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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  • 11/29/2017 *NON-PROFIT EXCLUSIVE: 7 Steps a Nonprofit Should Follow When Creating a For Profit Arm for Your Nonprofit

    Nonprofits are increasingly looking to create for profit sister companies to accomplish their goals of social change. In this seminar, we will lay out...

    Nonprofits are increasingly looking to create for profit sister companies to accomplish their goals of social change. In this seminar, we will lay out both the seven key strategy questions every social enterprise and nonprofit should consider when setting up a for profit arm.

    We’ll also go through a seven step legal and accounting check list your organization should work through as you actually set up your subsidiary organization. This seminar pairs up Rich Tafel, the Managing Director of Raffa Social Capital Advisors who works primarily with impact investors and for profit ventures with Aaron Fox Raffa’s Senior Tax Manager who has helped hundreds of nonprofits navigate the accounting and legal issues.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 11/29/2017 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Rich Tafel, Managing Director of Raffa Social Capital Advisors
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Accounting
  • 11/30/2017 Accounting Systems Seminar Featuring Sage Intacct

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

    ​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: 11/30/2017 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 3.00
    • Presenter: Seth Zarny, Raffa Partner
    • Location: Raffa - 1445 Research Boulevard, Ground Floor, Rockville, MD 20850
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Computer Software & Applications;Information Technology
    • Course Update Date: 9/15/2017
    • Course Review Date: 10/5/2017
    • Course Review By: Glenn Anstead, Raffa Senior Manager
  • 12/6/2017 The Top 5 GovCon Compliance Issues for 2018

    Government contractors are under more scrutiny by the DCAA to effectively manage their contracts and stay compliant in a very competitive environment....

    Government contractors are under more scrutiny by the DCAA to effectively manage their contracts and stay compliant in a very competitive environment.  The challenge for government contractors is adhering to the DCAA regulatory environment while maintaining profitability on your contracts.  Understanding the regulatory environment is critical to running profitable contracts that comply with the changing landscape of the DCAA, FAR and CAS regulations. 

    Join the Raffa Technology team for an update on the regulatory landscape and the best practices for keeping your organization DCAA compliant along with a presentation of JAMIS software.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 12/6/2017 9:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Glenn Anstead, Raffa Partner
    • Location: Raffa - 1445 Research Boulevard, Ground Floor, Rockville, MD 20850
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Computer Software & Applications
    • Course Update Date: 11/7/2017
    • Course Review Date: 11/7/2017
    • Course Review By: Buu-Linh Tran, Senior Manager
  • 12/12/2017 Microsoft Dynamics 365 Web Based Accounting Systems Seminar

    Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials is the next generation of intelligent business applications in the cloud. Microsoft 365 unifies CRM and ERP capa...

    Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials is the next generation of intelligent business applications in the cloud. Microsoft 365 unifies CRM and ERP capabilities by delivering new purpose-built applications to help manage specific business functions, including Sales, Customer Services, Field Server, Operations, Marketing, Project Service Automation and Financials. Designed to be personalized, enable greater productivity, deliver deeper insights and adapt to business needs, Dynamics 365 applications help businesses accelerate digital transformation to meet the changing needs of customers and capture the new business opportunities of tomorrow. Join the Raffa Technology team for an overview of the latest ERP solution from Microsoft. ​

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 12/12/2017 8:30 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;Information Technology
    • Course Update Date: 10/5/2017
    • Course Review Date: 10/5/2017
    • Course Review By: Buu-Linh Tran, Senior Manager
  • 12/14/2017 Mid Market ERP Software Comparison Seminar

    Join the Raffa Technology team as they provide you with a review of the leading mid-market accounting software and update you on the lateset technolog...

    Join the Raffa Technology team as they provide you with a review of the leading mid-market accounting software and update you on the lateset technology trends and software enhancements. They will walk you through best practices for evaluating software while providing you with an overview of leading solutions (Sage Intacct, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft D365 and JAMIS). This is one of their popular sessions and are well attended by industry executives in Nonprofits and Professional Services firms. ​

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 12/14/2017 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 3.00
    • 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;Information Technology
    • Course Update Date: 10/5/2017
    • Course Review Date: 10/5/2017
    • Course Review By: Jeremy Taro
  • 12/14/2017 NEW DOL Rules for Retirement Plans: How to Fulfill your Fiduciary Responsibilities

    As your organization begins planning for 2018, ensuring that you are performing all of your DOL retirement plan fiduciary responsibilities is more imp...

    As your organization begins planning for 2018, ensuring that you are performing all of your DOL retirement plan fiduciary responsibilities is more important than ever.

    We will be review the steps you should take to help you stay in compliance, as well as best practices when positioning your plan with your various retirement plan vendors.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 12/14/2017 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Chase Deters, RWM
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Business Management & Organization
  • 1/25/2018 Introduction to PCI and HIPAA Compliance

    ​Does your organization take credit card information? Do you store personal information on your staff, clients or donors? Raffa can help you avoid the...

    ​Does your organization take credit card information? Do you store personal information on your staff, clients or donors? Raffa can help you avoid the pitfalls and penalties that can come from storing these privacy related items in unsecured ways.

    PCI DSS, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is a set of requirements designed to ensure that all companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. This applies to essentially any merchant that has a Merchant ID (MID).   HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any company that deals with protected health information must ensure that all the required physical, network, and process security measures are in place and followed. This includes anyone who provides treatment, payment and operations in healthcare, and anyone with access to patient information and provides support in treatment, payment or operations.   Come learn the basics of these industry regulations, including who they apply to, the requirements for compliance, and the penalties for noncompliance.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 1/25/2018 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: No
    • Field of Study: Information Technology
  • 2/6/2018 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: 2/6/2018 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 3.00
    • Presenter: Kerry Mickelson
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Information Technology
  • 2/22/2018 *FOR-PROFIT EXCLUSIVE: Impact Advocacy

    This seminar is geared toward “C" level executives. A new tool for corporate impact: In the rapidly changing world of “CSR” and “shared impact” ...

    This seminar is geared toward “C" level executives.

    A new tool for corporate impact: In the rapidly changing world of “CSR” and “shared impact” a new and innovative tool has been added by The Sheridan Group. They call it “Impact Advocacy”. Their approach is to help a corporate entity concerned about a social issue design and implement a program using advocacy models to create partnerships, achieve transformative outcomes, increase “good” brand recognition and build new political alliances. This idea requires the corporate partner to intentionally commit to a high social impact solution (such as passing legislation or increasing funding) and to achieve those goals in authentic partnership with the best performing experts in the non for profit space providing solutions across the nation.

    This tool is new but TSG has a 25 year track record as the top advocacy organization for non profit public interest causes including creating the ONE Campaign with Bono, Leading the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship movement and initiating the first policy effort on Human Trafficking and Slavery.

    Tom is a veteran of the domestic AIDS movement, Gays in the Military and the cancer advocacy community. Our roundtable with Tom will detail this new idea, explore how it serves the C-suite, CSR, GR, PR and HR functions within any corporation and discuss the kinds of issues companies may choose to focus on using “Impact Advocacy” on. Since this new product is just rolling out, Tom is anxious and receptive to have feedback on how to improve the design and features of “impact advocacy” so that it truly fits the unique needs of corporations looking to distinguish themselves in the environment.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 2/22/2018 2:00 PM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Tom Sheridan, The Sheridan Group
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Snacks
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • 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
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