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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.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids (YNPN.GR)

YNPN.GR is a community of individuals who have made a commitment to serve through careers in the nonprofit sector. Our membership-based organization supports the sector by assisting in the cultivation of entry- to middle-management professionals and sustaining a network of changemakers who connect their work and their passion on a daily basis. We support talent by creating opportunities for learning, networking, and recognition among individuals working in the nonprofit sector. Our events – “Conversation Starters” – take place monthly at various locations around Grand Rapids, and delve into a variety of topics. There are also opportunities for board and committee leadership.

Contact Becca Ryan for more information. 

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