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 Live Meeting upon request. 
 
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  • 2/23/2017 Are Bonds Safe? What Your Board Needs to Know about Interest Rate Expectations and Bond Prices

    • How do interest rates effect bond prices?

    • What is the likely future direction of interest rates and the resulting impact on bond price...

    • How do interest rates effect bond prices?

    • What is the likely future direction of interest rates and the resulting impact on bond prices?

    • How do you know if your bonds are safe?

    • Is owning bonds through bond mutual funds less safe?

    • How to use investment policy to manage bond safety?

    • Performance reporting and policy compliance – particularly related to bonds

    For Advance Preparation Click Here

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 2/23/2017 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Mark Murphy, Senior Portfolio Manager
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 2/23/2017 *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 pe...

    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: 2/23/2017 12:00 PM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Cliff Yee, Managing Director
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Lunch
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 2/28/2017 Modern Web Based Accounting System Seminar Featuring Intacct

    Are you ready to transition your accounting system to a modern cloud based platform that delivers business process automation while providing you w...

    Are you ready to transition your accounting system to a modern cloud based platform that delivers business process automation while providing you with robust financial reporting and analytics to manage your operations? The Raffa Technology team invites you to our educational seminar reviewing the powerful web based accounting software Intacct. This presentation will focus on the key business drivers for cloud based accounting system and provide you with best practices for evaluating and implementing the right solution for your organization.​

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 2/28/2017 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
  • 3/2/2017 *NON-PROFIT EXCLUSIVE* Organizational Vitality: The Heart of Nonprofit Success

    ​Organizational vitality is a synergy of elements that are at the heart of every organization’s success. It is the starting point of any strategic,...

    ​Organizational vitality is a synergy of elements that are at the heart of every organization’s success. It is the starting point of any strategic, fundraising, or communications plan, but more importantly, it goes beyond simple planning and traditional capacity building to achieve truly transformative results.

    Every organization has its challenges or “pain points.” Too often organizations address these challenges one by one. For example, problems with fundraising are addressed using special campaigns and board of directors issues are addressed with board development plans.

    However, fixing one challenging area of your organization may not alleviate your organization’s pain. Through this seminar you will learn how organizational vitality can ensure the core of your organization is resilient and effective. You will learn how to use organizational vitality as a quick nonprofit assessment or as a mini-strategic planning tool.  You will also receive valuable information and expert advice on how to devise an integrated, holistic approach to assessing and improving your organization. You will take away practical tools that can be tailored and applied to your own organization’s challenges.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/2/2017 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Mary Robinson, President & Founder of Capacity Partners, Inc.
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 3/2/2017 *McLean, VA Location -- Government Contracting DCAA Compliance Featuring JAMIS Prime ERP

    Join Raffa Technology's lunch and learn series as they provide an update on the DCAA landscape and regulatory environment.​  Learn how high perform...

    Join Raffa Technology's lunch and learn series as they provide an update on the DCAA landscape and regulatory environment.​  Learn how high performing organizations are succesfully managing their complex government contracting requirements with JAMIS Prime ERP.  We will take you through a tour of how many organizations are streamlining their project accounting, billing, financial reporting and contract management processes within JAMIS Prime ERP.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/2/2017 11:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 3.00
    • Presenter: Seth Zarny, Raffa Partner
    • Location: JAMIS - 8200 Greensboro Drive, Suite 130, McLean, VA
    • Meal: Lunch
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 3/14/2017 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: 3/14/2017 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
  • 3/14/2017 *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: 3/14/2017 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
  • 3/15/2017 *NEW Rockville Location -- NON-PROFIT EXCLUSIVE: LinkedIn for Nonprofits - Optimizing LinkedIn to Attract Donors, Contributors, Board Members, Share Your Vision and Drive Visibility

    Whether you are a nonprofit organization, business professional, an entrepreneur, small business owner, or developing your company’s social media stra...

    Whether you are a nonprofit organization, business professional, an entrepreneur, small business owner, or developing your company’s social media strategy, LinkedIn is a virtual goldmine, offering endless opportunities.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/15/2017 12:00 PM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Kelly T. Leonard, CEO, Taylor-Leonard Corporation
    • Location: Raffa - 1445 Research Boulevard, Ground Floor, Rockville, MD 20850
    • Meal: Lunch
    • Offered as Webinar: No
  • 3/21/2017 Fiduciary Compliance for Retirement Plan Sponsors: What it means in light of the new DOL Fiduciary Rule

    Fiduciary compliance for retirement plan sponsors has never been more important.  We will discuss the new DOL Fiduciary Rule and accompanying confl...

    Fiduciary compliance for retirement plan sponsors has never been more important.  We will discuss the new DOL Fiduciary Rule and accompanying conflict of interest rules, recent litigation against retirement plan sponsors, and fiduciary best practices.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/21/2017 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Chase Deters, Raffa Wealth Management
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • 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
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