Training

Volunteer Center Upcoming Trainings

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofit and public agencies and enable agencies to deliver on their missions. Yet learning how to recruit, manage and motivate people along with your legal obligations is difficult to pick up on one’s own. Join us at our trainings for nonprofit agencies. We can help you gain the skills and resources you need to build and maintain volunteer support. We offer trainings in both Alameda and Contra Costa County.

Registration and advance payment are required for every session. Please call Heidi Denzler-Halsey at (925) 472-5760 or contact us by email if you have questions.

Some of our legal classes are offered by Hanson Bridgett LLP in partnership with the VCEB. VCEB has  also partnered with BPM Accountants and Consultants to offer low cost financial and accounting trainings. Both of these organizations are proud to provide trainers in order to enhance the capacity of 600 nonprofits in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

The Nuts and Bolts of CA Wage and Hour Laws

         A training series that discusses what every employer, no matter how large or small, needs to know about complying with California wage and hour laws:

Meal and Rest Period Obligations and How to Make Them Work For Your Workplace

April 22, 2015 9-11AM

All California employers should understand the current state of the law on meal and rest period obligations. At this seminar, learn best practices for managing rest/meal periods and answers to these important questions:

When during the shift can meal and rest periods be taken?

Can meal periods simply be offered to employees, or do employers need to ensure they are taken?

What if employees don’t take a meal period?

Postings, Policies and California’s Wage Orders

May 20, 2015 9-11AM

This session focuses on crucial — and legally required — policies, postings, forms and the almighty Wage Orders. Yes, it may seem boring but there’s nothing more important to legal compliance than knowing this stuff: What do you have to post? Where? Which Wage Orders are you and your employees subject to? Have you posted them? Do you have a written safety policy? Have you posted your workers’ compensation program information? Anti-harassment policies? Pay days? Meal periods?

All Sessions will be held at the Concord Police Department – 1350 Galindo St. Concord from 9-11AM

Cost*:$35 per training for Member Agencies       $50 per training for Non Member Agencies

To Register:

When is an Intern an Employee: Click here

Meal and Rest Period Obligation: Click here

Postings, Policies and California’s Wage Orders: Click here

* There is a $10 /workshop non-refundable registration fee. Registration is in accordance to VCEB Policy.

Facilitator: Sarah Mott, an attorney with Zelle Hofmann, advises and defends employers in all aspects of employment and labor law. For more than 20 years, she has represented California employers in the public, private and non-profit sectors to create effective working environments. Sarah’s extensive litigation and trial practice includes a wide variety of class action, wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, retaliation and “whistleblower” cases.

Sarah advises employers on a broad range of employment and labor issues, including performance management, diversity, hiring and firing, discrimination and retaliation. She frequently conducts management training sessions tailored to clients’ needs. Sarah’s practice also includes investigation of harassment complaints, contract negotiations and representation of employers in administrative proceedings and arbitrations. Sarah works with private employers in the technology, manufacturing, food, restaurant, retail, healthcare, education, senior housing, publishing, and transportation industries. Her clients range from Fortune 500 corporations to local boutique businesses.

Peer to Peer Roundtable Discussions

Use 1 hour to discuss issues, education, and strategies that impact your nonprofit agency with your peers in the industry. These small group conversations will be held at VCEB’s Walnut Creek office (700 Ygnacio Valley Rd. #140) on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.     Registration fee is $15 for Member agencies

Please arrive at 8:45AM to check in and enjoy a light breakfast. Share your reflections and strategies and gain insight from others who are in the nonprofit sector.

April 8, 2015Development       9-10AM

Focus:  Steps To Develop A Fundraising Plan

To Register:  Click here

This discussion will consist of identifying a table of needs, a donor giving chart and how development meets need and impacts the mission.

What steps do you take to develop a fundraising plan? Do you identify a table of needs? A Donor giving chart? How does development impact the mission?

Facilitated by John Sterns:   John has 15 years’ experience in fundraising for foundations, universities and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. He is familiar with all types of philanthropy, ranging from annual funds and events to institutional gifts, major gifts and planned giving. His background also includes work in marketing and communications.

May 13, 2015:  Marketing/Communications     9 – 10AM

Focus:   How do you link your Marketing, Communications and Fundraising?

To Register:  Click here

Many nonprofits overlook the importance of marketing and communications – usually because there isn’t enough time or staff to handle these valuable tasks. Let’s talk about how linking these three functions can increase dollars raised and brand recognition.

Facilitated by John Sterns:   John has 15 years’ experience in fundraising for foundations, universities and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. He is familiar with all types of philanthropy, ranging from annual funds and events to institutional gifts, major gifts and planned giving. His background also includes work in marketing and communications.

June 10, 2015:  Executive Directors          9-10AM

Focus: Board Energizers 

What has worked and not worked to get your board energized? How can EDs get their board to be productive and positive? Come share successes and support novice, new and exhausted EDs!

To Register:  Click here

Facilitated by Jo A.S. Loss:  Jo joined the Volunteer Center in May 2012 as Executive Director. Jo comes with a rich history of volunteerism, notably with the California State PTA where she served as President in 2009-2011. During more than twenty years of service to California’s children and families, Jo held positions as Vice President of Education, Vice President of Leadership Services and served on many statewide committees and commissions. She was appointed to the State Superintendent of Schools Preschool to College Council for six years. Jo is a seasoned public speaker and has offered workshops on dozen of topics. Jo is currently a Trustee on the Board of Education for Castro Valley Unified School District, having served as a locally elected official for nineteen years.

Leadership Academy

Leadership is an art that can be learned. These small, interactive classes are focused on you and enhancing your leadership skills. Trainings will be held from 3:00 – 4:30PM at VCEB’s Walnut Creek office. Cost is $35/session for Member Agencies and $50/session for Non Member Agencies*.

FISH! Philosophy

What do Play, Make Their Day, Be There, and Choose Your Attitude make? FISH! Philosophy. What is FISH! Philosophy? It is a way to live your life and make your work a reward. Join us as we learn about what throwing fish has to do with nonprofit work in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Thursday April 16, 2015       3-4:30PM

To Register: Click here

Facilitator: Jo A.S. Loss  joined the Volunteer Center in May 2012 as Executive Director. Jo comes with a rich history of volunteerism, notably with the California State PTA where she served as President in 2009-2011. During more than twenty years of service to California’s children and families, Jo held positions as Vice President of Education, Vice President of Leadership Services and served on many statewide committees and commissions. She was appointed to the State Superintendent of Schools Preschool to College Council for six years. Jo is a seasoned public speaker and has offered workshops on dozen of topics. Jo is currently a Trustee on the Board of Education for Castro Valley Unified School District, having served as a locally elected official for nineteen years.

Energizing Volunteers

Spark new life in your current volunteers and entice new volunteers with some fun exercises. Make working with you the hottest ticket in town!

Thursday May 21, 2015        3-4:30PM

To Register: Click here

* There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee. Registration is in accordance to VCEB Policy.

Sick Leave – Are You Ready?*

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act effective this year requires ALL employers, no matter how big or how small, to provide paid sick leave to their employees starting July 1, 2015. This session will cover all the ins and outs of this new law, and help you understand what you need to do to be in compliance come July. We’ll also cover some other legal developments that employers should be aware of this year.

April 14, 2015         9AM – 10:30AM

Location:  Concord Police Department 1350 Galindo Street Concord
Cost*: $10
To Register: Click here
Registration is in accordance to VCEB Policy.

*Sponsored  by Hanson Bridgett LLP
Hanson Bridgett is a law firm with more than 150 attorneys in offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, the North Bay, Silicon Valley and the East Bay. Serving clients since 1958, our diverse client list includes large national and global companies as well as many governmental entities, regional businesses and individuals. We are socially responsible members of our communities. Our firm is driven by a commitment to diversity, charitable giving, pro-bono legal work and hands-on service. We are a dedicated green business and strive to make sustainable choices for all of our business decisions.

Donor Management

Is Your Donor Management System Helping or Hindering Your Nonprofit?

The Volunteer Center is pleased to offer a short seminar discussing the benefits and features of a Donor Management System. (similar to a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, popular in the private sector)

Donor Management Systems can be relatively simple; managing contact lists of volunteers, contributors, clients and other stakeholders on a stand- alone computer. Or, the systems may have many other complex, yet hugely beneficial features; including multi-user, Internet enabled systems that mine data from external resources.

This seminar is designed to help the nonprofit review their existing system and determine if another system would provide significant advantages. The emphasis will be on scoping a strategic view of needs and evaluating a practical solution from several choices of Donor Management Systems. There will also be a discussion of Benefit/Cost analysis to cost justify the acquisition and implementation of a new system.

Thursday April 30, 2015 9AM – 10:30AM

Location:  The Volunteer Center of the East Bay     700 Ygnacio Valley Rd. #140 Walnut Creek

Cost*: $35 for Member Agencies $50 for Non Member Agencies
* There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee. Registration is in accordance to VCEB Policy.

To Register:  Click here

Facilitator: Al Webster has a long history in the information systems field. He has managed a variety of projects including software, infrastructure and hardware installation and worked with nonprofits on projects using Taproot. He is also registered as an advisor with the SCORE program, funded by the SBA. He has designed and implemented many systems for the private sector and previous job titles include: System Analyst, Project Manager, Systems Consultant, Implementation Consultant, Manager Office Systems Development, Vice President Regional Manager Union Bank, COO of a small software development company and CEO of his own computer services company

Financial Statements for Board Members**

Understanding how to communicate your nonprofit organization’s story through the financial statements is essential for board members and management. This session will provide an overview of nonprofit financial statements, highlight key indicators associated with the financial health of an organization, and help board members and management understand how to fulfill your financial fiduciary responsibility. This session is intended for Board Members, Executive Directors, Finance Committees, Audit Committees, and CFO’s.

Tuesday July 14, 2015   9-11AM

Location:  BPM Accountants and Consultants     2001 North Main Street #360 Walnut Creek

August 6, 2015   2:30 – 4:30PM

Location:  The English Center

66 Franklin Street #210   Jack London Square   Oakland

Cost: $10

To Register for the Walnut Creek Location:  Click here

To Register for the Oakland Location:  Click here 

 

Audit Readiness – Reduce Your Audit Fees**

An audit properly planned and executed is not only  less of a burden on you and your staff, but also can reduce your audit fees. Find out some techniques to begin, manage and close out the audit process efficiently and effectively and … maybe a few things to request of your audit firm to make it happen. This course is designed for the experienced financial executive.

Thursday July 16, 2015    2:30 – 4:30PM

The English Center

66 Franklin #210   Jack London Square   Oakland

Tuesday August 11, 2015     9-11AM

BPM Accounting & Consulting

2001 North Main Street #260 Walnut Creek

Cost*:    $10

To Register for the Oakland Location:  Click here

To Register for the Walnut Creek Location:  Click here

** These 2 trainings are sponsored by BPM Accountants and Consultants.

Facilitator: Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM) provides meaningful, comprehensive financial and business counsel. They are experts in accounting, tax, and finance, and their people are distinguished by their knowledge, discipline, and unremitting commitment to the success of clients.

As one of the largest California-based accounting and consulting firms, BPM has served the Bay Area’s emerging and mid-cap businesses as well as high net worth individuals for the past 26 years. Their SEC practice is one of the largest in the U.S., serving public companies throughout Silicon Valley and across the nation. Their highly specialized consultants are accredited turnaround advisors, valuation analysts, forensic accountants, senior appraisers, and more.

VCEB TRAININGS

*Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Individual registered attendees must cancel their paid registration in writing by noon 3 business days prior to an event to qualify for a refund.  There is a $10 non-refundable registration for all trainings.  Cancellations received without sufficient notice or those who are a no-show are not entitled to a refund.  Registrants who cancel will not receive materials.

VCEB reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment, or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable.  If VCEB cancels an event, all effort will be made to provide sufficient notice and paid registrants will be given a full refund.

If you register for a workshop or seminar during the 48 hours before the start, please call or email VCEB to confirm that the workshop is meeting as planned.

For additional information, please contact Heidi@volunteereastbay.org

What others are saying about training classes:

I found the material to be incredibly relevant, immediately applicable and presented in a very “feet-on-the-ground” manner. I enjoyed the chance to work with the other attendees in the group exercise, learning from the different perspectives and also validating some of the beliefs I carry into the workplace. I recommend this seminar be attended by both a board member and a staff member from interested organizations.

Thanks for the opportunity to attend.

Bill Mulgrew
Executive Director
Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber