Current Offerings

 Our workshops expand the expertise of your staff at all levels, from direct service staff to supervisors, and senior executives to board members. Workshops are conducted by experts in their fields with experience in the nonprofit sector, and who demonstrate competency in both content knowledge and training.



Registration

We are in the process of converting our online event registration to a more user friendly system. The new platform will be ready on January 30th February 9th. It's taking a bit longer than we anticipated! We appreciate your understanding.

In the meantime, if you would like to register for a workshop please call us directly (860) 525-5080 ext. 0, or download the registration form (PDF) and fax it to us at (860) 525-5088. We apologize for any inconvenience.
 

REGISTER BY PHONE:
Call us at 860.525.5080 ext. 0

REGISTER BY FAX OR MAIL:
Download and print the registration form and send it to: CT Nonprofits | 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 1 - 100 | Hartford, CT 06106, or fax it to (860) 525-5088

***To register for a Fairfield County Workshop please use this registration form.

 


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DIRECTIONS TO OUR NEW LOCATION AT 75 CHARTER OAK AVENUE IN HARTFORD



Upcoming Workshops

  FUNDRAISING & GRANTS

  LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

  FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE

  HUMAN RESOURCES

  MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS


FUNDRAISING & GRANTS

 

CULTIVATE YOUR INDIVIDUAL DONORS
January 23 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

For most nonprofits, individual donors are their bread and butter when it comes to raising funds. This workshop familiarizes students with the specifics of creation, enhancement and improvement of that essential relationship between nonprofit organizations and their donors. Aspects of the donor/recipient bond will be examined as they relate to different categories of individual donors: your prospects, casual donors, major supporters, board members, and lapsed donors. The full range of donor relations will be explored, with highly practical advice and interactive exercises incorporated to reinforce what is learned.
Trainer: Judi Margolin
Member: $70; Non-member: $90
 

LOGIC MODELS FOR GRANTS
February 27 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

The logic model is a valuable tool for program planning and implementation, securing grant funds and evaluating success. The logical “if then” scenario describes how your program will work to achieve the desired outcomes. Not only do many grant makers require a logic model in proposals they receive, it is also a value tool to frame the content of your proposal.

Trainer: Diane Gedeon-Martin, The Write Source
Member: $70; Non-member: $90
 

GRANTS – HOW TO GET THEM AND THEN WHAT
March 18 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

This workshop explores the ins and outs of grant seeking, providing some very specific advice about how to be successful at securing outside funding from foundations and corporations. Topics include: the various types of grants, what kinds of grants in which dollar amounts work best for different types of funders and alternatives to cash grants. How to determine where grants fit in your overall funding scheme, and what to do when you actually receive a grant to ensure you are well positioned for the next grant are also addressed.

Trainer: Judi Margolin
Member: $70; Non-member: $90
 

GRANT PROPOSAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
April 10 & 17 | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm | United Way, New Haven

The popular Certificate in Grant Seeking two-day workshop series helps participants identify potential grant makers, learn the elements of writing successful grant proposals, prepare a draft of their proposal including a logic model and understand the challenges of being a grant reviewer. These workshops are ideal for both the novice and intermediate grant seeker. All participants are asked to bring an idea for a project or program in need of funding. Workshops in this series combine lecture, discussion and hands-on learning.

DAY 1 | Finding Funders and Grant Proposal Writing
This workshop provides a step-by-step process to identify and locate appropriate funding sources including foundations and corporate giving programs. Learn the appropriate tools to use to match the proper funding institution to the needs of the nonprofit organization.

Topics include:
• Changing the face of grants
• Identifying types of funding institutions
• Identifying resources
• Providing a method of determining potential match

Grant Proposal Writing Part 1
This workshop provides working knowledge of how grant makers review proposals as well as develop the program or project idea. Discussions will include developing outcomes using logic models.

Topics include:
• How grant makers review proposals
• Typical reasons for rejection
• Logic model development

DAY 2 | Grant Proposal Writing Part 2
Receive a section-by-section outline for preparing successful grant proposals, timelines, flowcharts and evaluation methodology. Fine-tune your skills to craft competitive grant proposals. Discussions include formatting the narrative to get to the point quickly and effectively.

Topics include:
• Four C’s of effective grant proposals
• Making your proposal stand out
• Recommended reading list
Grant Proposal Review

Learn methods used by foundations, corporations and government agencies to review grant proposal submissions. After a one-week break, participants provide a draft of their proposal for review by their peers in the workshop. The feedback they receive will strengthen their proposal and confidence to submit their request to a grant maker.

Topics include:
• Methods grant makers use to review proposals
• The dynamics of committee review and discussion

Trainer: Diane Gedeon-Martin, The Write Source
Member: $250; Non-member: $300
 

Workshop Categories


 LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

 

BUILDING YOUR ORGANIZATION'S DASHBOARD
January 21 | 9:30 am -12:30 pm | Wilton Library - Brubeck Room, 137 Old Ridgefield Road,
Wilton (*in partnership with Fairfield County Community Foundation)

An engaged Board means an informed Board. Does your Board require more relevant information to be effective? Do your financial reports confound and overwhelm your Board? This workshop will help you, your staff, and board members discover the power of dashboards. Help your board of directors hold better discussions, have more efficient meetings, and make better decisions. Teach your staff how to gather data proactively in preparation for meaningful presentations at the board meeting. Learn how to uncover the relevant information in your income statements and balance sheets and display them in a clear and concise manner that everyone will appreciate.
By the end of this program you will be able to:
1. Create dashboards and present the information in an efficient, meaningful and concise manner
2. Build charts, tables, graphs representing key financial benchmarks such as money raised and money saved
3. Evaluate the board response and re-calibrate the dashboard for continuous improvement

Trainer: Sharon Danosky, Danosky & Associates
Fee: $45
 

BUILDING EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION & ENGAGEMENT
January 27 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

In this hands-on, three-hour program, participants explore a variety of techniques for turning employee satisfaction and engagement into increased organizational value.

Learning Objectives:
• Examine best practice research related to employee satisfaction and engagement
• Explore the business cost of losing talent
• Create a framework for understanding employee satisfaction drivers
• Learn new techniques for improving employee engagement and retention
• Expand awareness of the leadership opportunity associated with employee satisfaction
• Develop new strategies for increasing leadership influence and impact
• Build a meaningful plan of action
Gain insight into leadership development opportunities

Trainer: David O’Brien, WorkChoice Solutions
Member: $70; Non-member: $90
 

ORGANIZING FOR SUCCESS
February 18 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

The key to getting organized is to analyze when and how you approach tasks in the workplace. This workshop provides tips, tools, ideas and strategies that result in immediate, measurable improvement to your productivity. Attendees learn strategies to improve the quality of their work, increase the amount of work they are able to produce and reduce the stress caused by disorganization.

Trainer: Carol Boin, CREC
Member: $70; Non-member: $90

ACCOUNTABILITY THAT WORKS
February 20 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

The Accountability That Works program provides a systematic way to overcome common barriers to productivity by focusing on a 3-stage cycle that includes Responsibility, Empowerment and Accountability. Tied together with clear agreements, this cycle allows employees at all levels to make significant progress with moving tasks forward to achieve a higher level of impact, satisfaction and success.
The content and activities in this workshop help participants to develop skills in accepting responsibility, building self-empowerment and creating a deeper personal leadership mindset that enhances job impact and satisfaction.
Trainer: Dave O’Brien, WorkChoice Solutions
Member: $60; Non-member: $80
 

EXPLORING THE POWER OF LEADERSHIP VISION
March 5 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

Considered by many as a critical leadership competency for the 21st century, leadership visioning is the engine that allows organizations to thrive during uncertain times. Additionally, today’s highly competitive business climate demands that leaders at all levels have a compelling vision of the future. In this hands-on and highly interactive workshop, participants are provided with the opportunity to explore the visioning process from a “best practice” vantage point. The program also provides participants with a solid framework for developing a team specific vision and related action plan.

Trainer: Dave O’Brien, Workchoice Solutions
Member: $70; Non-member: $90
 

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: A STRATEGIC PLANNING TOOLBOX
April 1 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

This interactive workshop provides the tools to prepare and undertake a strategic planning process. It covers preparing your board and staff for planning, designing the information base for decision-making and determining roles and responsibilities.

Trainer: Anne Yurasek, Fio Partners
Member: $70; Non-member: $90
 

LEADER, MENTOR, COACH: SUPERVISORY SKILLS CERTIFICATE SERIES
April 9 & 16 | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm | Graustein Memorial Fund, Hamden

A 2-day certificate program for new and established supervisors

This course provides a foundation for your success and the success of your staff. Both days are interactive and feature brief lectures, experiential exercises, case studies, simulations, skill self-assessments and individual goal-setting.
Day One: Leadership & Communication
Day Two: Performance Management & Priority Setting

Trainer: Devon Dabbs, Fio Partners
Member: $230; Non-member: $280
 

STRATEGY THAT WORKS: LEARN TO PLAN AND EXECUTE EFFECTIVELY IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT
April 23 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm | Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Norwalk

Most nonprofit leaders recognize that it’s hard to accomplish mission without a good plan. In today’s environment, planning is critical when resources are tight and need is great. However, traditional strategic plans often fail and are never executed. Why? It’s hard to plan when the future is often uncertain and changing rapidly.
One solution to planning and executing more effectively is to use scenario planning. Scenario planning works alongside other strategic planning techniques to ensure that strategy takes into account the environment in which organizations operate. Scenario planning is a powerful process which can help nonprofit leaders:

• Align strategic planning activities across the organization
• Foster useful strategic conversations among key executives and managers
• Enhance responsive to emerging challenges and opportunities
• Generate and assess innovative strategies
• Build deep understanding of business environment drivers

By attending this session and learning about the art of scenario planning, you will be able to more realistically plan for your organization and be better prepared for the future.

Trainer: John Brothers, Quidoo Consulting
Fee: $45
 

Workshop Categories


 FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE

 

HOW TO BUDGET RESPONSIBLY
February 25 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

In order to ensure an organization’s success, it is critical to employ thoughtful and skilled budgeting, diligent monitoring and timely adjustments as unexpected contingencies emerge. Workshop participants learn budgeting best practices and various techniques to cope with increased financial uncertainty, including scenario budgeting, pro forma forecasting and cash management.

Trainer: Aviv Aviad, Cornus Consulting
Member: $70; Non-member: $90
 

THE NONPROFIT BOOKKEEPING CERTIFICATE SERIES
March 20 & 27 | 9:00 am – 3:30 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

This two-day series will leave you with an understanding of the essentials of nonprofit bookkeeping.

This program is ideal for individuals with a basic understanding of bookkeeping and a desire to learn, enhance or refresh the skills necessary to serve as a bookkeeper for a nonprofit organization. Areas of concentration will include the following topics and more:

• Review of assets, liabilities, equity, revenues and expenses
• Double-entry bookkeeping
• Cash vs. accrual basis of accounting
• Basic internal controls
• Record retention
• Non-profit vs. for profit accounting
• The bookkeeping cycle (including cash receipts, cash disbursements and payroll)
• Accounting system overview including the chart of accounts, general ledger, cost centers
• Financial statement preparation
• Review of the annual audit process

Trainer: Robert Cappellucci, Premier Accounting
Member: $250; Non-member: $300
 

Workshop Categories


HUMAN RESOURCES

 

EMPLOYMENT LAW
March 3 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

All nonprofits should be familiar with the employment laws applicable to employees in the state. Whether you have volunteers, employees or consult, join us for a discussion on what you should be aware of in terms of compensation, hiring, termination and more.

Trainer: Nick Daukas, KardasLarson
Member: $25; Non-member: $50
 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION IN THE WORKPLACE
March 6 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

April 24 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

Designed to meet the requirements of P.A. 91-85, this is an interactive, dynamic workshop where participants develop skills to respond appropriately when faced with a sexual harassment complaint. Attendees leave this seminar with tools necessary to eliminate confusion and help them be proactive in their supervisory roles.

Trainer: Catherine Blinder
Member: $70; Non-member: $90
 

Workshop Categories


MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

 

THE ONLINE ENGAGEMENT, ADVOCACY AND FUNDRAISING COURSE

iMission Partners and Connecticut Association of Nonprofits have partnered to offer a comprehensive course to teach nonprofit executives and their development, communications and marketing teams exactly how to harness powerful online tools and proven marketing strategies to build their own Nonprofit Online Success Engine.
The Course also includes online office hours. It is limited to 12 organizations.

Session 1: Design Your Online Success Strategy
March 11 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

Session 2: Build Your Online Success Engine
March 25 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

Session 3: Activate Your Online Success Engine
April 8 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

Trainer: Rob Leighton, iMission
Fee: $200 | Bring up to 2 additional guests from your organization for $50 per person

 

CLICKS, TWEETS, LIKES AND RESULTS: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT
March 24 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm | University of Bridgeport – Waterbury Campus

Does your organization have a Facebook page? Are you tweeting? Liking? As the use of social media becomes more and more pervasive, nonprofits of all sizes are asking the question: how much time, energy and resources should we invest in these communication tools? And is the investment worth it for our organization? This course is for nonprofit staff engaged in developing and executing a social media strategy for their organization. The course reviews how to develop a clear evidence-based strategy for using social media, provides an overview on how to use Facebook and other social media tools to target and engage supporters, provides guidance on developing content that is compelling and engaging and reviews tools for tracking and measuring your success.

Trainer: Anne Yurasek, Fio Partners
Member: $70; Non-member: $90
 

BUSINESS WRITING
April 7 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm | CT Nonprofits, Hartford

Business writing is different from creating poetry or writing a novel; it must issue a "call to action." Regardless of what types of documents you routinely produce in your professional role, you can increase your writing power and become a more effective communicator. Participants learn how to sharpen their writing skills and produce documents that get results.

Trainer: Carol Boin, CREC
Member: $70; Non-member: $90
 

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