TANGO Building Bridges 2021 Nonprofit Week - Educational Sessions Registration

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Sign up for each individual session you’d like to attend

Tuesday October 5th and Wednesday October 6, 2021

Each session is a Zoom webinar. Use the links below to signup for each of the sessions you would like to attend. You will receive confirmation emails for each session.

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Day 1 – October 5, 2021

There will be two sessions running per hour each day

8:30 – 8:55 AM

Conference Welcome

Rollin Schuster, Managing Director, NFP and President & Founder, TANGO, will welcome the conference attendees.

9:00 AM – 9:55 AM

Tuesday, October 5

Nonprofit Organizational Governance and Investment Opportunities

Stewardship and appropriate governance of non-profit assets is essential for operational success and requires fiduciary responsibilities of the Board, Trustees and any professionals hired. A properly managed Nonprofit investment portfolio generates a message of planned long-term stability, fiscal accountability, and financial reliability to all members and stakeholders of the organization. Incorporating investment opportunities abiding by Environmental, Social and Governance investing may not only allow your organization to properly align its mission with investable assets, but also generate competitive returns. Does your portfolio need a review?

Guest Speaker:
Ben Kille, Managing Member, Private Capital Group

Digital Marketing: A Transformation for Nonprofits

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, nonprofits have been forced to shift into the digital age in order to survive. Low cost, high return, digital marketing has become a priority for nonprofits to engage with those who they support as well as those who support them. This educational presentation will show you the power a digital marketing strategy can have on your mission-critical needs and goals as well as how to track and maximize conversions through a variety of digital marketing options nonprofits can use.

Guest Speaker:
Eric Heinman, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Cause Inspired Media 

10:00 AM – 10:55 AM

Tuesday, October 5

Nonprofits: Assessing the Current State of Your Finance Department

In this session we’ll cover identifying common symptoms of an unhealthy finance department, developing solutions to address those symptoms and determining the impact these issues have on the entire organization.

Guest Speaker:
Tim Warren, CPA, Principal, CLA
Danielle Nihill
, Engagement Manager, CLA

Connecticut Politics – What’s Next?

TCG will provide an inside look at the overall state political landscape as well as provide an overview of the American Rescue Plan Act and other important and relevant policy matters.
The session will offer an extensive Q&A opportunity for participants to ask any and all political and policy questions.

Guest Speakers:
Alan Deckman, President & Principal Owner, TCORS Capitol Group, LLC (TCG)
John Bailey, Senior Lobbyist, TCORS Capitol Group, LLC (TCG)

11:00 AM – 11:55 AM

Tuesday, October 5

YG in the Community

This informative session will share an overview of the Hartford Yard Goats’ community programs, community engagement, and fundraising efforts formed over the past 4 seasons at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Through building a unique and memorable experience around the game of baseball, the Yard Goats share how their creative partnerships can help to increase your organization’s donor outreach and engagement efforts.

Guest Speaker:
Tom Baxter, Fundraising & Community Manager, The Hartford Yard Goats

Change in the Healthcare Delivery Model

The current healthcare delivery model is unsustainable. Our panel of experts will discuss innovation in healthcare designed to reduce costs and increase the value that employers and employees receive from their benefits programs.

Guest Speaker:
Rollin Schuster, Managing Director, NFP; President & Founder, TANGO
Ryan Lawless, Senior Consultant, NFP

12:00 PM – 12:55 PM

Tuesday, October 5

Best Practices For Working with a Not-for-profit Board of Directors

In addition to understanding Board roles and responsibilities’, you will learn how to effectively communicate with your board. In this session, we will navigate the board dynamics, their fiscal responsibilities and gain insight into board collaboration.

Guest Speaker:
Heather Ladue, Executive Director of Professional Programs & Partnerships, Franklin Pierce University
Maria Minor, Assistant Professor, Franklin Pierce University 

How Progressive Independent Schools are Managing HR, Benefits, and Retention Efforts in a Covid/Post-Covid Era.

COVID-19 and now the Delta Variant have brought unprecedented challenges to all independent schools. As a result, institutions are implementing novel HR and employee benefits strategies to help with their faculty and staff retention, and employee satisfaction, efforts. This session, led by experts in their fields, will examine these subjects in relation to the emerging approaches being used by schools during these trying times.”

Guest Speaker:
Rollin Schuster, Managing Director, NFP; President & Founder, TANGO
Kelly Hasenbalg, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,
President, Start with HR
Rich Bartlett,
Senior Advisor, NFP

1:00 PM – 1:55 PM

Tuesday, October 5

Can you tell your Organizations Financial Story?

Your Organization’s financial statements tell a story; are you able to convey the important message it tells? Whether you are a non-profit accounting expert or just learning the basics, this session is for you. We will discuss what financial statement measurements your leadership team, governance and program team should understand. Learn what financial experts gather from reading your financial statements and how to get the same message across to non-financial individuals. Additional take a ways will include:

  • Key financial ratio calculations and definitions
  • Understand general and administrative cost and important allocation processes
  • Details on budgeted analysis pros and cons

Guest Speaker:
Amber Tucker, Director, Assurance & Advisory Services, FML

Capitalism – History’s Gift to Philanthropy

The purpose of this presentation is to explain how philanthropy and capitalism evolved historically into related systems, and how each can be enhanced by an understanding of the other. The TANGO Nonprofit Method and the theme of Building Bridges between businesses and nonprofits are both built upon this thinking.

Guest Speaker:
John Horak, Director, Nonprofit Education & Consulting, TANGO

Day 2 – October 6, 2021

There will be two sessions running per hour each day

9:00 AM – 9:55 AM

Wednesday, October 6

Capacity Building with Intention

Organizations are built on leadership and processes. As such, it’s essential for an organization to continuously improve in the areas of organizational infrastructure, management, governance, and staff capacity. Intentional focus on capacity building creates a pathway for nonprofits to reach their next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission.  Without it, we risk focusing our energy and attention solely on providing services and expanding projects – essentially piling on weight without adequate support.  Capacity building is not a one-time effort to improve short-term effectiveness, but rather a continuous improvement strategy toward the creation of a sustainable and effective organization

Join us as we explore the who, what and how of capacity building for nonprofits. The Connection’s Institute for Innovative Practice is committed to providing quality professional development and consultation to help organizations solve problems, adapt to change, and evolve.

Guest Speaker:
Jessica Smith Deputy Chief of Business Development, The Connection

Employee Engagement – Does it Really Matter?

Employee retention and motivation is the number one issue in most nonprofit organizations today. No matter what your strategy or how amazing your mission is, if your staff are checked out or burned out, none of that matters. Employee engagement is key to retaining your great employees and attracting new ones. Join us for a robust conversation to spark or re-spark employee engagement in your own organizations.

Guest Speaker:
Sonya Llewellyn, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,  Director of Program Development, 501c Services

10:00 AM – 10:55 AM

Wednesday, October 6

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in a Hybrid Work Environment

Over the last year, non-profit organizations have had to adapt to unprecedented change. One result of this change is the emergence of the hybrid work model. This flexible model comes with its own share of cybersecurity challenges, which stem from the blurry network perimeter created by employees using a mix of work and personal devices from their homes, offices, and other locations. As a result, many organizations are beginning to consider migrating resources to the cloud in an effort to better facilitate access for their dispersed workforce. Fortunately, there’s many steps non-profits can take to better prepare and protect themselves from the next-generation of post-COVID cyberthreats.

Join Kyber Security for discussion on cyber security strategy, focusing on both humans and technology.
We’ll break down the key issues to focus on when updating cybersecurity policies and strengthening data protection measures, including:

  • Incorporating new technology to support remote and office-based employees
  • Additional access points and potential risks for unauthorized access
  • Migrating resources to the cloud and associated security concerns
  • Network security in the office and at remote locations

Guest Speaker:
Michael Giuffrida, President, Kyber Security
Bob Thomas,
vCISO, Kyber Security

KPIs – Learn about Metrics to Measure Performance of your Organization

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are metrics used to measure the performance and health of your organization. Patricia McGowan and Paul Ballasy will present both common and unusual KPIs in the not-for-profit organizations. Our discussion will review how they you can use KPIs successfully to adjust to the changes brought on by the pandemic. We will present how KPIs may help your organization identify trends and measure accomplishments as you transition to the post-pandemic world.

Guest Speaker:
Paul Ballasy, Partner, CohnReznick
Patricia E. McGowan, CPA,
Partner, CohnReznick

11:00 AM – 11:55 AM

Wednesday, October 6

Legal Tales from the Tax-Exempt Trenches

Join Ed Spinella, Chair of Murtha Cullina’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice Group for an edifying and entertaining discussion of current hot legal topics and important lessons learned “the hard way.” Ed has also compiled important legal questions that he routinely finds his clients have been afraid or embarrassed to ask.  Together, Ed and the audience will demystify popular legal misconceptions and taboos.  Ed will use an anonymous survey tool to encourage audience interaction.  Feel free to submit a confidential question to Ed in advance of this presentation and he will consider integrating it  into this presentation.

Guest Speaker:
Ed Spinella, Chair of Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Group, Murtha Cullina

Set Your Organization Up for a Successful 2022 by Saving Money and Improving Technology Now!

Join us for our panel discussion with Telecom Analyst “Name here” when we discuss how your organization can implement cost reductions while having 100% business connectivity? We’ll talk about how you can save money and leverage emerging technologies for your voice, data, and video solutions for 2021/22. You will walk away with strategies that you can implement immediately in your telecom environment that will help you save money while learning how to manage your current spend.

Guest Speaker:
Cate Heaman, CEO & Principal, Prelude Solutions
Brent Jones,
Vice President of Operations, Prelude Solutions
Brett Kahn,
Senior Director of Business Development, Prelude Solutions
Sarah Mamzic,
Director of Channel Alliance and Partnerships, Prelude Solutions

12:00 PM – 12:55 PM

Wednesday, October 6

Navigating Today’s Nonprofit Insurance and Marketplace

We will explore the major “gaps, traps, and pitfalls” and “emerging risks” facing leaders responsible for properly insuring a nonprofit organization. We will provide an update on the 2021 Commercial Insurance Marketplace condition affecting nonprofits. Along the way, we will offer sage advise on how to reduce your costs.

Guest Speaker:
Augusto Russell, Partner, Insurance Provider Group (IPG)
Bethany White,
V.P. Commercial Lines, Insurance Provider Group (IPG)

Isles in Action: A Bridge Between Hockey and Community

The opportunity to have your nonprofit be involved with the Bridgeport Islanders community programs lie well beyond the walls of the arena.  Learn how your organization can participate with our initiatives around education, health & wellness, volunteering, and growing the game of hockey.  Experience the exciting atmosphere of a Bridgeport Islanders game while building brand awareness, fundraising, and providing supporters with a memorable night out.  Sam and Dan will lay out a blueprint for success on how your nonprofit can be featured in our brand new Nonprofit of the Night program this season.

Guest Speaker:
Dan Tamburro, Director of Group Sales, The Bridgeport Islanders
Sam Provost,
Manager, Community Engagement, The Bridgeport Islanders

1:00 PM – 1:55 PM

Wednesday, October 6

How to grow with video in 2022

The trend of video content in marketing continues to climb and won’t be stopping anytime soon.  Every organization should have a strategy that includes video.  It’s no longer just a nice-to-have… it’s a necessity that must be a component of your communication and marketing plan in the age of social media and digital advertising.  As we come to the last quarter in our second year of a pandemic, video use and demand for video content has skyrocketed.  In this webinar we are going to show you the why – and then get into the how – of implementing a video plan to grow your organization!

Guest Speaker:
Albert Petrunti, President & Founder, Awecast

Cryptocurrency- Good?  Bad? Crazy?

In this session, we will give a primer on the basics of cryptocurrency, discuss the merits and risks of accepting donations of crypto for Non-Profits and investing in crypto.

Guest Speaker:
Pat GillDirector of East Coast Operation, Financial One
Jennifer Lohrer-Elstone,
CFO and Director of Quality Assurance & Process Improvement, Financial One Inc.

Thank you to our Partners

TANGO has put together a team of partners who can provide seasoned advice and counsel within many areas of expertise. We have learned there are often times when nonprofit organizations are faced with strategic or operational business decisions where consultation from an outside voice can ensure they are making the best decision for the organization’s future.

Membership is complimentary to all Nonprofit organizations thanks to the generosity of our corporate partners.

With over 1,400 nonprofit organizations throughout New England, TANGO has become a powerful community helping nonprofit organizations reach their mission.

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