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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  • 3/8/2018 Sage Intacct - The Cloud ERP Difference

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

    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 systems and provide you with best practices for evaluating and implementing the right solution for your organization. ​

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/8/2018 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 3.00
    • Presenter: Seth Zarny, Partner
    • Location: Raffa - 1445 Research Boulevard, Ground Floor, Rockville, MD 20850
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Information Technology
    • Course Update Date: 1/3/2018
    • Course Review Date: 1/3/2018
    • Course Review By: Glenn Anstead
  • 3/13/2018 Federal Funding - What You Don't Know Can Hurt You!

    The OMB Uniform Guidance proposes a more fair and equitable treatment of nonprofits providing services under programs funded by the federal government...

    The OMB Uniform Guidance proposes a more fair and equitable treatment of nonprofits providing services under programs funded by the federal government. This requires every nonprofit earning federal funds, either directly or indirectly, to take actions to ensure compliance.   Join us as we illustrate steps to create a culture of compliance and sustainability in the federally funded marketplace.

      Agenda          
    • Let’s examine some Common Single Audit Findings
    • What steps are necessary to avoid audit findings?
    • Are you at risk?
    • Landscape is changing for federally funded entities (competition from commercial contractors)
    • Is your system working for you, or are you working outside your system?
    • Is your system adequate to comply with the Uniform Guidance requirements?
    • Can your current system be updated for compliance?
    • Guidelines for selecting and implementing your next system.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/13/2018 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Glenn Anstead - Raffa Partner
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental)
    • Course Update Date: 2/8/2018
    • Course Review Date: 2/14/2018
    • Course Review By: Seth Zarny
  • 3/14/2018 *NEW Rockville Location--The Changing Role of Today's CIO

    Not every organization can afford to have a full time CIO on staff.  But someone will be fulfilling the role, even without the title. This seminar wil...

    Not every organization can afford to have a full time CIO on staff.  But someone will be fulfilling the role, even without the title. This seminar will help you understand the role a CIO fulfills within your organization, the areas you may not be addressing without a CIO, the risks and opportunities mitigated by the presence of a CIO, and the new world of outsourced IT.

    Additionally, we will discuss if your organization can thrive without the latest technology, whether your IT team is doing what they should be, how your IT infrastructure measures up to best practices, and what technology you may be missing out on.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/14/2018 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Kerry Mickelson
    • Location: Raffa - 1445 Research Boulevard, Ground Floor, Rockville, MD 20850
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Information Technology;Management Services
  • 3/15/2018 *NEW Rockville Location -- FOR-PROFIT EXCLUSIVE - Benefit Trends: Evaluating Consumer-Based Models

    We will be examining the following: • Factors driving health care costs • Employer options to reduce these costs and the necessary employee commun...

    We will be examining the following:

    • Factors driving health care costs

    • Employer options to reduce these costs and the necessary employee communication and resources that should accompany any move to consumer driven health plans (CDHPs).

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/15/2018 12:00 PM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Matt Roberts, Director of Raffa Group Benefits, RFSI
    • Location: Raffa - 1445 Research Boulevard, Ground Floor, Rockville, MD 20850
    • Meal: Lunch
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Finance
  • 3/20/2018 *NEW Northern Virginia Location -- B Corp 101: Build a Better Business Workshop

    Learn about Certified B Corporations and Benefit Corporations and how becoming one can improve your business. This will be an interactive workshop wit...

    Learn about Certified B Corporations and Benefit Corporations and how becoming one can improve your business. This will be an interactive workshop with discussion among participants.  B Local Mid-Atlantic is a group of Certified B Corps from DC, Maryland, VA and beyond working to foster and deepen connections among organizations in our region who share our purpose and passion for using business as a force for good. We're a community that helps business people act on their purpose to achieve socio-economic and environmental impact through meaningful relationships.   ​Participants are asked to complete the *B Impact Quick Assessment* prior to the event.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/20/2018 12:00 PM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Mark Frieden, Founder & President, Crossbow Strategies
    • Location: American College of Radiology - 1891 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191
    • Meal: Lunch
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • 3/22/2018 BI360 - How Effective Budgeting Software Can Transform Your Budget Process

    Join Raffa Technology & BI360 for an informative session on best practice approaches to managing your budget process beyond Microsoft Excel.  Come...

    Join Raffa Technology & BI360 for an informative session on best practice approaches to managing your budget process beyond Microsoft Excel.  Come learn how you can help your organization increase productivity, insight and decision making while decreasing the manual keying and inaccuracies inherent with Microsoft Excel.  This seminar includes a presentation of the BI360 budgeting and reporting software.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/22/2018 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Seth Zarny, Raffa Partner
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Computer Software & Applications
    • Course Update Date: 2/1/2018
    • Course Review Date: 2/14/2018
    • Course Review By: Jeremy Taro
  • 3/27/2018 Effective Corporate Performance Management Best Practices

    ​Help your organization make better informed decisions. Join the Raffa Technology team and Prophix to discover how best in class organizations are usi...

    Help your organization make better informed decisions. Join the Raffa Technology team and Prophix to discover how best in class organizations are using financial automation to drive improved budgeting, strategic financial analysis and better business decision making.

    Learn how organizations are automating the financial budget process to deliver more accurate and timely information in the financial planning process. 

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/27/2018 9:00 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
    • Field of Study: Information Technology
    • Course Update Date: 1/3/2018
    • Course Review Date: 1/3/2018
    • Course Review By: Glenn Anstead
  • 3/28/2018 IT Essentials: Disaster Recovery vs. Business Continuity

    For most organizations, IT security is a necessity, and no longer considered a requirement only for high-profile companies.  Many organizations now re...

    For most organizations, IT security is a necessity, and no longer considered a requirement only for high-profile companies.  Many organizations now realize that if a hack or data threat hasn't happened yet, they will be a target in the near future.  In response to this ever present threat, many businesses and organizations have developed a Disaster Recovery Strategy.  At Raffa, we believe that business continuity is just as valuable as disaster recovery.  In this seminar we will define both terns, and review the contents of both good disaster recovery and business continuity plans.  We’ll also compare and contrast the two, and help you decide what strategy works best for your business.   We will also discuss:   1.       The standards of data backup in 2018 2.      Designing a network with disaster recovery in mind 3.      Continuity planning for disasters large and small 4.      Current trends in business continuity and services   This seminar is beneficial to IT, Operations, and Administrative professionals.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 3/28/2018 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Nate Solloway
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: Yes
    • Field of Study: Information Technology
  • 4/24/2018 *NEW Northern Virginia Location--The Changing Role of Today's CIO

    Not every organization can afford to have a full time CIO on staff.  But someone will be fulfilling the role, even without the title. This seminar wil...

    Not every organization can afford to have a full time CIO on staff.  But someone will be fulfilling the role, even without the title. This seminar will help you understand the role a CIO fulfills within your organization, the areas you may not be addressing without a CIO, the risks and opportunities mitigated by the presence of a CIO, and the new world of outsourced IT.

    Additionally, we will discuss if your organization can thrive without the latest technology, whether your IT team is doing what they should be, how your IT infrastructure measures up to best practices, and what technology you may be missing out on.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 4/24/2018 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Kerry Mickelson
    • Location: American College of Radiology - 1891 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Information Technology
  • 4/26/2018 *NONPROFIT EXCLUSIVE: 2018 Study On Nonprofit Investing (SONI) Results & Analysis Presentation

    Now in its sixth consecutive year, the SONI Results & Analysis Presentation helps nonprofits answer: • How do other nonprofits invest their rese...

    Now in its sixth consecutive year, the SONI Results & Analysis Presentation helps nonprofits answer:

    • How do other nonprofits invest their reserves?

    • Are our investment policies “normal”? and

    • Is our investment performance in-line with similar organizations?

     

    Specifically, the presentation will cover the following:

    • How do nonprofits segment total cash assets among short and longer term objectives?

    • How much risk do nonprofits take with longer term investments?

    • How much do nonprofits pay for investment services?

    • How much are nonprofits earning from their investments – and what should they expect?

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 4/26/2018 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Dennis Gogarty, President, Raffa Wealth Management
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
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