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

Geared primarily toward 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 are free and available only to nonprofits that serve the Hartford Foundation’s 29-town region. You must register to attend.

Nonprofit Workshops – Spring 2019

Invitations will be sent to executive directors/CEOs 5-6 weeks prior to each session. Locations for the sessions vary. Email nsp@hfpg.org to add or update your contact information, or suggest a workshop topic or presenter.

April 2, 2019 – NSP Spring Event: Unleashing the Full Potential of the Nonprofit Sector 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

(For Executive Directors/CEOs and Board Members)
In this sociopolitical climate, the nonprofit sector plays a critical role in protecting and advancing our communities. To do this effectively, there are many challenges we must address, from the "overhead myth" to being our own worst enemies by fostering martyrdom in the sector. But there are also many opportunities to strengthen our collective power including embracing stronger collaborations, finding new ways of working and fundraising, developing the next generation of leaders, and embedding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion into our everyday practices. This thought-provoking session will challenge us to think and act differently in order to unleash the sector's full potential.
Presenter: Vu Le, national nonprofit thought leader, speaker, writer and executive director, Rainier Valley Corps, Seattle, WA

Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides
Handout 2 - Links to Selected Blogs

May 14, 2019 - Succession and Sustainability Planning 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
8:30 a.m. to Noon

(For Executive Directors/CEOs and Board Members)
Executive leadership transitions are pivotal moments in an organization's lifecycle.They can be challenging and exciting for the departing executive and the board, and an opportunity for transformative change. Effective sustainability planning prepares an organization to weather the departure of key organizational leaders. In this workshop, executives and their board members will learn how to: build an adaptable organization that transitions leadership well, implement successful transition practices that address the search and hire of new leaders, manage staff reactions to change, and identify the effective roles of the executive and board.
Presenters: Jodi Dowling, Manager, Executive Search & Recruitment, and Nancy Jackson, Transition Consultant, TSNE MissionWorks


Handout 1 - PowerPoint slides
Handout 2 - Organizational Sustainability Checklist
Handout 3 - TSNE Exec Search & Transition Components
Handout 4 - Stepping Up: A Board's Challenge in Leadership Transition
Handout 5 - TSNE Emergency Succession Planning
Handout 6 - Components of a Succession Plan

June 25, 2019 - Achieving and Sustaining Financial Resilience 

Tuesday,June 25, 2019
8:30 a.m. to Noon

(For Executive Directors/CEOs, Finance Staff and Board Members)
Organizations that are financially resilient have a comprehensive understanding of their financial health, are able to successfully navigate current challenges, and strategically anticipate future needs. Topics will include: how a culture of inclusion, transparency, and team-based decision-making contributes to organizational resilience; the importance of multi-year planning, scenario planning, and ongoing financial performance management; and the critical role of a balanced revenue mix and appropriate capital structure in ensuring financial resilience in the long run.
Presenter: Gina McDonald, Lead Consultant, Fiscal Management Associates (FMA)

Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides
Handout 2 - Core Competencies of Financially Resilient Organizations


“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.”

Consultant Workshops

NSP also convenes consultants who work with nonprofits in the Hartford region. We provide a forum for them to exchange ideas, experiences and expertise with each other, and we deliver workshops that impart useful skills and tools to improve their practices.

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Want to start learning right now?

Check out the “I need help with” section of our website for resources on numerous aspects of nonprofit management and leadership.