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.


2021 Nonprofit Webinars

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 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
Webinar Recording

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
Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides
Handout 2 - 

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.

Hartford Public Public Library: Fall 2021 Virtual Workshops 

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

October

NONPROFIT FUNDAMENTALS
Presenter: Roosevelt Smith, Roosevelt Smith Consulting

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


November

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

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.

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
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.

December

BOARD MEMBER BOOTCAMP
Presenter: Mae Maloney, Leadership Greater Hartford
Wednesday, December 8: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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.

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

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.”


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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