Upcoming Webinars
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Minimizing Liability and Risk in Using Volunteers
Presented by: Drew Alexis, Alexis Law Firm
Friday, May 19: 10:00 a.m pacific/1:00 p.m. eastern

Many sanctuaries rely heavily on volunteer labor, both in connection with providing needed animal care and also in advocacy, outreach and the administrative work of running an organization. While volunteers may be crucial to the operation of a non-profit, they may also present challenges to an organization, including potential exposure to liability. This webinar will discuss ways in which a non-profit sanctuary can limit their liability when using volunteers and when paid staff also perform volunteer activities.

This webinar is being presented by: Drew Alexis with the Alexis Law Firm. Mr. Alexis represents employers, in particular financial institutions, small employers and non-profit organizations, and individual employees in a wide range of employment disputes before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including in the areas of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wrongful termination, constructive termination, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, fraud, defamation and leave of absence law violations.  Mr. Alexis has both jury trial and appellate experience and has litigated employment cases for over 20 years.

The Cost of Caring: Understanding Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
Presented by: Ilene Kastel, M.A., LCPC
Wednesday, June 7: 11:00 a.m pacific/2:00 p.m. eastern
Ilene Kastel, a licensed clinical professional counselor, will present on compassion fatigue and burnout which frequently occur in helping professions such as those in the animal welfare and rescue arena.  Compassion fatigue and burnout are the cost of caring and are caused from occupational stress and being overworked. They both affect our professional and personal life disrupting our energy, motivation, and impact our effectiveness. Tune in to learn what the risk factors are, warning signs, symptoms, practices to cope and manage, the recovery process and prevention.

Asocial Media, Errant Emails and Other Non-Profit Cyber No-No’s
Presented by: David Ebert and Joel Litvin, Animal Defense Partnership
Tuesday, June 20: 11:00 a.m. pacific/2:00 p.m. eastern

In this webinar, we will cover best (and worst) practices for non-profits in the use of social media and email. We will also review tips for setting policies to minimize your organization’s potential exposure for misuse of these on-line resources.This webinar is presented by The Animal Defense Partnership (www.animaldefensepartnership.org), a 501(c)(3) co-founded by lawyers David Ebert and Joel Litvin. ADP is an independent advocacy and consulting non-profit that provides pro bono legal and other capacity building services to animal rights, welfare and protection organizations.

Recorded Webinars

Our new 10 in 10 Series is available here.  These are short prerecorded webinars which are released every Wednesday that cover a wide array of topics.  These sessions consist of approximately 10 slides in 10 minutes – the perfect length for your break or lunch time enjoyment.

What are webinars?

WebinarsGFAS is pleased to offer free webinars designed specifically for animal sanctuary personnel and volunteers. Webinars are online workshops, offered in a variety of formats. The GFAS webinars take place online, where you access via the internet to see the presenter’s slides.  You access the audio portion of the webinar either by calling in using your computer (which is free) or via a teleconference call (it is NOT an 800#, you will be responsible for the normal charges you pay for long distance calls). Once you are registered, you will receive an email with the instructions on how to join the day of the webinar.

Testimonials from Webinar Participants

“I just wanted to say thank you for the webinar today.  The information you provided and the questions you answered today certainly helped me, and I will be working on learning as much as possible before writing grants to try to purchase our own property. I really appreciate the time you took to help.” -Terri G.

“Thank you Patty for sharing your knowledge and insight into grant writing for Animal Sanctuaries.  It was extremely helpful in identifying resources, pointing out where we need improvement but also validated things we are doing well.  We are setting a goal to at least double grant funding income in 2010.”  -Dee D.

“I learned so much more than I even hoped for.” -Cindy