23 Free Webinars for Nonprofits - October 2009

Lori Halley 01 October 2009 9 comments

Have you noticed how many great free training opportunities the Web offers to nonprofits, these days? Live or recorded, online seminars (webinars) or web-based teleconference calls make it easy and affordable for your staff and volunteers to get in direct contact with expert resources, without anyone needing to take time off work or to travel.

Of course, if you’re like me, you tend to find out about these online events a day after they’ve happened! So… here's a list of webinars I've rounded up for this month, just to help with that whole "planning ahead" thing:

23 Free Nonprofit Webinars for October 2009

(Mind you, this is by no means a complete list — but I hope it can at least serve as a starting point, to help you access the knowledge and skills training your organization may need but you can’t quite squeeze out of the budget.)


Wake Up Your Nonprofit Brand! How to Distinguish Your Organization and Reach Donors in a Down Economy
Free webinar hosted by Howard Levy, Red Rooster Group, includes examples of branding campaigns, hands-on activities to clarify your organization’s brand, and a chance to “Ask the Expert” your branding questions (60 minutes).
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Time: 12:00 noon Eastern
Register

Causes on Facebook: Partner Center, Application Redesign and America’s Giving Challenge, Oh My!
Free teleconference with Matthew Mahan, the Director of Nonprofit Relations and Business Development at Causes, the largest application on Facebook.
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

How Idealist supports nonprofit professionals
Free webinar introducing several resource centers at Idealist.org (30 minutes).
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

VolunteerMatch 101
Free introductory webinar for nonprofits new to VolunteerMatch.org (60 minutes).
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Time: 11:00 a.m. Pacific
Register

Risk Management Webinar: The Volunteer Protection Act
Free webinar sponsored by the Nonprofit Risk Management Center (90 minutes).
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Central
Register

YouTube for Nonprofits
Free webinar presented by see3 communications on getting the most out of your online videos (60 minutes).
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

Accounting For Change: Implementing FAS 117-1 For Endowment Fund Management and Addressing the Reporting and Auditing Challenges Facing 403(b) Plans
Free basic webinar by Clifton Gunderson LLP is aimed at US nonprofits (60 minutes).
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009 (two sessions)
Time: 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Central
Register

Gear Up for Giving: Recruiting, Fundraising and Running Effective Campaigns on Causes
Free webinar with Sarah Koch, Causes Nonprofit Coordinator, with best practices, tips, and success stories about how to get more people to join your cause and use those supporters to run effective fundraising campaigns (60 minutes).
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

Get to Know Your Online Activists
Free webinar uses the case study of the NY League of Conservation Voters to explore the value of building a relationship with your online activists (60 minutes).
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Central
Register

Welcome to Idealist’s social media tools
Free webinar introducing new social media features on Idealist.org, including blog, podcasts, discussion forums, video, Idealist Groups, and more (30 minutes).
Date: Monday, October 12, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

Proposal Writing Basics
Free webinar teaches the basics of writing a proposal for your nonprofit organization (60 minutes).
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

Strategies for Diversifying Revenue Sources
Free webcast workshop, part of a series presented by Talisman Associates  and National Safe Place, will share best practices on how to expand your fundraising using the human and financial resource you have (60 minutes).
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

Best Practices for Recruiting Online
Free webinar covering the eight simple things you can do to help your opportunities stand out on VolunteerMatch.org  (60 minutes).
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 11:00 a.m. Pacific
Register

Email Messaging: Best Practices for Reaching and Engaging your Audience
Free webinar with Eric Rardin from Care2, who takes you through simple techniques for composing compelling, engaging email messages with high open rates (60 minutes).
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Central
Register

Skilled Volunteers: How to Maximize their Potential
Free webinar for nonprofits just beginning to add skilled volunteers to their program, or thinking about doing so; hosted by VolunteerMatch.org (60 minutes).
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Time: 11:00 a.m. Pacific
Register

“Missionize” Your Year-End Fundraising: Maximizing Your Organization’s Fundraising Potential this Holiday Season
Free introductory teleconference with Terry Axelrod, founder and CEO of Benevon®, which trains and coaches nonprofit organizations to implement a mission-based system for raising sustainable funding from individual donors.
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

Fundraising House Party Basics: From Planning to Asking
Free webinar with Andy Robinson, nonprofit consultant, explains how you can organize a fundraising house party event in one to six weeks (60 minutes).
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Central
Register

How Idealist supports individuals: job seekers, volunteers, prospective grad students, and service corps members
Free webinar introducing the the Nonprofit Human Resources Center, The Volunteer Manager Resource Center, and  Nonprofit FAQ at Idealist.org (30 minutes).
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits
Free webinar will provide you with a step-by-step checklist approach to help increase your organization’s readiness for foundation fundraising (60 minutes).
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

Annual Giving for Nonprofits
Free webcast workshop, part of a series presented by Talisman Associates  and National Safe Place, presents how to find, cultivate, solicit and upgrade your annual donors (60 minutes).
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

Grantseeking Basics
Free webinar provides an overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities (60 minutes).
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

How Idealist supports nonprofit professionals
Free webinar introducing several resource centers: Idealist.org (30 minutes).
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

Introduction to Fundraising Planning
Free webinar provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan (60 minutes).
Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register

I’m sure there must be a good many other free webinars and teleconferences for nonprofits scheduled for October — if yours isn’t already listed, please feel free to leave your event information in the comments, below.

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  • Twitter Trackbacks for Wild Apricot Blog : 23 Free Webinars for Nonprofits - October 2009 [wildapricot.com] on Topsy.com  said:

    Thursday, 01 October 2009 at 2:24 PM
  • Cynthia D'Amour said:

    Friday, 02 October 2009 at 5:17 AM

    Hi Jay! Thanks for making the list. Cynthia

    The Chapter Leaders Playground (http://www.chapterleadersplayground.org ) runs 40+ webinars/year for chapter leaders all included in their membership. This month membership is free.

    Here are the October webinars (all 30 minutes)

    How to Recruit a New Member in Five Minutes or Less

    Wednesday, October 7th

    Time: 1:00 - 1:30 PM ET

    Turn Your Chapter's Social Hours into Must Attend Events – in 10 Minutes or Less!

    Tuesday, October 13th

    Time: 1:00 - 1:30 PM ET

    How to Streamline Your Chapter Board Meetings – in 15 Minutes or Less!

    Monday, October 19th

    Time: 1:00 - 1:30 PM ET

    Chapter Leaders: How to Let Go and Get More Done!

    Thursday, Oct. 29th

    Time: 1:00 – 1:30 PM ET

    Folks can join the Chapter Leaders Playground for free in October and register for the above webinars (which are free for members) at http://www.chapterleadersplayground.org

  • Sam Frank said:

    Tuesday, 06 October 2009 at 5:05 AM

    Wednesday Webinars for Nonprofits

    we're just getting started with this series:

    October 7: Strategic Planning as Organizational Development

    more information and free registration at:

    http://bit.ly/wwsp02a

    Strategic planning should be a means not only to develop a strategy, but also to develop new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Participants will acquire tools to use for assessing their situation, engaging their constituencies, developing a detailed mission-based plan, and putting in place the means for implementation They will gain an understanding of the basic structure of an effective planning process and why it can be a critical function of organizational development.

    October 21: Beyond Strategic Planning: The Case for Integrated Planning  

    more information and free registration at:

    http://bit.ly/wwsp03a

    Integrated planning offers a total planning framework, with elements differentiated by purpose, participation and processes. It facilitates coordinated strategic thinking, improved operations and management, and more effective board oversight. This webinar will clarify roles and methods of strategic, program and business planning, and their relationship to other planning needs: board development, identity and branding, advancement planning, technology planning and facility strategy.

    Sam Frank

    Principal

    Synthesis Partnership

    http://www.synthesispartnership.com

    http://synthesispartnership.blogspot.com/

    http://twitter.com/sbfrank

    Critical Issues in Strategy, Planning, and Organizational Development, a free e-letter of ideas and tools for nonprofits

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 06 October 2009 at 5:36 AM

    Cynthia and Sam, thanks very much for sharing the information about your free webinars - I'm sure nonprofit folks will find them useful!

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 06 October 2009 at 7:24 AM

    Here's another free webinar for nonprofits, with a focus on fundraising:

    Annual Campaign Success

    Date: October 12, 2009

    Time: 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM EDT

    Misty Cato will describe the most important part of any Annual Campaign: the planning process. The old adage remains true, "Fail to plan, plan to fail". Misty will describe the roles of volunteers and staff, the internal gifts (board) campaign, prospecting, marketing and recruiting community leadership and volunteers from outside of the board who will assist in the solicitation of gifts. For board members, nonprofit executives, and resource development professionals.

    Register (free): https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/305223075

  • Brittany Hil said:

    Tuesday, 06 October 2009 at 8:03 AM

    Here are a few additional free webinars for nonprofits coming up this month:

    Date:  October 6, 2009

    Topic:  In this economy, should you turn to cause marketing as way to supplement fundraising efforts?

    Speakers:  

    Maureen Carlson, Principal - Caliber Sales & Marketing

    Mark Feldman, Principal & Managing Director - Cause Consulting

    Date:  October 13, 2009

    Topic:  How to find the donors you want through Social Media: Influencer Identification and Engagement

    Speakers:  

    Lee Fox, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer - KooDooz

    Chris Noble, CEO - Kompolt

    Date:  October 20, 2009

    Topic: How do you obtain chapter buy-in for fundraising strategies?: Chapter Integration v. Isolation

    Speakes:  

    Mollye Rhea, President - For Momentum

    Kelly Camunez, Community Events Manager - Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

    Date:  October 27, 2009

    Topic:  Cutting Through Economic Clutter: Engaging people in your cause during an economic recession

    Speakers:

    Maria Schneider, Senior Vice President CSR Issues - Edelman,New York

    Stephanie Smirnov, President - DeVries PR  

    You can register for them all by just signing up for FREE at www.causemindedonline.com

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Sunday, 11 October 2009 at 8:00 AM

    Tuesday, October 13

    Noon US Eastern time

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy is hosting a live online discussion about how to use Facebook Causes : http://philanthropy.com/live/2009/10/facebook/  

    If you're taking part in America's Giving Challenge, you may want to be sure to check this one out!  The Chronicle’s online discussions are free and open to everyone, and you can ask your questions in advance to up the odds of getting the answers you need.

  • Michael said:

    Tuesday, 13 October 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Another great webinar just announced:

    RETHINK FUNDRAISING

    We have been having a lot of conversations recently with people who are looking to take their online fundraising to the next level with web 2.0 tools & tech.

    So- we thought it would be fun to host a webinar showcasing some easy ways to build a cohesive strategy.  Each presentation will be a maximum of 10 minutes, with time for Q & A at the end.

    http://rethinkfundraising.eventbrite.com/

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 13 October 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Here's another one!
    It sounds like this free webinar would be ideal for forward-thinking educators - but you'll have to be quick to get in:

    "It's the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine)"
    Wednesday, October 14
    10:30am EDT

    Hosted by Merrimack College faculty Kathleen Shine Cain, Kathryn Nielsen-Dube and Bridget Rawding, this 45 minute interactive webcast will examine New Technologies, Literacies and Writing Instruction and their impact on your everyday ways of teaching and thinking across all disciplines.

    More info: http://www.pearsoncustom.com/landingpages/mercury-reader/

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