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20+ Free Webinars for Nonprofits: September 2010

September is a busy month for just about everyone – a new school year for many, harvest time for both fundraisers and farmers -  and a whole new crop of free nonprofit webinars is here. Have a look – you’re sure to find an online learning opportunity that’s of interest to folks in your organization.

As always, you’ll want to check back from time to time through the month, as late-coming webinar notices are often added in the comments section, down below.  And if you’re aware of a free nonprofit webinar that missed the list,  please do drop a comment with the details!

 

Wild Apricot Software Overview

Tuesday, 1 September 2010
3:00 pm (Eastern)

This free webinar is a introduction to Wild Apricot software for associations, nonprofits and other member-driven organizations, led by one of our friendly and knowledgeable Apricots. Learn about the many features and ask questions to see first-hand how Wild Apricot can help you manage the 'boring stuff' and get on with the real work of your organization.

 

Best Practices of Social Media Marketing Webinar

Wednesday, 8 September 2010
8:00 am (Pacific)

11:00 am (Pacific)
6:00 pm (Pacific)

This free webinar, presented at three different times during the day, features expert web strategist Jeremiah Owyang, with the Altimeter Group, who will present his research on the 8 Criteria for Facebook Marketing Best Practices.

 

Best Practices for Recruiting Online

Wednesday, 8 September 2010
11:00 am (Pacific)

If your organization has a VolunteerMatch.org account, learn how to make the most of it by creating your opportunities using best practices. This webinar will cover the eight simple things you can do to help your opportunities stand out on VolunteerMatch, and great opportunities, as well as those that could be better, will be reviewed.

 

Managing Expectations and Volunteers: A Win-Win

Wednesday, 8 September 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

This webinar will address who your volunteers are, their importance and how to establish a productive working and rewarding volunteer – staff relationship. Part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development, this session is presented by consultant Phyllis Lasky.

 

How to Keep Your Newsletter Out of the Recycling Bin

Wednesday, 8 September 2010
2:30 pm (Eastern)

More than 75% of donors want newsletters from the organizations they support, yet survery show that donors aren’t reading them. Why? Come hear what makes a great newsletter and how to avoid the most common mistakes. Part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development, this session is presented by consultant Tina Cincotti.

 

Starting a Nonprofit

Tuesday, 14 September 2010
10:00 am (Central)

Barry Silverberg, President and CEO of Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO), explores the nature of a nonprofit organization and how that differs from being a for-profit, whether the creation of a nonprofit is the best way to achieve the goals or purposes you seek to achieve, and what’s involved in the paperwork process to set up a (US) nonprofit.

 

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Tuesday, 14 September 2010
11:00 am (Pacific)

What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers. This webinar will offer an introduction to social media and some of the most popular sites, along with the tools offered by VolunteerMatch.org to help you promote your volunteer opportunities via these social networking sites.

 

The Fundraiser and The Philanthropist Talk About the Art of Exponential Fundraising

Tuesday, 14 September 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

In this Network for Good Nonprofit 911 dialogue, nationally-recognized fundraiser Jennifer McCrea and active philanthropist and board member Jeff Walker will start wtih fundraising best practices, core fundamentals and emerging trends, and then introduce you to strategies and techniques drawn from their own extensive experience to build co-creative partnerships, an abundant pipeline of resources and new fundraising opportunities with donors at all levels.

 

The Rural Library Trustee: Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships

Tuesday, 14 September 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

This free webinar from ARSL (Association for Rural and Small Libraries), will explore questions related to library trustees and provide you with practical ideas and tactical strategies to support and advocate for your library organization as a trustee, or library director in a small or rural community. Presented by Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director ALTAFF (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations); Kim Armentrout, Library of Virginia; and Jim Minges, Director of the Northeast Kansas Library System.

 

Cause Marketing Basics

Tuesday, 14 September 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Cause marketing helps nonprofits raise money and increase their visibility; small businesses improve their reputations and increase profits; and consumers feel like they’re making a difference. This free webinar, led by Ventureneer president Geri Stengel, will help you decide if cause marketing is right for your organization.

 

Cultivating Stakeholders: Inclusiveness as a Planning Strategy

Wednesday, 15 September 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

Participants will gain an understanding of the basic structure of an effective planning process, ways of adapting it for individual organizations, the roles of various stakeholders and how to engage them, and some specific tools to use in planning. This session is presented by Sam Frank, founder of Synthesis Partnerships, who conceived and directs the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.

 

The 10 Things You Must Do Online and the 10 Things You Can Do For Free

Wednesday, 15 September 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

An organization’s presence online is more than just having a website or a Facebook page. This free webinar, from MyCharityConnects.org /CanadaHelps.org, will cover some best practices on how organizations can use the web for effective communication and community engagement. Presenter Jane Zhang, Program Director at Techsoup Canada, will also provide some useful free tools to help you get on your way.

 

Planned Giving Strategies that Work

Wednesday, 15 September 2010
2:30 pm (Eastern)

In this webinar, Rod Miller, faculty and an advisory board member at Philanthropy Leadership Advancement Nexus (PLAN), will offer ways to make planned giving productive anytime, anywhere. Hear how to execute planned giving strategies that bring real returns on investment. Part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.

 

Social Media Marketing Case Studies

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

8:00 am (Pacific)
11:00 am (Pacific)
6:00 pm (Pacific)

This free webinar, presented at three different times during the day, features Rajesh Anandan, Vice President Corporate and Foundation Partnerships, with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and RockYou’s case study on cause marketing.

 

Using Technology to Move your Small/Rural Library Forward

Tuesday, 21 September 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Not sure how your small or rural library can take advantage of new and not-so-new technology? Then this WebJunction.org webinar is for you. Robin Hastings, Information Technology Coordinator for the  Missouri River Regional Library, and  Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer at Harford County Public Library, will discuss best practices, share the latest  and greatest resources, and offer expert guidance for evaluating technology tools, all with a focus on small and rural library environments.

 

Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone's Job

Tuesday, 21 September 2010
11:00 am (Pacific)

This free webinar from Volunteermatch.org will provide you with the tools to become an advocate for your program and volunteers within the organization. Learn how to create messages that reinforce the importance of volunteer engagement. Strategies for communication with Senior Management, the Board, as well as the rest of the staff will be discussed.

 

Social Media Decision Making

Tuesday, 21 September 2010
11:00 am (Pacific)

Social media can be useful to your organization… but how useful?  For what?  What tangible results are people seeing from it?  If you or others at your organization are asking these questions, this webinar is for you. Kami Griffith of Techsoup.org will speak with Laura Quinn, Executive Director of Idealware; and Tex Dworkin, Social Media Director at Global Exchange, will share the story of how social media was introduced to her nonprofit, and the steps and challenges that followed. This webinar is ideal for nonprofits and libraries who are struggling to understand if social media is worth your time invested in implementing, training and sustaining.

 

10 Leadership Tips to Inspire Your Early Childhood Program Staff

Wednesday, 22 September 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

In this presentation sponsored by Robert-Leslie Publishing, Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed., will highlight ten simple but effective tips leaders can apply to their own leadership style and in their programs as they seek to inspire, motivate, and lead staff towards a successful teaching experience. Deborah has been a professional in early childhood education for over 20 years. 

 

The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit

Thursday, 23 September 2010
11:00 am (Pacific)

New to volunteer management? This free Volunteermatch.org webinar will walk you through volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition; the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks,etc.; and the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization.  All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

 

Creating a Sustainable Funding Stream from Individual Donors

Tuesday, 28 September 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

In this brief session, part of Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 series, Terry Axelrod will give you an overview of the Benevon Model, a systematic process for engaging and developing relationships with mission-focused individual donors. You will learn how to make your organization more visible in your community and how to identify and cultivate individual donors who are passionate about your mission.

 

Same time, next month?

This round-up of free nonprofit webinars is a regular monthly feature at Wild Apricot Blog.  Be sure to catch next month’s webinars list, and other great resources for nonprofits  — subscribe by RSS or get updates by email.

 

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