33 Free Nonprofit Webinars for January 2011

Lori Halley 22 December 2010 8 comments

A number of regular webinar hosts are still finalizing their schedules for January 2011, but nonprofit folks will find a great variety of professional development and training opportunities – free and online – already lined up for January 2011.

Do keep your eye on the comments section, below, for late additions to this list as the New Year rolls out, and feel free to add your own event if you’re presenting!

 

Emergency Preparedness for Public Libraries

Wednesday, 5 January 2011
10:00 am (Central)

Public library personnel serve in a significant way during an emergency or disaster through their public access computing and Internet access availability. They can also offer expertise in organizing communities, identifying and evaluating appropriate disease and health promotion topics, and planning and delivering outreach programs and services. This NCompass Live session will be presented by Marty Magee, Nebraska Liaison for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region.

 

Nonprofits: Create New Income Streams While Sharing Knowledge

Wednesday, 5 January 2011
1:00 pm (Eastern)

Almost any nonprofit or mission-based organization can now easily and quickly create earn income through knowledge sharing. Learn about how nonprofits and associations use IdeaEncore to save time and money and engaging members through custom online libraries and re-using others’ materials. Part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.

 

Foursquare for Nonprofits

Wednesday, 5 January 2011
2:30 pm (Eastern)

Foursquare, Google Places, and Facebook Places are all catching on as ways to share your life with friends. Nonprofits can use these free geolocation services for advocacy, activism, and fundraising. You’ll learn how to set up your agency and 5 quick ways to start getting noticed online. Part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.

 

Wild Apricot Software Overview

Wednesday, 5 January 2011
3:00 pm (Eastern)

This free live webinar is a introduction to the Wild Apricot software for associations, nonprofits and other member-driven organizations. It will cover all the major features of the system, including Membership management, Web editing, Event management, and Fundraising features.

 

Grantseeking Basics

Wednesday, 5 January 2011
3:00 pm (Eastern)

Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? New to fundraising? This free online training from FoundationCenter.org provides an overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities.

 

Cause Marketing Basics

Thursday, 6 January 2011
12:00 noon (Eastern)

Cause-marketing links a business (even a small business) or brand with a social cause for mutual benefit. You need to make sure you choose a partner and the program that will enhance your nonprofit's reputation, increase its visibility, and provides funds. And you need to sell your plan to those within the organization and to your planned partner. This free webinar from Ventureneer.com will help you do just that.

 

How Strong Relationships Can Increase Fundraising Results in 2011

Tuesday, 11 January 2011
12:00 noon (Central)

Network for Good’s Online Giving Study examined nearly $400M in donations to 66, 470 different nonprofits to identify trends in online giving across nonprofits’ websites, donation portals and social networks. The key finding? It’s all about relationships! Join Katya Andresen from Network for Good and Jocelyn Harmon from Care2 as they discuss nonprofit online outreach and fundraising in 2011.

 

Proposal Writing Basics

Tuesday, 11 January 2011
2:00 pm (Eastern)

In this free FoundationCenter.org webinar, those new to proposal writing will find answers to common questions, such as: What are the key components of a proposal to a foundation? Who should sign a grant request? How should the proposal be packaged? Should you contact a funder if your proposal is turned down?

 

Internships: A Good Fit for Your Library?

Wednesday, 12 January 2011
10:00 am (Central)

The Cultivating Nebraska Librarians 2.0: Building 21st Century Skills internship grant program awarded grants totaling $10,000 to twelve Nebraska public libraries. In this NCompass Live session, participating libraries will share their experiences with the internship program, including successes and lessons learned. This session will also introduce the upcoming 2011 grant opportunity for internships, offered by the Nebraska Library Commission and made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

 

What Your Organization Needs to Know About Insurance & Risk Management - Filing an Insurance Claim

Wednesday, 12 January 2011
12:00 noon (Eastern)

This free webinar, part of the DC Bar Pro Bono Program, will discuss what to do if your organization experiences a loss, such as a fire, an accident on your premises, an employee filing a discrimination claim or other serious incident.  It will review the claims procedures used by major insurance carriers, and what steps your nonprofit should take to maximize the likelihood of the insurance company paying any valid claims.  

 

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Wednesday, 12 January 2011
1:00 pm (Eastern)

This free webinar for the novice grantseeker will answer budgeting questions such as: What kinds of expenses are covered under "personnel"? What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses? What types of expenses can be included in the "overhead" category? What is the relationship between your project budget and the overall budget for your nonprofit? Foundation Center recommends taking their Proposal Writing Basics webinar before this one.

 

Innovations in Volunteering

Wednesday, 12 January 2011
1:00 pm (Eastern)

Micro-Volunteering… what is it all about? Using real-life examples, Shauna Carey, Manager of Nonprofit Outreach for The Extraordinaries, will discuss how nonprofits worldwide are leveraging the cognitive surplus of busy professionals for free, and crowd-sourcing their way to increased capacity. Part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.

 

YouTube for Nonprofits: 25 Strategies to Attract Donors

Wednesday, 12 January 2011
2:30 pm (Eastern)

Learn how to create, post, embed, and drive traffic to videos (and photos) on YouTube and other social media sites – for free or at low cost. Learn what kinds of videos and photos to post, how they can benefit you, and how to build awareness, raise funds, recruit volunteers, spawn viral marketing, communicate effectively, build online communities, interact with constituents, and drive traffic. Part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.

 

Social Media Best Practices for Nonprofits

Thursday, 13 January 2011
12:00 noon (Eastern)

Social media can transform the way your nonprofit raises money, builds awareness about its cause, advocates, fundraises and mobilizes. Find the best social media for your nonprofit. During this free, one-hour Ventureneer webinar, you will find out how nonprofits have made social media work for them in various situations, learning from the real-life experiences of social media power-users how to focus your time on what really matters.

 

How to Approach a Foundation

Thursday, 13 January 2011
1:00 pm (Eastern)

This FoundationCenter.org webinar will cover strategies for effective communications with grantmakers, taking you through initial contact to what happens after you receive funding. You will learn how to initiate contact with potential funders; plan calls and meetings; communicate during and after a grant decision; and, ultimately, how to build lasting partnerships with grantmakers.

 

The Basics of Online Social Networking for Nonprofits

Tuesday, 18 January 2011
9:30 am (Central)

In this free Firespring webinar, you will learn: the importance of a powerful and engaging website; how to use Facebook and Facebook Causes to create awareness for your organization; how nonprofits are using Twitter for the greater good; the 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with email marketing tools; everything you need to know to create a blog for your nonprofit, including the steps to maintaining a blog long-term; and the 10 commandments of social media.

 

Starting a Nonprofit

Tuesday, 18 January 2011
10:00 am (Central)

Nonprofit organizations are different than businesses and government; not better or worse, but different. You should understand what it means to be a nonprofit and how that differs from being a for-profit before you start the paperwork process. This 90-minute session from the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO) will review what you need to know and do to start a nonprofit corporation in the State of Texas and to obtain a 501 (c) 3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service.

 

Special Webinar: CanadaHelps & McMaster Survey Results - Part 1 of 2

Tuesday, 18 January 2011
2:00 pm (Eastern)

In the summer of 2010, CanadaHelps and McMaster conducted a survey CanadaHelps donors to understand more about who’s giving online in Canada – where they live, when they were born and what their interests are – as well as what motivates Canadians to give – when, why and how are they moved to make a donation. This first part of a 2-part webinar series explores the findings of the survey in depth.

 

Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance

Wednesday, 19 January 2011
1:00 pm (Eastern)

The nonprofit governing board has been described as an ineffective group of effective people. Trustees are recruited for their stature, skills or connections, and then are not fully engaged. Why do nonprofits so broadly fail to use their boards wisely? And how might they do better? This free NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar will look at membership (including recruitment, development, self-assessment), process (including structure, meetings), capacity, and fiduciary issues.

 

DIY Community Engagement Metrics

Wednesday, 19 January 2011
2:30 pm (Eastern)

5 or 6 lines of Social media, online campaigns, and community engagement can be tricky things to dive into and do well without measuring, monitoring and evaluating. But what to measure? How to evaluate? Part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development, this session talks about the importance of data and metrics to your work and offers how-to guidelines on ways to map and monitor your community and your work.

 

Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Wednesday, 19 January 2011
3:00 pm (Eastern)

If your nonprofit organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this hour-long Foundation Center session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You'll learn how to: conduct an assets inventory; develop a case statement; identify potential funding partners; and prepare a fundraising plan and calendar.

 

Rev Up Your Nonprofit, Small Business Revenue With E-marketing

Thursday, 20 January 2011
12:00 noon (Eastern)

The medium is the message. If your message is on the wrong medium, your customers, donors, supporters, and investors won't see it. Are they looking for you in traditional media or are they using email, search engines or social media to decide which businesses they'll patronize and nonprofits to support? In this free Ventureneer webinar, you'll learn how to tailor your online marketing to the specific needs of your organization.

 

Introduction to Corporate Giving

Thursday, 20 January 2011
2:00 pm (Eastern)

This introduction to the world of corporate support for nonprofits and to the effective utilization of the Foundation Center's resources on corporate giving, answering such questions as: What are the motivations behind corporate giving? How do companies support nonprofit organizations? How can I match my organization's needs with the interests of a corporation? How can I make the most effective use of Foundation Center resources to locate corporate funders? Prior attendance at the Grantseeking Basics webinar is strongly recommended.

 

Managing Board Risks & Limiting Liability Exposure for Arts Organizations

Tuesday, 25 January 2011
10:00 am (Eastern)

Boards of Directors are fidicuaries and employers who are obligated to make responsible decisions that protect the assets of the corporation. Individual directors can be held responsible in certain circumstances for their own errors or negligence. So managing your risk as a board member, for yourself and your organization, is critical. This free webinar from the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) will address how to recognize and plan for typical risks to nonprofit board members.

 

Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits

Tuesday, 25 January 2011
1:00 pm (Eastern)

This free webinar from FoundationCenter.org will provide you with a step-by-step checklist approach to help increase your organization's readiness for foundation fundraising. It is geared towards representatives of community groups without nonprofit status or new nonprofits with very little experience in grantseeking in general, and has a specific focus on foundation fundraising.

 

Battle Bullying with Books: Celebrate No Name-Calling Week

Tuesday, 25 January 2011
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Join Booklist Publications for an hour-long webinar on how high-quality children’s and young adult literature can help prevent bullying, including a presentation by James Howe, acclaimed author of The Misfits. Attendees will also learn about the eighth annual National No Name-Calling Week (January 24–28, 2011), created by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

 

Special Webinar: CanadaHelps & McMaster Survey Results - Part 2 of 2

Tuesday, 25 January 2011
2:00 pm (Eastern)

In this second part of a special 2-part series exploring the results of a donor survey conducted by CanadaHelps and McMaster in the summer of 2010, the focus will be on your next actions steps for engaging more online donors. Presentation by Kirstin Beardsley, Marketing and Communications Manager for CanadaHelps

 

NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
10:00 am (Central)

In this monthly session of NCompass Live , the Nebraska Library Commission’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

 

It's Time for Return On Mission

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
1:00 pm (Eastern)

It’s a familiar story. A major purchase needs to be made. You try to tell your board about how the purchase is necessary to benefit the staff and the mission. Your board wants to hear about return on investment (ROI). How do you get everyone on the same page? It’s about having the right metric. Return on Mission is the ability to financially calculate and map tangible mission impact and value. This free NonprofitWebinars.com session will give you the tools to work towards and calculate Return on Mission.

 

Program Evaluation Basics

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
1:30 pm (Eastern)

Join Rick Maurer, PhD, with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture to gain an understanding of program evaluation basics, including inputs, outputs and outcomes. Learn logic models, qualitative and quantitative models and best practices for measuring impact and reporting results. Part of the SkillBuilders webinar series, Nonprofit Leadership Initiative of the University of Kentucky.

 

Yes! You can raise $$ on Facebook (and other Social Networks)

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
2:30 pm (Eastern)

This NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar presents strategies, best practices and tips for fundraising on social networks including Facebook and house networks (i.e. social networks on your nonprofit’s own web site). Case studies and practical examples will teach you the best tactics for growing your social networking community and producing fundraising revenue from individual gifts, membership, events, peer-to-peer giving, sponsorship, and advertising on social networks.

 

Robin Blakely's PR Therapy for Nonprofit Heroes

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
3:00 pm (Eastern)

In this GiftWorks webinar, Robin Blakely, author of the business book PR Therapy and assignment editor for NonProfitHeroes.com, looks at how you can use public relations to better market your mission, mobilize your supporters, and make a real difference through community outreach. You will learn how to create a communications strategy tailored to the size of your nonprofit, and begin building a public relations plan that is cost effective to run, easy to manage, and does not require steep learning curves.  

 

Five Computer Maintenance Essentials for Small Nonprofit Organizations

Thursday, 27 January 2011
10:00 am (Eastern)

In easy to understand, non-technical language , independent technology consultant Andy Wolber will teach you how to update, secure, optimize, backup and maintain your organization's systems, and how to set up a secure, fast and usable Internet-connected network for your small office. This Center for Nonprofit Resources webinar is designed for staff of nonprofit organizations with fewer than 10 users who have computer systems running Windows XP/Vista/7 operating systems.)

 

Same time, next month?

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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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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Wednesday, 22 December 2010 at 7:58 AM

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Comments

  • Kim McMann said:

    Wednesday, 22 December 2010 at 5:07 AM

    Program Evaluation Basics appears to be only for residents of a specific area, as you must select one of the counties listed to register.

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 22 December 2010 at 5:44 AM

    For the most part, Kim, we try to find free webinars that are open worldwide - and the majority of these listed webinars have no restrictions for attendance. However, from time to time a webinar hosted by location-specific organizations or institutions may restrict attendance to residents of a specific state or country. We know that not all of the webinars listed in this round-up will be applicable to all readers, of course - for example, nonprofits outside the US will not find a webinar on US tax registration as useful as an American nonprofit might - but hopefully, among the 33 webinars listed here, you will be able to find one that is of interest and use to you.

  • Pam said:

    Wednesday, 22 December 2010 at 9:26 AM

    The Community Sector Council NL is hosting free webinars/tele-learning sessions on innovation in the community sector starting in January 2011. These webinars are open to nonprofit, community organizations in Canada. Register here http://events.envision.ca/innovation

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 22 December 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Pam, thanks for adding those session to the list!

  • Susan said:

    Tuesday, 28 December 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Why is "***" edited out as if it is a bad word in the Gay, ***, and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) name?

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 29 December 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Susan, it's a regrettable automatic function of this particular blog software (not Wild Apricot). Thanks for noticing it - I'll see if the tech guys can override that setting to get this fixed.

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 29 December 2010 at 10:58 AM

    I've found this silly setting in the software and disabled it.  We should now be able to say "lesbian" in posts and comments with total immunity.  See, I just said it there!  Lesbian, lesbian, lesbian.  Long live free speech.

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 29 December 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Thank you, Jay - Yay for free speech! :-)

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