NSP’s workshops and webinars are designed to deepen your learning and development in key areas of nonprofit management and leadership.

Geared primarily toward nonprofit executive directors/CEOs and board leaders, the topics covered may include strategic planning, board performance, fund development, financial management, human resources, technology, evaluation, legal issues and more.

Workshops and webinars are free and available to nonprofits that serve the Hartford Foundation’s 29-town region.


2022 Nonprofit Webinars: Recordings & Handouts

Invitations will be sent to nonprofit executive directors/CEOs and consultants prior to each NSP webinar. Email bjohnson@hfpg.org  to request workshop registration information, add or update your contact information, or suggest a workshop topic or presenter.

December 5, 2022 - How Succession Planning Builds Organizational Sustainability 

How Succession Planning Builds Organizational Sustainability and Strengthens Staff and Board Leadership
Webinar Recording

Effective succession planning prepares an organization for the departure of its executive director and other key staff and board leaders, and contributes to your organization's sustainability and success. This session will allow you to better understand the components of succession planning, key roles of staff and board, and techniques for managing planned and unplanned departures in ways that strengthen your organizational capacity. You will also gain an overview of the core elements of CEO transition planning, and how strong succession planning contributes to successful CEO transitions.
Presenter: Frank Abdale, Abdale Consulting
Handout 1 - PP Slides
Handout 2 - Emergency Succession Plan Template
Handout 3 - Sample Board Recruitment Matrix
Handout 4 - NP Executive Succession Planning Toolkit
Handout 5 - Building Leaderful Organizations
Handout 6 - Sample Leadership Transition Committee Charter
Handout 7 - Legacy Statement Template
Handout 8 - ED Self Reflection Template
Handout 9 - General Succession Planning Resources
Handout 10 - Sample Board Member Pledge Form
Handout 11 - Sample Board Member Commitment Letter
Handout 12 - Self Assessment for Nonprofit Boards

October 20, 2022 - Building a Culture of Philanthropy to Transform Fundraising Success in Your Organization 

Thursday, October 20, 2022, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Building a Culture of Philanthropy to Transform Fundraising Success in Your Organization
An Interactive Session

Recording
Handouts / Resources
PowerPoint Slides
Choose Abundance, Laurie Herrick
CA Book Club Download, Chapters Free!
Assessment
Soul of Money, Lynne Twist
Underdeveloped
The Three Laws of Performance - Dave Logan and Steve Zaffron

Based in the book, Choose Abundance: Powerful Fundraising for Nonprofits - A Culture of Philanthropy, this interactive virtual Zoom session will help your team to better understand what it means to build a culture of philanthropy in your organization that transforms fund developmemt and leads to greater fundraising success. The workshop will cover what it takes to move this culture change forward, how to build an effective team to drive change, and how to make this a long-term sustainability strategy within your organization. There will be breakout room discussions, so please come prepare to keep you cameras on and engage during the session. 

Presenter:  Laurie Herrick, Rainmaker

September 23, 2022 - Creating a Meaningful Nonprofit Brand in a Post-Pandemic World 

Friday, September 23, 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Creating a Meaningful Nonprofit Brand in a Post-Pandemic World

Recording
Handouts / Resources
PowerPoint Slides
The Role of Brand in the Nonprofit Sector

This interactive, hands-on webinar examines the essentials of nonprofit branding in an environment forever changed by the pandemic. This session will address how small to mid-sized nonprofits can develop a successful brand strategy, and re-position their organizations for the future. We'll cover the basics of organizational branding, focusing on specific things nonprofits can do immediately to re-energize or refocus their brands -- and take a close look at real-world nonprofit case examples. This hands-on virtual workshop will provide leaders with the understanding and tools needed to increase visability and drive greater engagement, recognition, and support through effective branding.

Presenter:  Lyn Chamberlin, Lyn Chamberlin Leadership

HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY: Fall 2022 Virtual Workshops 

The Hartford Public Library Fall 2022 nonprofit workshop descriptions and links to register are available here: https://www.hplct.org/library-services/nonprofits/workshops

All workshops are offered at no cost to participants through a partnership between Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Hartford Public Library


Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. -  Creating a Business Model
Presenter: Roosevelt Smith, Roosevelt Smith Consulting

Session Recording
PP Slides
Handout 1: Nonprofit Business Model Canvas
This 90-minute interactive workshop will introduce participants to the concept of a "nonprofit business model" and walk you through the steps in creating one for your organization. We will learn what a business model is; what components make it up; and practice with a tool that will help you create one to support and sustain your organization's mission and impact.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  - Grantwriting 101
Presenter : Brenda Calderon
Session Recording
PP Slides

Nonprofit leaders new to grant writing will learn best practices for writing successful grant applications. This workshop will cover tips on how to find grant opportunities, the basics of developing a standard application that you can modify for different foundations, and pointers on how to make you application stand out.


Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  - BOARD MEMBER BOOT CAMP
Presenter : Mae Maloney, Leadership Greater Hartford
Session Recording
PP Slides

Newly appointed nonprofit board members or serving board members that have never received formal board training will learn about the ten basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards as well as the duties of individual board members, relationship between board and staff, and common issues facing nonprofit boards.

May 23, 2022 - Effective Strategies for Nonprofit Employee Recruitment 

Monday, May 23, 2022, 10:00 - Noon
Effective Strategies for Nonprofit Employee Recruitment
An interactive Session

Recording
Handouts / Resources
PowerPoint Slides
List - Attending Organization Participants
Session "Chat"
2022 State of the Connecticut Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofits are operating in an environment of limited finances and labor shortages, and often lack HR expertise on staff. This workshop will provide an overview of best practices in attracting diverse talent using monetary and non-monetary incentives, and successful strategies for interviewing, hiring and onboarding staff. The session will help you determine whether the needs of the organization can be met by promoting from within or if it's best to reach outside the organization; and how to establish a search strategy, budget, and timeline.

Presenter:  Tyrone Taylor is Manager of HR/Training & Development at OperationsInc, with over 25 years of diverse HR leadership experience. He is a subject matter expert in most areas of HR, including recruitment and retention, diversity and inclusion, workplace equity, training and development, employee relations, and workplace investigations. He is also Adjunct Professor at Kean University, teaching courses in HR Management, Entrepreneurship, and Business Management.
 

May 13, 2022 - Nonprofit Staff Retention Strategies in a New Environment 

Friday, May 13, 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Nonprofit Staff Retention Strategies in a New Environment
An interactive Session

Recording
Handouts / Resources
PowerPoint Slides
Session "Chat"
2022 State of the Connecticut Nonprofit Sector
Article: The Great Resignation is becoming a "great midlife crisis"

There has been a great deal of conversation about the "Great Resignation" in the wake of the pandemic, but perhaps another way of describing what is happening is the "Great Renegotiation." The current workforce is looking for opportunities for better perks, pay, flexibility and treatment, while nonprofits operate in an environment of limited resources. Organizations need to create engagement, provide appropriate flexibility, and cultivate opportunities for employee growth and development in order to transform their workforce into a high employee retention culture.

During this 90-minute Zoom workshop, managers will:

  • Learn how to create engagement and involvement by utilizing the organization's mission, values and goals
  • Utilize a proactive onboarding process and activities to build accountability and loyalty
  • Discuss feedback practices and the impact it has on employee retention
  • Learn the benefits of "stay interviews"
  • Understand the importance of career development conversations
  • Brainstorm ways to create appropriate flexibility
  • Understand the importance of employee health and wellness

Presenter:  Lisa Johnson is VP of Training and Development Sservices at OperationsInc, bringing 30+ of experience. She delivers training programs in employee recruitment and retention, performance management, professional and leadership development, sexual harassment prevention and awareness, diversity and sensitivity.
 

March 23, 2022 - Engaging Your Team Through Turbulent Times 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Engaging Your Team Through Turbulent Times
An interactive workshop for Team Leaders

PowerPoint Slides
Understanding how to manage change - whether planned or unexpected - is critical for leaders at all levels within organizations. Amid turbulent times, when organizations call upon employees not just to carry on, but to remain engaged and highly productive, leaders must be able to proactively and skillfully manage change within their teams.
This highly interactive online workshop for team leaders will allow you to strategize for current or anticipated changes; help you recognize your own and your team menbers' reactions to change; and enable you to identify and manage resistance to change. You will acquire practical tools to apply with your team members to maintain trust and productivity under constantly changing conditions. 

Presenter:  Maria Baldali, Principal and Lead Consultant, Arkle Consulting Group 

February 16, 2022 - Getting the Most From Your Consultant Engagements 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Getting the Most From Your Consultant Engagements

For Executive Directors/CEOs, Senior Staff Who Manage Consultants, and Board Members (we encourage you to come as a team)
Session Recording
Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides
Handout 2 - Sample Workplan Template
Handout 3 - Sample Proposal Evaluation Tool
Resource 1 - APF "Code of Ethical Standards"

Consultants can help you plan ahead, raise money, develop your board, train your staff and significantly increase your capacity in many ways. But when is the right time to bring in a consultant? How do you choose and hire the right one? And how do you manage the relationship to maximize impact?
This workshop will offer practical tools and resources regarding the benefits, challenges and nuances of working with consultants; explore common areas where things might go awry; discuss how to avoid thses problems and address any that might arise. 

Presenter:  Frank Abdale, Abdale Consulting

January 19, 2022 - The Role of Staff-Care in Effective Leadership (for EDs / CEOs) 

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
The Role of Staff-Care in Effective Leadership

(For Executive Directors and CEOs)
Session Recording
Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides
Handout 2 - A Step-By-Step Guide for Prioritizing Staff-Care
During this session, we will examine the role of staff-care within your organization and teams, beginning with a focus on self-care and an examination of your own core values. You will then explore the ways that staff-care supports healthy and effective teams, and identify ways to assess how teams prioritize self/staff-care. Finally, we will brainstorm strategies for incorporating this important element into the culture of your organization as well as your teams. 
Presenters:  Stacie Watson and Alicia Davis, Transformative Leadership Strategies

HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY: Spring 2022 Webinars - Recordings / Handouts 

The Hartford Public Library Spring 2022 nonprofit workshop descriptions and links to register are available here: https://www.hplct.org/library-services/nonprofits/workshops

June 22, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. -  Fiscal Sponsorship Basics

Recording
PowerPoint Slides 
Handout 1 - Information About Fiscal Sponsorship Arrangements
Handout 2 - Model A

Handout 3 - Model C
Presenter : Priya Morganstern, Esq., CT Program Director, Pro Bono Partnership

Fiscal sponsorship provides an alternative path for nonprofits to engage in their mission and programming and enjoy the benefits of tax-deductible donations, without obtaining their own 501(c)(3) recognition. But the steps along this path need to be taken correctly. This workshop will introduce participants to the pros and cons of fiscal sponsorship. It will also cover the legal basics of a fiscal sponsorship relationship, factors to consider when structuring and negotiating a fiscal sponsorship agreement, and tips on how to find the right fiscal sponsor, or how to be a fiscal sponsor.

Nonprofit Fundamentals (2-part workshop)
Part 1: Tuesday, May 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, May 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Roosevelt Smith, Roosevelt Smith Consulting

Who said starting and running a nonprofit would be easy? Because it is not. Join this two part 2-hour interactive virtual workshop to learn the basics of building, managing, and sustaining a nonprofit organization during this time. Workshop topics will include mission focus, fundraising and development, board governance, and performance measurement.
PP Slides, Part 1 & Part 2

Part 1 Recording
Part 2 Recording
Handouts
Board Member Job Description
Intro to Mission Statements
Myths About Nonprofits
Nonprofit Business Model Canvas - Master Key
Outcome Measures
Ten Basic Roles and Responsibilities

April 27, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  - Fundraising Fundamentals
Recording
PP Slides
Handout 1 - Pros and Cons of Grant Seeking
Handout 2 - Telling Your Story in the Grant Proposal
Handout 3 - Development Calendar Template
Handout 4 - Tech Impact Consumer Guide to Fundraising Software 2020
Presenters : Shari Pinsky Adams and Janna Pedersen

This workshop is geared for development professionals and executive directors newer to the field and board members who want to understand the fundamentals of nonprofit fund development. Topics covered will include:

  • Potential Revenue Sources - The pros and cons and what you need to be successful
  • Culture of Philanthropy - What it is, why you want it, and how you can foster it
  • Case for Support - What it is, why you need it, and steps for getting started
  • Roles and Responsibilities - Fundraising as a team: how to engage board and staff
  • Planning - Elements of a good fund development planning process and plan

​​April 6, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  - BOARD MEMBER BOOT CAMP

Recording
Handouts 
Presenter : Mae Maloney, Leadership Greater Hartford

Newly appointed nonprofit board members or serving board members that have never received formal board training will learn about the ten basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards as well as the duties of individual board members, relationship between board and staff, and common issues facing nonprofit boards.

March 9, 2022 - THE DE&I MARATHON – HOW TO STAY ENGAGED AND MAKE MEASURABLE PROGRESS ON THE JOURNEY TO INCLUSION
Recording
Handouts

Presenter: Andréa Hawkins, Leading Culture Solutions
While many organizations have started on their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) journey and want to maintain their momentum but feeling challenged to remain creative in their effort to continue to make progress that is measurable.  This workshop will help leaders understand and implement steps to keep the full organization engaged allowing for diverse perspectives, shared authority and collaborative decision-making—truly living DE&I.


February 23, 2022 - ETHICS, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR NONPROFITS
Recording
Handouts 
Presenter : Priya Morganstern, Pro Bono Partnership

This workshop will discuss best practices in the areas of transparency, accountability and ethics, and how we can best operate our nonprofits in a trustworthy way.  Topics will include: Applicable state and federal rules that promote accountability, including disclosure and reporting obligations; organizational policies, such as conflict of interest and whistleblower policies, that foster accountability; the role of the board; other recommended practices to foster an environment of integrity; and nonprofit oversight and watch-dog agencies.

2021 Nonprofit Webinars: Recordings & Handouts

December 17, 2021 - Cybersecurity For IT Managers: How to Make Your Organization Safe 

Friday, December 17, 2021, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Cybersecurity for IT Managers: How to Make Your Organization Safe
Webinar Recording

Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides
Handout 2 - Cybersecurity Readiness for Nonprofits Playbook
Are you responsible for your organization's digital information and data security? Are you concerned about the evolving risks facing your organization today? In this session, you will learn practical approaches to make your organization safer, and protect its ability to have social impact, including compliance, reporting and auditing. New approaches, such as Identity and Account Management will be discussed as part of a comprehensive security strategy. By the end of the session, you will better understand your current security landscape and have the tools to engage your organization to improve its security posture.
Presenter:  Matt Eshleman, Chief Technology Officer, Community IT Innovators
 

December 15, 2021 - Navigating Change and Building Resilience Through Self-Care 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Navigating Change and Building Resilience Through Self-Care

Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides
Handout 2 - Self-Care
During this interactive session, participants will explore some of the reasons change can be difficult to navigate, including the role that uncertainty plays when we experience stress or anxiety.  The topic of resilience will be discussed - including how to build resilience in specific and meaningful ways.  Participants will reflect upon and share self-care practices that may be helpful during times of change and learn strategies for creating habits of resilience.  Building mental and emotional reserves of energy to utilize during times of transition will also be discussed. 
Presenters:  Stacie Watson and Alicia Davis, Transformative Leadership Strategies
 

December 3, 2021 - Cybersecurity For Nonprofit Staff: How to Become a Human Firewall 

Friday, December 3, 2021, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Cybersecurity for Nonprofit Staff: How to Become a Human Firewall
Webinar Recording

Handout  - PowerPoint Slides
We keep hearing about bigger and badder IT security threats. But the good news is that with simple, practical techniques, you have an excellent chance of escaping harm from hackers. In this session aimed at individual staff, you will learn how to be a "human firewall," capable of protecting your information. This session will cover:

  • How to inventory systems where you have data, and make sure you have backups
  • How to run key updates
  • How to get and use a password manager
  • How to audit access to your applications
  • How to make sure you actually put all these safeguards into practice

Presenter:  Matt Eshleman, Chief Technology Officer, Community IT Innovators
 

October 13, 2021 - Are We There Yet? A Guide to Developing a Theory of Change to Help Evaluate Your Programs 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:00 - 11:30 am
Are we there yet? A Guide to Develop a Theory of Change to Help Evaluate Your Programs
Elena Ragusa, Drive Evaluation Studios, Inc.

Webinar Recording
PowerPoint Slides


Logic models, outcomes, indicators, targets, quantitative and qualitative data – these terms all refer to elements of learning and evaluation that help us decide, communicate, and track what we do, why we do it, and what is changing as a result. In this interactive workshop, we will define key elements of evaluation and evaluative thinking, discuss the value of an evaluative approach to your work, and explore how to build this into your organizational culture. Using real examples from nonprofits that have used data in strategic ways and applied a learning and evaluation lens to their efforts, we will share practical strategies and tips to make evaluative thinking feel relevant and feasible for program staff. You should leave the session with an understanding of key evaluation components and next steps to infuse more data-use and evaluative thinking into your organization.

September 22, 2021 - Where Are We Going? Using “Evaluative Thinking” to Inform Your Programming 

September 22, 2021 10:00 - 11:30 am

Where are we Going? Using "Evaluative Thinking" to Inform Your Programming
Elena Ragusa - Drive Evaluation Studio, Inc.


Session Recording
PowerPoint Slides

 

Logic models, outcomes, indicators, targets, quantitative and qualitative data – these terms all refer to elements of learning and evaluation that help us decide, communicate, and track what we do, why we do it, and what is changing as a result. In this interactive workshop, we will define key elements of evaluation and evaluative thinking, discuss the value of an evaluative approach to your work, and explore how to build this into your organizational culture. Using real examples from nonprofits that have used data in strategic ways and applied a learning and evaluation lens to their efforts, we will share practical strategies and tips to make evaluative thinking feel relevant and feasible for program staff. You should leave the session with an understanding of key evaluation components and next steps to infuse more data-use and evaluative thinking into your organization.

 

 

 

August 16, 2021 - Returning to the Office: Legal Issues Relating to Vaccinations, Masks and Social Distancing 

Monday, August 16, 2021, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Legal Issues Relating to Vaccinations, Masks and Social Distancing
Webinar Recording

You may return to the office with a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated employees, with some employees unwilling or unable to take the vaccine. Do we create blanket policies for all staff? Require masks for some and not others? And how do we reconcile competing interests and best protect our employees and the community?
This interactive webinar will focus on legal issues surrounting vaccinations, masks and social distancing - what an employer can or should require, and questions the employer should consider. The presenter will also address these safety approaches as they relate to guests, visitors and clients.
There will be time dedicated for Q&A, so please bring your questions with you!.

Presenter: Matthew Miklave, Attorney at Law
This session is being offered in partnership with Pro Bono Partnership and the Law Office of Matthew Miklave, PLLC

Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides

May 25, 2021 - Legal Issues with Managing a Remote Workforce 

Tuesday, May 15, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Legal Issues with Managing a Remote Workforce
Webinar Recording

This interactive virtual workshop will offer practical suggestions regarding policies and procedures that nonprofits should consider when some or all of their workforce is working remotely. It will provide a high-level overview of several major challenges that nonprofits face when adapting to the virtual world, inculding managing productivity and performance, complying with wage and hour rules, cybersecurity issues, loss of office culture and connection, and more. Whether you're supporting virtual work in the current environment or deciding whether to go fully virtual in the long term, this workshop will be relevant to your needs. There will be a couple of breakout discussions during which you will have the opportunity to share ideas and practices with your fellow attendees, so please be prepared to participate and keep your cameras on for these discussions, as far as possible.

Presenter: Attorney Sami Assad, Partner, FordHarrison
Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides
Resource 1 - FordHarrison COVID Resources

May 18, 2021 - Strategic-Scenario Planning 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Planning During the Pandemic: Using Scenario Planning to Make Decisions During Uncertain Times
Webinar Recording

The only certainty during the COVID-19 pandemic has been uncertainty. Learn how to use scenario planning to break down and consider the many risks and opportunities nonprofits face today. This session will walk through the basics of scenario planning and present a nonprofit case example. You will leave the workshop with a step-by-step scenario planning approach that you can implement at your organization.

Presenter: Juliana Koo, Vice President, TDC
Handout 1 Power Point Slides
Handout 2 Guide to Scenario Planning
Handout 3 Case Study

May 11, 2021 - Board Leadership During (and After) the Pandemic 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Board Leadership During (and After) the Pandemic: Adapting and Stepping Up
Webinar Recording

Board members don't always know how to respond during uncertain and unpredictable times such as these. Some go into emergency mode, while others become less active. Neither is your best move.
Joiin us for a spirited conversation about board governance in the age of COVID -- and beyond. We will discuss:

  • Strategic questions boards should be exploring now
  • How the board can best support staff
  • Tools for prioritizing and protecting core programs
  • Financial leadership questions you should be asking right now
  • How to raise more money now -- and how to better involve your board in fundraising

This will be an interactive webinar, so we encourage you to bring your questions, concerns, and ideas.

Presenter: Andy Robinson, Andy Robinson Consulting
Handout 1: PowerPoint Slides
Resource 1: MacMillan Matrix
Resource 2: MacMillan Matrix Rephrased
Resource 3: Cycle of Fundraising
Resource 4: Garden City Harvest FR Menu 2017
Resource 5: Board FR Agreement
Resource 6: Blog Post - Is Your Board a Cost Center ... or a Profit Center?

Resource 7: Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money
Resource 8a: House Party Overview
Resource 8b: House Party Night
Resource 8c: House Party Key Elements
Resource 8d: House Party Script
Resource 9: Contingency Budget Sample
Resource 10: Contingency Budget Worksheet


 

April 26, 2021 - How Succession Planning Builds Organizational Sustainability 

Monday, April 26, 2021, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
How Succession Planning Builds Organizational Sustainability and Strengthens Staff and Board Leadership
Webinar Recording

Effective succession planning prepares an organization for the departure of its executive director and other key staff and board leaders, and contributes to your organization's sustainability and success. This session will allow you to better understand the components of succession planning, key roles of staff and board, and techniques for managing planned and unplanned departures in ways that strengthen your organizational capacity. You will also gain an overview of the core elements of CEO transition planning, and how strong succession planning contributes to successful CEO transitions.
Presenter: Frank Abdale, Abdale Consulting
Handout 1 - PP Slides
Handout 2 - Emergency Succession Plan Template
Handout 3 - Sample Board Recruitment Matrix
Handout 4 - NP Executive Succession Planning Toolkit
Handout 5 - Building Leaderful Organizations
Handout 6 - Sample Leadership Transition Committee Charter
Handout 7 - Legacy Statement Template
Handout 8 - ED Self Reflection Template
Handout 9 - General Succession Planning Resources
Handout 10 - Sample Board Member Pledge Form
Handout 11 - Sample Board Member Commitment Letter
Handout 12 - Self Assessment for Nonprofit Boards
 

March 31, 2021 - How to Develop and Lead Successful Virtual Sessions 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
How to Develop and Lead Successful Virtual Sessions
Webinar Recording

Based on survey research conducted during the pandemic, this webinar will provide recommendations for making your virtual meetings and presentations more engaging, dynamic and accessible. You'll learn what the data show in terms of what works, what doesn't work, and best practices for structuring sessions, effective facilitation, and specific engagement tools and techniques.
Presenter: Andy Goodman, Co-founder and Director of The Goodman Center

Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides
Handout 2 - Report: Unmuted

HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY: Fall 2021 Webinars 

Hartford Public Library – Fall 2021 Virtual Workshops for Nonprofits

Please visit the Hartford Public Library’s website to learn about and register for Fall 2021 workshops, hosted on Zoom:

https://www.hplct.org/library-services/nonprofits/workshops

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOP IN ADVANCE If you have any questions, please email nonprofitslearn@hplct.org

December

BOARD MEMBER BOOTCAMP
Presenter: Mae Maloney, Leadership Greater Hartford
Wednesday, December 8: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Session Recording
Session PowerPoint Slides
Newly appointed nonprofit board members or serving board members that have never received formal board training will learn about the ten basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards as well as the duties of individual board members, relationship between board and staff, and common issues facing nonprofit boards.

November

STRATEGIC VISIONING: CREATE THE FUTURE YOU WANT FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION
Presenter: Roosevelt Smith, Roosevelt Smith Consulting
Wednesday, November 17: 11:30 am– 1:30 pm
Session Recording
Session PowerPoint Slides
Handout 1 - Editable Triage: Assessment Tool
Handout 2 - Nonprofit Business Model: Interactive Tool

Are you looking to reimagine, innovate and or adjust your organization post COVID-19, but do not have the time, resources, or desire to engage in a formal Strategic Planning process? Join us for this Strategic Visioning Workshop. This workshop will outline a process and offer tools to help you imagine what your organization wants to be and accomplish in the future in light of changing circumstances, uncertainty, and instability.

HELPING YOUR NONPROFIT THRIVE: SUCCESSION PLANNING AND EXECUTIVE TRANSITIONS
Presenter: Cathy J. Cohen, C.J. Cohen Associates
Wednesday, November 10: 11:30 am– 1:30 pm
Session Recording

Session PowerPoint Slides
Most nonprofit organizations have two key criteria for success: fulfilling their mission and having long-term impact. We’ll explore how succession planning can help your organization thrive, ensure your organization’s sustainability, and identify key areas of vulnerability.  Both succession planning and executive transitions include many core activities that support an organization over time. We’ll discuss some of these, such as adopting a strategic perspective, developing a sustainable business model, and continually building board and staff leadership.

October

NONPROFIT FUNDAMENTALS
Presenter: Roosevelt Smith, Roosevelt Smith Consulting
PowerPoint Slides - Part 1 & Part 2

Part 1: Tuesday, October 12, 11:30 am– 1:30 pm
Part 2: Thursday, October 14, 11:30 am– 1:30 pm
Who said starting and running a nonprofit would be easy? Because it is not. Join this 2-hour interactive virtual workshop to learn the basics of building, managing, and sustaining a nonprofit organization during this time. Workshop topics will include mission focus, fundraising and development, board governance, and performance measurement. PowerPoint presentation and other handouts will be emailed to participants

2020 Nonprofit Webinars: Recordings & Handouts

December 4, 2020 - Human Resources Legal Considerations for Nonprofits During COVID-19 

Friday, December 4, 2020
Webinar Recording Not Available

(For Executive Directors/CEOs, Board Members and Consultants)
Nonprofits are facing a host of employment isues related to COVID-19 that can raise legal considerations. This session will help nonprofit leaders find guidance on issues including:

  • Paid leave
  • Workplace health and safety obligations during COVID-19
  • Screening and restricting employees due to COVID-19
  • Obligations when conducting furloughs and layoffs or reducing work schedules
  • COVID-19 related benefits or accomodations for employees who are "high risk" or are fearful of returning to work
  • Implementing COVID-19-specific policies, plans, or procedures
  • Types of employment related financial assistance available under the CARES Act

Presenter: Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson, Esq., Robinson+Cole
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November 6, 2020 - Getting Started on Your DEI Journey: A Primer for Nonprofits 

Friday, November 6, 2020
Session Recording

This introductory session provides the opportunity for nonprofit leaders to take intentional steps to begin the process of embedding a strategy focused on diversity, equity and inclusion into the fabric of their organizations. The session includes a high level overview of foundational content on diversity, equity, racism, and bias; help you to identify the case for DEI as an operational capability and imperative; and identify concrete steps necessary to begin the important work of examining your organization and your work through a DEI lens.
Presenter: Joelle Murchison, ExecMommyGroup

Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides

October 30, 2020 - Converting In-Person Events to Successful Virtual Experiences 

October 30, 2020
Webinar Recording

This webinar provides an overview of how to plan and execute successful virtual events including: setting goals; deciding what works and what doesn't work in a virtual format; determining how you and your audience will participate in the event, and how to select the right platform.
Presenter: Renee Reid
Handout 1 - PP Slides
Handout 2 - Virtual Event Reminders and Resources

October 22, 2020 - Amplifying Impact: Strategic Alliances in Uncertain Times 

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Webinar Recording

In light of the continuing global pandemic, nonprofit organizations are struggling to continue to pivot programs and services, maintain client and volunteer engagement, and in some cases, make very difficult decisions about letting go of staff. Our objective for this session is to prepare nonprofit leaders and board members to start asking the harder questions about the future of their organizations: how can we use scenario planning and financial forecasting to better assess our organizational health? What are our options and opportunities for partnering with others in order to amplify our impact?
Presenters: Anne Yurasek, Principal, and Cynthia Rojas, Consultant, Fio Partners

Powerpoint Slides
Handout 1 - Early Warning Core Assessment
Handout 2 - What If Art
Handout 3 - Sample Relational Mapping Effort
Handout 4 - Questions for Board Members to Explore

July 16, 2020 - Financial Scenario Planning in a Changing Environment 

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Webinar Recording
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As nonprofit leaders in today's uncertain environment, it is essential to have financial tools and processes in place that will help you evaluate options and make key decisions quickly and effectively. This webinar discusses 1) financial analysis: where are we now? 2) how do we create financial scenarios, from recovery to worst-case? 3) what financial information do we gather and what questions should we ask? 4) what tools can we use to simplify the process?
Presenter: Gina McDonald, CPA, FMA

June 30, 2020 - Tools and Tips for Making the Most of Working From Home 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Webinar Recording

How can we ensure we are makig the most of our work-from-home set up and tools for the longer term? In this webinar we cover 1) Ideal technology set-up scenarios to support productive work-from-home, 2) How o keep your organization's data and technology secure while employees work from home, 3) Best practices for managing remote teams.
Presenter: Lindsay Bealko, Toolkit Consulting

June 16, 2020 - Legal Considerations for Re-Opening Nonprofits to Employees and the Public 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Webinar Recording Not Available

This webinar discusses the legal challenges that nonprofits may face when re-opening and also reviews six important questions that nonprofits should be asking when it comes to implementing a return to work plan.
Presenter: Matthew Miklave, Partner, Robinson+Cole
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June 1, 2020 - The Webinar on Webinars 

Monday, June 1, 2020
Webinar Recording

This webinar will show you: 1) how to make webinars and online trainings more interesting, 2) how to keep participants engaged from beginning to end, 3) how to create a positive online experience.
Presenter: Andy Goodman, Co-Founder and Director of The Goodman Center
 

May 11, 2020 - How to Fundraise in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond 

Tuesday, May 11, 2020
Webinar Recording
This practical webinar helps your nonprofit focus on how to adapt current Fundraising Strategies to be optimally effective during COVID-19 crisis.
Presenter: Jeff Brooks
Named "America's top fundraising writer" by communications expert Tom Ahern, Jeff Brooks blogs at the popular Future Fundraising Now

 

“It was, in fact, the single most useful learning experience I’ve had in 30 years of nonprofit work. I’ll be spending the next year or two implementing everything I got out of this event.”


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