Webinars

Digital events provide Independent Sector an efficient, effective way to connect members in the nonprofit and philanthropic community separated by distance.

By identifying issues of broad interest, recruiting expert speakers, and making the sessions available to people across the country, IS builds the knowledge and networks of staff members at organizations of all sizes and missions. The Digital Events Archive further expands the benefit of these programs.



RECENT DIGITAL EVENTS

September 21, 2015 | The ACA Cadillac Tax: What Nonprofits Need to Know | Digital Learning Event

The ACA Cadillac Tax: What Nonprofits Need to Know
September 21, 2015 | Digital Learning Event

You’ve heard of the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac Tax” – a 40% tax on premium employer-sponsored healthcare plans. Many nonprofit organizations have assumed that their plans fall below the threshold for this tax, but the definition of “Cadillac” is quickly changing. With healthcare costs rapidly increasing, the “Cadillac Tax” may soon apply to many more organizations than originally anticipated. Join us for a digital learning event about the tax and recent Department of Treasury guidance, as well as who it will impact. The in-depth session will be led by tax and health law expert Heather Meade, senior manager at Washington Council Ernst and Young, who will share what the tax could mean for your organization – and how you can begin to prepare for it.



September 21, 2015 | The ACA Cadillac Tax: What Nonprofits Need to Know | Digital Learning Event

2015 American Express NGen Digital Learning Series:
Decoding Digital Activism for Next Generation Leaders

September 29, 2015 | Digital Learning Event

Do you know all there is to know about digital activism? Many of you have witnessed firsthand the ways in which digital networks have forever changed social movements. However, the technology at our disposal and the creativity in its application to tackle the world's greatest challenges moves at light speed... and the charitable sector moves along with it. Join us for a powerful conversation with experts who specialize in digital activism and social campaign management and are operating at the intersection of technology and civic engagement.



July 28, 2015 | C-Suite Sessions: Putting Principles Into Practice | Digital Roundtable

C-Suite Sessions
July 28, 2015 | Digital Roundtable

Released earlier this year, the 2015 edition of the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice has never been more timely. Hear from former Independent Sector president and CEO, Diana Aviv and other esteemed chief executives from BBB Wise Giving Alliance, BoardSource, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals as they answer critical questions about putting these essential principles into practice.



July 8, 2015 | NGen American Express Digital Learning Series

2015 AMERICAN EXPRESS NGEN DIGITAL LEARNING SERIES:
SHOULD YOU START A SOCIAL CHANGE ORGANIZATION
?
July 8, 2015 | Digital Learning Event

The second training in our 2015 American Express NGen Digital Learning Series, "Should You Start a Social Change Organization?" Participants met three next generation leaders who have founded their own social enterprises.



June 18, 2015 | Harnessing the Power of the Nonprofit Vote | Digital Learning Event

HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE NONPROFIT VOTE
June 18, 2015 | Digital Learning Event

Independent Sector, in partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits and Nonprofit VOTE, has launched a national campaign called Nonprofit Votes Count to encourage nonprofit employees and volunteers to register and vote, and to build awareness among the charitable community about how many engaged voters are in our coalitions. Participants learned how to mobilize our constituents, communicate our numbers and influence to candidates and public officials, and harness the power of the nonprofit vote.

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June 4, 2015 | Staying Ahead of Nonprofit Accounting Standards | Digital Learning Event

STAYING AHEAD OF NONPROFIT ACCOUNTING STANDARDS
June 4, 2015 | Digital Learning Event

For the first time in two decades, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has proposed major changes to nonprofit financial reporting. On April 22, the FASB issued a proposal that would impact substantially all nonprofits, including foundations, associations, and other charities such as universities, museums, and human service providers. Independent Sector hosted a digital learning event June 4 on the FASB proposal. In addition to hearing directly from FASB on this proposal, other key nonprofit finance leaders will provided context on how this proposal will affect small and large nonprofits.

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May 21,2015 | American Express NGen Digital Learning Series

2015 AMERICAN EXPRESS DIGITAL LEARNING SERIES:
HOW TO BECOME YOUR ORGANIZATION'S NEXT CEO

May 21, 2015

Two next generation leaders that have successfully transitioned into the role of Executive Director and an established leader who has paved the way for emerging talent to take that next step joined us to share their stories with NGeners and offered their advice on how to take the next step.

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The President's FY 2016 Budget Proposal: Implications for the Nonprofit Sector
Friday, February 13, 2015, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST
Presented by: IS Public Policy Team; Nick Giordano, Washington Council Ernst & Young; Ellen Nissenbaum and Joel Friedman, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; and a panel of sector policy experts.
Budget and tax expert Nick Giordano of Washington Council Ernst and Young, Ellen Nissenbaum and Joel Friedman of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and a panel of sector policy specialists and budget authorities came together to discuss the impact of the spending provisions in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal and potential actions by Congress. Our speakers gave a review of key issues arising from the president’s budget, including tax and revenue priorities, proposals related to incentives for charitable giving, spending priorities, potential program cuts, and the impact of alternative deficit reduction measures. They also examined implications for poverty and income inequality, as well as the budget’s potential impact on the work of the nonprofit community.
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U.S. Constitution Balanced Budget Amendment Webinar
Friday, January 30, 2015, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Presented by: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
In the coming months, a number of states are expected to consider resolutions calling for a constitutional convention in order to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. Proponents of this effort claim that 24 of the 34 states required to call a constitutional convention already have adopted such resolutions. Independent Sector hosted this webinar with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities who gave an update on recent developments in state capitals across the country, and also gave details about how some organizations in the sector are engaging on this issue.
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Social Change through Movement Building
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by: Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Building Movement Project
Social movements are responsible for some of the most transformational change in our society. Think about the women’s movement, civil rights movement, and even the modern conservative movement and there is no doubt about the power and significance of social movements. Learn from experts in the field of movement building on what it takes to build a movement, the tools and resources needed to sustain a movement, and how nonprofit and philanthropic organizations can use movement building to advance social change.
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Rocking the Boat without Falling Out
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by: Lois Kelly, Rebels at Work

It takes more than a strong captain to help a ship reach its destination. A strong crew is essential to navigating uncharted waters. If an organization wants to move from where it is to where it wants to be, it needs the ideas and energy of its people. To learn how you can become an effective change-agent within your organization, join us on July 29 for our webinar, “Rocking the Boat Without Falling Out: Creating Change in Organizations.”This webinar will provide you with the tips and techniques that you’ll need to navigate organizational structures and weather the rough seas that can sometimes result from being the catalyst for real change.
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FUNDAMENTALS OF NONPROFIT ADVOCACY & LOBBYING
Part 1: The Importance of Advocacy and 5 Essential Ingredients of Success
Wednesday, July 9, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
Presented by: Diana Aviv, President and CEO, Independent Sector; Geoff Plague, Vice President Public Policy, Independent Sector
The first session in the three-part series, “The Importance of Advocacy and 5 Essential Ingredients of Success,” will share the important lessons learned during the two years IS spent researching and writing Beyond the Cause: The Art and Science of Advocacy. During this session you will hear about the importance of elevating the needs and voices of the communities we serve, creating policy solutions, and championing these solutions with policymakers at all levels of government. You’ll also learn the five essential approaches of successful advocacy that were identified through Independent Sector’s research and analysis.
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Part 2: How to Build Strong Relationships with Public Officials and Their Staff
Wednesday, July 16, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
Presented by: Susie Brown, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; Heather Noonan, Vice President of Advocacy, League of American Orchestras; Wes Coulam, Executive Director, Washington Council Ernst & Young
The second session in the three-part series, “How to Build Strong Relationships with Public Officials and Their Staff,” will give you actionable strategies and tactics for sustaining relationships with public officials and their staff for long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. During this session you will hear from nonprofit advocacy leaders in Washington about things like the importance of understanding policymakers’ priorities, taking advantage of opportunities to engage members of Congress in their districts, and how to connect your work to their priorities.
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Part 3: How to Execute an Effective Advocacy Meeting
Wednesday, July 23, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
Presented by: Neal Denton, Senior Vice President, Chief Government Affairs Officer, YMCA of the USA; Carrie Calvert, Director of Tax and Commodity Policy, Feeding America; Heather Meade, Senior Manager, Washington Council Ernst & Young
The final session in the three-part series will teach you “How to Execute an Effective Advocacy Meeting” from start to finish, including: selecting optimal targets (congressional, federal agency, etc); the process for scheduling meetings and with whom; strategies for conducting meetings; and the most effective meeting follow up techniques. During this session you will learn, among other things, the difference between advocacy and lobbying, how to craft an effective advocacy message, when to invite an elected official to visit your office or facility, and the most effective materials to provide at a meeting.
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Fundamentals of Nonprofit Advocacy & Lobbying Webinars

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Going for the Gold! Charting Impact
Presented by: The Charting Impact founding members and America's Charities
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
This webinar examined how to complete or update an organization's Charting Impact Report and become part of the Gold Participation Level on the GuideStar Exchange. The webinar also highlighted the progress of Charting Impact since 2011 and the integration of the tool into the GuideStar Exchange.
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Thinking Politically and Staying Alive: Understanding Competing Commitments
Part of the 2013 NGen Webinar Series
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Jeff Lawrence of Cambridge Leadership Associates discussed the last installment of the Adaptive Leadership webinars in the 2013 NGen Webinar Series. The session responded to two questions:

  • How can I use the existing relationships in the networks, organizations, and communities I live and work in to shape my strategy for progress – even in the absence of a reasonable path forward?
  • How can I protect myself and those I care about most deeply from the dangers of exercising leadership?

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Understanding the “Nature of the Work” We Are Trying To Do
Part of the 2013 NGen Webinar Series
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Jeff Lawrence of Cambridge Leadership Associates discussed the second installment of the Adaptive Leadership webinars in the 2013 NGen Webinar Series. The greatest waste of energy and resources in organizations across all sectors is the treatment of Adaptive Challenges as if they were Technical Problems. Not only are they significantly different challenges, they call for different approaches and resources. Listen in, you might recognize someone you know and care about in one of the stories.
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Know Your Role
Part of the 2013 NGen Webinar Series
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Jeff Lawrence of Cambridge Leadership Associates launched the first of the Adaptive Leadership webinars in the 2013 NGen Webinar Series. In order to make progress, individuals trying to exercise leadership need to understand what role they are playing. This first webinar examined the nature of authority roles and the activity we call “leadership.”
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Being Fearless: Exploring the Practices of Social Changemaking
Part of the 2013 NGen Webinar Series
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Inspired by the Case Foundation’s Be Fearless campaign to inspire a more fearless approach to creating lasting change, this webinar was about trying things that are out of our comfort zone, being fearless, dreaming big, and learning from things that didn’t turn out as expected. Michael Smith, senior vice president of social innovation at Case, discussed the key values of the Be Fearless campaign, which focuses on igniting a more fearless approach to changemaking. Featured panelists were Liz Maw, CEO of Net Impact and Mari Kuraishi, co-founder and president of GlobalGiving Foundation, who explored how their organizations have stepped away from traditional ways of sparking social change and developed new approaches to tackling some of the social sector's toughest challenges.
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How Financial Security Impacts Nonprofit Career Decisions
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Presenters: Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector; Stephanie Bell-Rose, senior managing director and head of TIAA-CREF Institute; and Paul Yakoboski, senior economist at TIAA-CREF; Laura Meyer Wellman, executive vice president of Foundation For The Carolinas
Respondent: Karen Friedman, executive vice president and policy director of Pension Rights Center
Economists and experts from TIAA-CREF and Independent Sector discussed the results of a study titled, Financial Security and Careers in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector, and how a perceived and real lack of financial security can undermine a nonprofit's ability to attract, retain, and develop the most talented individuals and leaders. Fresh ideas and insights were discussed to help nonprofit executives address these concerns.
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2012 NGen Leadership Webinar Series
January - May, 2012
The 2012 NGen Leadership Series is new four-part webinar series that helped prepare NGen leaders to have transformational impact on society’s most complex problems. Generously sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, the NGen Leadership Series seeks to strengthen the NGen community through focused, interactive conversations about trends and skills that will support your leadership this year and beyond.
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Digital Events Archive
IS has archived nearly a dozen digital events -- on topics such as accountability, the IRS Form 990, and talent management. Staff of IS member organizations are able to view past digital events and watch them live at no additional costs.

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