Training details

calendar_today Thursday, July 15, 2021 - Thursday, July 29, 2021

access_time 8:30 am - 10:30 am ET

place NOTE - this 5-day training series is Virtual (via Zoom) -links to follow
3053 Nationwide Parkway
Brunswick, OH 44212

attach_money $100


A new training series from Candid in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland.

Do you know what will happen next in your organization? Join fellow development officers and executive staff from regional nonprofits as we meet for this bi-weekly series. Each session will include facilitated learning from experts and funders in the nonprofit world, discussions with peers and changemakers in the field, and resources for addressing the unknowns of the upcoming months. Bring your questions and concerns and be prepared to network and learn.

Price: $100 for the series or $35 per session for AFP Members; $150 for the series or $50 per session for non-members.

Sessions will be held via Zoom from 8:30 - 10:30am the following Thursdays:

  • June 3, 2021
  • June 17, 2021
  • July 1, 2021
  • July 15, 2021
  • July 29, 2021

Sessions will include:

Session I: What’s the Story Now: How Do We Now Talk to Funders? - June 3, 2021
How has your story changed since the advent of COVID? How do you address these changes with your donors and talk about an uncertain future? Meet with grantmakers and local fundraising experts to hear their perspectives and to discuss your own.


Session II: Collaborating for Combined Success: How Do We Lift All Boats? - June 17, 2021
Collaboration is a favorite word in our sector, but how does it work well? Learn from local partners and changemakers in order to increase mission impact, reach new audiences, and grow funder support.


Session III: Diversity Equity and Inclusion: What Are Your Questions? - July 1, 2021
Join us for a roundtable exploration of how DEI concerns are being recognized and realized in regional organizations, and where to learn from others and share your own organization’s efforts.


Session IV: What Changes are on the Federal & State Horizon? How Will They Affect You? - July 15, 2021
COVID-focused changes and the new administration mean a lot to keep track of. Learn what to track and what to expect from policy and advocacy experts.


Session V: Changes in Work Environment Following COVID-19: What Changes, What Changes Back? - July 29, 2021
Will we ever go back into the office? Do we need to? Learn from experts on work-from home plans, and how Cleveland’s workplaces may be changing for good.



  • Learn best practices for talking to funders and addressing changes within your organizations.
  • Meet other Ohio development officers and executives and network with your peers and nonprofit changemakers in a safe and relaxed environment.
  • Discuss nonprofit collaboration, DEI concerns, governmental changes, and workplace changes with nonprofit experts.

Intended audience

  • Intermediate
  • Board members
  • CEOs, executive directors, upper management
  • Fundraising & development staff
  • Program directors and staff


Matt Carter Executive Consultant Grants Plus
David Holmes (he/him) Network Engagement Manager, Candid
Nelson Beckford Program Director, Neighborhood Revitalization & Engagement The Cleveland Foundation
Heather Johnson-Banks Director of Grant Programs Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
Catherine Smith Director of Learning & Innovation, Sangfroid Strategy
Joe Cimperman President, Global Cleveland
Denique "Neeky" Dennis Social Impact Strategist, Sangfroid Strategy
Susan M. Fuehrer President, Institute for H.O.P.E.™ The MetroHealth System
Jill Paulsen Executive Director, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
Amanda Cole (she/her) Executive Director, Plexus LGBT + Allied Chamber of Commerce
Caitlin Hawkins Director of JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) Programs, SHIFT Consulting, The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio
Erica Merritt Founder Equius Group
Tara Britton Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, The Center for Community Solutions
Hannah Halbert Executive Director, Policy Matters Ohio
Olivia Ortega Director, Government Advocacy, Greater Cleveland Partnership
DeeDee Dickey Vice President of Talent, Candid
Mike Geiger President and CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals
Lauren Steiner President & Founder, Grants Plus

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