Save the Date! Biennial Nonprofit Workshop

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:45 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. GVSU Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Price: $60, includes continental breakfast, 3 one-hour sessions ($30 for students)

This year's nonprofit workshop will focus on how to build awareness, support and deeper engagement for your organization in the changing world of communications. This low-cost workshop is packed with relevant and information programs that will provide you with the necessary tools to enhance your communications campaigns and strategies in the 21st century. The workshop is designed for anyone who may be responsible for communications in a nonprofit organization.

RSVP online or call 616-336-9333.

Questions? Contact Sandra

Call for Presentations

WMPRSA invites communications professionals to submit presentation proposals for its biennial Nonprofit Workshop. This year’s workshop will be held on September 12, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at GVSU’s Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Collaboration, Communication, Community” is the focus for the workshop. We understand that by collaboratively sharing our knowledge of several key facets regarding the power of communications, we can help attendees grow their position among their most important stakeholders while building awareness of their organizations within the broader West Michigan community.

Presentation topics include:

  • Media Relations
  • Social Media
  • Event Management
  • Crisis Communications
  • Strategic Planning
  • Grant Writing
  • Donor Development

We are looking for presentations that share creative, interesting, compelling, real-world examples. The attendee should walk away with actionable ideas. The presenter also should emphasize the importance of the written word for clear, concise communication. Brief writing exercises would be welcome (but are not mandatory) within the presentation as appropriate for the topic.

Your submission should include the following information:

  • Speaker name
  • Organization
  • Position/title
  • Address, city, state, zip
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Presentation title and description – 75 to 100 words describing your presentation. Include two to three learning objectives for attendees of your session. Please note that attendees are directors or employees of nonprofit organizations who often have a variety of responsibilities in addition to communications (public relations, marketing, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, events, etc.)

Deadline for your proposal is June 28, 2013. Submit your proposal HERE. Questions? Contact Terri Howe, APR, at or (616) 997-6235.

Navy Crisis Communications With Lt. Matthew Allen

Join us March 20, 2013 for a special event co-sponsored by aimWest: the Interactive Association of West Michigan! We’ll start at 5:30 with open networking, munchies and a cash bar. Then at 6:15, grab a  seat for Lt. Matthew Allen’s talk on Crisis Communications from the Navy’s perspective. Lt. Allen has acted as an operations officer and then as a media relations officer in the Persian Gulf and now sits on the Navy’s News Desk in Washington DC. He brings a unique perspective on public relations in today’s military. Anyone in marketing or public relations will find this speaker informative. Everyone else will enjoy hearing awesome stories from someone sent by the Pentagon.

March 20, 2013 Networking Time: 5:30pm Speakers Take Stage: 6:15pm Location: Meijer Theater in the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Price: Free for PRSA and aimWest members $20 for non-members.

RSVP: Only the first 140 registered get a seat, so register now!