, became the inaugural director of the Women’s Center in 2001. In 2013 she moved into student affairs leadership as the Assistant Vice Provost in the Dean of Students Office, became the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and the Assistant Vice President for Inclusion and Equity. Currently she serves as the Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Student Support at Grand Valley State University.

    Deanna is an executive leader with more than 22 years of experience supporting clients, partners, and teams to lead and transform organizations. Her personal and professional dedication to justice and equity is evidenced by strong outcomes in leadership development, process facilitation, adult learning, team development, and K-12 educational and nonprofit systems change. Deanna supports clients to exceed their leadership goals; often this focuses on developing thriving teams, brave leadership, clear processes, equitable systems, and inclusive communities. Deanna serves as the Vice President of Housing and Family Services at ICCF and as a Sr. Consultant with Design Group International.

    Note: Conversation Starters take place over the lunch hour, please feel free to bring your own food/snacks/drinks. Coffee and water will be provided.

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