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Available TRAINING from partner organizations


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Happy New Year!

We are pleased to offer the following workshops:

workshop3Ethics, Transparency and Accountability for Nonprofits
Feb. 17 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Free | New London, CT

Scandals in the nonprofit sector make people worry that charitable donations will not be put to good use and tarnish the image of the entire nonprofit community.  More than ever, nonprofits must operate with integrity and must instill confidence in clients, funders, volunteers, watchdog groups and others. The issue of public trust in nonprofit organizations is crucial for our survival and sustainability.

This seminar will discuss best practices in the areas of transparency, accountability and ethics, and how we can best operate our nonprofits in a trustworthy way.


  • Applicable state and federal rules that promote accountability, including disclosure and reporting obligations
  • Organizational policies, such as conflict of interests and whistleblower policies, that foster accountability
  • The role of the board
  • Other recommended practices to foster an environment of integrity
  • Nonprofit oversight and watch-dog agencies 

Priya Morganstern, Esq.
, Program Director, Pro Bono Partnership 



To register, please call (860) 447-1411 ext. 3 or fill out the form online.  For more information about Public Library of New London please visit their website.



Public Library of New London

Community Room

63 Huntington Street
New London, CT 06320


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workshop4Six Strategies for a Better Board
Feb. 24 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | $10 | Stony Point, NY

How do well-functioning nonprofits run their boards?  Attract new board members?  Ensure that everyone on the board is engaged and involved?

Learn how to build a better board with this in-person workshop.  Whether you're just starting up or looking to revitalize an existing board, there's something here for everyone!  This legal presentation will provide practical suggestions to help your organization improve its corporate governance and build your best board!


  • Nominating and electing board members
  • Is an advisory board right for you?
  • Orienting new board members
  • The role of committees
  • The relationship between the board and executive director
  • Maintaining an engaged board

Maurice K. Segall, Esq.
, Program Director, Pro Bono Partnership 

Judy Siegel, Esq.
, Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Partnership


To register, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE).  Click here for registration details.  Registration closes February 17, 2015.  Click here for more information about CCE and its other programs. 



Cornell Cooperative Extension

10 Patriot Hills Drive

Stony Point, NY 10980 


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workshop5Board Basics: Legal Roles and Responsibilities
Feb. 25 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | $20 | Webinar

Do you know the legal and fiduciary obligations of a board of directors of a nonprofit organization?  This webinar will help key staff and board members understand the proper roles of a board of directors in the governance of a nonprofit organization.  Attend this brief presentation after work and learn about being the best board member you can be-- all without missing dinner!


  • Legal roles, responsibilities, and activities of the board of directors
  • The role of a board in day-to-day operations
  • Potential liabilities of board members
  • Legal protections for the board

Nancy Eberhardt, Esq.
, Program Director, Pro Bono Partnership 

Maurice K. Segall, Esq.
, Program Director, Pro Bono Partnership


Registration closes on Friday, February 20, 2015.  Webinar information will be emailed to the email address provided during registration on or before February 25, 2015.  The registration fee is nonrefundable.  Please do not hit back or refresh during the registration process.  Please contact Andrew Keeler at (914) 328-0674 ext. 348 before resubmitting a registration if you receive an error message.


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Praxis International and Manavi in partnership with the 

Office on Violence Against Women

Apply here! Deadline 1/30/15

The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI)

is pleased to offer the following resources:

Holiday Discount! Receive a 15% early rate discount on 2015 workshops when registering between December 1 - 31. Save an additional 5% when you pay online!


CTRI is offering the following in-person public workshops:

Coming to New York, New York in 2015

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations  NYC: March 12, 2015
Challenging Behaviours in Youth - Strategies for Intervention  NYC: April 9, 2015

Mindfulness Counseling Strategies-Activating Compassion & Regulation  NYC: May 7, 2015

Coming to Virginia in 2015

Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth - Issues and Strategies   Arlington, VA: March 2-3, 2015
De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™   Arlington, VA: March 25, 2015
Challenging Behaviours in Youth - Strategies for Intervention
  Arlington, VA: May 26, 2015

Understanding Mental Illness  Arlington, VA: June 24, 2015


Special Event in Clearwater Beach, FL

Mindfulness Retreat - For Counselors, Therapists & Caregivers   January 19-21, 2015

Live Webinars 
Watch an abbreviated version of our full day workshop right from your desk. 

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™
December 11, 2014 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)
February 12, 2015 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)

Free Webinar  Each month CTRI offers a complimentary webinar.
Click Here to view this month's free webinar now!

Victim Assistance Training Online

Four new VAT Online modules have been launched; including Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military, Elder Abuse, People With Disabilities, and Elderly Populations. Additional VAT Onlinemodules that address other specific crimes and the needs of special populations will be launched in 2015.

VAT Online is a foundational Web-based victim assistance training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge they need to more effectively assist victims of crime. VAT Online has four sections: Basics, Core Competencies and Skills, Crimes, and Special Populations. 19 modules will be released in groups related to Crimes and Special Populations starting in December 2014 through June 2015.

  1. The Basics section includes information that all victim service providers must know, including victims' rights and the justice systems, which provides a foundation for victim services.
  2. The Core Competencies and Skills section includes modules such as basic communication skills, confidentiality, and advocacy.
  3. The Crimes section includes the characteristics and prevalence of crime, and other information about crimes including sexual assault, elder abuse, and child abuse.
  4. The Special Populations section includes information and skills to serve special populations such as LGBTQ populations, campus / university victims of crime, and victims of sexual assault in the military.

Get Started

Register for this training.
Ready to enroll? Follow these instructions.

Take the Training

Already signed up for VAT Online? Take Course.

Looking for help?

Contact us with questions or it you experience technical difficulties:
E-mail: VATOnline@ovcttac.org
Phone: 1-866-682-8822


Frequently Asked Questions on VAT Online

Managing PR & Communications 

On Top of Everything Else

Thursday, January 8

9:30am - 12:30am


Your organization needs Public Relations and Communications campaigns to advance its advocacy, drive clients to programs, generate media coverage and attract donors. Do you find that tasks such as press contact, website, newsletter -- are assigned to YOU because there is no trained colleague or volunteer to handle them? If so, then this workshop is for you.  

Learn -- and master -- the essential things you, as a non-Communications specialist, must do to support the organization, while managing the multiple tasks that are the core responsibilities of your job. 

Participants will:

  • Identify key audiences and develop messages that they will care about;
  • Determine ways to reach them;
  • Assign realistic Communications goals to Events, Programs and Advocacy and more


Websites That Drive Donations


Friday, January 16

9:30am - 11:30am

Your organization's website is one of your most powerful tools to connect with supporters and solicit funding. This session will review some of the

best techniques to create a compelling message and encourage your online audience to support your efforts. 

Discussion topics will include:

  • Why utilizing your website to reach donors is so important
  • Crafting a compelling call for support
  • Engaging individual donors
  • Reaching foundations and corporate funders and more

Light breakfast will be served





Supervision - It's All About You!
December 16 | 9:30am - 12:30pm 


Managing PR & Communications on Top of Everything Else!

January 8 | 9:30am-12:30pm


Building Supervisory Relationships

January 13 | 9:30am - 4:00pm


Diversifying Fundraising Streams for Your Organization

January 14 | 1:30 - 4:30pm

Websites That Drive Donations Breakfast

January 16 | 9:30am - 11:30pm


The Gooey Middle: Intentionally Shaping A Leadership Culture

January 26 | 9:30am - 2:30pm


Writing in Style

February 4 | 9:30am - 12:30pm


Introduction to Fundraising Planning

February 5 | 9:30am - 12:30pm


Human Resources Boot Camp

February 11 & February 27 | 9:30am-4pm


Become A Fearless Public Speaker

February 17 | 9:30am - 12:30pm


Organization Redesign - An Ongoing Strategy Thats Not Just About Mergers!

February 20 | 9:30am - 12:30pm


Recruiting Effective Board Members

March 4 | 9:30am - 12:30pm


Meaningful & Manageable Outcome Measurement

March 10 | 9:30am - 4:30pm


Dealing with the Difficult Employee

March 11 | 9:30am - 4:00pm


DIY Leadership Development Within Your Reach

March 23 | 9:30am - 2:30pm


Customized Trainings


Have you ever wished that more of your staff could attend a workshop? Or that the workshop dove deeper into issues facing your organization?


Most of our workshops can be brought to your office and customized to meet the exact needs of your organization.


This is the perfect time to start planning your training program for 2015!


For more information or to discuss training options, please click below or email Sammi Collidge.

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