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Free Non-profit Webinars for June 2011

Lori Halley 27 May 2011 3 comments

Here is our list of free webinars for non-profits and membership organizations being offered in June. This month, we've found 25 free webinars on topics such as: Online Networks and Offline Community Building; Promoting Nonprofit Events With Social Media; Using Google Analytics to Improve Your Website; Ten Best Practices for Year-end Fundraising and much more. Take a 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:

Managing Events in Wild Apricot

Thursday, 9 June, 2001
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Feel like you could be doing more to promote your events? In this webinar, we'll teach you how to use all of the features in Wild Apricot to publish and promote your events, including:

  • Adding new events 
  • Capping event registrations
  • Customizing the registration form
  • Setting up registration pricing
  • Customizing confirmation emails
  • Working event attendee reports
  • and much more!

Wild Apricot Software Overview

Wednesday, 22 June 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.

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:

Virtually Seamless: Online Networks to Offline Community Building

Wednesday, 1 June, 2011
1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

The days of posting a paper notice on a bulletin board somewhere are mostly over... the days of virtual hubs as a jump-off point for in-person gatherings are here! With the rise of sites like Meetup.com, NetTuesday, WiserTuesdays and more, grassroots organizers are stepping up and the web is bringing visibility to local community meetups as never before. The masses are clearly hungry for connection! This session is part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series. Takeaways for this session include: Case studies of online to offline social good gatherings; Comparisons between organizing today and organizing pre-web 2.0; Tips for organizing your own successful community gathering.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Wednesday, 1 June 2011
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Learn a basic planning process for diversifying your organization’s support. A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams. If your organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. In this FoundationCenter.org webinar, you'll learn how to: Conduct an assets inventory; Develop a case statement; Identify funding partners; and Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar.

Promoting Nonprofit Events with Social Media

Thursday, 2 June 2011
2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Organizing and hosting an event is a huge undertaking for any nonprofit organization.  Social media, and its ability to expand one’s audience and build a connection between people and their causes, has become an incredibly effective tool set for maximizing publicity and driving attendance. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter (to name a few) are an important piece to spreading the word about your next event. But what are the easiest and best ways to get started with social media? This HubSpot webinar will discuss promoting non-profit events using social media, including: Why social media is critical to event marketing; "Friend-raising" in the world of social media; How not-for-profits have used social media as a driver for fundraising and events; and Simple steps and best practices to get started with social media.

Grantseeking Basics

Tuesday, 7 June 2011
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (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.

How to Use Social Media to Enchant Your Customers

Tuesday, 7 June 2011
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

In his newest book "Enchantment" Guy Kawasaki demonstrates the power of "bringing people to your story, instead of bringing your story to people." That is every marketer's dream--to be able to draw people in and pique their interest in a product or a service. That dream is a step closer to reality with the interaction opportunities created by social media.Join us in this Hubspot webinar with globally recognized thought-leader Guy Kawasaki and HubSpot's Social Media Scientist, Dan Zarrella, to learn how you can use social media to enchant people.

Nature, Nurture and Auction Profits

Thursday, 8 June, 2011
1:00  p.m. (Eastern)

Maximize your next gala auction event by understanding human nature and nurturing it. Recognize the maximum profits possible! Getting the most from a gala auction event requires understanding of human dynamics. Attendee behavioral attributes can be a friend, or foe. Are your attendees disengaged and chatty by the time your live auction begins? Comfortable, engaged attendees mean greater profits. Unlock the secret to profitability for your upcoming event! This session, part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series, offers the following takeaways: Setting the Event Agenda; Improving the Flow of Your Event; Silent Auction Set-up & Strategies; Supercharge Your Live Auction Revenues; Eliminating Lines at Check-in and Check-out.

Creative Case Statements: Tell Your Story Effectively

Thursday, 8 June, 2011
3:00  p.m. (Eastern)

Every organization has a unique story. When a potential donor asks:'Who are you? Why should I support you?' does everyone in your organization tell the same story? Can you anticipate the key questions? Is your (volunteer) leadership and staff well equipped to answer these questions? This NonprofitWebinars.com session provides practical and creative, low cost tips for developing an effective case. We will show how it can become the single most important communication document in your development toolbox

Facebook Features Update

Thursday, 8 June, 2011
11:30 a.m. (Pacific)

In this interactive Common Knowledge webinar, they will highlight the newest features released from 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. In this session, they'll take your questions, talk over your suggestions, and explore your cool new ideas about the innovative, evolving, sometimes hectic world that is Facebook for nonprofits.

Website Autopsy: How to Use Google Analytics to Improve Your Website

Thursday, 9 June 2011
3:00 to 4:00 pm (Eastern)

So you have a website and a Donate button. But how well are they performing? What can you do to increase the frequency and size of your online gifts? How can you find answers to these questions without falling prey to "analysis paralysis"? Join this CharityHowTo.com webinar to get practical ideas you can use Google analytics to tune-up your website. It will offer: a brief introduction and overview of how Google Analytics works; a look at what's right and what's wrong with several real nonprofit websites and how simple improvements to your website can increase donations dramatically.

Nonprofit Newsletters That Engage

Thursday, 9 June 2011
11:00 a.m. (Eastern)

Engaging email newsletters raise awareness, strengthen your relationships, and help achieve your mission. Are yours doing that? This will be an information-packed live webinar hosted by a ConstantContact online marketing expert. Ask questions, hear your peers, and see for yourself how to get the most out of your newsletters. Discover the keys to an engaging newsletter and why online is essential. Understand what kind of content you should be sending supporters and explore resources for fresh content.See what other nonprofits are doing with their newsletters and the results they are getting including examples and statistics.

A Trustee's Guide to Nonprofit Finance: The Basics of Governance and Financial Management and Nonprofit Organizations

Wednesday, 15 June 2011
1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

The business world continues to grow more complex and to place increasing pressures on you to perform at the highest levels. These pressures come from all angles. Despite the fact that nonprofits may desire to be mission driven first, finances play a important role in your organization's success, and finances will usually determine the pace at which you can advance your mission. Thus, it is very important to understand financial matters. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will provide a summary of the basics.

Online Event Marketing for Nonprofits

Wednesday, 15 June 2011
4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

See how nonprofits of all types are turning to new ways of planning, managing and promoting their live and online events. Learn the best practices and tools of event marketing that save precious time are easy to use and designed to be flexible with the nonprofit in mind. In this ConstantContact webinar, you'll learn exactly how others leveraged the tools and techniques that make online event marketing so appealing.

Nonprofit Newsletter Reality Check

Wednesday, 15 June 2011
3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Newsletters are the one of the most valuable tools you have for keeping donors connected to your work and for showing them the impact of their support. Yet, surveys show that donors aren’t reading them. Why? Because a good newsletter is hard to find. Come to this NonprofitWebinars.com session and hear what makes a newsletter compelling to your supporters, and how to avoid the most common mistakes. You’ll leave with concrete strategies you can put to work right away!

Proposal Writing Basics

Thursday, 16 June 2011
1:00 pm to 2:00 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.

How to Rapidly Grow Your Business With Content Marketing

Tuesday, 21 June 2011
1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Want to catapult your business beyond the competition? In this Hubspot  webinar, Michael Stelzner, author of Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition, will join Hubspot's CMO, Mike Volpe, to discuss a proven technique to quickly grow a loyal following.  Here's what you'll learn in this webinar: How to gain the trust and respect of clients and prospects; Why your business needs to put marketing on the back burner; How to identify and gain access to influential industry leaders; How to attract raving fans to your business who'll be happy to help you grow.

Internet Marketing Essentials for Small Business and Nonprofits

Wednesday, 22 June, 2011
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Internet Marketing is an elusive creature: What's hot today might be passé tomorrow. How does a small business owner or nonprofit executive, with limited time and resources, keep up? In this class, we'll teach you how to make sense of the latest marketing trends; help you determine which tools and approaches are right for you; and give you the tools you need to create an Internet Marketing Action Plan. In this Ventureneer  webinar, you'll learn: how all of the tools fit together; which tools are right for you; and what you need to do to get started. Best of all, you'll learn by doing. We want you to really understand how to choose the right internet marketing strategy.  So we are leaving the last 30 minutes of the class for "live" case studies in which attendees e-marketing strategies will be evaluated.

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Thursday, 23 June 2011 
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (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.

Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone's Job

Thursday, 23 June 2011
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

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 webinar will provide you with the tools to become an advocate for volunteer engagement. In this VolunteerMatch webinar, you'll learn how to create a step by step communication plan to reinforce the importance of volunteer engagement to important stakeholders within your organization.

Playing By the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

Tuesday, 28 June, 2011
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. In this VolunteerMatch webinar, you'll learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

Ten Best Practices for Year-end Fundraising

Wednesday, 29 June, 2011
11:30 a.m. (Pacific)

The best end of year fundraising programs incorporate smart new ideas, sound online fundraising best practices, and a well-planned campaign.  Assembling the right campaign to leverage the biggest giving period of the year is the best way to ensure great results in this recovering economy. In this Common Knowledge session they’ll cover ten best practices for building and running a great end of year giving campaign including: acquisition; stewardship; Holiday Giving Catalog; social networks; mobile; and cross-channel integration.

How to Approach a Foundation

Wednesday, 29 June 2011 
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (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.

Boomer Volunteers Building Capacity: Successfully Managing Change

Wednesday, 29 June 2011 
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Shifting from a traditional culture of volunteer management to a collaborative culture of volunteer engagement presents challenges and opportunities. This VolunteerMatch webinar introduces participants to specific tools that help to smooth the transition and structure your organization for successful and lasting change. The webinar features the stages of change, tools to assess of current volunteer practices, and a proven model for change that participants can take back to their teams to begin implementing. The series, presented by Jill Friedman Fixler, author of the Boomer Volunteer Engagement series, and co-author/editor Beth Steinhorn, is designed as a collection of four separate webinars and can be taken in any order.

Before You Seek A Grant: Checklist for New Nonprofits

Thursday, 30 June 2011
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. This class is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising. The course will address such questions as: What groundwork do I have to have in place before approaching foundations for funding? What are the steps to obtaining incorporation and nonprofit status and where can I get some help to do so? What are the characteristics of successful nonprofits? This FoundationCenter.org webinar will provide you with a step-by-step checklist approach to help you determine your own readiness for foundation fundraising.

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 July 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 June 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 Friday, 27 May 2011 at 9:00 AM


  • Susie Cambria said:

    Monday, 30 May 2011 at 4:45 PM

    As always, thank you for this info.  Will be blogged June 1 :-)

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 01 June 2011 at 5:31 AM

    Susie: Glad the monthly webinar post is helpful.

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 02 June 2011 at 5:08 AM

    Here is a free Idealware webinar that wasn't included in our list:

    FREE! Ask the Experts: New Facebook Research

    June 16, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern.

    In February 2011, Idealware distributed a survey to over 500 nonprofit professionals already using Facebook as part of their communications mix, and the results are in. Through an online survey, telephone interviews, and case studies, we now provide an update to the research from our Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide to answer your burning questions.


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