2015 Awards Application Clinics
NPCC will hold five application clinics and one phone conference to give those considering submitting an application for the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards a chance to ask questions and get more detailed information about the application and selection processes. Prospective applicants are encouraged to bring a board member.
March 18 (Wednesday)   3:30-5pm  —  NPCC, Manhattan
March 19 (Thursday)   10-11:30am  —  Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville
March 27 (Friday)   10-11:30am  —  Adelphi University, Garden City
April 1 (Wednesday)   3:30-5pm  —  A.R.T./New York South Oxford Space, Brooklyn
April 2 (Thursday)   10-11:30am  —  Baruch College, Manhattan
April 8 (Wednesday)   12-1pm  Conference Call Q & A

March 6 (Friday)  9—10:30am - - - SOLD OUT - - -
Uh-oh, My Lease Is Up! Now What?
Michael Carlton, managing Principal of Carlton Architecture, will lead a roundtable discussion for nonprofit organizations that are facing a move in the next year. The goal of this session is to provide a forum where NPCC members can discuss their urgent real estate questions and concerns. Please submit your questions to ahead of the session. This workshop is limited to one person per organization and is geared to nonprofits with a lease that will expire in the next twelve months. Organizations with less urgent needs should attend the session on February 27.

March 10 (Tuesday)  9am—12pm - - - SOLD OUT - - -
Understanding Full Cost
An understanding of the full cost of programs can be critical in helping leaders make more informed and strategic decisions about how to allocate scarce resources, as well as also allow an organization to better advocate for the funding of indirect costs in grant proposals and government contract budgets. As the debate over the “overhead myth” has gained traction in the nonprofit sector, both private and government funders have become more aware of the importance of funding the full cost of services. In particular, the recently revised regulations of the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) now stipulate that nonprofits receiving federal funds must be reimbursed for reasonable indirect costs (sometimes called “overhead” or “administrative” costs) in addition to direct costs. If you find terms like “indirect” and “overhead” to be murky and unclear, haven’t recently undertaken an analysis of full cost of programs at your organization, or are unsure how to craft a “fully-loaded” budget to submit to a funder, Andrea T. Mills with FMA will help get you there. The workshop will include information on: identifying shared and indirect costs; understanding different cost allocation methodologies and ensuring allocations are appropriately substantiated; building indirect costs into program budgets to understand the real costs of program delivery; and, communicating the story of your organization’s “overhead” to funders and other external stakeholders.

March 11 (Wednesday)  9:30—11am
Planned Giving Demystified
Tony Martignetti is a lawyer but he doesn't talk like one. He will weave his stand-up comedy together with his experience hosting Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio to explain the technical side of planned giving so you'll enjoy great comfort talking to suspects, prospects, donors and colleagues about this black box branch of fundraising that intimidates many professionals. He will explain what planned giving is; why it's a valuable asset for your nonprofit; who are the best prospects; what are the different types of gifts; and how to start a program. Then he'll leave you with resources to learn more and answer all your questions.

March 12 (Thursday)  9:30—11:30am
Working with Consultants
Consultants can help you raise money, develop your board, train your staff and significantly increase your capacity in many ways. But how do you choose one and when is the right time to bring in a consultant? What can you expect to pay? How do manage the relationship? In addition to answering any questions participants may bring, this interactive workshop will offer an overview of the benefits, challenges and nuances of working with consultants. Frank Abdale and Roxanne Greenstein—co-chairs of the Association of Nonprofit Specialists—will discuss when (or if) you should work with consultants; how consultants can save you money; types of consultants and consulting services; how to choose a consultant; contracts; characteristics of an ideal consultant; averages costs for different types of consulting services; managing the consultant relationship; and, legal and ethical considerations in using consultants.

March 18 (Wednesday)  9:30—11:30am - - - SOLD OUT - - -
Pathways to Excellence: Communications
Derived from Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence and featuring panelists from winners of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards over the past eight years, this workshop is dedicated to informing nonprofit leaders about strategies that work to achieve management excellence. Strong communications practices help nonprofits succeed, whether it’s by raising money, recruiting volunteers, advancing a policy agenda, launching a new program, or reaching another organizational goal. This session will include an exercise to help you think about what you’re already doing in this area and the steps you need to take to achieve excellence in managing your communications. This workshop will be of most interest to staff who work on communications or marketing. The panel will be moderated by Anat Gerstein, president at Anat Gerstein, Inc., and will feature as panelists Ken Small, development director at BronxWorks, Megwin Finegan, senior director of communications and constituent relations at New York Cares and Taeko Frost, executive director at Washington Heights CORNER Project.

March 23 (Monday)  4—6pm
NPCC 2015 Annual Meeting
Join us for our biggest event of the year! Catch up on NPCC's activities during the past year, and find out what's happening in the nonprofit world. The keynote speaker will be Earl Lewis, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Then join us for refreshments as we celebrate our former board chair, John E. Craig Jr., and his 30 years of dedicated service to NPCC. The event will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center Proshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.

March 31 (Tuesday)  9:30—11:30am - - - SOLD OUT - - -
Pathways to Excellence: Governance
Derived from Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence and featuring panelists from winners of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards over the past eight years, this workshop is dedicated to informing nonprofit leaders about strategies that work to achieve management excellence. A strong board-management partnership is one of the keys to managing a successful organization. How does your board of directors add value to your organization and help it perform better? How are board members involved and effectively engaged in policy oversight, leveraging resources and assuring accountability, transparency and effectiveness? How is board performance evaluated and how does the board evaluate the CEO's performance and compensation? This workshop will include an exercise to help you think about your current board practices and the steps you need to take to create a governance structure that moves your organization forward. This session will be of most interest to board members and executive directors. The panel will be moderated by Ann Marie Thigpen, director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University, and will feature as panelists Gregg Bishop, board chair at Red Hook Initiative and Jess Dannhauser, president & CEO at Graham Windham.

Registration is Required: Click on a workshop title above to register. Attendance may be limited to one person per 501(c)(3) member organization. By registering for a workshop you are making a firm commitment to attend. If you must cancel, please provide at least 48 hours notice so that someone else can take your place. Meetings begin and end on time so please plan your travel and schedules accordingly. If a workshop is marked as sold out, members may still sign up for a wait list in the event that a seat becomes available.

Unless noted otherwise, workshops are open only to NPCC's 501(c)(3) members and are held at NPCC's office at 135 West 36th Street, 15th Floor (between Broadway and 7th Avenue), New York NY, 10018. NPCC is a scent-free environment. Please do not use scented products when attending a meeting.