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30+ Free Webinars for Nonprofits - April 2010

Lori Halley 01 April 2010 5 comments

This month’s round-up of free webinars has loads of professional development that’s meant specifically for nonprofit folks – fundraisers, board members, administrators, active volunteers and volunteer coordinators – but we’ve also included a few webinars on social media and technology topics that, while aimed more at business, can also help your nonprofit to more effectively get your message out, raise funds, and recruit support online.

And, as always, we can expect more free webinars to be added to this list in the comments section, so do keep checking back from time to time for updates as the month rolls on.


8 Hot Social Media Marketing Tips You Need to Know

Tuesday, 6 April 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

Are you looking for creative social media ideas? Want to do more with video, get more retweets, find more Facebook fans? Michael Selzner of SocialMediaExaminer.com will tap social media experts Mari Smith (author, Facebook Marketing), Chris Garrett (author, Problogger), Denise Wakeman  (founder, The Blog Squad) for advice. This webinar is aimed at businesses, but much of the content will also apply to nonprofits marketing with social media.


Lessons Learned from Haiti 3: Mobilizing Your Supporters Using Social Media

Tuesday, 6 April 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Looking closely at the Haiti Disaster, Frank Barry of Blackbaud will present case studies, best practices and practical tips for leveraging social media for fundraising and outreach for disaster relief programs. Get an inside look at several programs, along with tools and techniques to maximize the potential of Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube, and learn how best to connect these social media outposts to your mainstream outreach efforts.


Turbo-Charge Your Fundraising

Tuesday, 6 April 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

In this free Care2 webinar, Deanna Bickford of Stratcom, Leslie Karp of Defenders of Wildlife, Michael Johnston, President and CEO of HJC New Media and Eric Rardin of Care2 will show you through real-world case studies how nonprofit organizations – both large and small – can use the telephone to deepen their fundraising and campaigning relationships with supporters, combining phone calls and online channels to build donor loyalty, raise money and campaign more effectively.


Tales from the Tech Sandbox

Tuesday, 6 April 2010
11:00 am (Pacific)

Learn how testing new ideas and innovations in a controlled environment — the sandbox — helps the John C. Fremont Public Library District use technology to meet the needs of their rural community. In this free TechSoup.org webinar, expect to hear new ideas that stretch your mind and your budget as Kieran Hixon shares his experiences with gaming, wikis, open source, skill bartering, and creative approaches to library fine amnesty. You won’t want to miss this one!


Career Transitioning to Non-profit Sector

Tuesday, 6 April 2010
1:00 pm (Pacific)

For several dates in April, Golden Gate University (GGU.edu) will be a offering free, interactive webinar for business-savvy adults seeking a job in the nonprofit sector or simply interested in learning more about career transitioning options, as well as those already working in the nonprofit sector who want to accelerate their career path.  Open to all participants.

Alternate dates (all sessions to be held at 1:00 pm Pacific time):

Thursday, 15 April 2010
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 
Tuesday, 27 April 2010

You may register for any of these sessions at http://www.ggu.edu/webinars/.


Searching for Diversity

Wednesday, 7 April 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

Laura Gassner Otting, Founder and President, and Katherine Jacobs, Managing Parter, Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, will address some broad areas nonprofits can attend to when preparing for, conducting, and completing a search for a new leader that can help ensure the search is truly inclusive of diversity and well-positioned for success. Part of the Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.


Meet the Peeps who Tweet

Wednesday, 7 April 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Artez Interactive invites you to meet the communications professionals behind the Twitter channels for three national nonprofits: UNICEF (@UnicefLIVE), World Wildlife Federation (@WWFCanada) and SickKids Foundation (@SickKids). Bring your tough questions – this is your opportunity to explore how these charities use Twitter and the web to engage donors, promote online activism, and rally support for their causes.


A Webinar About Webinars: The Secret Ingredients of Powerful Webinars

Thursday, 8 April 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

If you want to connect with new audiences and make sessions and meetings convenient for your participants, this webinar is for you. This 90-minute session by Fran Simon of Engagement Strategies (ESbyFS.com) will cover online conferencing basics; features you will need in online conferencing software; a very brief overview of the leading webinars tools; and the recipe for bringing online presentations to life. 


Tools to Keep Your Website Up-to-Date That any Small Business or Nonprofit Can Afford

Tuesday, 13 April 2010
12:00 noon (Eastern)

Now that you have a website, do you know how to attract visitors and keep them coming back? This free webinar from Ventureneer.com will give an overview of some popular free or low cost, open-source Content Management Systems (CMS) and show you how integrated social media and RSS can help keep users interested and your site relevant. Presented by Adam Louie, Creative Director, Nonprofit Solutions Network.


Leveraging Government Programs to Cut Costs and Green Your Facility

Tuesday, 13 April 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

Organizations in the US that are considering a retrofit to make their facilities more energy- and cost-efficient will be interested in this free webinar in which Dr. Samuel Lee Hancock, CM, President and Executive Director of Emerald Planet, will speak on grants, rebates, and other funding opportunities available through the US stimulus package, including free and low-cost training on the latest technologies and best practices.


40 Ways to Maximize Fundraising Through Your Website

Wednesday, 14 April 2010
9:00 am (Pacific)

Volunteer Center Orange County (California) presents a free webinar facilitated by Allan Pressel, CEO/Founder of CharityFinders.com, on planning and building a website that not only informs visitors about your organization and its mission but also allows them to support your nonprofit through online donations, event tickets, memberships, purchases, in-kind donations, planned gifts, and more. Member registration is required: US only.


Why Generations are Important to Non-Profit Organizations

Wednesday, 14 April 2010
11:00 am (Pacific)

Jan Case and Denise Reed Lamoreaux of Hewlett-Packard Company share a mutual interest in generational learning styles and are considered thought leaders on the topic. In this webinar, free to nonprofit leaders who pre-register by email (info@insightgeneration.com), they offer ideas and strategies on how to reach out and recruit volunteers across the generational divide, and on how to retain them once they enter your organization.


Ten Steps to Creating a Fundraising Plan: Save time & money by planning ahead

Wednesday, 14 April 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

In this free webinar, Tina Cincotti of Funding Change Training & Consulting will go over the internal and external factors to consider when creating your plan, the financial information you need to gather and analyze, how to develop your goals, and the key components of each fundraising strategy. All participants will receive a customizable planning worksheet after the session to help complete your organization’s fundraising plan. Part of the Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.


Sound Strategies for Facing Change

Thursday, 15 April 2010
1:30 pm (Eastern)

Times are changing for seniors centers. In this 45-minute webinar, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) presents Christine Beatty, Director of the Madison (WI) Senior Center and 2004-2006 Chairperson of the National Institute of Senior Centers, who will discuss various changes impacting senior centers and identify strategies for planning for change, choosing appropriate approaches, and mitigating resistance.


Turning Point: A Day of Free Webinars on the Future of Fundraising

Thursday, 15 April 2010
8:80 am - 4:30 pm (Eastern)

hjc-turningpointCanadian-based HJC is a consulting service with special expertise in online fundraising, advocacy and marketing for nonprofits. In this full day of free webinars, they bring together industry experts and proven thinkers and doers from some of the most respected organizations in North America to tackle eight topics vital for nonprofits to master at the turning point where fundraising meets new media.  Just check out the topics and presenters!

(You may register to attend any or all of these sessions, but space for participants is limited.)

Session 1
8:30 - 9:15
Éxito online – los primeros pasos (First Steps to Success Online: presented in Spanish)
~ Lindsay Sievewright, New Media Innovation Consultant, HJC Spain

Session 2
9:15 - 10:00
5 tools for success: How to turbo-charge your pledge based fundraising events
~ Kim Daley of Doctors Without Borders US

Session 3
10:00 - 10:45
Interactive marketing and online advertising for the non-profit industry: an introduction to what you need to know
~ Heather Tallent of Humane Society International

Session 4
10:45 - 11:30
10 take-aways to improve or kick start your symbolic giving program
~ Dave Lavoie of Oxfam Canada

Session 5
11:30 - 12:15
Usability and Analytics: The hidden gems to unleash your website’s ROI
~ Frances Hall of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

Session 6
1:30 - 2:15
The secrets of mastering social media to build brand, find new supporters and deliver an effective ROI
~ Misty Meeks of WSPA and Susan Halligan of the New York Public Library

Session 7
2:15 - 3:00
Masterclass: 25 ways to kick start your cross channel fundraising!
~ Mike Johnston of HJC, Rosemary Oliver of Amnesty Canada and Lynne Boardman of Harvey McKinnon Associates

Session 8
3:00 - 3:45
What's hiding behind your petition? Finding donors through advocacy
~ Douglas Tanton of Greenpeace International

Session 9
3:45 - 4:30
Building a 21st Century Nonprofit: A change management roadmap on how to create a fully integrated, customer focused organization
~ Mark Climie-Elliot of HJC and Debbie Comuzzi, President and CEO, Children’s Health Foundation


Nonprofits and New Blood: An Overview of Online Acquisition Tactics and Strategies

Thursday, 15 April 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

This free webinar from Artez Interactive, with Eric Rardin and Jocelyn Harmon of Care2 Inc, will provide you with an overview of tactics for recruiting new donors, members, advocates and volunteers, including Search Engine Marketing, Co-Registration, Email List Rental and Lead Generation – along with ways you can evaluate the performance of your online acquisition program to improve your return on investment. Finally, the panel will talk about best practices in converting new subscribers into donors through direct appeals, multichannel conversion, and peer-to-peer fundraising.


How Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits Can Make Search Engines Work for Them

Wednesday, 21 April 2010
12:00 noon (Eastern)

Now that you have a great website, how easy is it for Google and other search engines to deliver visitors to your site?  In this free Ventureneer webinar, Veronica Fielding, CEO of Digital Brand Expressions, will discuss Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM) with paid ads, and “Findability” techinques for using social media and real-time search results to help search engines work better for you.


Diversity: Updating our Concepts and Approaches

Wednesday, 21 April 2010
12:00 noon (Eastern)

In this free webinar presented by NTL Institute, human resources and organization development consultants Barry Cross and Ronnie Loeser will explore the evolving field of Diversity and how inclusion can improve your organization. They will introduce essential concepts and skills for moving toward inclusion, discuss Social Group Identity or membership, and look at Tracking these group dynamics at various levels of organizations. 


Proactive Reputation Management: Using Social Media to Listen, Attract Fans and Convert Critics

Wednesday, 21 April 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

Do you listen for mentions of key staff and your organization on social media? Do you have the tools to respond if the mentions are unfavorable? Debra Askanase, Founder of Community Organizer 2.0, will help you understand “proactive reputation management” (often called “brand management”) and how to use it to your organization’s advantage. Part of the Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.


Lessons Learned from Haiti 4:  Stewarding Donors Following a Crisis

Wednesday, 21 April 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

In this fourth part of Blackbaud’s five-webinar series that looks back on the lessons of the Haiti Disaster, David Lamb of Target Analytics will cover how to respond to new donations effectively to encourage stronger future financial commitments and what kind of stewardship communications are the most important to send after donors make disaster-related gifts.


Trends in "a-thon" Fundraising Part 2: United States

Wednesday, 21 April 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Following on from an earlier Artez Interactive session that examined the “Top 20 Walks/Runs?Rides Canada 2009” study, this free webinar will take a closer look at what has been happening in the US. The top thirty “a-thon” fundraising programs last year recorded a collective drop of $133.9 million over 2008, for the first overall decrease in revenue ever recorded in the US. Learn who was up, who was down and why from the fourth annual benchmarking study presented by Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council President David Hessekiel.


Integrating Social Media Into Essential Organizational Functions

Wednesday, 28 April 2010
0:00 pm (Eastern)

Debra Askanase of Community Organizer 2.0 will look at concrete examples of how nonprofits (and a few businesses) improve their bottom line by integrating social media into organizational functions: human resources, program development, internal communications, member services, training, fundraising, and stakeholder engagement.  This seminar is intended for the nonprofit organization (or business) that wants to utilize social media, and has a level of familiarity with it. Part of the Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.

Is your free webinar for nonprofits on this month's list?

If you're presenting a free webinar this month but it didn't get onto this list, please do share a link in the comments! And if you've got an event planned for next month and you'd like to get it listed, drop a line with the details to rebecca @ wildapricot.com.


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

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Thursday, 01 April 2010 at 7:13 PM


  • Sam Frank said:

    Friday, 02 April 2010 at 7:38 AM

    One correction Rebecca:

    Searching for Diversity will be presented on April 7, not April 14.

    Thanks, as always, for these listings.


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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Friday, 02 April 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Thanks for catching my error, Sam! I've just edited the post to show the correct date.

  • Tim said:

    Friday, 02 April 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Hi Rebecca,

    I host a free weekly webinar on various topics in nonprofit website design and nonprofit internet marketing.  Feel free to browse around and see my up and coming topics:




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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 06 April 2010 at 4:06 PM

    If you've got a couple of different people contributing to your organization's Twitter account, here's a free webinar you may find useful:

    "HootSuite for Team Collaboration"

    Hosted by HootSuite Community Director, Dave Olson and presented by Learning Specialist, Lewis Howes. Learn how teams can collaborate using HootSuite.com plus hear power tuning tips and tricks to make your social media marketing communication campaigns even more productive.

    Wednesday, 14 April 2010

    12:00 p.m. (Pacific)

    Register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/914793536

  • Alix said:

    Thursday, 22 April 2010 at 3:26 AM

    Thanks for the tip. I have signed up for a couple and am looking forward to them.

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