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31 Free Non-Profit Webinars for February 2011

Lori Halley 21 January 2011 5 comments

It looks like February is going to be as busy month - with 31 (and counting) free non-profit webinars already scheduled. There is a wide range of webinar topics, so have a good look through this round-up, since there's bound to be something of interest to you or other folks in your organization.

While we've done our best to capture all of the free non-profit webinars out there for February, be sure to check back from time to time to see if late-coming webinar notices are added in the comments section, down below. As always, if you're aware of a free non-profit webinar that missed our list, please add a comment below with the details.


10 Steps to Getting More Out of Facebook for Your Nonprofit

Tuesday, 1 February 2011
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Eastern)

Facebook offers non-profits an opportunity to promote their cause to close to 600 million active Facebook users worldwide. This CharityHowTo.com webinar will help your non-profit get more results from Facebook. Presented by John Haydon, Facebook and social media expert, and moderated by Kurt Steiner, founder of CharityHowTo.com, the webinar will explore why you should use a Facebook Page instead of a Group or Profile; what applications you can use to customize your page; how to promote your Facebook Page; how you can collect donations from your fans and more.


How to Hire Like a Search Firm

Wednesday, 2 February 2011
1:00 pm (Eastern)

This webinar - part of the Wednesday Webinar series offered by NonprofitWebinars.com - will review the nuts-and-bolts of a search and also dig into the "craft" of the search as well. Led by presenter Laura Gassner Otting, founder of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, you'll learn: how search firms attract candidates; building deep and diverse candidate pools; and how to vet candidates and make the final matches.


Social Media to Enhance Your Non-Profit

Wednesday, 2 February 2011
2:00 pm (Eastern), 1:00 pm (Central), Noon (Mountain), 11:00 am (Pacific)

This National Safe Place webinar will provide an overview of popular social media vehicles used by many non-profits. You'll learn: how to best utilize these sites to enhance your Safe Place/Non-Profit program; how to use a Facebook Fan Page and Twitter account; the best times to post items on Facebook; and how to increase traffic to your social media sites. The webinar will also help you calculate the value of social media for your non-profit and offer links to social media resources for your pages.


Building Donor Loyalty: How to Keep Your Donors Giving in Any Economy

Wednesday, 2 February 2011
2:30 pm (Eastern)

This webinar will explain why donors often stop giving to your organization (it's not the economy) and how you can change that. Presenter Tina Cincotti, founder of Funding Change Training & Consulting, will help participants understand what donors expect and how you can meet those expectations, as well as concrete strategies for increasing the number of donors. This is part of the Wednesday Webinar series offered by NonprofitWebinars.com


CT Nonprofits Exclusive: How to Captivate & Engage Your Constituents With Your Website

Wednesday, 2 February 2011
9:30 am - 11:00 am (Central)

This webinar from Firespring will offer advice on how to captivate and engage your audience and take your organization's web presence to the next level. Presented by Jay Wilkinson, President of Firespring, you'll learn: 5 required elements of an engaging website; the 3 biggest mistakes non-profits make with their website; 5 proven methods for promoting your organization online; and the #1 thing non-profits should consider regarding Search Engine Optimization.


Mission-Inspired Gift Fundraising: Using a Fundraising Catalog to Raise Money Online

Wednesday, 2 February 2011
11:30 am - 1:00 pm (Pacific)

In this webinar, presented by Jeff Patrick, President of Common Knowledge, you'll learn about five non-profits using online fundraising catalogs: Defenders of Wildlife; IFAW; Operation Smile; Sierra Club and World Wildlife Fund. You'll get an inside look at these programs, highlighting the strategy, program concepts and best practices, along with practical tips for implementing your own program. You'll also look at the newest channel for delivery of online fundraising catalogs, Facebook.


Your Board and Fundraising:  An Introductory Course

Wednesday, 2 February 2011
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern)

In this FoundationCenter.org webinar, you'll learn how to actively engage your board in fundraising. You'll also discuss: why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns; ways the board can participate in the fundraising process; and tips for strengthening your fundraising board.


The Basics of Online Fundraising for Nonprofits

Thursday, 3 February 2011
9:30 am - 11:00 am (Central)

In this Firespring webinar, you'll learn how to harness the power of the Internet for fund-raising. Jay Wilkinson, President of Firespring will demonstrate the importance of a powerful and engaging website; the advantages to raising funds online; and the specific action steps necessary to achieve online fund-raising success. You'll also learn: the 3 biggest mistakes non-profits make with email marketing appeals; information on 3rd party donation tools and examples of organizations that have mastered online fund raising.


Grantseeking Basics

Tuesday, 8 February 2011
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern)

Are you new to non-profit fundraising? This free webinar from FoundationCenter.org provides an overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations and grantmaking public charities. You'll learn: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; what you need to know about grantmakers and how non-profits are supported; how you identify funding partners; and about resources for your grantseeking efforts.


Accessing Courts Through E-Government - Online Session

Wednesday, 9 February 2011
10:00 am - 11:00 am (Central)

In this NCompassLive webinar, staff of the State Court Administrator's Office will help library staff learn how to assist patrons to access web-based Nebraska court information and legal resources. This session will also help the court staff learn about the needs that public libraries and patrons have in this regard. Deborah Brownyard and Janet Bancroft are presenting this webinar, offered in partnership with the Nebraska Library Commission to improve e-government resources.


Mobile for Nonprofits - 3 Insightful Case Studies

Wednesday, 9 February 2011
11:30 am - 1:00 pm (Pacific)

There are around 5 billion mobile phones in use by ~72% of the world's population (285 million in the US alone). Non-profits are rapidly deploying a wide array of incredible websites, texting (SMS) campaigns and applications especially for mobile phones. This webinar, presented by  Jeff Patrick, President of Common Knowledge, will highlight 3 case studies and take a look at the best examples of non-profits using mobile to change the way they fundraise, market and deliver their programs and services.


Revitalizing Your Development Office: 30 Steps in 30 Days

Wednesday, 9 February 2011
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Eastern)

In this GiftWorks webinar, Linda Lysakowski offers advice on evaluating the past year's development performance - 15 things to look at that will help you determine how you've done in the past, including an evaluation tools review. She'll also discuss planning for next year:  15 things to do differently; 15 practical steps to strengthen your program for the year ahead.


Social Media Best Practices for Nonprofits

Wednesday, 9 February 2011 
12 noon - 1:00 pm (Eastern)

Social media are not created equal. Some are dynamite for advocacy, not so good for researching potential board members; others are great for getting answers to questions but not so good for fundraising. In this webinar, Geri Stengel, President of Ventureneer, uses the real-life experiences of social media power-users to show you how to decide which social media are best for your non-profit.


Going Global: Preparing Your Organization for the Challenges & Opportunities of Localization

Wednesday, 9 February 2011 
1:00 pm (Eastern)

What does it mean to localize? As a non-profit goes international, it may encounter cultural differences, language barriers, issues of brand credibility in other countries. Presenter Peggy Duvette of WiserEarth, will discuss how to decide when to make the leap; available tools; the importance of partnerships and community; and best practices in translation, software and beyond. This is part of the Wednesday Webinar series offered by NonprofitWebinars.com


The Power of Like and Other Social Sharing Tools

Wednesday, 9 February 2011 
2:30 pm (Eastern)

This webinar, offered by NonprofitWebinars.com, will cover why it's important to incorporate social sharing widgets - like Wibiya or Facebook Like - into online content. There will be specific emphasis on Facebook social plugins, when to use them; where to use them; and how to get the most from them. Presenter Debra Askanase, Community Marketing manager at FirstGiving and founder of Community Organizer 2.0, will offer an overview of major social sharing tools and how they work as well as ROI of social sharing, using a case study from FirstGiving.com.


The Science of Email Marketing

Thursday, 10 February 2011
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Everyone has an email address and many of us read our emails all of the time and everywhere via our mobile devices. Learn how to tweak your email messaging to generate more leads in this free webinar presented by Dan Zarella, HubSpot's Social Media Scientist. You'll learn: the best (and worst) times to send email; the best (and worst) subject lines; real data about sending frequency; actual proof about the importance of subscriber freshness.


Wild Apricot Software Overview

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 
3:00 pm  - 4:00 pm (Eastern)

This free webinar is an introduction to Wild Apricot Software for associations, non-profits and other member-driven organizations. Led by one of our friendly and knowledgeable Apricots, you'll learn about the many features including: member applications and renewals; self-service portal; online member directory; communications features; event registration and management and more. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and see first-hand how Wild Apricot can help you manage the "boring stuff" and get on with the real work of your organization.


Top 10 Tactics for Successful Email List Building

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 
11:30 am  - 1:00 pm (Pacific)

How do you grow an email list? It's the most common question posed by non-profits when talking about online direct response fundraising. In this webinar, presented by Jeff Patrick, President of Common Knowledge, you'll learn about the most common channels and techniques for growing your email list, including online advertising, chaperoned email sites, list swaps, email appends, social networks and others. You'll also find out what e-subscriber onboarding is and why it is valuable for growing your online results.


What Your Organization Needs to Know About Insurance & Risk Management

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 
12:00 noon  - 1:15 pm (Eastern)

As a non-profit, your organization may own property, employ staff, engage volunteers, provide services to the community and raise donations from the public. Each of these activities involves risks to your organization. This webinar, part of the DC Bar Pro Bono Program, is designed to help you get a better understanding of risk management. It will discuss the basics - the different types of insurance coverage; what is in your insurance policy; what you need to know when buying insurance; and how to handle an insurance claim when one arises.


What You Need to Consider Before Selecting Accounting Software for Your NonProfit Organization

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 
1:00 pm (Eastern)

Selecting the right accounting software can be a difficult task for non-profits. This webinar, offered by NonprofitWebinars.com and presented by Rebeka Mazzone, Director of the Rhode Island Region for Accounting Management Solutions Inc., will introduce non-profit leaders to a valuable software selection process that will help ensure the accounting software you select meets your organization's needs.


10 Tips for Successful Grant Proposals

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 
2:30 pm (Eastern)

What are foundations really looking for? This webinar, offered by NonprofitWebinars.com, will discuss the life cycle of a grant proposal; offer a 4-step way to get started; a case study; as well as a checklist to use when reviewing your grant proposal before it goes out. This webinar is ideal for new grant writers and also features important reminders for the more seasoned grant writers.


Proposal Writing Basics

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Eastern)

In this  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?


How to Write a Good Headline

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 
10 am (Pacific), noon (Central) 1 pm (Eastern)

Headlines have always been important for press releases. Now as even the most complex stories require summaries in 22 words (Google's preference) or 140 characters (for Twitter), they matter even more. This session, offered by BusinessWire, will be moderated by Monika Maeckle, VP, New Media for Business Wire, with speakers Greg Jarboe, President of SEO-PR, author of YouTube and Video marketing, and Terry Scott Bertling, features/niche products editor at the San Antonio Express-News. They'll offer tips for pacifying both regular readers and robots.


Managing Conflicts of Interest In Your Arts Organization

Friday, 18 February 2011 
10:00 am - 11:30 am (Eastern)

This webinar is free to NYCON Members (New York Council of Nonprofits) and NYSCA Funded organizations. Your non-profit must be compliant with state statute but also meet values, ethics and transparency standards to which the organization aspires. Doug Sauer, CEO of NYCON will help participants define and recognize a conflict, how to articulate it in the bylaws and related policies and best practices, along with tools to handle conflicts.


Proposal Budgeting Basics

Friday, 18 February 2011 
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern)

Are you stymied by this essential component of any grant proposal? Are you wondering if you need a financial expert to create a budget for you? This FoundationCenter.org 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 non-profit? Foundation Center recommends taking their Proposal Writing Basics webinar before this one.


How to Approach a Foundation

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern)

Learn how to build relationships with foundation prospects and prepare for calls and meetings with funders in this FoundationCenter.org webinar. You'll 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.


5 Case Studies: Facebook (and other social tools) For Program & Service Delivery

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm (Pacific)

One of the fastest growing trends in the non-profit social networking sector is the use of Facebook and other social tools to deliver non-profit programs to constituents and supporters online. In this webinar, Jeff Patrick, President of Common Knowledge, will present five organizations (Sierra Club; Junior Achievement; ASPCA; Arthritis Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation) that are using social networks in creative and effective ways to engage their constituents for mutual benefit.


Don't Leap To A New Leader!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 
1:00 pm (Eastern)

What do you do during the transition period - after the departure of one leader and before the arrival of the next? This webinar offered by NonprofitWebinars.com, will discuss the factors that every non-profit needs to examine during the transition period. You'll learn to respect the past, examine the present and plan for the future; as well as the role of staff and the Board; and common mistakes to avoid.


Content Creation:  The Ultimate "How To Guide"

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 
2:30 pm (Eastern)

In this webinar you'll learn to "sell" your work to funders with a well-crafted grant proposal. Katharine Coles, an expert in non-profit marketing/fundraising, will help participants understand: what to put on your homepage and why you want it there; how to construct an effective mission statement and where to include it; as well as where to use and how to build a tagline and hook statement.  This webinar is part of the Wednesday Webinar series offered by NonprofitWebinars.com


(Library) Tech Talk with Michael Sauers

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 
10:00 am - 11:00 am (Central)

In this monthly feature of NCompassLive, the Nebraska Library Commission's (NLC) Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode to ask your tech questions, so bring your questions with you or send them in ahead of time.


Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Thursday, 24 February 2011 
2:00 pm  - 3:00 pm (Eastern)

If your non-profit organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this hour-long FoundationCenter.org session is for you. This webinar will show you how to analyze your organization's situation and develop a fundraising plan that will include a variety of revenue sources. You'll learn how to: conduct an assets inventory; develop a case statement; identify potential partners; and prepare a fundraising plan and calendar.


Same time, next month?

This round-up of free non-profit webinars is a regular monthly feature at Wild Apricot BlogSubscribe by RSS or get updates by email  and be sure to catch next month’s webinars, as well as other great resources for non-profits.

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

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

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 21 January 2011 at 9:00 AM


  • Doug Millington said:

    Saturday, 22 January 2011 at 4:06 AM

    I found Wild Apricot through a Google alert I have setup for not-for-profit accounting. Most of my clients are non-profits and I am going to pass this posting along with information about your membership services. I'll be back to signup myself for some of these webinars. Thanks.

  • Elyse Klova, Foundation Center-Atlanta said:

    Monday, 24 January 2011 at 5:49 AM

    This is an awesome list!

    Thanks so much for mentioning all of our Foundation Center Webinars in February! I just wanted to mention that if you aren't able to attend one of our webinars at the given time, you can always check out our multimedia archive to see a recorded version:


    Also, is Wild Apricot on Twitter?

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Monday, 24 January 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Doug: Glad you found the free webinar round-up helpful.

    Elyse: Glad to include your webinars and yes, Wild Apricot is on Twitter:


  • Jeff Cobb said:

    Wednesday, 02 February 2011 at 6:59 AM

    We don't currently have one scheduled for February - though may be adding one shortly - but we have introduced a series of free Webinars for membership organizations that focus on learning and technology. The first one, on virtual conferences, was very well attended. A link to the recording (free) and info about other Webinars can be found at:


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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 02 February 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Thanks Jeff. Be sure to let us know of any free nonprofit webinars you have scheduled for March, since we provide this list monthly.

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