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20+ Free Nonprofit Webinars for December 2010

Lori Halley 29 November 2010 4 comments

Busy as this season is for nonprofit folks, with year-end fundraising campaigns on the professional side and family events on the personal side, there’s no better time to sneak in a bit of professional development to get you ready for a bright New Year!

December’s schedule is lighter on scheduled webinars than most months of the year, but you’re still sure to find something here to help you “do more with less”:

 

Social Marketing Research – Beyond Focus Groups

Wednesday, 1 December 2010
9:00 am (Pacific)

Research with your target audience is essential to creating a social marketing campaign that brings about behavior change.  What research methods should you use?  How do you know if you've made a difference?  In this free webinar, part of the PKIDs' Communications Made Easy program, Nedra Kline Weinreich, author of Hands-On Social Marketing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing Change for Good and the Spare Change blog, talks about how research fits into the social marketing process and some of the methods you can use to collect information to help you plan your strategy and track your program’s effectiveness.

 

Making Holiday Networking Work! A Guide for Job Seekers

Wednesday, 1 December 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

What is networking if not socializing with friends, colleagues, and family? And, what better time to network than with people who are joyous in the holiday season?  Make that holiday networking work for you! Presented by Laura Gassner Otting, this free webinar is one of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.

 

Get 2011 Started Right: 10 Steps to Creating a Fundraising Plan

Wednesday, 1 December 2010
2:30 pm (Eastern)

There’s no better way to start 2011 than by having a strong fundraising plan in place to get you where you want to go. In this free NonprofitWebinars.com session, Tina Cincotti explains how to create a strategic fundraising plan for your organization: the internal and external factors to consider, 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.

 

Facebook Features Update

Wednesday, 1 December 2010
11:30 am (Pacific)

In this third one-hour installment of Common Knowledge’s monthly series on the latest innovations from Facebook and how they impact nonprofits, Joel Bush and Jeff Patrick highlight the newest features at Facebook, explain their function and role in Facebook, and most importantly dig into why and how they are valuable for nonprofits for fundraising, marketing, communications, advocacy, events, etc.

 

Online Marketing: What's the Right Mix for Your Small Business or Nonprofit?

Wednesday, 1 December 2010
12:00 noon (Eastern)

In this free Ventureneer webinar, presented by Geri Stengel, you'll learn how to tailor online marketing to the specific needs of your business or nonprofit. You'll learn how to figure out which media will work best for your purpose, whether that purpose is attracting new customers or advocating for a cause.

 

The Path to Success in Social Media -Non Profits in Wonderland

Thursday, 2 December 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Learn about the fundamental shifts taking place today from old-school marketing to greater consumer engagement and from broadcast media to social media, and how nonprofits need to respond as Katya Andresen of Network for Good delivers the 8 essential steps to better engagement and social media success in this free webinar from CharityHowTo.com.

 

The Final Word on Year-End Fundraising: The 5 Things You Can Still Do to Boost Your December Income

Tuesday, 7 December 2010
12:00 noon (Central)

With only three weeks left in 2010 are there still things you can do to have a successful year-end fundraising campaign? Heck yes. Tune in for five final tips from veteran fundraiser Mark Rovner in this free Nonprofit 911 webinar supported by Network for Good. Participants can expect 5 no-cost/low-cost tactics to amp up end of year giving, and a no-judgment Q-&-A session for last-minute fundraisers or those looking to put final touches on their year-end campaigns.

 

Wild Apricot - Software Overview

Tuesday, 7 December 2010
3:00 pm (Eastern)

This webinar is a introduction to the Wild Apricot software for associations, nonprofits and other member-driven organizations.  It will cover the major features of the system, including: Membership management - member applications and renewals, self-service portal, online member directory and communication functions; Web editing - design features, creating and customizing site content, public and members only access management and online community features; Event management - registration, payments and event promotion; and Fundraising - online donations, donor database management and communications.

 

The Capital Campaign

Wednesday, 8 December 2010
1:00 pm (Pacific)

In this session, Giftworks and Linda Lysakowski look at the organization’s internal and external readiness to conduct a campaign, and the infrastructure needed to run a successful campaign – board involvement, staffing, technology, and the case for support – as well as the planning/feasibility study: do you need one, what you should expect from the study, and what to do if the study says you are not ready for a campaign.

 

Facebook Causes Case Study: WWF

Wednesday, 8 December 2010
11:30 am (Pacific)

Facebook Causes has helped to raise $22 million via 400,000 causes from an installed base of users totaling 100 million supporters over the last 2.5 years. Join Jeff Patrick of Common Knowledge, Susan Gordon of Facebook Causes, and Sarah Desilets of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), for this free interactive webinar to hear more about the centerpiece role of Causes for nonprofit fundraising on Facebook.

 

Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

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

Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. In this free NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar for nonprofit staff and board development, Sam Frank explains what benefits your nonprofit can expect from an effective strategic planning process; how to approach and structure it; how to get broad buy-in; and what tools to use for assessing your situation, engaging your constituencies, developing an effective plan, and implementing it.

 

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Wednesday, 8 December 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 ofter an introduction to social media and some of the most popular sites. You'll also learn about the tools offered by VolunteerMatch.org to help you promote your volunteer opportunity on these sites.

 

Do You Feel Technology Is a Source of Frustration or Creativity for your Organization?

Wednesday, 8 December 2010
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Watch and learn how The Framework Foundation has been able to increase their productivity through their Cloud Computing Strategy using tools like Salesforce.com and Google Apps. The results include a better focus on mission, collaboration with like-minded organizations, improved fundraising and increased volunteer management capabilities. This free MyCharityConnects webinar is open to employees, volunteers, and board members of Canadian charities and nonprofits.

 

Free Online Tools for Your Nonprofit

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

Discover dozens of free or low-cost online tools that will enable your nonprofit to easily conduct your own webinars, free conference calls or international calls, manage your contacts and time, issue press releases, collaborate on documents, and much more.  Part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development, this webinar is presented by Allan Pressel, founder/CEO of CharityFinders.com.

 

Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone's Job

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

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 free VolunteerMatch.org 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.

 

Grow Your Business With LinkedIn

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

In this free Ventureneer webinar, Jan Wallen will give you step-by-step instructions to get up and running with a compelling LinkedIn profile, as well as best strategies to create or improve your LinkedIn Profile, search for people and companies in a target audience, build a LinkedIn network, and more. Although aimed primarily at small business owners and entrepreneurs, this webinar will also be of use to those networking online to build a membership-based organization.

 

How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents With Your Website

Wednesday, 15 December 2010
9:30 am (Central)

Learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors how to captivate and engage your audience. Key takeaways from this Firespring webinar include:  5 required elements of engaging website; the 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their website; 5 proven methods for promoting your organization online; the top consideration for nonprofits regarding Search Engine Optimization (SEO); and real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.

 

Budgeting 101

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

This webinar, presented by Jenn Lammers, will provide a basic introduction to the creation and use of budgets in a not-for-profit setting. Attendees will learn the preferred format and common items to include in program, organization and strategic budgets. Part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.

 

What Is A Social Media Strategy?

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

This free NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar, presented by Debra Askanase of FirstGiving and Community Organizer 2.0, is designed for the nonprofit organization that wants to understand a social media strategy promotes organizational and programmatic goals; gain knowledge of the basic components of a social media strategy, and how it is developed; and realize the relationship between social media and the website.

 

The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit

Thursday, 16 December 2010
11:00 am (Pacific)

New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This free  VolunteerMatch.org webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs of recruitment, retention and recognition; discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks,etc.; and discuss the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization.

 

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And, as always, if you know of a free webinar of interest to nonprofit folks – or if you’re presenting one yourself this month – please leave a comment and share the details!

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

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Monday, 29 November 2010 at 8:02 AM

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Comments

  • Lauren Paley

    Lauren Paley said:

    Monday, 29 November 2010 at 4:42 AM

    Check out this free series of webinars on risk management issues for nonprofits. These four webinars cover "Understanding Insurance," "Buying Insurance," "Filing an Insurance Claim," and "Loss Prevention and Mitigation." Here's the brochure: http://www.fileden.com/files/2010/8/6/2935022/risk%20series.pdf?emc=lm&m=140386&l=8&v=28870544

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Monday, 29 November 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Thanks for sharing that, Lauren!

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 30 November 2010 at 8:45 AM

    The Procrastinator's Guide to 2010 Year End Fundraising
    Thursday, 9 December 2010
    2:00 pm (Eastern)

    Alia McKee from Sea Change Strategies, along with a surprise special nonprofit guest and moderator Ryann Miller of Care2, are offering a free webinar -- space is limited, so register right away!
    http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Care2/d0dcd4e592/9ce60f4f9d/f23b7063e1/t=a&d=667040432

    Participants will learn the most successful fundraising strategies, including:

    • Optimize your donation page! Easy fixes you can make to your donation page, so that donors complete the donation process.
    • Create compelling, holiday-themed fundraising campaigns that motivate web visitors to make a donation on your website right now.
    • Communication and follow up: what to do before, during, and after they donate online and how to engage them in the new year.
    • Thank your donors - when, how, and for what.
  • shamay

    shamay said:

    Thursday, 30 December 2010 at 5:39 AM

    one of the webinar i visit is from Oracle's Java Developer.thanks for sharing that information.

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