Don’t Go It Alone

Draw on the experience of your peers through a networking group.

Joining a professional networking group is a great way to stay connected with others in the nonprofit sector and be be a valuable learning tool. There are a variety of groups and associations that offer resources, best practices, and the chance to connect with others to discuss current topics or questions. Learn more about some of the West Michigan groups below and please feel free to connect with us anytime to learn more or to get involved.

AFP West Michigan

The Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan is a membership-based group with a variety of opportunities including conferences, webinars and networking groups. AFPWM supports all fundraising professionals, from new to seasoned, as well as philanthropic volunteers in the West Michigan nonprofit community.

The Cause Network

Cause Network is an easy-to-use, searchable professional development tool used for connecting with peers and experts that includes the best of Nonprofit Hub, Cause Camp, and Do More Good like guides, webinars, certificate courses, and CFRE CE credit options. 

Grant Writers Roundtable of Grand Rapids

The Grant Writers Roundtable offers monthly meetings for people using the power of words to raise money for nonprofits. Various discussion topics and speakers are presented throughout the year.


Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance

Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance (LNA) is a membership-based organization with a mission work together to strengthen nonprofit organizations and assist them in successfully accomplishing their missions. LNA serves nonprofits in Greater Ottawa County by offering networking groups, webinars, and other resources.

West Michigan DonorPerfect User Group
This group meets (informally) on a quarterly basis to discuss anything from best practices to reporting how-to’s and just about any topic as it relates to DonorPerfect.

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

West Michigan Little Green Light User Group
This group meets (informally) on a quarterly basis to discuss implementation techniques and questions about this donor software. Expect to cover the gamut…from introductory topics like basic data entry and settings control, all the way to advanced reporting and analytics.

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

West Michigan Raiser’s Edge User Group
This group meets up (informally) on a quarterly basis to discuss all things Raiser’s Edge. A variety of topics is covered, 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 more information on upcoming meetings.

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. Discussion topics include best practices, fundraising support, and general networking. No cost, no obligation. Just show up! Meetings are held 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.

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. This 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. Talent is supported with opportunities for learning, networking, and recognition among individuals working in the nonprofit sector. “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.

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