2019-2020 Workshops Season


Target Audience Indicators:

  • Entry Level (E)
  • Mid-Level/Management (M)
  • Executive/Board Leadership Level (L)
  • Board Members (B)


Overcoming Common Roadblocks to Nonprofit Success

December 12, 2019
Michael Buckley

Join state policy makers, nonprofit practitioners, and other experts as we discuss the ways that the New York State Budget impacts your organization programmatically and financially; how to monitor proposed policies that may impact your organization while providing practical tools you can easily put into practice; provide an introduction on the ways your organization can advocate for or against proposed policy; and give you information on current policies your organization may want to be aware of and monitor.

Target Audience: MLB


Marketing Strategy

December 19, 2019
Scott Mathias

This seminar is designed for the new nonprofit or the small to medium-sized organization who wishes to begin marketing their organization, connecting with volunteers or launching a fundraising campaign. By the end of the session, participants should have a preliminary strategy in mind utilizing their website as the cornerstone and a combination of email and social media marketing serving as the drivers of qualified traffic and leads.

Target Audience: EML


How to Build and Sustain a Stakeholder-Driven Strategic Plan in Times of Constant Change

January 9, 2020
Nancy Preston

Every organization should consider how to build and sustain a stakeholder-driven strategic plan in times of volatility and constant change. Whether you're thinking about putting your first plan in place, or need to refresh your existing plan, we will touch on all the fundamentals.

Target Audience: LB


Website Management & Strategy

January 16, 2020
Scott Mathias

This seminar is designed to help organizations understand how their website works and how to use it more effectively. This session incorporates a checklist to consider when building a new website, or evaluating your current website. Participants will be introduced to Weebly, a simple, user-friendly platform that anyone can use to build effective webpages.

Target Audience: EML


From Acceptable to Outstanding - Advancing Your Workplace Culture

January 21, 2020
Brian Rollo

Everyone wants to work in an outstanding workplace culture, but how do we create it? Too often we find ourselves stressed, burned out, and frustrated at the way things are. We used to love our jobs, but now it sometimes feels like a chore. When did helping others become so difficult?

You've tried to be nice and tried to be tough. You've tried to be friends with your colleagues and tried to be distant. But none of these tactics seem to move the culture needle in a meaningful way.

This interactive discussion will reveal the secrets of outstanding cultures. It will teach participants how to:

  • Be culture leaders
  • Communicate in way that lifts others up
  • Motivate themselves and their colleagues to reach new levels
  • Resolve the conflicts and drama that tear down culture
  • Gain momentum and keep it

Target Audience: MLB


Nonprofit Revenue Portfolios: What Should My Revenues Be?

January 30, 2020
Elizabeth Searing

Nonprofits are often told to become less dependent on government revenue or start a social enterprise. But what type of revenue should your nonprofit be earning? This session will cover tools and strategies you need to answer that question.

Target Audience: MLB


Fundraising in the Not-for-Profit Sector

February 4, 2020
Joe Bonilla, Jillian Pasco & Jonathon Richardson

Although we typically do not think of social workers as the ones who are raising money for an organization or creating a communications plan to get their message out, social workers possess many of the skills to make them strong in this area of fundraising and communications. This 90 minute workshop will provide social workers with some tips and tools on how to build a communications plan to raise money for, and increase attention about an agency or organization. This workshop will give an overview on how to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors, as well as how to establish and build relationships with grant-making organizations.

Target Audience: EM


You’ve Committed your Organization to Strategic Planning… Now What?

February 11, 2020
Nancy Meyers Preston

We’ll discuss the use of specific tools and activities leading to the identification of thematic goal areas, determine what content goes into filling those buckets, and craft goal statements. Time permitting, participants will then develop supporting objectives for the goals.

Target Audience: LB


Proposal Writing for Foundation Engagement

February 13, 2020
Winsome Foderingham

Though giving by foundations and corporations is up, according to Giving USA, the diligence to prepare and plan for grant proposals remains a necessity. The workshop will present the grant proposal essentials and strategies to effectively communicate your organization’s needs and community impact.

Target Audience: EMLB


Understanding Your Leadership Style

February 25, 2020
Paul Thurston

Participants will complete a short survey prior to the workshop that indicate their dominant leadership style. The situational leadership model will be described and interactively applied during class. The goal of the exercise is to have participants understand their habits, and recognize that it helps to think a bit about the situation first, and then act in ways that will be most productive for the other members of the team. Concepts will be organized via an integrative model of leadership.

Target Audience: EML


Email Marketing 101

February 27, 2020
Scott Mathias

Email Marketing provides the highest return-on-investment out of ALL marketing channels. Learn why your organization should be using email marketing and how to do it more effectively. Participants can follow along the presentation and design their first template. Email marketing strategy, content development and contact list growth will be addressed in detail.

Target Audience: EML


How to Ensure your Strategic Plan Doesn’t Collect Dust Sitting on the Shelf

March 10, 2020
Nancy Meyers Preston

We’ll get into the weeds and develop annual operating or work plans for your goals and objectives. We’ll talk about the use of a dashboard to keep the strategic plan front-and-center at staff and board meetings. We talk about accountability – holding yourselves and each other accountable for the success of the plan.

Target Audience: LB


Board Roles and Responsibilities

March 12, 2020
Kate McNally

Board member roles and responsibilities can be a grey area. This workshop will focus on good practices for establishing and implementing well defined, shared expectations for Board Members in any size organization.

Target Audience: LB


Impact Storytelling: Using Data To Drive Growth

March 23, 2020
Tim Sarrantinio

This research driven workshop will unpack how to set up structures and processes to ensure that data is utilized explicitly to grow your mission-driven organization.

Target Audience: EMLB


Facebook for Nonprofits

March 26, 2020
Scott Mathias

For most organizations, Facebook should be the first social media channel established with the goal of reaching beneficiaries, volunteers and donors. Gain valuable insight into using the Facebook algorithms to your benefit and advantage. This session will start simple with page creation, but will go into important considerations regarding safety and security; what to post and when, and how to apply paid advertising on Facebook effectively, ensuring the best possible results.

Target Audience:


Leading Virtual Teams

March 31, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Brian Rollo

You’re used to leading people that you can see. Now you’ve been asked to lead teams that include remote staff. You’ve learned that doing things the old way doesn’t work in this new world. So what practices will help you maximize your virtual team?

This interactive and actionable discussion will teach participants how to:

  • Keep remote staff motivated
  • Keep remote employees productive and engaged
  • Measure what really matters
  • Replace what remote workers lose by being out of the office
  • Enroll remote workers in your culture

Target Audience: MLB


Facebook Ad Manager

April 2, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Scott Mathias

Take control of your marketing budget and use it for effectively marketing your nonprofit organization to a highly-qualified audience of Facebook Users. In this two hour online webinar, you will learn to use the same robust marketing tool that marketing agencies use! We will cover boosting posts, marketing events and growing fans. We will also look at analytics and audience development and help you determine how best to distribute your ad budget. This class is recommended for those ready to budget a minimum of $150 per month in Facebook ads.

Target Audience: EML


Email Marketing 201

April 7, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Scott Mathias

Join us for this hands-on training to build an effective email template and develop an email marketing strategy for your nonprofit organization. We will take an in-depth look at MailChimp and Constant Contact both.

Target Audience: EML


Enhancing Non-Profit Services & Workplaces for Transgender Communities

April 9, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lyndon Cudlitz

This interactive session introduces staff and leadership to supporting the needs of transgender clients and employees. Attendees will be equipped with a foundation in communicating with and about trans individuals and will begin to examine systems-level changes for organizations.

Target Audience: EMLB


Advancing Your Workplace Culture

April 14, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Brian Rollo

Everyone wants to work in an outstanding workplace culture, but how do we create it? Too often we find ourselves stressed, burned out, and frustrated at the way things are. We used to love our jobs, but now it sometimes feels like a chore. When did helping others become so difficult?

You've tried to be nice and tried to be tough. You've tried to be friends with your colleagues and tried to be distant. But none of these tactics seem to move the culture needle in a meaningful way.

This interactive discussion will reveal the secrets of outstanding cultures. It will teach participants how to:

  • Be culture leaders
  • Communicate in way that lifts others up
  • Motivate themselves and their colleagues to reach new levels
  • Resolve the conflicts and drama that tear down culture
  • Gain momentum and keep it

Target Audience: MLB


The CARES Act Uncovered

April 17, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Martin Finn

Designed for those with questions about the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, this session will begin with a brief review of the tax and loan provisions of the CARES Act with most of the program time dedicated to answering attendee questions.

Target Audience: EML


LinkedIn For Nonprofits

April 22, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Scott Mathias

Learn the value of using LinkedIn to promote your nonprofit organization to the rest of the business world. Understand the importance of board members having LinkedIn profiles and the value of having a business page for your organization.

Target Audience: EML


Facebook for Nonprofits (Repeated by Popular Demand)

April 27, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Scott Mathias

For most organizations, Facebook should be the first social media channel established with the goal of reaching beneficiaries, volunteers and donors. Gain valuable insight into using the Facebook algorithms to your benefit and advantage. This session will start simple with page creation, but will go into important considerations regarding safety and security; what to post and when, and an introduction into boosting posts and paid advertising on Facebook.

Target Audience: EML


Creating New Audiences and Donors through Marketing and Strategic Communications

April 30, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Libby Post

There is an intrinsic link between marketing/communications and development. This workshop will show you how your brand is integral to your fund raising.

Target Audience: EMLB


Steps to Becoming Diverse Workforce Ready

May 7, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
LB Hannahs

In this two-hour, instructor led learning session, Tangible Development team members will guide you through the steps you can take to make your organization more inclusive, regardless of where you are on the Diversity Readiness Continuum. By analyzing what sets successful organizations apart, regardless of industry, or size, this session introduces key success factors and pragmatic methods to more effectively drive the change. Participants will learn how to take steps to diversify their organization, and foster an inclusive workplace that inspires innovation of thought, productivity, and profitability.

Target Audience: LB


Building Teams by Building on Strengths

May 14, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pam Skripak

Who are your team members and what strengths do they really bring to the table? This workshop will introduce leaders and emerging leaders to a strengths-based approach to team building.

Target Audience: EMLB


Collaborate for Change

June 11, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Dylan Hall

We are faced with complex and systemic social problems. Too many organizations are working in isolation from one another. Effective collaboration means bringing people together in a structured way to advance the common good. This workshop will focus on developing a shared vision, values, and strategy between sectors.

Target Audience: MLB