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SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, December 2
2015 NJ Non-Profit Conference

The Palace at Somerset Park
Somerset, NJ

See last year's event:
2014 Annual Conference


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Events and Workshops

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  • Partner Events
  • Other Workshops
  • Recorded Webinars

Center for Non-Profits Events

The following courses are organized chronologically.

Webinar(Online Webinar)    In-person workshop(In-person Workshop or Seminar)

 In-person workshopManaging for Results: Strategies for Successful Outcomes Measurement
In partnership with the Nonprofit Coordinationg Committee of New York

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 24, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Seton Hall Law School, 1109 Raymond Blvd, Newark, NJ  07102 (walking distance from the Newark train station)
Registration is full for this FREE event (Wait List)

Learn how outcomes measurement can focus your organization on what is important about your work and the difference it makes. Through hands-on exercises, you’ll begin to develop an outcomes tracking plan that is both meaningful and manageable and discover the steps you need to take to achieve excellence in managing for results. This workshop will be most helpful to executive directors and program managers.

Presented by Laurel Molloy, Founder and Chief Consultant Innovations Quantified

Opening Remarks:
Helen Steblecki, Citi Community Development Market Manager for New Jersey, Manhattan & Staten Island
Michael Clark, President, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
Linda Czipo, Executive Director, Center for Non-Profits

The event is expected to reach capacity. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required for this FREE workshop. Reserve your spot today! For more information, call 212-502-4191 x230 or email dpenabad@npccny.org. 


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Webinar 5 Ways to Create Engaging Communications

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 14, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Your computer
Registration: $35 for Center Members* (and other state association members), $55 Non-members
* Current members: Use your FREE annual workshop webinar benefit. Contact the Center for the discont code.

Calling all nonprofit fundraisers and marketers! Have your communications fallen flat? We’ve got the perfect webinar for you. Learn some simple, actionable ways to give the messaging you use for fundraising and marketing a boost.

This workshop will provide proven tactics to help organizations make a deeper impact and build strong relationships with both their constituents and potential/existing donors. Jesse will help you find ways to improve the value of your communications, with a focus on:

  • being targeted with your messaging
  • being integrated in your execution and 
  • improving your use of analytics 

    Presenter: Jesse Park, Action Graphics

    Jesse Park, at heart, is a marketer and strategist who cares about helping move organizations forward. Jesse currently oversees all client services including marketing strategy and execution at Action Graphics - a leading print and marketing solutions company for non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Jesse has helped various organizations like Family Connections, Star of Hope, and Manhattan Country School implement innovative fundraising campaigns. His marketing strategy has resulted in the receipt of national industry marketing awards. A member of the National Association of Printing Leadership (NAPL) and past Vice President of the Business Marketing Association of NJ, Jesse stays looking young by chasing his 4 kids and dog around their yard in northwest NJ.


    In-person workshop Power, Purpose Performance: Non-profits Growing a Thriving Garden State

    Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - details to be announced
    Location: The Palace at Somerset Park, NJ

    The “must-attend” conference for non-profits and their allies!

    • Highlighting non-profits’ creativity, role and impact in our vibrant society
    • Cutting-edge discussions and practical breakouts
    • Insights and networking among diverse leaders and supporters of non-profits
    • Be a Champion for New Jersey’s Non-Profit Community! Sponsorship opportunities available!
    Our conference provides vital support to the Center’s programming to strengthen New Jersey’s non-profit community throughout the year. For more information, contact us at 732-227-0800 or or email us at center@njnonprofits.org. For last year's conference, please visit 2014 Highlights.

    Additional sessions tba - check back soon! Recordings of previously held ideas Webinars are also available.

    Past Workshops and Webinars Browse recorded webinars of our past events!
  • Center Partner Events:

    National Council of Nonprofits

    Shared Online Webinars (Center members are entitled to Member rates, posted as available.)

    Non Profit Development Center SNJ

    Please visit South Jersey Non-Profits' website for upcoming events: NPDCSNJ events page.

    Idealware Webinar

    Accidental Techie: How to Support your Organization without an IT Background

    Dates: Tuesdays, July 28 through August 11, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
    Location: Your computer
    Cost: $95 for non-members; $85 for Center Members - call the Center for the discount code


    A three-week course designed to help you streamline your IT duties, make your organization’s technology more secure and more efficient, plan for big technology projects, and better support your colleagues.  Don’t let an IT emergency become a disaster. You don’t have to go it alone. Let Idealware help you through the big IT issues many organizations face.

    Whether you jumped into an IT role at your organization or have been “pushed” into one—even if you’ve been making it work for years by figuring out IT issues on the fly—this course can help you save time, improve the effectiveness of your existing technology, and build a solid foundation to tackle future IT challenges.

    For information on upcoming programs, please visit: Idealware Online Training.


    Sending out an SMS for Social ChangeWebinar

    Date: Wednesday, June 24, 11:00 am
    Location: Your computer
    Cost: FREE (Register)

    With mobile quickly becoming the “first screen,” many communicators are finding the need to continually evolve their mobile strategies. While responsive sites and apps may get more attention, SMS or texting programs are proving to be among the most effective ways to reach and engage certain audiences. Join us for a discussion with Mobile Commons on the newest and most innovative ways to leverage mobile. This webinar will also feature best practices and lessons learned for creating SMS programs that can inspire and activate your audience.

    Leading Change Summit In-person workshop

    Date: September 13-16
    Location: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
    Cost: $550 for members; $850 non-members, with early-bird discounts through June 30 (Register)

    The Leading Change Summit is for those who are invested in their work and their mission. It is designed to help you form ideas and create a real path forward. Attendees come to LCS because their day-to-day work involves leadership, strategic development, technological evolution, and creating true social impact. Essentially, we want to bring together innovators who lead the change.


    NTEN records and archive all of their webinars, and most of them have additional materials provided by the speakers. Just visit http://www.nten.org/events/past/webinar. Many of their archived webinars are free for NTEN Members. Topics include:

    Center members can get a free introductory NTEN membership in 2014 (a $60+ value) - contact the Center right away!

    See other NTEN Webinars: Check for current NTEN Sessions

    NJAMHAA In-person workshop

    How to Energize Your Board and Leadership to Achieve Your Strategic Vision

    In this workshop for NJAMHAA, Dennis Miller will describe the key steps to go beyond the traditional strategic planning process to achieve long-term success and sustainability. The traditional way most nonprofit organizations embark on their strategic planning process often begins with high hopes, but concludes with little achieved, disappointment and the report often ending up on some executive’s shelf collecting dust. Based on Mr. Miller’s experience with performing numerous organizational and board performance assessment studies, the absolute lack of any real alignment of the organizations in pursuit of their visions became apparent to him. This workshop will describe how to incorporate the work of the Board, leadership team and staff to move towards a common strategic goal. This workshop will also enable the Board and leadership team to develop individual goals that support organizational goals. This includes aligning the committee structure of the Board, as well.

    Date: Tuesday, June 23, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
    Location: Integrity House, 103 Lincoln Park, Newark, NJ 07102
    Cost: NJAMHAA members $50; Non-members $75


    For more information and to register, please visit: NJAMHAA events page.


    Recorded Webinar Library

    Check out Archived ReadyTalk Webinars on topics like:

    • Being Green
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology (IT)
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations (PR)
    • Professional Development

    Archives are FREE and can be shared with everyone in your organization and on your board.

    For current Webinars: Details and registration


    View all of Readytalk's recorded trainings!

    Unemployment Services Trust logo Webinar

    5 Most Costly Unemployment Pitfalls for Nonprofits

    Date: Mulptiple dates avilable, June through October
    Location: Your computer
    Cost: FREE

    With $38 million in potential unemployment cost liability mitigated last year for over 2,000 nonprofits, many nonprofits are overpaying for unemployement insurance and the related costs.  This short 30-minute webinar identifies the five most hazardous unemployment pitfalls that could be costing your nonprofit thousands of dollars.  Participants will learn how to readily combat future unemployment overpayments and how to stay HR compliant.   Nonprofits with 10 or more employees should register for free at www.ChooseUST.org/webinars.   Even if you can't attend live, UST will send you the recording of the webinar. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact UST at 888-249-4788 or info@chooseust.org.


    Other Workshops and Conferences

    The following events are listed chronologically by when they occur. This list is updated frequently, so check back often!

    Sobel & Co: Roundtables & Breakfasts for Nonprofit Leaders In-person workshop

    Dates: June through December
    Location: Eisenhower Corporate Campus, 80 Beaufort Ave., Livingston, NJ
    Cost: Free, registration required

    Sobel & Co, LLC , a regional certified public accounting and consulting firm, provides high quality educational and networking breakfasts and afternoon roundtables for nonprofit leaders, board members and managers. For more information, including a schedule of events and registration, please visit Sobel & Co. Programs and Events.


     Webinar Bylaws: The "Constitution" of Nonprofits The Art and Science of Making Them Work 

    Date & Time: Tuesday, June 23, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: Your computer
    Registration: $89

    This webinar will address the art and science of drafting nonprofit bylaws that work. Well-written and formulated bylaws help shape power relationships within a nonprofit organization, provide unambiguous procedures to prevent disputes, and reduce the risks of litigation. Bylaws should provide answers, not raise questions. Come with questions, candidness, and leave with clarity and confidence to recognize a workable document.

    Leave with numerous bylaw benefits:

    • Gain clarity on procedural issues
    • Learn how to avoid aspirational language, inconsistent language, passive tense and ambiguities
    • Determine whether your bylaws appropriately answer "whose organization is this?"
    • Understand how to produce an effective document
    • Understand relationship to articles of incorporation
    • Ask questions for immediate answers
    • Receive "Annotated" Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
    • Take home sample forms that work

    National Consortium for Creative Placemaking: 2015 Creative Placemaking Knowledge Exchange In-person workshop

    Date: June 26, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Location: Rutgers University, 111 Washington St., Newark NJ
    Cost: $65-$100

    The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking presents a creative gathering for researchers, funders, policymakers, and practitioners in creative placemaking. Informal but informative, the Knowledge Exchange will feature peer learning with topics chosen by the participants, along with quick and to-the-point presentations from creative placemakers.


    Association of Fundraising Professionals: Women, Leadership and the Power of Giving In-person workshop

    Date: July 9, 2015, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Location: Pines Manor, Edison, NJ 
    Cost: $40-$70

    Women share a rich history as philanthropic leaders and activists for various social and political causes in the United States; however, that history has not been recognized to the degree it warrants.   We invite you to join us on Thursday, July 9 for a panel discussion that begins a conversation to address this knowledge gap.  Come explore how has the philanthropic landscape changed as a result of women's leadership and the impact of women's leadership in philanthropy. 


    Housing and Community Devlopment Network NJ Logo

    2015 Annual Conference & Membership Meeting In-person workshop

    Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
    Location: The National Conference Center, 399 Monmouth Street, East Windsor, NJ  08520

    Save the date!  More information will be posted on the Network's event page.

    2015 Governor's Conference on Housing & Development In-person workshop

    Date: October 27 & 28, 2015
    Location: Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City, NJ

    Hosted by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.  Sessions will focus on spurring greater economic impact, long-term profitability, traditional and non-traditional property management topics and much, much more.  There will also be a series of stimulating roundtable discussions and networking opportunities to ensure this is a conference you won't want to miss!

    Details at the event page.

    Recorded Webinars

    Available for $20 for Center Members; $40 for non-Members, unless stated otherwise. If you are interested in purchasing on-demand access to a webinar, please call (732)227-0800 or email us at center@njnonprofits.org

    New Jersey Non-Profit Policy Update

    Presenters: Linda M. Czipo, Executive Director, Center for Non-Profits, and Tim Delaney, President and CEO, National Council of Nonprofits.
    Cost: FREE for current Center members; $20 for non-members

    CapitolNJ Statehouse

    Learn the latest about key federal and state issues affecting non-profits, and what they mean to your organization. We’ll cover pending legislation, emerging trends, and much more in this hour-long webinar. Weigh in with your thoughts and questions!

    This webinar took place on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. If you are interested in purchasing on-demand access to this webinar, please call (732)227-0800 or email us at center@njnonprofits.org

    Managing Volunteers' Accident And Liability Risks

    Presenter: William HenryExecutive Director, Volunteers Insurance Service Association 
    Cost: FREE!

    Accidents or charges of liability  involving volunteers not only cause physical harm,they also are adistraction, can damage staff and volunteer morale, hurt the organization’s reputation, and increase insurance costs. Learn how to identify your own risks, and manage them in a way that will work even as staff and volunteers come and go.  

    Learn how to: 

    • Recognize common risks arising out of volunteer involvement in a nonprofit organization;
    • Identify risk exposure specific to your own organization;
    • Develop practical ways to minimize your organization’s risk and respond when incidents occur;
    • Implement a risk management system that allows everyone in the organization to know what to do, and not have to improvise.

    This webinar took place on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. If you are interested in obtaining FREE on-demand access to this webinar, please call (732)227-0800 or email us at center@njnonprofits.org

    10 Ways to Integrate Your Communications

    Presenter: Andrea Berry, Director of Partnerships and Learning, Idealware
    Cost: FREE!

    You know that you should integrate your communications, but how do you get started? How do you take different channels with different audiences and allow them to shine individually while creating a cohesive voice for your organization? Let us help you with 10 steps that can get you going in the right direction. 

    When Idealware released A Practical Guide to Integrated Communications: A Workbook for Nonprofits, they recognized that integrated communications is a dense, often confusing subject, which requires a little extra time upfront to get moving in the right direction. In this class, they reviewed ten of the most straightforward, 'bang for the buck' steps you can take to start making your communications work together for the biggest impact.

    This webinar took place on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Download the free recording here!

    Made to be Modern: Current Trends in Websites

    Presenter: Laura Quinn, Executive Director, Idealware
    Cost: FREE!

    Your website is frequently the first impression you make on your constituents. If it was designed before the days of smartphones, or especially if it was designed before the prevalence of wireless internet, you could have some work ahead if you want to make that impression a lasting one. Luckily, you don't always need to start from scratch. There are a few small changes you can make to give your website relevance in 2014.

    This webinar took place on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Download the free recording here!

    Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act

    Presenter: M Employee Benefits with Alden Bianchi, Esq., Mintz Levin
    Cost: FREE!

    This webinar featured guest speaker Alden Bianchi, Esq. Alden specializes in health care reform and was part of the team that wrote the Massachusetts healthcare law. Focusing on 50+ employers, Alden discussed some of the specific rules and regulations pertaining to the Affordable Care Act, and helped employers understand their part in providing healthcare to their employees.

    M Employee Benefits is a preferred vendor of the Center of Non-Profits. M Employee Benefits offers a broad range of health insurance plan designs and funding alternatives, including fully insured or partially self-insured medical plans, as well as consumer-driven plans.

    This webinar took place on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. If you are interested in obtaining FREE on-demand access to this webinar, please call (732)227-0800 or email us at center@njnonprofits.org

    Building the Board of Your Dreams

    Presenter: Yvette MurryPrincipal, YRM Consulting and Board member, Center for Non-Profits
    Cost: $20 Center members; $40 non-members

    Strategically 'building' the perfect board for your organization requires preparation and focus. Clarity in the identification and recruitment process, consistent standards for vetting candidates and effective orientation and training are critical to the process. Then, retaining the right board members leads to consistency and the benefit of accumulated knowledge and experience. Easier said than done, so join this Webinar to help you solidify your organization's board development.

    This webinar took place on Thursday, January 9, 2014. If you are interested in purchasing on-demand access to this webinar, please call (732)227-0800 or email us at center@njnonprofits.org

    Knowing Where to Start with Social Media Communications

    Presenter: Barbara Heisler, Founder, Organizations By Design and Board member, Center for Non-Profits
    Cost: $20 Center members; $40 non-members

    For all of those folks who say, "I don't use social networking. What would I use it for?" This one-hour session is for YOU. Come and ask all of the questions you wanted to ask. There is no harm in saying you don't know how to use social media, but after this session you will have a place to start.

    This webinar took place on Thursday, February 21, 2013. If you are interested in purchasing on-demand access to this webinar, please call (732)227-0800 or email us at center@njnonprofits.org

    Non-Profit Space Exploration: Owning, Financing, Renting, or Sharing?

    Presenter: Keith Timko, Director & CEO, Build With Purpose and Board member, Center for Non-Profits
    Cost: $20 Center members; $40 non-members

    This one-hour Webinar explores creative facility options for non-profits, such as:

    • The benefits of owning versus renting
    • Renegotiating a lease
    • Sharing space with another nonprofit
    • Qualifying for financing and subsidies to buy a building or expand your facility
    • Strategies for facility decisionmaking and more!

    This webinar took place on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. If you are interested in purchasing on-demand access to this webinar, please call (732)227-0800 or email us at center@njnonprofits.org

    Center Member Exclusives:
    These webinars are available for free to Center members only. Please call or email the Center for access.

    The OMB Uniform Guidance: How New Government Grants Reforms Can Benefit Your Organization

    Cost: Center Members ONLY - FREE (Contact the Center for recording)

    Did you know that the federal government now mandates that nonprofits must be reimbursed for some or all of their indirect costs (e.g., lights, rent, administrative support, etc.) when performing services for governments at all levels – local, state, federal – when federal funds are being used (either directly or via state or local ‘pass through’ agencies)?

    In December 2014, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the OMB Uniform Guidance, sweeping new rules that make significant changes to procurement, auditing and reporting systems for not only federal grants and contracts, but any state and local grants or contracts that pass through federal funds as well.

    The Center for Non-Profits and the National Council of Nonprofits presented an introductory webinar to provide the most recent information about these changes and how your organization can start taking advantage of them. 

    The session featured National Council of Nonprofits' Policy Specialist Beth Bowsky and Vice President for Public Policy David L. Thompson, two of the nation's top experts and leading non-profit advocacy voices on the issue.

    Topics discussed:

    • What the major changes in the OMB Uniform Guidance are that will affect your organization;
    • What your organization needs to do to take advantage of and comply with the new rules;
    • What you can do to ensure state and local governments implement the changes as OMB intended.

    Center members, order this special insider's look at what the new OMB Uniform Guidance will mean for your organization's government contracting work, and how we can work together to build on the promise of the new guidance.  

    Proud Member of the National Council of Nonprofits

    Building Capacity with Pro Bono

    Cost: Center Members ONLY - FREE (Contact the Center for recording)


    Aaron Hurst, CEO, Taproot Foundation
    Rachael Chong, CEO, Catchafire

    Nonprofit leaders are urged to make decisions and solve problems “strategically” – especially when operating in an environment of limited resources -- so why aren’t more nonprofits seeking out pro bono volunteer assistance as a strategic approach to their human resource needs?

    Board members are the most common example of pro bono assistance. But what if your nonprofit’s website could be designed by an experienced designer who didn’t charge a penny? And what if projects such as trademark registration for a logo, graphic design for an annual report, business planning, and consulting to select the right accounting software – were accomplished in a timely, professional manner – without the fees normally associated with top-notch talent? (Original air date: April 25, 2013.)

    Not a Member yet? Never been a better time to join! Online or by submitting the Membership Enrollment Form, or call us!


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