Who calls the shots? What you need to know about vaccines.

Date: April 21, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Speaker name & organization: Jennifer Grudnowski, Esq., Pro Bono Partnership

As more people are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, employers have many questions about how to manage their workforce in the face of this ever-changing landscape. In this brief lunch and learn webinar, we will address some of the issues you should be thinking about when determining how to manage vaccinations in your workforce.


  • Can employers require employees to be vaccinated?
  • Can employers encourage or incentivize employees to get vaccinated?
  • How do employers deal with a workforce that might include a mix of vaccinated and non-vaccinated employees?
  • Do employers have to give time off to employees for vaccinations/recovery time after being vaccinated?
  • Can an employer ask if an employee has received the COVID vaccine?


Developing your Nonprofit Remote Work Policy

Date: April 15, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET

Speaker(s) name & organization: Jennifer Grudnowski, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Partnership

The “new normal” of remote and hybrid work requires attention to policies, practices, and legal matters that protect your nonprofit organization, clients, patients, members, donors, and volunteers. Attend this webinar if you’re interested in providing a remote work option for employees, going fully virtual, or supporting nonprofit operations in the current context.


Free for Nonprofit Westchester members; $20 for non-members


Registration is through Nonprofit Westchester. For registration or webinar assistance, please contact Suzanne Gardos, Manager, Community Engagement, Nonprofit Westchester at sgardos@npwestchester.org.


Hudson Valley gives provides online platform for nonprofits to reach donors

Date: April 14, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Hudson Valley Gives, the region’s 6th Annual Day of Giving to support local nonprofits will be held on Wednesday, May 19th. Organizations interested in taking part in this 24-hour online fundraising event, can register at www.hvgives.org/register.

Last year, more than $534,000 was raised to support 133 different charitable organizations. This year, the event aims to raise a total of $750,000. Participating nonprofits also have the ability to earn prize money for their causes thanks to generous corporate sponsors.

The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS) proudly leads #HVGives because it is more important than ever that organizations utilize digital strategies for fundraising, marketing, and donor cultivation. Hudson Valley Gives provides a secure online giving platform available to all nonprofits in Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, and Westchester Counties.

Training for participating organizations is available. A live training webinar will be held April 14 at 1 p.m. One on one coaching will be offered on April 14 from noon to 4 p.m. A recording for a previous live training is also available at the link below in case you are unable to attend on April 14th.

To sign up for a webinar and/or one on one online coaching:


Financial and Audit Impacts of the Pandemic

This webinar recording is available to NYCON members via the member portal on their website.

Presented by: Rebecca Reynolds, CPA and Jennifer George, CPA of RBT CPAs.  

From remote work to PPP loans to donor fatigue, the pandemic has definitely impacted the way NFPs operate. Join us for a discussion of best practices and accounting FYIs. You’ll also hear insights from a local NFP that is thriving in spite of all the COVID challenges.  

RBT CPAs is a NYCON Corporate Ally. RBT CPAs, LLP enjoys over a 50-year history of providing audit, tax, accounting, and business development consulting services to business owners in the Hudson Valley and New York Metropolitan area.  

Best Practices in Managing the Remote Workforce

Date: February 24, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET

Speaker(s) name & organization: Sami Asaad, Esq., FordHarrison LLP

This webinar will offer practical suggestions for policies and procedures that nonprofits should consider when some or all of their workforce is working remotely. The speaker will also discuss the major challenges that nonprofits face when adapting to this new virtual world, including possible hits to productivity, loss of office culture and connection, complying with wage and hour rules, cybersecurity issues, and more.

Anyone interested in providing a remote work option for employees, going fully virtual for the long-term, or supporting nonprofit operations in the current context will want to attend this webinar.


Payment Protection Program Updates

The next round of PPP has officially begun with lenders now accepting PPP 2nd draw applications and 1st draw for first-time loans. The SBA has released a number of updates on PPP, including applying for a loan and loan forgiveness. Join in for a review of this new information and revised applications. An update on the Shuttered Venue Operator Program as it relates to PPP is addressed as well.


Strategic Partnerships in the COVID Era: The Nonprofit Landscape

With unprecedented challenges before and ahead, what are different methods for mission-aligned nonprofits to ensure social impact?

This session explores the factors, dimensions and impacts of our changing and uncerain nonprofit corporate landscape; what it means for those seeking restructuring solutions what the core models are, including mergers, affiliations and substantive shared services; and what state regulatory changes are needed to support our sector’s efforts in this regard.

Participant Takeaways:

  • Gain up-to-date awareness as to the strategic impact of the COVID-19 era on nonprofits
  • Understand the practical pros and cons of, and processes associated with, the core restructuring models
  • Learn the impact of state regulatory processes that may apply and the changes that are needed


Bridges to Board Service Webinars

The following workshops are available for immediate viewing.

Re-Imagining Nonprofit Governance in the COVID Era

The impact of COVID has been significant on the nonprofit community, and organizations have struggled to adapt and embrace how to operate and function in the era of social distancing. Organizations across NYS have taken a crash course in technology and online meetings to support their governance operations and maintain compliance. With these changes have come new opportunities, including new ideas for nonprofit boards to consider about engagement and governance. This timely workshop will explore the potential for a new vision of board governance.

Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

Almost all nonprofits have faced some level of financial upheaval as a result of COVID-19. During this difficult period, it is especially critical for nonprofit boards to conduct regular financial oversight and support management in assessing risk and refining strategy. This introductory session is intended for board members seeking to learn how to interpret their nonprofit’s financial data in order to assess sustainability and risk tolerance, and ultimately to inform decision-making. We will focus on how to read common financial statements, key metrics of financial health, as well as outlining the key financial oversight processes boards and finance committees should undertake in order to carry out their fiduciary duties.

Nonprofit Financial Planning in Response to COVID

Even for nonprofits with significant financial planning experience, the pandemic is presenting an unprecedented array of challenges. Factors such as remote program delivery, changing community demand, canceled fundraising events, and shifting priorities of key donors and funders have led many nonprofits to both a period of immediate financial risk as well as longer-term questions about the sustainability of their pre-pandemic business model. Building on the core concepts addressed in the Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, this webinar is intended to provide a framework for undertaking comprehensive financial planning in a time of crisis. The session will primarily focus on financial risk assessment, differentiating short- and long-term financial planning processes, scenario planning, and the role of boards and finance committees in financial planning.

Board Recruitment in the COVID Era: Using Social Media to Create Connections and Candidates

Finding board members has always been a challenge, and with COVID-19 resulting in the elimination of in-person networking and outreach efforts, the problem has only intensified. For many nonprofits, the default has been a holding pattern on recruiting new board members, but there is a great opportunity presented now in a world forced to interact primarily online. Nonprofit organizations are seeing significant increases in social media engagement, and it is this newfound visibility and awareness that can create connections to new board candidates. This session, presented by Andrew Amrietta of NYCON and Barbara Paxton of Boardstrong, shares real-world examples from other nonprofits that have used social media to benefit their boards. In addition, the session provides a walk-through of the newly revised board matching website, BoardStrong.

Nonprofit Westchester Series, Being Prepared: Nonprofit Service Delivery in the Age of COVID-19

Registration is required for the following workshops.

We know that during these unprecedented times, nonprofit agencies have been nimble, innovative and resilient, ensuring that the vulnerable people and populations receive essential services. We also know that as a result of COVID-19, nonprofit organizations need to consider new options to make certain that their missions are fulfilled and the positive social impact of their services is unceasing.

Strategic Partnerships in the COVID-19 Era: The Nonprofit Landscape
Originally held December 1, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

With unprecedented challenges before and ahead, what are different methods for mission-aligned nonprofits to ensure social impact? Gain up-to-date awareness of the strategic impact of the COVID-19 era on nonprofits and an understanding of the practical pros and cons of and processes associated with core restructuring models.


Strategic Planning: Why Now & How?
January 12, 9:00 – 10:30 AM

It’s time to move from “pivot” to “reset.” Strategic planning can guide you in thinking afresh about your nonprofit’s mission, vision and goals in a changed landscape. This session with breakout workshops will teach the basics of a sound, do-it-yourself strategic planning process and offer practical take-away tools that you can use for research and planning, and parameters for putting together a strategic plan framework that responds to post-COVID conditions.


Nonprofit Financial Planning in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting nonprofits with an unprecedented array of challenges. Not least among these is the question of how to remain financially viable at a time of program closures, canceled fundraising events, and an emerging economic environment that could produce lasting impacts on donor and funder support. For nonprofit managers and board members who may be feeling overwhelmed by the variety of financial risks and decisions they are facing, this webinar (originally presented in April 2020 by Phil Rosenbloom of Tarn Consulting) provided a framework for undertaking comprehensive financial planning in a time of crisis. The session focused primarily on near-term cash flow and budgetary planning, as well as financial governance considerations.