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21+ Free Non-Profit Webinars for May 2011

Lori Halley 25 April 2011 4 comments

Here is our list of free webinars for non-profits and membership organizations for the month of May. This month, we've found 21+ free webinars on topics such as: social CRM; optimizing land pages, grantseeking; online fundraising; writing volunteer job descriptions and much more. Have a good look through the round-up of webinars to see what might interest you or others in your organization.

While we do our best to capture all of the free non-profit webinars out there for the coming month, 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.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars:

Wild Apricot Software Overview

Wednesday, 11 May 2011
SPECIAL TIME: 7:00 pm - 8:00 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.

Managing Your Membership Database in Wild Apricot

Thursday, 19 May 2011
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern)

Want to learn about Wild Apricot membership management? In this webinar, we'll dig deep into the membership database portion of Wild Apricot, including:

  • using Wild Apricot's online database system for storing members, donors and other contacts, vs. traditional offline systems like Excel
  • database structure and composition (membership levels, common fields / membership fields)
  • widgets - integrating Wild Apricot membership management into your existing website
  • importing and exporting existing records
  • searching, filtering, and contacting selected members
  • self-service functionality for members (online applications and payments, updating profile, renewals)
  • membership directory feature and more!

Check our website later this month for additional Wild Apricot product webinars.


Here are the rest of the free non-profit webinars in chronological order:

Optimize Your Landing Pages: Improving the Odds You Get What You Want From Your Supporters

Tuesday, 3 May 2011
1:00 PM (Eastern)

When a potential donor or email subscriber visits a page where you're requesting him or her to take action - a.k.a. a "landing page" - you have a limited opportunity to get their attention, encourage them to donate/subscribe, and/or have them share your cause with their friends. In this Network for Good webinar, you'll learn: how to analyze your landing pages and make it easier for visitors to find them; when to ask for an email address instead of a donation; how to tell an effective personalized story that motivates an action; and how to create a SMART call-to-action on your landing page.

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

Wednesday, 4 May 2011
11:30 AM (Pacific)

One of the fastest growing trends in the nonprofit social networking sector is the use of Facebook and other social tools to deliver nonprofit programs and services directly to constituents and supporters online. In this Common Knowledge webinar, they will present five organizations (Sierra Club; Junior Achievement, ASPCA, Arthritis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)  that are using social networks in creative and incredibly effective ways to engage their constituents for mutual benefit - to make change and improve lives.

Grantseeking Basics

Wednesday, 4 May 2011
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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.

Selling Social CRM Inside Your Organization

Wednesday, 4 May 2011
2:00 PM (Eastern)

For membership organizations, ROI often comes down to recruiting and retaining members. But how do your social media efforts fit into that equation? See How Social Customer Relationship Management (CRM) - both the philosophy and the technology - can help you articulate, plan and measure the impact your efforts are having on membership management. Understand the complexity of the challenge Social CRM presents and explore some approaches that can help you sell your vision internally. This "Think Tank" webinar, presented by Maddie Grant and Lindy Dreyer of Social Fish, will discuss findings of their recent white paper on Social CRM for Associations.

The Basics of Online Fundraising for Nonprofits

Thursday, 5 May 2011
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (Central)

In this Firespring webinar, you will discover how to harness the power of the Internet for fund-raising by tapping into the expertise of Firespring. You'll learn: the importance of a powerful and engaging website; the advantages to raising funds online; action steps for achieving online fund-raising success; which 3rd party donation tools rate highest among your peers; the 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with email marketing appeals and; real-world examples of nonprofits that have mastered online fund-raising.

Teaching Volunteers the Good Way to Ask for Major Gifts

Thursday, 5 May, 2011
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM (Eastern)

As a fundraising professional, you need to raise money every year to transform lives. Your challenge is to teach volunteers how to ask for gifts in a  positive, powerful way that helps them overcome the natural fears that are part of asking. This GiftWorks webinar, led by Rich Foss will teach you how to capture the imagination of your volunteers as you teach them to transform lives by asking for gifts through a simple, powerful and effective step-by-step approach.

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions

Thursday, 5 May 2011
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Pacific)

A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. This Volunteer Match webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities. Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program. Templates and sample position descriptions will be provided.

Using Winning Communications Strategies to Affect Change

Tuesday, 10 May 2011
1:00 PM (Eastern)

With so much discussion about social media tools, it's often easy to get lost in the hype. What if you're just starting out? Where do you begin? How do you incorporate these tools into your existing communications strategy? This Network for Good webinar, led by Geoff Livingston will cover: the four primary types of social media strategies and how they can fit within the context of a larger communications plan; when to use these strategies and why and; how to create measurable outcomes.

Crowdsourcing vs Community-sourcing

Wednesday, 11 May 2011
3:00 PM (Eastern)

Have you heard about "crowdsourcing" or maybe event tried it at your organization? Well, there's a big difference between working with the crowd and working with your community! This NonprofitWebinars.com webinar, led by Amy Sample Ward,  will explore the differences and identify opportunities for your organization to start building engagement and participation.

Your Board and Fundraising: An Introductory Class

Thursday, 12 May 2011
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern)

This FoundationCenter.org webinar will help you think through the process of getting your Board involved with fundraising. The session will cover: the role of your board; why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns; ways the board can participate in fundraising activities and tips for strengthening yoru fundraising board.

Getting Your Systems to Talk to Each Other

Thursday, 12 May 2011
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Do you want to get two or more software packages to share data?  In this Idealware webinar, they'll talk through some of the high level options and key considerations, including integrating manually via spreadsheets and take on some concepts that will help you understand whether it's likely to be practical for you.

Google Marketing Basics for Nonprofits: The Steps From Goal-setting to Results

Tuesday, 17 May 2011
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Want to be a smarter online marketer? Does the term "Search Engine Marketing" cause you anxiety or frustration? Join Kevin Gottesman for this Network for Good webinar where you'll learn to set online marketing goals for your website, improve landing page conversion rates and understand what free online marketing tools are available to you that can help keep your marketing costs under control.

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

Tuesday, 17 May 2011
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Pacific)

What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This Volunteer Match webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. And, the role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

Proposal Writing Basics

Wednesday, 18 May 2011
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern)

In this FoundationCenter.org webinar, those new to proposal writing will find answers to common questions, such as: how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process; what to include in a standard proposal to a foundation; what funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments. You'll also learn tips for communicating with funders during the grant process and additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals.

Boomer Volunteers Building Capacity: The Foundations for Success

Wednesday, 25 May 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Pacific)

Imagine a world in which you have all the resources your organization needs to serve more clients and deliver more programs. The skills and talents of Baby Boomer volunteers can help make this vision a reality. Join Jill Friedman Fixler, author of the Boomer Volunteer Engagement series, and co-author/editor Beth Steinhorn for this introduction to the tools and strategies that can help you engage Boomer volunteers as leaders to help your organization use high-impact volunteers to build organizational capacity. This Volunteer Match webinar will feature case studies, needs assessment, timelines, and recruitment tools. The series is designed as a collection of four separate webinars and can be taken in any order.

Effective Marketing Communications on a Shoestring

Wednesday, 25 May 2011
3:00 PM (Eastern)

Most nonprofit organizations have extremely limited marketing communications budgets, but that doesn't mean they can't create and execute effective marketing plans. This NonprofitWebinars.com webinar, led by Michele Levy, is designed to help both leadership and marketing/communications staff think about: who is the target audience? what are your goals? what are the most effective ways to reach your target audiences? how will you know what's working?


Where do I go from here? Evolving your Volunteer Program for More Involvement

Thursday, 26 May 2011
11:00 AM  to 12:00 PM (Pacific)

How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This Volunteer Match webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Thursday, 26 May 2011 
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. 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 other documents will funders want to see? Foundation Center strongly recommends taking their Proposal Writing Basics webinar prior to this one.

How to Approach a Foundation

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 
2:00 PM to  3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how to build relationships with foundation prospects and prepare for calls and meetings with funders. From initial contact to getting funded, following field-tested best practices will increase your chances of getting the grant. 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.

Same time, next month?

This round-up of free non-profit webinars is a regular monthly feature compiled by the 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 associations and non-profits.

Do you have a webinar for the June Round-up?

If your organization offers a free webinar that would be of interest to non-profit, membership or volunteer-based organizations and you want to include it in next month's post, please email an overview (like those above) to lori@wildapricot.com no later than May 15th.
And, as always, if you know of a free webinar that we've missed for this month – please share the details in the comments section below - but please provide only a brief overview!










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

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Monday, 25 April 2011 at 9:30 AM


  • Caroline Shahar said:

    Thursday, 28 April 2011 at 6:06 AM

    Free nonprofit webinar April 29th, May 11th and May 25th - Nonprofit Newsletters That Engage from Constant Contact. You can see the details and register here: http://conta.cc/WildApricot. Hope you can join us!  

  • Caroline Shahar said:

    Thursday, 28 April 2011 at 6:09 AM

    Free nonprofit webinar on May 5th and May 17th - Online Event Marketing for Nonprofits. Learn new ways of planning, managing and promoting your live and online events to get the highest attendance and satisfaction. You can see more details are register here: http://conta.cc/WildApricotEvM. Hope you can join us!

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Friday, 29 April 2011 at 5:13 AM

    Caroline:  Thanks for adding those webinars to our round-up.

  • Eileen Buzzello said:

    Tuesday, 10 May 2011 at 5:13 AM

    I am presenting a webinar through VolunteerMaine.org entitled "Managing Maine Volunteers (From A Legal Perspective)".  This free webinar discusses some basic risk management strategies and takes a look at Maine laws that affect volunteers and charitable organizations.  It is scheduled for May 19, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.  The registration link can be found at www.volunteermaine.org.  This organization hosts monthly webinars on a variety of topics of interest to the non-profit sector.

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