Raffa Learning Community
Raffa Learning Community
Raffa Learning Community

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Complimentary Classes

​​​​​Raffa strives to Do More by empowering those we serve and by building capacity in the nonprofit community.

As part of our social responsibility commitment we provide high quality, complimentary continuing professional development classes throughout the year to our clients and also to the nonprofit community at large.  As a courtesy to our clients and to nonprofits attending out-of state, we can provide remote access to most our complimentary live sessions via GoToWebinar upon request. 
 
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  • 3/28/2017 *NEW Northern Virginia Location -- NON-PROFIT EXCLUSIVE: Inside CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) for the Non-profit

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the idea that a for-profit company should focus on more than just the bottom line by also investing in its...

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the idea that a for-profit company should focus on more than just the bottom line by also investing in its people and the community. As there is no “one-size-fits all” model, it is critical for non-profit leaders to understand CSR fundamentals in order to successfully develop mutually beneficial relationships with for-profit partners.  

    In this 2-hour interactive session, CSR Consultants Cliff Yee and Carol Chin-Fatt from Raffa, P.C. will explore how businesses today develop and implement CSR strategies and how that impacts your partnership strategies. Topics and discussion will include: the broad scope of CSR, case studies to illustrate best practices, how to develop strong, mission-aligned partnerships, and how forward thinking companies are investing in CSR.

    Part I: CSR  Fundamentals
    • What is CSR?
    • Why do companies engage in CSR?
    • Establish the context of CSR today
    • Explore how companies partner with nonprofits


    Part II: Effectively Partnering with Forward Leaning Companies
    • A framework for creating strategic partnerships
    • The rise of B Corps
    • Inside the mindset of corporate funders

    If you would like to participate in this event via web, please email registration@raffa.com for details.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/28/2017 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Cliff Yee, Managing Director, CSR Services
    • Location: American College of Radiology - 1891 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 3/28/2017 *NON-PROFIT EXCLUSIVE: A Workshop for Board Members Only: Facilitating an Inclusive and Comprehensive Succession Planning Effort with your CEO

    This workshop provides space for board members to explore best practices in organizational sustainability and leadership succession. Implementing s...

    This workshop provides space for board members to explore best practices in organizational sustainability and leadership succession. Implementing succession planning is a best practice for nonprofit organizations and it is the board’s responsibility to ensure that there are plans in place in the event of a planned or unplanned CEO transition.

    The workshop will walk board members through a process for leading an inclusive and efficient succession planning effort in the event of a planned or unplanned chief executive departure.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/28/2017 12:00 PM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Rachael Gibson, Senior Consultant Leadership Transition and Strategy
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Lunch
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 3/29/2017 The Powerful Web Based Microsoft Dynamics GP2016

    Join the Raffa Technology team as they walk you through the major productivity enhancements with Microsoft Dynamics GP2016 accounting and financial...

    Join the Raffa Technology team as they walk you through the major productivity enhancements with Microsoft Dynamics GP2016 accounting and financial management software. They will walk you through the key features and functionality including the improved web based capabilities which allows you to work from anywhere on any device.​

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/29/2017 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 3.00
    • Presenter: Seth Zarny, Partner
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 3/30/2017 IT Security - What You Need to Know

    ​With the ever-increasing threat of viruses, security breaches, and cyber theft, it is important to understand the basics of network and internet s...

    ​With the ever-increasing threat of viruses, security breaches, and cyber theft, it is important to understand the basics of network and internet security. In this session, we will discuss the following:

    *How to pass the security portion of your audit

    *Protecting your hardware

    *Security in the cloud

    *Privacy Laws

    This class is beneficial to IT, Operations, and Administrative professionals.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/30/2017 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Seth Zarny, Partner
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 4/4/2017 *NON-PROFIT EXCLUSIVE: Planned Giving Programs – Why They are Needed and How to Get One Started

    This session will explain why planned giving is important to every non-profit organization and will go through the basic steps to start a planned givi...

    This session will explain why planned giving is important to every non-profit organization and will go through the basic steps to start a planned giving program.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 4/4/2017 12:00 PM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Brian R. Della Rocca, LL.M. (Taxation)
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Lunch
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 4/18/2017 Project Management Essentials for Non Project Managers

    ​This presentation introduces project management concepts and creates a baseline understanding of terminology, processes, and procedures to effecti...

    ​This presentation introduces project management concepts and creates a baseline understanding of terminology, processes, and procedures to effectively manage and participate in technology related projects. This presentation is designed for anyone who needs to know how to manage tasks or small projects with a structured approach to ensure its successful management and timely completion.
     
    In this presentation you will learn: 

    • Project management terminology and concepts from the Project Management Institute (PMI)
    • Project management processes and why they are important - Initiation, Planning, Execution, Control, and Close
    • Roles and responsibilities of project team members – Project Manager, Subject Matter Experts, Stakeholders, and Sponsors
    • How to define SMART project goals - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound
    • Project management tools and techniques to manage project work
    • What information should be collected to report status to stakeholders
    • How to communicate project status using a thorough checklist
    • Project schedule concepts and potential impacts to the schedule
    • Project risk concepts and the importance of identifying risk up front
    • How to lead a lessons learned project wrap up meeting

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 4/18/2017 8:45 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Kerry Mickelson, CIO for Hire
    • Location: Microsoft Office Chevy Chase, 5404 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 4/18/2017 *NEW Northern Virginia Location - NON-PROFIT EXCLUSIVE: Generating Corporate Sponsorship Support

    If your organization seeks corporate sponsorships through standard offerings – conferences, events, or other programs – you’re missing tremendous o...

    If your organization seeks corporate sponsorships through standard offerings – conferences, events, or other programs – you’re missing tremendous opportunities to leverage those relationships into mutually beneficial, long-lasting partnerships.

    In today’s environment potential corporate sponsors are closely scrutinizing value received for dollars spent. Discover what the corporate sector is seeking when considering whether to sponsor your activities and what impact this has on your efforts. Successful nonprofit organizations recognize that they must go beyond the standard prospectus outreach if they are to increase sponsorship income. This interactive seminar covers the six critical factors that you can implement to increase corporate sector revenue.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 4/18/2017 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Lewis R. Flax, Flax Associates, LLC
    • Location: American College of Radiology - 1891 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 4/19/2017 ERP for Government Contracting

    For every successful government contractor, at the heart of the company is a business system that simplifies business processes and improves produc...

    For every successful government contractor, at the heart of the company is a business system that simplifies business processes and improves productivity while supporting regulatory compliance.  The ideal system works with the organization's internal work flow to effectively support a one size does NOT fit all approach.  Instead, focuses on making the business system work for your business model and processes to keep you competitive in a cost sensitive environment. 

    Join industry experts from Raffa and JAMIS as they deliver insight into overcoming the pitfalls of compliance obstacles with some helpful tips and introduce you to JAMIS Prime ERP, software designed for government contractors.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 4/19/2017 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 3.00
    • Presenter: Seth Zarny, Raffa Partner
    • Location: JAMIS - 8200 Greensboro Drive, Suite 130, McLean, VA
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 4/19/2017 *NEW Northern Virginia Location -- Corpoate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Impact

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the idea that a company should focus on more than just the bottom line by also investing in its people and...

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the idea that a company should focus on more than just the bottom line by also investing in its people and the community.  Most business leaders support this idea, however there are some questions about how companies should be investing in CSR and what that investment should look like in today’s society.

    In this 2-hour interactive session, you will join CSR Consultants Cliff Yee and Carol Chin-Fatt from Raffa, P.C. to explore effective, impactful CSR strategies for small businesses. Topics and discussion will include: the broad scope of CSR, case studies to illustrate best practices, how and why you should create a purpose-driven culture, and how to craft and implement the right tactics for your organization.

    Part I: CSR Fundamentals

    • The context for CSR today

    • Benefits of CSR for every business

    • The Power of Authenticity

     

    Part II: Innovative CSR Trends

    • Emerging Trends: Investing in Human Capital

    • Emerging Trends: Tools to Accelerate and Measure impact

    • Emerging Trends: The Rise of Benefit Corporations and Certified B Corps

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 4/19/2017 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Cliff Yee, Managing Director
    • Location: American College of Radiology - 1891 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 4/20/2017 *NEW Rockville Location -- NON-PROFIT EXCLUSIVE: Fundraising for the Small Development Shop

    This seminar is targeting Executive Directors, Board Members and Fundraising Staff of a start-up nonprofit with staff regardless of title of 10 people...

    This seminar is targeting Executive Directors, Board Members and Fundraising Staff of a start-up nonprofit with staff regardless of title of 10 people or less. We will address: Branding and Communication, Events, Grantwriting, Donor Database Optimization, Corporate and Individual Donor Cultivation and Leveraging the Media.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 4/20/2017 12:00 PM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Ayda Sanver, MBA, CFRE - Ayda Sanver Consulting, LLC
    • Location: Raffa - 1445 Research Boulevard, Ground Floor, Rockville, MD 20850
    • Meal: Lunch
    • Offered as Webinar: No
"You're very in tune with what the nonprofit field needs. Your topics are always 
relevant, informative and meeting a high level of professionalism."

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