28+ Free Webinars for Nonprofits - March 2010

Lori Halley 03 March 2010 11 comments

This month’s round-up of free nonprofit webinars could very well be our most interesting yet, with a wide variety of topics and some high-profile speakers who’ll have lots of value to share.

Space is limited for a number of these webinars, but many will make recordings and/or slide presentations available after the event either to registered participants or to the public. Check the details on the host websites to see if there’s a way you can benefit from these learning opportunities, even if you aren’t able to attend the live web seminars in real time.

And, as always, it’s likely that more free webinars will come to light as the month progresses, so do keep checking back in the comments section below for additions and updates to this list.

 

High Net Worth Donors: What Community Foundations Need to Know

Wednesday, 3 March 2010 
3:00 pm (Eastern)

High net worth donors — who are they? Which giving vehicles do they use? What factors affect their giving? Find out what surveys reveal about this important demographic in a free webinar from the DonorEdge Learning Community and GuideStar, presented by Melissa S. Brown, Associate Director of Research at The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

 

Social Networking for Higher Education II: Ten Tips for Growing and Leveraging an Online Community

Wednesday, 3 March 2010
11:30 pm (Pacific)

This free webinar from Common Knowledge will highlight leading institutions who are leveraging social networking for events, fundraising, volunteering, student recruiting, and alumni development, using real-world case studies we’ll analyze successful programs and highlight strategies and best practices for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and online communities on the institution’s own website.

 

Church Sports Outreach: Changing the World Through Sports

Thursday, 4 March 2010 
3:00 pm (Eastern)

Looking for help in your church sports ministry? Church Sports Outreach offers a free webinar for sports ministry leaders at local networks to talk about the CSO Network.

 

Engaging Attendees Today - How to Combine Virtual and Face-to-Face Meetings

Friday, 5 March 2010 
12:00 pm (Central)

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) presents Michael McCurry and a select panel of industry experts sharing details of the planning and execution of EventCamp, the first-ever conference dedicated solely to events and social media. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how to plan and execute a hybrid meeting, an event blending live and virtual components, and leave this session with takeaways you can immediately implement for your next meeting.

 

Conversations with Experts

Carrie Roberts, CFRE, founder and CEO of Roberts and Associates offers a series of free webinars through March and on into the spring/summer, most with a special guest speaker on board, to tackle a variety of topics of interest to nonprofits.

Working with Foundations

Friday, 5 March 2010 
10:00 am (Pacific)

Have questions about working with Foundations? Kris Putnam talks about collaborations between foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Grant Writing

Tuesday, 9 March 2010
10:00 am (Pacific)

Carrie Roberts shares tips for writing winning grant proposals for corporate and foundation funders.

Evaluation Strategies

Friday, 19 March 2010
10:00 am (Pacific)

Learn how to effectively measure the success of your program with guest speaker Kristin Cici.

Non Profit Marketing

Tuesday, 23 March 2010
10:00 am (Pacific)

Concerned about marketing for your nonprofit organization? Join this conversation  with Ann Beurskins on effective marketing.

Executive Directors and CEOs Panel

Tuesday, 30 March 2010
10:00 am (Pacific)

Find out the latest from Executive Directors and CEOs of public/nonprofit organizations across the United States.

 

How to Monitor Your Social Media Presence in 10 Minutes a Day

Wednesday, 10 March 2010 
1:00 pm (Eastern)

In this Hubspot webinar you’ll learn how to make the best use of your organization’s time on social media: How to listen and discover real-time, relevant social media conversations through Twitter, Facebook or Google Alerts; how to engage in active dialogue by tracking comments or answering questions on LinkedIn or other answer services; and how to measure the effectiveness of your daily social media interactions.

 

Best Practice in Developing and Disseminating Documents Electronically

Wednesday, 10 March 2010
1:00 pm (Central)

This webinar will identify best practices for creating accessible and optimized digital documents and web content for maximized usability, functionality and cost-savings. “Section 508 guru” Neal Albritton, Chief Executive Officer of ADCS-LLC, will specifically address issues and remedies pertaining to Portable Document Format (PDF), Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint, and public websites.

 

Watch It Grow: How to Cultivate Your Email List

Wednesday, 10 March 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

CanadaHelps and Eric Rardin, Director of Nonprofit Services at Care2 Inc, offer an informative free webinar on how to grow your email list. This webinar will explore sources and strategies for recruiting new email subscribers, and discuss methods for converting these new subscribers, or donor leads, into donors.

 

Get Started on Facebook

Thursday, 11 March 2010
10:00 am (Pacific)

TechSoup’s Kami Griffiths will interview social media consultant John Haydon, who will walk through the essential steps to establishing and managing a successful Facebook presence for a nonprofit or library; and Gabe O’Neill, of Kids Are Heroes, will share lessons learned from developing their own Facebook page.  Get practical how-to information, learn best practices, ask questions, and leave with action items that will help you create an engaging Facebook presence for your organization.

 

Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone’s Job

Thursday, 11 March 2010
11:00 am (Pacific)

Too often engaging volunteers falls to the volunteer program manager: How do you make volunteer engagement everyone’s job? In this free VolunteerMatch webinar, learn how to create a step-by-step communication plan to reinforce the importance of volunteer engagement to important stakeholders within your organization.

 

Lessons Learned from Haiti

Blackbaud is offering a free web seminar series to help nonprofits build strategies for mobilizing, soliciting, and stewarding supporters during and after times of disaster. The first two webinars in the “Lessons Learned from Haiti” series will take place in March, continuing in April and May.

Part 1: Online Rapid Response Strategies

Thursday, 11 March 2010 
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Presented by Steve MacLaughlin, Director of Internet Solutions, Blackbaud, Inc. This session will explore how online fundraising, email communication, and social media played an important role in nonprofit relief efforts for the Haiti earthquake. Participants will learn how to develop a rapid response plan, be prepared online for emergencies, and implement best practices from across the nonprofit sector.

Part 2: The Mobile Giving Revolution

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Presented by C.B. Barthlow, Director of Marketing and Client Services, mGive, moderated by Steve MacLaughlin, Director of Internet Solutions, Blackbaud, Inc.  During this session, the presenters will explain mobile advocacy trends and examine the unprecedented response to mobile donation appeals after the Haiti earthquake. Participants will learn how to acquire, retain, and cultivate mobile donors.

 

Best Practices for Working with Health Care Translation Providers

Thursday, 11 March 2010 
1:00 pm (Eastern)

Health care organizations are accustomed to providing interpreting services for spoken language encounters between patients and providers, but they often wrestle with ensuring that written documents are translated with the necessary levels of quality. In this free webinar, followed by a Q&A session, industry experts will share best practices for working with health care providers to produce multilingual materials that accurately convey the information in the source document.

 

A Rookie’s Guide to Online Fundraising

Thursday, 11 March 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

Getting started with any new piece of your fundraising and marketing mix causes some growing pains, and maybe even some frustration. CharityHowTo presents Katya Andresen, Chief Operating Officer of Network for Good, in a free webinar that will provide an overview of the three common ailments that befall new online fundraisers, 10 tips for marketing your nonprofit organization online, and a Q&A session to get your questions answered.

 

Free Online Tools for Nonprofits! Improve Communication & Collaboration with Microsoft Online Tools

Tuesday, 16 March 2010 
10:00 am (Pacific)

Markus Weickenmeier and Mary-Pat Beattie of Microsoft highlight free online tools from Microsoft to help nonprofits communicate and collaborate with ease. Tools explored include: SkyDrive, Office Live Workspace, Moviemaker and more. Open to nonprofit staff/volunteers. It is NOT technical in nature and there are no pre-requisites to attend.

 

How Nonprofits Can Use Video to Fundraise

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 
2:00 pm (Eastern)

A video is meaningless if it doesn’t help you meet your organizational goals — build awareness, reach new supporters, raise money. In this free webinar, See3 will demonstrate examples and best practices in video fundraising: You’ll walk away understanding how video fits into your overall fundraising program and how nonprofits have successfully leveraged video to fundraise for their cause.

 

Cause Marketing Basics

Wednesday, 17 March 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

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

 

How to Write Successful Fundraising Appeals

Thursday, 18 March 2010 
2:00 pm (Eastern)

In this stimulating session from from Mission Research, veteran fundraising copywriter Mal Warwick will guide you through his “Eight Steps to Successful Fundraising Appeals” and “The Cardinal Rules of Fundraising Letters,” with helpful tips for both novice and pro fundraisers. You’ll receive invaluable handouts that will help you with the copywriting process for years to come.

 

Web 2.0 Classrooms: Transforming the Culture

Monday, 22 March 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

Join ed-tech thought leaders Alan November and Steven Halper  to learn how to use  Web 2.0 technology to enhance teaching and learning environments and to create more motivating experiences for students.

 

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Tuesday, 23 March 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 the social media tools offered by VolunteerMatch to help you promote your volunteer opportunity on social networking sites.

 

Cause Marketing Partnerships: Crafting the Ask

Wednesday, 24 March 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

This free webinar from Ventureneer takes a tactical approach to building strong cause marketing partnerships from the initial approach through campaign execution and stewardship. The best practices of cause marketing will be clearly explained by instructor Brittany Hill, Managing Director of the business development agency Blueye Project.

 

GuideStar Exchange: How to Give Donors and Funders the Information They Need

Wednesday, 24 March 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

In this free webinar from CharityHowTo, the Director of Nonprofit Relations at GuideStar, Karen Rayzor, will provide an overview of the GuideStar Exchange and help nonprofits unfamiliar with the service to understand how it can help to generate exposure for your nonprofit, increase the likelihood of receiving funds and recruiting volunteers, and more.

 

The Value of Being Online and How to Get Your Board Onside

Wednesday, 24 March 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Join this free webinar from CanadaHelps to discover some of the recent stats on donor behaviour — stuff that can help you make informed decisions about your online strategy — and gain speaking points to help you convince senior staff and Boards about the value to your nonprofit of being online.

 

Getting the Most Bang for Your Social Media Buck

Wednesday, 31 March 2010 
2:00 pm (Eastern)

In this web seminar, nonprofit professionals can learn how to successfully integrate social media into event fundraising. Donna Wilkins, president of Charity Dynamics, and Mark Davis, technical solutions director at Blackbaud, will explore smart strategies for using social media in fundraising events, while Elizabeth Marceau of the American Heart Association will provide real-world examples of social media in action.

 

Is a great free webinar for nonprofits missing from the March 2010 webinars list?
If so, please leave a link in the comments and let us all know about it!  

Something for next month's free webinars list?
Drop me a line with the details: rebecca @ wildapricot.com
) or @rjleaman on Twitter.

 

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Comments

  • 28+ Free Webinars for Nonprofits – March 2010 | Explore Marketing Answers said:

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 at 9:44 PM
  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 03 March 2010 at 4:31 AM

    We've also got a Wild Apricot webinar TODAY! :-) https://www.wildapricot.com/webinars.aspx

  • Trina Brown said:

    Wednesday, 03 March 2010 at 4:31 AM

    The Foundation Center offers free webinars for nonprofits every week on topics such as Introduction to Fundraising Planning, Proposal Writing Basics, and How to Approach a Foundation. Check out the calendar to see when they are being offered "live." You can also find recorded versions of each webinar on the registration web pages.

  • Karla Porter said:

    Wednesday, 03 March 2010 at 4:55 AM

    This is a wonderful aggregation of events. I have already forwarded it to many others. I'll be back!

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 03 March 2010 at 6:05 AM

    Jay - oops. ;)

    Trina, thanks for mentioning the Foundation Center. As it happens, your events were listed in just about all of the previous monthly round-ups. This time around, there were just so many excellent one-time-only opportunities... you know how it goes... :-)  But certainly, for any nonprofit looking to approach foundations: http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/training/webinars/calendar.html is a must.

    Karla, good to meet you - thanks!

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 04 March 2010 at 6:28 AM

    Just came across a series of free webinars / online classes at a site called DIY Nonprofit (http://www.diynonprofit.com/FREE_Classes.html) - you do have to register as a member of the site to access these webinars, but membership is free.

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 at 6:13 AM

    GuideStar.org has another couple of free webinars coming up, too:

    Grantmaker Due Diligence in the Pension Protection Act Era: How to identify supporting organizations and align your grants administration process with the 21st century tax code

    Wednesday, 17 March 2010

    1:00 pm (Eastern)

    Register https://guidestarusa.webex.com/guidestarusa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=648882900

    Don’t Get Lost in the Crowd – Tap into Your Supporters’ Passion to Become a Great Nonprofit

    Wednesday, 31 March 2010

    1:00 pm (Eastern)

    Register https://guidestarusa.webex.com/guidestarusa/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=649734973

  • Gayle Thorsen said:

    Saturday, 06 March 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Can't tell you how valuable these monthly lists are for my nonprofit clients--keep it up!

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 at 9:24 AM

    If you missed the last one, there's another "What is Wild Apricot?" coming up this month:

    23 March 2010

    2:00 pm (Eastern)

    Free webinar with Giuliano Valentino, introducing the Wild Apricot software for associations, nonprofits and other member-driven organizations.  https://www.wildapricot.com/webinars.aspx

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Free webinar from NTEN, hosted by Holly Ross with special guest Ramya Raghavan, the Nonprofits and Activism Manager at YouTube:

    Activating Your YouTube Audience

    18 March 2010

    11:00 am (Pacific)

    With the creation of new YouTube tools for nonprofits, it's easier than ever to turn a passive audience into one that is active and engaged. This session will focus on how your organization can drive sign-ups and donations straight from your YouTube videos, create exciting choose-your-own adventure style videos, and engage skilled video-makers in becoming invested advocates for your organization through the YouTube Video Volunteers program.

    https://ccpreview.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=g2y3ayqgsapn

  • Elizabeth Cole said:

    Thursday, 18 March 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Free webinar coming up on MArch 31at (9:00 am, EST) from VolunteerMaine and the Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies.

    Universal Design: Expanding your Volunteer Pool

    In this interactive webinar, you will learn how making a few basic changes to your program materials can help expand your volunteer pool.  Applying principles of universal design to products and environments makes them usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for significant adaption or specialized design.

    Space is limited.  Register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/134421433

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