ACN has hosts three types of webinars - Educational Webinars (60 minutes), an "Ask-A-Consultant" series with Forefront (60 minutes), and Flash Webinars (30 minutes). You can find recordings below, as well as on YouTube.
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Accountability is fundamental to good governance and rather than viewing this as a burden, Boards should welcome accountability as an opportunity to use reporting as a means of celebrating performance, acknowledging endeavour, and for generating confidence and trust amongst stakeholders. This session will provide insight into how Boards can easily put in place processes to create and maintain cultures of transparency and honesty-based governance.
When there are so many unknowns in front of us, and going back to "normal" seems like a myth, organizations have to consider what is next. Discussions of huge changes, like mergers, partnerships, mission shifts, and sunsetting can be fraught with difficulties. We will discuss the successes and challenges of alternative operating models as well as a frank discussion around the fears of big change.
Learn best practices for how to protect your online intellectual property, such as educational and training materials, fundraising campaigns, blog posts, newsletters, and photos, and how to reduce risk when using others' content. We'll discuss copyright, fair use, trademarks, defamation, invasion of privacy, and rights of publicity.
Data visualization is like one of those unlikely couples. One partner is outgoing and a great storyteller. The other is introverted and sticks to the facts. To make great charts, maps, and graphs, you need to channel both partners in this odd couple: the artist and the analyst. In this workshop, I will offer up 10 key rules about composition that artists know and that analysts (and the rest of us) can apply when presenting data.
A new study from Nonprofit HR reveals that 45% of nonprofit employees will seek new or different employment in the next five years. Of that group, 23% said that nonprofits would not be among the types of organizations they intend to pursue. Nonprofit employees leave for different reasons – low pay, lack of career growth, low functioning business models, poor management, and more; yet, the significant negative impact on the organizations’ finances and culture is the same. In Nurturing Safe Space, former nonprofit executive director Ginny Waller will facilitate a virtual workshop for nonprofit leaders to improve employee retention through the reinforcement of a culture of high psychological safety in which people can take interpersonal risks by speaking their truths. The facilitator will lead peer discussions around identifying the elements of a healthy organizational culture and strategies to increase employee engagement.
Do you want your annual report to recruit donors for you? As a general rule, people don't like to donate, but they LOVE to make a difference. If you apply the neuroscience of giving to the creation and distribution of your annual report, the world will see the difference they can make through you, and respond accordingly.
Imagine meeting with your donor, and they say, "I have a meeting with my estate planner next week, is there anything I should mention?" Lucky you! This is your entry to a planned giving conversation...are you ready? Many fundraisers think planned giving is complex and scary, but now is the time to brush up on the basics of planned giving vehicles and why being knowledge about these opportunities are so important. This presentation will also discuss why planned giving can be scary to talk about, how to overcome your fears so you can bring up the topic to your donors, and strategize to include planned giving in regular donor communications.
Your branding may be the first way someone interacts with your organization—but when is the last time you checked in with your brand? This session will show you why it's important to conduct an annual brand audit and walk you through the steps for reviewing and evaluating your brand’s performance to assure success in the new year. Worksheet and resources will be provided.
Have you pondered "what does our audience think about our organization?" Your mission is the top priority, but if you don't know how your audience perceives it you may struggle with gaining their support for it. In this session, Emily will share why it is so important to listen to your audience and use that information to build momentum for your work.
This workshop will help nonprofit agencies discover how to make the most of high-skill volunteers--those lawyers, public-relations specialists, accountants and other professionals who are increasingly interested in donating their expertise. We'll explore: how to identify major projects on which volunteers can be helpful; how to integrate them into those projects; how to smooth relations between staff and volunteers, and make paid personnel more effective in deploying and supervising their unpaid counterparts; when to consider volunteers for leadership positions, including the Board of Directors; and how to keep them motivated (using "The Big MAC approach") so you can truly rely on them.
The importance of strategic planning is not new to nonprofit organizations, but the manner in which we can connect with and elevate voices that are otherwise underheard continues to evolve. How can we effectively identify who should be a part of the process? How do we balance feedback received from different community stakeholders with the knowledge we have as nonprofit professionals? And how can we pull together what we learn into an actionable plan?
Rethinking the strategic planning process from a cumbersome and overwhelming task to an opportunity to connect with our community opens the possibilities to engage with those outside our immediate circles. This program will provide participants with insights and ideas to incorporate thoughtful community engagement into strategic planning processes that both diminishes the risk of planning within our own bubbles and also inspires new ideas.
As we begin the recovery process from the pandemic, we’re hearing more than ever about nonprofits strengthening existing partnerships and looking for new ones. This convening discusses how to intentionally develop new relationships and leverage new opportunities for collaboration as we move forward in our work and realizing our missions.
There's always more to the story. The often untold stories have the power to call your audience to act, transform hearts and ultimately support your work. It's not always perfect, but it's perfectly meant to be told. In this webinar, we'll learn why it matters. Hear firsthand how moments unfold, stories are told, and endings surprise.
Are you currently utilizing sponsorship as a funding source for your nonprofit organization? Do you hope to launch a sponsorship program but don’t know where to start? Does your current program need a refresh to maximize your results?
Learn how to leverage sponsorship and corporate partnerships to benefit the future of your organization.
Many nonprofits leaders are unsure about the legality of advocacy and lobbying efforts in which their organization can engage. Whether they are working independently or within a partnership such as a coalition, nonprofits should strive to influence public policies that affect the organization’s ability to achieve its mission. Attendees will learn how you and your organization can strengthen your advocacy efforts.
Donors are inspired by powerful stories about real people. The challenge for grant writers, then, is showing how these individual stories tie into a larger reality backed by data. This webinar focuses on how to collect and use data in your communications to potential donors, policymakers, and the community, and weave a compelling story out of the numbers.
It’s tax season, and we’re all still coping with the impacts of the pandemic. The good news is there are some tools nonprofits can use to ease some of the financial burdens: there are employee retention tax credits, another round of Payroll Protection Program (PPP), and very likely an upcoming stimulus package. Join Forefront and the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits to hear a panel of consultants discuss what options might best support your organization as you build towards recovery.
Ask a Consultant: Using Data for Storytelling (Part One) – Data for Driving Strategy & Measuring Impact
Margaret Conway, Co-Founder and Director of Learning, Convergence Design Lab
Sarah Keister Armstrong, Principal, Sarah Keister Armstrong & Associates
Arthur Padilla, Senior Managing Partner, StrataG. Works
Suzy Lee, Director of Nonprofit Strategy & Engagement, Forefront
February 3, 2021
Funders often request or require data and respond well to powerful stories about real people. How do you build a compelling narrative with data to back it up? This program will focus on how to get started collecting and using data in your strategy, program design, and impact measurement. If you’re not sure where to start collecting data, or you have some information and want to learn more ways to use it, this program is for you.
We regularly get questions about grant writing: How do I find a consultant? How do I know it's the right match for my organization? Can an intern write grants? Should they be paid hourly or by the project? Are state grants easier to get than private foundation grants? Is my organization ready to apply for grants?
The Nonprofit Show: Building Your Nonprofit's Capacities Using Consultants
ACN Board Past President, Jill Misra, represented ACN on The Nonprofit Show. Jill outlines how nonprofit organizations are weathering sustainability, costs management and mission fidelity issues by engaging nonprofit consultants.
October 26, 2020
Building on our August conversation topic of building racial equity within an organization, this session will focus on grounding our public facing work in racial equity and social justice. Join us to Ask a Consultant your questions about taking meaningful action to end systemic injustice. We’ll go beyond statements and reports (although those are important, too) to look at centering BIPOC, advocacy, organizing, and other practices that work to fix inequity.
Presented by Annisa Wanat, AMW Solutions, LLC, ACN Member
5 absolutely free and incredibly useful project management tools
September 15, 2020
As nonprofits have felt the financial squeeze, now is an excellent time to hone in on your central purpose. It’s the opposite of mission creep – these are the days for crystal clear definition of impact. These consultants will share how you can use key metrics and data, analysis of past work, and even storytelling to keep your mission front and center for your staff and your donors.
Anti-racist, DEI, Racial Equity, Social Justice – these topics have circulated for years, but how do we weave it into the very fabric of our organizations and our work? Hear from expert consultants and discuss with fellow nonprofits where you are on this journey and build the institutional muscle to take lasting action.
Bookkeeping Best Practices - and Mistakes to Avoid
Presented by Dawn Hershik, Supporting Strategies
Your team took to the challenge of working virtually, now what? As you look to managing your staff virtually for the long-term, our expert panel can answer questions about what to expect and plan for along the way.
COVID-19 has prioritized virtual communication, but how do you make sure your message still connects with people? Our panel of experts in market research, visual and verbal communication, and human-centered design will share tools to create a strong foundation for messaging that can be nimble during times like these. Featured consultants will include Carol White of CB White, Lidia Varesco Racoma of Varesco Design, and Emily Taylor of teenyBIG.
Ask a Consultant: HR in a Virtual World
May 19, 2020
Related resource from Open Door Advisors - Return-to-Work Guide for nonprofit employees, which you can customize for your organization (in PPT format). This document is intended to help employers communicate to employees about new policies, procedures and practices specific to their workplace. Every workplace will of course differ, and employers should edit the information to reflect the circumstances in their own workplace. Feel free to share this with your colleagues in the social impact sector.
Whether it is working remotely or operating in a heightened capacity, human resource structures have changed. In this session, our panel will focus on practical ways to support and manage staff virtually, stay in close communication during times of crisis, build a cohesive online culture, and make key decisions that are focused on organizational stability.
Nonprofit leaders are facing unprecedented challenges that require courage and the capacity to adapt in a rapidly changing environment. Join consultants Julie Boll and Amy Wishnick for a conversation about how to intentionally develop courage and adaptive capacity, and to identify and leverage new found strengths in the midst of uncertainty.
Presented by Rena Henderson Mason of Bold Agenda and Amy Schiffman of Giving Tree Associates, will focus on how best to engage your board right now to respond to COVID-19 and beyond. This session was moderated by Suzanne Griffith of VEGA Partners.
May 5, 2020
Presented by Dina Lewis, CAE, Distilled Logic
April 29, 2020
In a matter of a couple of weeks, your entire annual fund development strategy has changed. Ask our panel of consultants your urgent questions about funding, including the CARES Act, grants, and communicating and nurturing both new and existing donors.
There is a perception among some in the nonprofit world that making a profit doesn’t match up with the altruistic mission of a nonprofit organization. That the organization should succeed on its merits and purpose alone. But is this sustainable? In this workshop we will dig into why you may want to incorporate some of the management and operational styles of a traditional for-profit business and what results these changes can have on your organization.