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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  • 11/15/2018 Time for an IT Assessment

    ​​One thing's for sure, there are many choices when it comes to hardware, software and everything in between. How can you know if you have the right i...

    ​​One thing's for sure, there are many choices when it comes to hardware, software and everything in between. How can you know if you have the right infrastructure for moving forward? Many organizations have an IT Assessment done as their organizations grow to determine the best strategic plan for moving forward.  Some of the areas we will cover include: 

    IT Internal Controls

    Disaster Recovery

    Software Audit Trails 

    Protecting Sensitive Data

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 11/15/2018 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Kerry Mickelson
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Business Management & Organization;Information Technology
  • 11/15/2018 High Risk Compliance Issues and How You Can Avoid Them

    ​Join Raffa and Capital Edge as we review Sub-Recipient Monitoring, Procurement, and Time & Effort Reporting to learn how you can avoid single aui...

    ​Join Raffa and Capital Edge as we review Sub-Recipient Monitoring, Procurement, and Time & Effort Reporting to learn how you can avoid single auit deficiencies. 

    Nonprofit organizations are under increasing pressure and scrutiny from government funders, foundations and the regulatory environment.  In this competitive landscape, you can't afford an audit deficiency that could adversely effect your revenue streams.  We will provide examples and illustrations from our experience assisting other Nonprofits to overcome compliance, audit and systems issues.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 11/15/2018 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Glenn Anstead, Raffa
    • 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: 10/9/2018
    • Course Review Date: 10/9/2018
    • Course Review By: Jeremy Taro
  • 11/29/2018 Sage Intacct Accounting Software for Nonprofits

    The demands on Nonprofit finance teams have continued to increase. You must create greater levels of transparency and visibility, enhance the governan...

    The demands on Nonprofit finance teams have continued to increase. You must create greater levels of transparency and visibility, enhance the governance of the organization, and drive strategic focus—all while improving productivity.   Join the Nonprofit industry experts from Raffa to learn how Sage Intacct enables organizations to:

    • ​Easily track, manage and analyze funds, grants, budgets, expenses and cash flow
    • Provide real-time financial reporting and dashboards
    • Track restricted versus unrestricted funds
    • Reduce month end close process
    • Automate business processes

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 11/29/2018 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: Information Technology
    • Course Update Date: 8/6/2018
    • Course Review Date: 8/6/2018
    • Course Review By: Glenn Anstead
  • 12/5/2018 How Much Should My Nonprofit Target for Reserves?

    ​Keeping reserves for a “rainy day” is a good practice for all nonprofit institutions, but how much should your organization set aside? A percentage o...

    ​Keeping reserves for a “rainy day” is a good practice for all nonprofit institutions, but how much should your organization set aside? A percentage of annual budget? Three-to-six months? Our answer is: it depends. Each nonprofit is unique and can experience distinct unexpected circumstances that may affect its long-term financial health.

    This session, led by mark Murphy of Raffa Wealth Management, will focus on how to conduct a risk assessment that will assist your nonprofit in quantifying financial risks and opportunities. Once completed, this risk assessment aims to assist in finding the appropriate reserve level for your unique organization.

    Whether you are in the initial phases of creating your nest egg or revaluating longstanding reserve levels, this session is for you.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 12/5/2018 12:00 PM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Mark Murphy, Chief Investment Officer, RWM
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Lunch
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • 12/6/2018 Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

    Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the next ​generation of intelligent business applications in the cloud.  Dynamics 365 unifies ERP & CRM...

    Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the next ​generation of intelligent business applications in the cloud.  Dynamics 365 unifies ERP & CRM capabilities by delivering new purpose built applications to help manage specific business functions, including financials, sales, customer service, operations, marketing and project service. 

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 12/6/2018 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Glenn Anstead, 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: 11/13/2018
    • Course Review Date: 11/13/2018
    • Course Review By: Jeremy Taro
  • 12/13/2018 Deploying Technology at Your Nonprofit

    ​Technology can be a powerful tool at your nonprofit to analyze donors, scale your impact, or improve your constituent experience. Hiring and managing...

    ​Technology can be a powerful tool at your nonprofit to analyze donors, scale your impact, or improve your constituent experience. Hiring and managing a development team can provide you a massive advantage in your space, and allow you to reach so many more lives. However, managing this team can be time consuming, expensive, and require a huge learning curve to leverage appropriately. In this session, learn how to effectively deploying technology at your nonprofit, via contracted or in-house work.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 12/13/2018 9:00 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Neil Shah, CEO, Aspire
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Lunch
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • 12/18/2018 Mid Market ERP & Accounting Systems Comparison Seminar

    ​Join the Raffa team as they provide you with a review of the leading mid-market accounting software and update you on the latest enhancements and pro...

    ​Join the Raffa team as they provide you with a review of the leading mid-market accounting software and update you on the latest enhancements and product roadmaps.  They will walk you through best practices for evaluating software while providing you with an overview of the leading solutions:  Sage Intacct, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL and JAMIS.  This is one of their leading sessions and is well attended by finance leaders in the Nonprofit community.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 12/18/2018 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: Computer Software & Applications
    • Course Update Date: 10/24/2018
    • Course Review Date: 10/24/2018
    • Course Review By: Glenn Anstead
  • 1/15/2019 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 secur...

    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, you will learn how to pass the security portion of your audit and how to protect your hardware. We will also discuss security in the cloud and Privacy Laws.This class is beneficial to IT, Operations, and Administrative professionals.

    Raffa Event
    • Date: 1/15/2019 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Kerry Mickelson
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, 6th Floor Conference Room
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Business Management & Organization;Information Technology
  • 1/16/2019 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: 1/16/2019 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Kerry Mickelson
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study:
  • 3/26/2019 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: 3/26/2019 8:30 AM EST
    • CPE Hours: 2.00
    • Presenter: Kerry Mickelson
    • Location: Raffa - 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
    • Meal: Breakfast
    • Offered as Webinar: No
    • Field of Study: Business Management & Organization;Information Technology
"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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