Upcoming Workshops & Forums
Organized By Level
NPCC hosts 50 workshops each year that are aligned into tracks following the guiding Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence to provide our member nonprofits with much-needed technical and managerial expertise and information. NPCC’s educational trainings include webinars, full-day workshops, half-day workshops, and advocacy/policy issue updates.
NPCC manages four forums a year, providing an opportunity for experts to come together to discuss and explore a specific topics and issues of importance to area nonprofits.
No prior knowledge. Attendees will not need significant prior knowledge of the subject area.
Nonprofit boards are critical to the success of NYC organizations. This hands-on workshop offers essential information to help boards fulfill their roles. Presenters offer straightforward descriptions, examples and thought-provoking visuals to de-mystify tricky governance terms and concepts. Participants then work in groups on a case study that expands their ability to identify and avoid common governance traps.
Workshop material is based on The Good Governance Blueprint, a free resource developed by the NYC Nonprofit Board Development Coalition, a group of nonprofit governance experts convened by NYC Service, a division of the Mayor's Office. In addition to providing information about the Blueprint, presenters will also share information about other valuable, free resources to support nonprofit board development and director education.
- An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of individual board members
- An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the board on whole
- Tips on identifying, preventing and -- if needed -- addressing common board problems
Area of Excellence: Governance
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 9:30am - 11:30am | Click here to register.
Bewildered by ever-proliferating laws around the employment relationship? This workshop will help you understand the laws affecting hiring, managing, and terminating employees, including brand-new laws affecting workplace harassment, leaves of absence, and scheduling.
- The legal principles underpinning common HR practices
- The one thing you must never do when sexual harassment is alleged
- One simple principle to help you reach effective, legally compliant decisions about your employees
Area of Excellence: Human Resources
Level: 101 (No Prior Knowledge. Attendees will not need significant prior knowledge of the subject area.)
Wednesday, July 25 – 9:30am – 11:30am | Click here to register.
A budget requires time and a team effort to create and it should be used as a tool to guide decision making throughout the year and help maintain financial stability. We will provide a step by step process for the “team” creation of an annual budget including preparation, team selection, monitoring, controlling the budget and taking ownership of it. The workshop will also review the latest accounting technologies, i.e. budget software, that can assist in the creation and monitoring of budgets.
- Importance of a “team” approach and “ownership” of budgeting process
- Capturing the optimal amount of detail to be used as an effective tool to help meet your goals and avoid pitfalls
- Benefits of projections and forecasting throughout the year as a result of budget vs. actual variances.
- Technologies that can assist in the creation and monitoring of budgets.
Area of Excellence: Financial Management
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:30am - 11:30am | Click here to register.
General Prior Knowledge. Attendees will be familiar with the topic, but only assumed to have general knowledge.
Sometimes things go wrong – A data breach, malware infection, data loss, power outage, or personal emergency can cripple your organization if you’re unprepared. The best thing you can do for your organization is put together a plan before things go awry.
In this workshop, we will focus on what to do when something unexpected happens and ensure you are fully prepared to weather the storm.
Learn exactly what to do before, during, and after an incident occurs. Just as important as knowing which steps to take, is knowing what not to do when things go wrong.
- Types of disasters that can strike
- How to think about impact of different disasters
- Scenario planning exercise
Area of Excellence: Information Technology
Thursday, July 19, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am | Click here to register.
Perhaps you’ve heard the expression before: “the director didn’t earn the ending.” But what does that mean exactly, and how does it apply to non-profit storytelling? This introductory workshop will walk non-profit staff through the process of identifying, collecting, and telling the stories of the local stakeholders you work with.
We will cover the philosophy of storytelling, revealing the key components that one kind find in nearly any story ever told, and why these components are so important for creating an emotional connection to your audience.We will then discuss the nuts and bolts of creatingsuch a story, including basic equipment requirements (most of which you probably already carry around with you). Finally, we’ll discuss how to plan out a more consistent storytelling agenda, so that your organization can regularly produce stories from communities,creating a consistent storytelling presence on social media and in your marketing platforms (emails, website, etc.).
- The fundamental characteristics and arcs of effective storytelling.
- How to go through the process of telling someone else’s story, while honoring its authenticity.
- What equipment your organization will need to capture and produce stories.
- How to create a a storytelling agenda for your organization.
Area of Excellence: Communications
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:30am - 11:30am | Click here to register.
Intermediate Prior Knowledge. Attendees should have intermediate knowledge of the subject area before arriving.
The Results Are In! Now What? Understanding & Presenting Your Findings
You've clarified your outcomes. You've even managed to collect some data. Now what? Many nonprofits invest time and energy in measuring outcomes, but don't reap all the rewards of their hard work. They submit findings to funders, and then move on to the next thing. Don't waste this valuable resource! Review your findings. Learn from them. Share them with others. In this session, we will explore various strategies to ensure you can make the most of the data you've collected.
- An understanding of the "4 Rights of Making Data Relevant"
- How to determine what kinds of results interest certain stakeholders
- How to present findings so they "tell your program’s story"
Area of Excellence: Results & Impact
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:30am - 11:30am | Click here to register.
It takes the most effort to bring a new donor into your organization, so it is crucial that we build on their interest once they have knocked on the door. We need to offer them the opportunity to deepen their investment and give them a sense of satisfaction with the results of their gifts. In this workshop we will share strategies to effectively implement each stage of the development cycle to develop individual donors and also gain an understanding about people's motivations for giving.
- Strategies to use year-round program schedule as a springboard for fundraising engagement
- Tools to identify donors ready for an upgrade
- Understand the components of an effective ask
Area of Excellence: Fundraising & Resource Development
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am | Click here to register.
If you ask nonprofit leaders what they see as the biggest obstacle to improving technology in their organizations, the most common answer is “money”. Other resource constraints such as expertise and staffing are often mentioned as well. Given all these constraints and the incredible pace of technology change, how can nonprofits keep up?
We’ll explore how to identify potential funding sources for different types of technology projects and outline strategies for approaching these funders by building a case for your organization’s specific technology needs.
Over the course of the workshop, we'll be guiding attendees through the completion of a technology fundraising application, preparing attendees for submersion in the Technology Funding Shark Tank. The last part of this workshop will be the "Shark Tank", where selected participants will pitch their project to a panel of sharks comprised of facilitators and audience members.
- Understand how funding opportunities fit within an overall IT budget or strategy
- Understand how strategic planning enhances your ability to find and obtain grants
- How to build a realistic action plan for navigating the technology funding landscape
Area of Excellence: Information Technology
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 9:30am - 11:30am | Click here to register.
Advanced Prior Knowledge. Attendees should have advanced knowledge of the subject area before arriving
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. Events 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 the 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.