Today’s Cybersecurity Landscape – Protecting your Nonprofit

Date/Time: June 3, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET

Speaker(s) name & organization: 
Daniel R. Alcott, Esq., Chair of the Not-for-Profit Department, Dorf & Nelson LLC
Michelle W. Cohen, Esq., Chair of the E-Commerce Group, Ifrah PLLC

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.

  • A better understanding of Federal and State Laws and Legislative Actions
  • Proactive tips for reviewing and updating privacy policies
  • Learning from the Blackbaud data breach case

Free for Nonprofit Westchester members, $20 for non-members.


Ask the Tech Impact Experts Panel

Moderated by: Andrew Marietta, New York Council of Nonprofits

Panelists from Tech Impact:
Chris Baranec, Infrastructure and Security Consultant
Kimberly Sanberg, Digital fundraising instructor
Jahzeer Terrell, IT Security Associate

Facilitated by NYCON and supported by MVP Health Care, this special panel features national nonprofit Tech Impact’s experts answering specific nonprofit questions related to technology issues like cyber security, digital fundraising, and donor management systems.



Pivoting to Respond and Move Beyond the Pandemic

Date/Time: Thursday, May 27, 2021, 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Presented by:

  • Jennie Swantz – The Nonprofit Gardener
  • Paul Villanueva – Intelligent IT Designs
  • Linda Marston-Reid – Arts Mid-Hudson

The pandemic of 2020-2021 changed the environment for nonprofit organizations significantly.  However, many best practices in areas such as fundraising and technology remain, along with new ways of meeting the needs of stakeholders.  In this online seminar, you will hear from experts about the fundamentals of running nonprofits as well as specifics of how to operate through and beyond the pandemic. 

This event is being put on by the Dutchess Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you are not a Chamber member but are interested in attending, please contact Director of Events, Chelsea Schwarze at or (845) 454-1700 Ext. 1006.


DEI Webinar Series

Foundations for Building Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Nonprofit Organizations

Date/Time: May 18, 2021, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Presenter: Neonu Jewell, J.D., M.B.A., Christmas Jewell Consulting

This interactive seminar for Hudson Valley nonprofits explores why DEI matters to nonprofits, terms and definitions, and strategies for building diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations. This session will also include breakout discussions to further discuss putting these concepts into action in your organization and communities.


Making DEI Real in Your Nonprofit – Countering Micro-Aggressions and Bias to Build an Anti-Racist Culture

Date/TIme: June 16, 2021, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Presenter: Neonu Jewell, J.D., M.B.A., Christmas Jewell Consulting

This interactive seminar supports organizations (staff and board members) as they build from articulating DEI values to completing the DEI assessment and then creating a strategic action plan. We will discuss strategies to identify and counter the micro-aggressions, biases, and exclusions that get in the way of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This session is intended only for organizations that have purchased the DEI Assessment from NYCON. Nonprofits serving and located in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties can receive the DEI Assessment for free by emailing Julie Brannon at NYCON.


Legal Issues with Managing a Remote Workforce

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Speaker: Sami Asaad, Esq., Partner, FordHarrison LLP

This free interactive webinar will offer practical suggestions regarding policies and procedures that nonprofits in should consider when some or all of their workforce is working remotely. It will also provide a high-level overview of several major challenges that nonprofits face when adapting to the virtual world, including managing productivity and performance, complying with wage and hour rules, cybersecurity issues, loss of office culture and connection, and more.

Whether you’re supporting virtual work in the current environment or deciding whether to go fully virtual in the long term, this webinar will be relevant to your needs. There will be a couple of breakout discussions during which you will have the opportunity to share ideas and practices with your fellow attendees, so please be prepared to participate and keep your cameras on for these discussions, as far as possible.

Note: although the program is focused on Connecticut nonprofits, most of the information shared will be generally applicable to nonprofits throughout the tristate region.


Tech Impact Webinar Series

Visit the Tech Impact Course Page to access webinar recordings on the following topics:

  • Digital Fundraising – including Optimizing your Website, Email Fundraising, and Social Media Fundraising
  • Making your Donor Management Systems Work Harder and Better
  • Cybersecurity

Top Ten Legal Issues for Nonprofits

Date/Time: May 13, 2021, 12:00-1:30 pm

Speaker & Organization: Maurice Seagall, Director, 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.

Key takeaways will include:

  • The current top ten legal issues facing nonprofits
  • What to look out for and how to address these issues


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

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 webinar, we 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?


Hudson Valley gives provides online platform for nonprofits to reach donors

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

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 was held on April 14 at 1 p.m. A recording of this live training is available at the link below.


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.  

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

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 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.