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Community Networking Groups

Members of the Kennari Consulting team are heavily involved in community networking groups throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. Some of the groups we manage are listed below. Please feel free to connect with us anytime to learn more or to get involved.
Women in Development (WID)

WID is a group of more than 500 female development professionals in the Grand Rapids area that gathers on a monthly basis. Our discussion topics include best practices, fundraising support, and general networking. No cost, no obligation. Just show up! We meet at 7:45am on the last Thursday of every month at Wolfgang’s Restaurant (1530 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids).

Contact Mary Sumners for more information

Grand Rapids Raiser’s Edge User Group

We meet up (informally) in May and November to discuss all things Raiser’s Edge. We cover a variety of topics, such as basic how-to questions, complex troubleshooting, and report management.

Contact Jaime Van Essen for more information or to be added to the roster for upcoming meetings.

West Michigan Giftworks User Group

This group meets (informally) in January and July to discuss implementation techniques and questions about this donor software. We cover the gamut…from introductory topics like basic data entry and settings control, all the way to advanced smartlist analytics.

Contact Jaime Van Essen for more information or to be added to the roster for upcoming meetings.

"Kennari Consulting has been an invaluable guide and support in improving our fundraising. In our year with them, we have increased revenue by nearly 30 percent and put in place the infrastructure to continue to grow the income necessary to sustain and expand our vital programming. They have always been there when we called. They have improved our board, our donor software usage, and our special events. If you follow their advice and do the work, the reward will be far greater than the cost."

Rev. Andy DeBraber
Executive Director, Hearthside Ministry


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