LNA hosts a number of opportunities for nonprofit staff and board members to learn about a variety of topics.

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Upcoming LNA Events

LNA Executive Director Learning Circle @ Virtual
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Virtual Zoom Learning Circle


Basic Computer Literacy Series: Presenting Like a Pro @ Herrick District Library North Side Branch
May 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Description: Presenting Like a Pro

Join the Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance + Herrick District Library for another workshop in our Basic Computer Literacy Series: Presenting like a Pro.

In the first part of this interactive workshop, we will share how to get started with PowerPoint templates and themes, and how to build a presentation from scratch, to quickly create, edit, and share professional-looking presentations. We’ll start with the basics such as changing the slide layout and adding and editing text, images, charts, video, and animation. We’ll also cover tips and tricks like formatting slides for consistency and add speaker notes and comments to ensure a smooth delivery. Strategies for creating inclusive and accessible presentations for users with disabilities will also be discussed. By the end of the workshop, you’ll know how to use the PowerPoint tools and follow a few simple design rules to draw attention to your message and deliver a professional presentation.

In the second hour, participants will learn the basic elements of delivering a presentation to an audience, including what makes up a great presentation, how to stay on message and even how to manage technical difficulties while you’re presenting.

This workshop is designed for beginner level users/presenters who want to hone in on the important skill of creating and presenting, like a pro.

Presenter: Dan Zuberbier, Groundworks Coordinator @ Herrick District Library

Is Your Database Working for You? @ OAISD
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Program Description: 

Lakeshore Nonprofit Association and Kennari Consulting are teaming up to bring you an interactive workshop to walk through database pain points, provide tools and resources for minimizing challenges, as well as an interactive demo of a donor tool that checks all the boxes. This workshop is best suited for the hands-on user in your organization that would like to learn more about donor database options ahead of making a change, organizations that have pain points in their current database, or nonprofits that are tracking donor data in spreadsheets.

Common database pain points:

1) Training new staff is challenging without investment back into the software company

2) Support isn’t helpful or responsive when issues arise

3) Data is being tracked in spreadsheets outside of your current database (volunteer information or event registrations, for example)

4) Email communication is in another tool, and it does not talk to your existing database

5) Segmenting any donor communications comes with challenges

6) Reporting or extracting existing data in a meaningful way is too hard for your staff

7) Long-term use with databases like Giftworks or a custom-built system are not likely

8) Return on investment is too low in financial cost (Raiser’s Edge) or staff time (Salesforce)


Laura Kruisenga

Chief Operating Officer at Kennari Consulting

Laura splits her time between managing the business side of Kennari and in working with clients to build their annual fundraising programs with a particular focus on events, communications, and staffing. She is regularly featured as a presenter at local workshops and seminars on fundraising. Laura graduated from Adrian College with a degree in business administration and has over 20 years of fund development experience.

Jaime Van Essen

Strategist at Kennari Consulting

Jaime specializes in helping nonprofits find the data systems and processes that best support their day-to-day operations. While software may not be the most glamorous part of fund development, she believes that proper data management plays an integral role in successful fundraising. Jaime graduated from Davenport University with a degree in Business Administration and has been working with donor software for almost 18 years.

LNA Volunteer Coordinator Learning Circle @ Virtual
Jun 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Virtual Zoom Learning Circle


Brave Space Workshop @ Virtual
Jun 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Program Description:

To successfully integrate equity analysis into programs and culture, we must first build a space with the capacity for discomfort, conflict, and critique. This workshop focuses on creating harm-mitigated spaces for discussions around justice and equity, as well as a constructive analysis around power and privilege. Participants will join guided exploration on how we can use our own complex identities as a framework for the beginnings and continuations of institutional change.

Participants will:

  • Learn the difference between a safe space and a brave space.
  • Increase their capacity to have conversations around privilege, power, and identity.
  • Understand the difference between the individual, institutional, and systemic racism
  • Self-access their individualized antiracist journey

Presenters: YWCA Kalamazoo

YWCA Kalamazoo works towards eliminating racism and empowering women through advocacy & systems change, promoting maternal & child health, caring for victims of assault and violence, and improving children’s lives.

LNA Fund Development Learning Circle @ Virtual
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Virtual Zoom Learning Circle


Fundraising & Major Events Calendar

The purpose of the Fundraising and Major Events Calendar is to keep our members aware of fundraisers and major annual events, along with relevant professional development opportunities. With the use of this calendar, LNA hopes to avoid multiple nonprofit events being held on the same day.

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