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Free Non-profit Webinars for December 2012

It may be holiday season, but we’ve still found 22 free nonprofit webinars scheduled for December. This month’s round-up includes webinars on topics such as: e-strategy for your nonprofit; perfect phrases for fundraising; nonprofit sustainability; the mobile revolution; engaging supporters with video; volunteer engagement; and much more.

Take a look through the webinar list below and share this with your friends and colleagues. You can also check back from time to time through the month to see if late-coming webinars have been added in the comments section, down below.

Be sure to let us know if there is a free nonprofit webinar that missed our list - include a comment with the details!

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

Here are the product webinars we’re offering in December:

Getting Started With Your Wild Apricot Account

This webinar is designed to help you get started with your new Wild Apricot account. We'll cover basic features, such as:

  • understanding contacts and members
  • how to populate member records
  • sending email blasts
  • editing webpages
  • manage events
  • feature overview

If you have any questions, be sure to ask them in the Q&A session at the end! 

This webinar will be offered on the following dates in December (click on the date to register):

Managing Your Membership Database in Wild Apricot

This free one-hour webinar offers an overview of the membership database portion of Wild Apricot software, including:

  • using Wild Apricot's online database system for storing members, donors and other contacts, vs. traditional offline systems like Excel
  • database structure and composition (membership levels, common fields / membership fields)
  • widgets - integrating Wild Apricot membership management into your existing website
  • importing and exporting existing records
  • searching, filtering, and contacting selected members
  • self-service functionality for members (online applications and payments, updating profile, renewals)
  • membership directory feature
  • and more! 

This webinar will be offered on the following date (click on the date to register): 

Managing Events in Wild Apricot 

Feel like you could be doing more to promote your events? In this webinar we'll teach you how to use all the features of Wild Apricot to publish and promote your events. In this webinar we’ll cover:

  • adding new events
  • capping event registrations
  • customizing the registration form
  • setting up registration pricing
  • multiple Event Calendars
  • customizing confirmation emails
  • working with Event Attendee Reports
  • and much more... 

This webinar will be offered on the following date (click on the date to register):

Setting Up Your Wild Apricot Website 

Want to know more about how to customize your Wild Apricot website? Topics will include:

  • customization of themes, header, menu, footer;
  • page editing, including adding pages, uploading/inserting documents, third party widgets;
  • feature pages for interactive functionality, including member profiles, online payment forms;
  • using communication tools like blogs and forums;
  • and more.

This webinar will be offered on the following date (click on the date to register):

Here are the rest of the non-profit webinars in chronological order:

Grantseeking Basics 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? Are you new to fundraising? Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available? Learn how to become a better grantseeker in this Foundation Center webinar. This session will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

Create a Story and Tell it Too: Engaging Supporters With Online Video

Tuesday, 4 December 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Video is the most powerful media tool for telling your organization’s story online. Your moving narrative and your complex issue can be communicated more clearly and with more impact using sight, sound and motion. The experts in fundraising and advocacy understand this, but how can any sized nonprofit benefit from these insights? This session combines a little art & science: namely the art of video storytelling with the science of using your org’s assets and existing channels to push your video stories to those who need to see them. Expect to see some great examples of nonprofit video, learn the fundamentals of translating your story to video, and review great new (and some old) tools for online video distribution.

Takeaways from this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • The 5 Fundamentals of Video Storytelling
  • 3 Nonprofits to watch who are using video to tell their story and win in their fundraising, issue awareness and advocacy efforts
  • A roundup of the tools you need to make video campaigns succeed with the staff and resources you’ve already got

Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone’s Job

Tuesday, 4 December 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Too often engaging volunteers falls to the volunteer program manager, and it's not uncommon to hear the phrase "your volunteers" used in organizations. How do you make volunteer engagement everyone's job? This VolunteerMatch webinar will provide you with the tools to become an advocate for volunteer engagement. Learn how to create a step by step communication plan to reinforce the importance of volunteer engagement to important stakeholders within your organization. 

Nonprofit Sustainability: Building Blocks to Organizational Success

Wednesday, 5 December 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)


Learn how to enhance your organization's competitiveness and strengthen its financial health. Sustainability is a popular but often misunderstood buzzword in our sector. Nonprofit sustainability means more than just generating enough money to keep our organization afloat. In this class we will begin with the definition of nonprofit sustainability, and then we will cover each of the four key elements that contribute to long-term sustainability for an organization. Learn what you can do to increase your organization’s competitiveness and strengthen its financial health in the current economic climate.

This Foundation Center webinar will cover:

  • Understanding what nonprofit sustainability means
  • Key elements of nonprofit sustainability
  • Tips on how to develop them in your organization

4 Simple Steps to Raising All the Money Your Nonprofit Needs 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)


In the world of the nonprofit, it’s all about fundraising. But it shouldn’t be all about you! For too long, nonprofit staff have focused their fundraising efforts on the organization’s needs, while donors have become savvy and are more interested in outcomes and how you’ll use their gift than ever before. The techniques that worked years ago don’t work anymore. In this webinar, you’ll learn the donor-based fundraising techniques that ARE working. We’ll cover the 4 simple steps that you can follow to effectively raise those much-needed operating dollars for your nonprofit. You’ll get practical information that you can implement right away and take advantage of the end-of-year fundraising time.

Takeaways from this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • How to tell your nonprofit’s story in an irresistible way so that donors will open up their wallets.
  • Tips on asking for a gift that connect with a donor emotionally and strengthen relationships.
  • How to delight a donor with warm, compelling acknowledgement.
  • Steps to build loyal donors who give year after year.
Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you modeling the volunteer engagement you want for your organization in your own program? Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” This VolunteerMatch webinar will discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to use volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans. Sample VolunteerMatch listings and position descriptions for key positions will be provided.

Where do I go from here? Evolving Your Volunteer Program for More Involvement

Thursday, 6 December 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This VolunteerMatch webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

Text to Donate and the Mobile Revolution 

Tuesday, 11 December 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

It is no secret that the future of mobile communications is here now, and those who do not embrace it will be left in the dust. But figuring out how to enter the game and get the best ROI can be intimidating at best. This session, which focuses on mobile fundraising will dissect both traditional (Red Cross type) and grassroots style text to donate campaigns, and talk about the pros and cons of each. It will also present a couple case studies in which nonprofit organizations successfully used text messaging for fundraising and to advance their organizational goals. There will be ample time for Q&A and an interactive group brainstorm on how participants can make their entrance into the mobile revolution.

Takeaways from this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • Various ways organizations can most effectively utilize text messaging
  • How both traditional and grassroots style text to donate campaigns work
  • A step by step process for getting a texting program up and running for your organization 

Before You Seek a Grant:  A Checklist for New Nonprofits

Tuesday, 11 December 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. This Foundation Center webinar is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising.

This webinar will address questions such as:

  • What groundwork do I have to have in place before approaching foundations for funding?
  • What are the steps to obtaining incorporation and nonprofit status and where can I get some help to do so?
  • What are the characteristics of successful nonprofits? 

Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program

Tuesday, 11 December 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

What do you volunteers need to know to be successful? This VolunteerMatch webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered. 

Perfect Phrases for Fundraising 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

In this NonprofitWebinars.com session, Dr. Beverly A. Browning, author of Perfect Phrases for Fundraising will discuss how to use THE RIGHT PHRASE FOR EVERY SITUATION . . . EVERY TIME. Using precise language in a fundraising campaign is an absolute must. The words you choose can make the difference between having your appeal read . . . or tossed. Learn how to craft a message that recipients will read and respond to. The author will share her time-saving tips, message-crafting strategies and ready-to-use phrases for getting results in any campaign. 

How to Approach a Foundation 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how to build relationships with foundation prospects and prepare for calls and meetings with funders. From initial contact to getting funded, following field-tested best practices will increase your chances of getting the grant. This Foundation Center webinar will cover:

  • Initiate contact with potential funders
  • Plan calls and meetings, including site visits
  • Effectively communicate with funders during the grant process

Please note: Prior attendance at Grantseeking Basics is strongly recommended.

An Introduction to Raising More Money Without Asking

 Wednesday, 12 December 2012
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (Eastern)

This CharityHowTo webinar will provide you with valuable takeaways and new insights about how to raise more money without asking. To change people's actions your communication must change. This session will give you fun, new ideas about how to talk about your fundraising needs and will cover:

  • What is the one thing that causes success in any kind of fundraising?
  • A review of where you currently share information about your funding needs.
  • How to choose new language to share how much money your nonprofit organization needs to raise.
  • How to use methods other than asking for money so people WANT to support you.
  • Examples of how other nonprofits have shifted their communication and raised more money.

You Got the Grant! Now What? 

Thursday, 13 December 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn best practices in reporting and communicating to deepen relationships with foundations. This Foundation Center webinar is designed to help you successfully manage life after the grant. You will learn about the best practices in managing the reports and the communication required to build long term partnerships with foundations, ultimately leading to more opportunities for support. Topics will include:

  • Understanding the grant relationship
  • Managing the grant process
  • Tips for engaging the funder during the life of the grant
  • Reporting on the grant, and preparing for the next one 

e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit  

Monday, 17 December 2012
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Pacific)
 

This Charityfinders.com webinar shows how your nonprofit can develop and execute an Internet strategy to further its mission. You'll examine how nonprofits are using the Internet, how they'd like to be using the Internet, and how they should be using the Internet – and how to bridge that significant gap easily and quickly. You’ll learn how to drive more traffic to and fundraising through your site. We'll give specific suggestions on how you can improve your website so it will offer lots for your website visitors to SEE and lots for them to DO.

Proposal Writing Basics

Thursday, 20 December 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this Foundation Center webinar will cover:

  • How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process
  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

Stay tuned for next month’s Free Webinar Round-up:

This round-up of free non-profit webinars is a regular monthly feature compiled by the Wild Apricot Blog. Subscribe by RSS or get updates by email and be sure to catch next month’s webinars, as well as other great resources for associations and non-profits. 

Do you have a webinar for next month’s Round-up?

If your organization offers a free webinar that would be of interest to non-profit, membership or volunteer-based organizations and you want to include it in next month's post, please email an overview (like those above) to lori@wildapricot.com no later than December 15th.

And, as always, if you know of a free webinar that we've missed for this month -- please share the details in the comments section below - but please provide only a brief overview!

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