On the Road with InsideNGO in Seattle and San Francisco

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December 06, 2016

On the Road with InsideNGO in Seattle and San Francisco

Valerie McCann Woodson, VP of Human Resources at Public Health Institute talks with Roger Craig, Chief Human Resources Officer at The Asia Foundation at the San Francisco roundtable.

Connecting members with members to share experience, expertise, and solutions is an essential and long-standing InsideNGO member benefit. Our many community convenings are rich opportunities for members to exchange ideas and perspectives on current issues in a range of operational areas.

Bringing together members through InsideNGO roundtables helps us engage hundreds of development professionals in different locations, and we do this nearly 30 times a year. Recently, we convened roundtables in Seattle and San Francisco for discussions on trending topics within our sector in addition to specific issues that members themselves brought to the table. More than 45 members turned out in these two locations to talk to us and each other.

Top of mind topics in Seattle

In Seattle in mid-November, Principal Deby MacLeod, who leads the Not-for-Profit Practice Group at InsideNGO Industry Partner Clark Nuber, kicked off the roundtable with a discussion of fraud from an auditor's perspective. Fraud is a top-of-mind issue for many members. Deby talked about what an auditor is required to test and report, and gave some practical tips on ways to mitigate fraud. Members then discussed other topics, including in-country registration and start-up; travel and expense reporting; data privacy and security; and allowing paid travel days for consultants. A smaller group focused on subawardee oversight and monitoring. We thank InsideNGO member, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for hosting.

Julie Brandt of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation (second from left) with members at our roundtable in San Francisco.

Members' issues in San Francisco

In San Francisco also in mid-November, Executive Director Julie Brandt of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, presented on duty of care and highlighted the considerable resources of her organization available to InsideNGO members—resources available at no cost. Gretchen Ramos and Zerina Curevac of the law firm Squire, Patton, Boggs, which hosted this gathering, presented an overview of the state of play on data privacy and cyber security. Member-led discussion topics included setting salaries for field offices, tax equalization, and ways to handle the gains and losses on currency exchange.

Upcoming roundtables

InsideNGO's "on the road" roundtables—like those in Seattle and San Francisco—are cross-operational. They begin with discussion on topics that cut across all functional areas, then attendees break into function-specific groups (e.g., HR, Finance/Grants/Contracts, IT) or topical break-outs. We're taking our roundtables on the road again in the new year. Join us in January 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia and in April, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

InsideNGO's function-specific roundtables take place regularly in Washington, DC and New York City, and annually in Baltimore and Boston. Check the InsideNGO events calendar — you can filter by the key word "roundtable" or by city or state for easier searching for all of our currently posted roundtables. Check back often for updates. If you are interested in attending a roundtable but are not receiving our roundtable notices, update your myInsideNGO account to be sure you're signed up to receive them.

See you soon!

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