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Center for Non-Profits Events

The following courses are organized chronologically.

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

Building an Endowment: How did they do it?
A seminar on nonprofit endowment creation
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM     In-person workshop
Location: The Conference Center at Mercer, West Windsor, NJ 08550
Cost: FREE

Learn from a panel of nonprofit leaders who have built meaningful endowments:
        Larry Capo, Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
        Susan Hoskins, Princeton Senior Resource Center
        Jeff Robins, Family Guidance Center

Bring your team – CEO, key finance and development staff, and a Board representative – to get the most from this learning opportunity.  Seasoned nonprofit leaders will discuss the early steps of endowment building, including creating Board buy-in and fundraising for endowment dollars.

For those with established endowments that have tremendous growth potential, the panelists will also talk about the role of planned giving in building long-term funds, making investment choices, engaging the Board in ongoing fundraising, and spending policies.  The presentation will allow significant time to address the specific questions of attendees, so bring the endowment issues that keep you up at night.

Sponsored by the Princeton Area Community Foundation and the Center for Non-Profits.  

Register by August 5.

2015 Conference Banner

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Location: The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset 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 email us at center@njnonprofits.org. For last year's conference, please visit 2014 Highlights.

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.)

Maine Association of Nonprofits Logo Webinar

Going Out to Bid: A Guide to Approaching the RFP Process

A webinar with details on how to solicit vendor services with a 'Request for Proposals'

Dates: Tuesday, July 28, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Your computer
Cost: $50 for non-members; $30 for Center Members


This workshop, hosted in partnership with the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP), explores the topic of creating and using a Request for Proposals (RFP). When should your nonprofit use an RFP? What are the essential elements required to elicit appropriate proposals? What decisions do you need to make before sending your project or services out to bid? What are some common RFP mistakes, and how can you avoid them? This webinar will provide you with tools and insights to help you determine when to use an RFP, how to manage current and future vendor relationships, how to work within procurement requirements associated with your funding, and what considerations need to be taken prior to choosing a vendor.

This Webinar Includes:
    - What an RFP is and when to use one
    - How to set an RFP timeline and identify prospects
    - How to approach selection criteria and the proposal evaluation process
    - Regulatory requirements
    - Common mistakes and how to avoid them

Who Should Attend?
Nonprofit staff responsible for hiring consultants and selecting providers for employee benefits, insurance, technology services, and other business contracts.

Non Profit Development Center SNJ

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

Idealware Webinar

How to Get Your Technology Project Funded: Tips from Grantmakers

Dates: Thursdays, July 16 through July 30, 12:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: Your computer
Cost: $70 for non-members; $60 for Center Members - call the Center for the discount code


In this three-part course, sponsored by Idealware and the Nonprofit Quarterly, you’ll hear directly from funders about what they look for in a technology proposal and learn what it takes to make your technology needs stand out.

We'll start by discussing how you can best set the stage for funding your project by putting it in the context of your larger mission. Then you'll hear from three or more funders about how they think about technology and how it supports their own goals. You’ll also get the chance to ask our panel of grantmakers your own questions during a moderated discussion. In the last session, we'll talk about how to put the principles you’ve heard in the first two sessions into practice. We’ll help you think through the framing of your project, how to contextualize it to show how important it is to your organization, how to budget your project, and additional details that go into writing a strong proposal.


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

Dates: Tuesdays, July 28 through August 11, 1:00 pm - 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.


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


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


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: Multiple dates available, 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.

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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