32 Free Non-profit Webinars for August 2011

Lori Halley 20 July 2011 12 comments

Here is our round-up of free webinars for non-profits and membership organizations for August. This month, we've found 32 webinars on topics such as: fundraising, volunteer engagement, multi-generational board development, grant-seeking, e-strategy development, LinkedIn and much more. So take a look through the list 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, be sure to check the comments below from from time to time to see if late-coming webinar notices have been added. As always, if you're aware of a free non-profit webinar that missed our list, please provide the details in a comment.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars:

Wild Apricot Software Overview

Wednesday, 3 August 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.

Managing Your Membership Database In Wild Apricot

Thursday, 11 August 2011
3:00 PM - 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!

Wild Apricot Software Overview  - see description above

Tuesday, 23 August 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern) 

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:

The Golden Rule of Good Stewardship: Mid-Year Cultivation Opportunities that Deliver

Tuesday, 2 August 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you interested in cultivating your donors in new and exciting ways? In this Network For Good webinar, learn how the right mid-year cultivation opportunities can deliver big year-end results.Plus,after the webinar, you will have access to download the FREE Donor Cultivation Guide. It walks you through how to create high-impact cultivation opportunities that inspire and includes a preparation checklist and scripts for donor and prospect dialogue. In this webinar you'll learn: the 3 key things every donor expects; how to optimize timing and seasonality for your stewardship plan; how mid-year stewardship events convert prospects and help upgrade last year's donors.

High Impact Volunteer Engagement

Wednesday, 3 August, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Now, more than ever before, volunteer engagement professionals have an opportunity to be champions of talent management within their organizations. This NonprofitWebinars.com webinar will provide ideas and strategies for volunteer professionals who are ready to embrace change and their roles in this changing environment. Learn how to respond to emerging trends, issues, and opportunities and explore how a small investment in volunteer engagement can yield significant impact and outcome.

Obtaining Quality Items for Your Fundraising Auction

Wednesday, 3 August, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Obtaining quality items for your fundraising gala auction is a critical element in achieving your financial objectives. Quality items bring in greater revenues… it’s as simple as that! In this NonprofitWebinars.com webinar you will discuss strategies for obtaining great auction items and address common questions including; How do I form an effective auction donation committee? Which items are best for a live auction? Which are best for the silent auction? Are consignment items appropriate for my event? Is it OK to combine items into auction packages? What types of items do not do well in fundraising auctions?

A Place for All Ages: Why and How to Achieve Multi-generational Boards

Wednesday, 3 August, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

The BoardSource 2010 Index on Nonprofit Governance found that only 27% of board members are under age 50. Including multiple generations on your board introduces new perspectives and lively dialogue. It helps create a vibrant, diverse, and healthy nonprofit and sustain the sector. Many boards, however, do not include emerging generations when recruiting nor appreciate them when they join. This NonprofitWebinars.com webinar will investigate why, propose how to leverage all & share what can you expect from your efforts.

How Nonprofits Can Easily Gather and Use Online Supporter Feedback

Wednesday, 3 August, 2011
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (Eastern)

The number one priority for nonprofits is retaining current supporters. Creating meaningful and useful two-way dialogue with supporters is a key ingredient to retention. In this Constant Contact webinar you'll discover how to easily create a valuable two-way dialogue with your donors/members, and gain actionable feedback that can greatly increase engagement, bring in new members, hold on to others, and help more effectively market your organization.

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Descriptions

Thursday, 4 August 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

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 VolunteerMatch 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.

Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Webinar for Nonprofits

Thursday, 4 August 2011
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern)

This Nonprofit Tech 2.0 webinar is based upon the soon-to-be-released book Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits, this webinar begins with defining Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 communications and fundraising, and then quickly moves on to a discussion about the importance of integrating the tools from each era to maximize your nonprofit’s Return on Investment (ROI) from utilizing social media and mobile technology. Written as a step-by-step strategic plan, Social Media for Social Good is packed with hundreds of social media and mobile technology best practices and how to’s – 11 of which this webinar will discuss in detail (one from each chapter). Finally, the webinar closes with a brief discussion of what’s coming next in nonprofit communications and fundraising and the importance of early adoption.

Nonprofit Newsletters That Engage

Tuesday, 9 August 2011
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (Eastern)

Engaging email newsletters raise awareness, strengthen your relationships, and help achieve your mission. Are yours doing that? In this Constant Contact webinar you'll:

  • 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.
  • Gain the top design tips that drive response.
  • Find out what you can do to get your newsletter into the inbox and opened.
  • See what other nonprofits are doing with their newsletters and the results they are getting including examples and statistics.
  • Finish with some lessons you can learn inside of your reports to continually improve your newsletter.

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

Tuesday, 9 August 2011
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

What do you do when it's time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This VolunteerMatch 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.

LinkedIn: A Powerful Tool for Nonprofits

Wednesday, 10 August 2011
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)

For nonprofits, LinkedIn can be a development and outreach goldmine. LinkedIn is the one social medium geared to business people interested in professional development and connections. It links 110 million personal profiles and more than 2.2 million company profiles that can be tapped according to interest, specialty, location, and background. Recently, LinkedIn has added professional staff to look after the specific needs of nonprofits. This Ventureneer webinar will have offer a panel of two LinkedIn experts who will show you the LinkedIn ropes and answer your real-life questions.This is a chance to learn how LinkedIn can enhance networking, increase the flow of donations, and find board members and potential partners who have the expertise you need and a passion for your mission.

Online Event Marketing for Nonprofits

Tuesday, 16 August 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (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. Using real-life case studies, this Constant Contact webinar will help you learn exactly how others leveraged the tools and techniques that make online event marketing so appealing.

Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits

Tuesday, 16 August 2011
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. This FoundationCenter.org  webinar is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking and will 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 session will also provide you with a step-by-step checklist approach to help you determine your own readiness for foundation fundraising.

Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers

Tuesday, 16 August 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Integrating skilled volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you've just started, this VolunteerMatch webinar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

Has Social Media Fundraising Finally Arrived?

Wednesday, 17 August, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

The increasing adoption of social media and online fundraising platforms are finally colliding to bring about real social media fundraising. In the past two years, there have been social media fundraising experiments and several new fundraising solutions developed to integrate with social media. Debra Askanase, the founder and Engagement Strategist at Community Organizer 2.0, will lead this NonprofitWebinars.com webinar that will review software that integrates completely with Facebook and Twitter applications for fundraising, such as Causes and Help Attack, and when you should utilize them. This session will also look at best practices for online campaigns that are primarily amplified by Facebook and Twitter, and what helps them to succeed.

Partnering With Municipalities To Get Grants: Things to Know

Wednesday, 17 August, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

To win a grant, one must often demonstrate community commitment to solving the problem. Especially for federal grants, public-private partnerships are often essential to a winning application. This NonprofitWebinars.com webinar will examine the various approaches to such partnerships and what a typical city is looking for a in a project partner. In addition, it will provide non-profits some information the best approaches to take in working with a municipal partner, what to expect during the relationship and potential pitfalls to avoid.

Grantseeking Basics

Wednesday, 17 August  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.

E-Strategy for your Nonprofit

Monday, 22 August 2011
1:00 PM. - 1:30 PM (Pacific)

This CharityFinders webinar shows how your nonprofit can develop and execute an Internet strategy to further its mission. We'll examine how nonprofits are using the Internet, how they'd like to be using the Internet, and how they should be using the Internet (but may be unaware of) – and how to bridge that significant gap easily and quickly. You’ll learn how to drive more traffic to and fundraising through your site. We'll give specific suggestions on how you can improve your website so it will offer lots for your website visitors to SEE and lots for them to DO.

Nonprofit Newsletters That Engage

Tuesday, 23 August 2011
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (Eastern)

Engaging email newsletters raise awareness, strengthen your relationships, and help achieve your mission. Are yours doing that? In this Constant Contact webinar you'll:

  • 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.
  • Gain the top design tips that drive response.
  • Find out what you can do to get your newsletter into the inbox and opened.
  • See what other nonprofits are doing with their newsletters and the results they are getting including examples and statistics.
  • Finish with some lessons you can learn inside of your reports to continually improve your newsletter.

How Nonprofits Can Easily Gather and Use Online Supporter Feedback

Tuesday, 23 August, 2011
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (Eastern)

The number one priority for nonprofits is retaining current supporters. Creating meaningful and useful two-way dialogue with supporters is a key ingredient to retention. In this Constant Contact webinar discover how to easily create a valuable two-way dialogue with your donors/members, and gain actionable feedback that can greatly increase engagement, bring in new members, hold on to others, and help more effectively market your organization.

Nonprofit Sustainability: Building Blocks to Organizational Success

Tuesday, 23 August 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how to enhance your organization's competitiveness and strengthen its financial health. Sustainability is a popular but often misunderstood buzzword in our sector. Nonprofit sustainability means more than just generating enough money to keep our organization afloat. This FoundationCenter.org webinar will begin with the definition of nonprofit sustainability, and then it will cover each of the four key elements that contribute to long-term sustainability for an organization. Learn what you can do to increase your organization’s competitiveness and strengthen its financial health in the current economic climate.

The Science of Social Media 2011

Tuesday, 23 August 2011
2:00 PM (Eastern)

Social media effectiveness shouldn't rely on luck. Too long have superstitious, unicorns-and-rainbows myths dominated the field. The culmination of years of research, this webinar will present a framework for reliable social media success. In this HubSpot webinar, you’ll learn how to build your reach, engineer contagious ideas and measure your results, through data-backed, scientifically-proven best practices.

Why Your Board Won’t Fundraise & What You Can Do About It

Wednesday, 24 August 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Do you wish your board did more fundraising? I’m going to guess the answer is “yes!” Many board members run the other way at the mention of fundraising. Others agree to help but don’t end up doing much. Tina Cincotti, the founder of Funding Change Training & Consulting will lead this NonprofitWebinars.com  interactive workshop where you will discuss why your board might shy away from fundraising, how to talk to your board about this hot-button topic, and ways to involve your board in fundraising — without scaring them off and even if they “don’t know anyone with money.”

Proposal Writing Basics 

Wednesday, 24 August 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: 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: Sustaining a Culture of Volunteer Engagement

Wednesday, 24 August 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Collaborative volunteer engagement positions organizations to survive and thrive through changing times. This VolunteerMatch webinar will address key steps to sustaining a collaborative culture of volunteer engagement with Baby Boomers, focusing on strategic interviewing, negotiating results, and supporting your volunteers. Join Jill Friedman Fixler, author of the Boomer Volunteer Engagement series, and co-author/editor Beth Steinhorn as they also share an evaluation tool and process to help your organization leverage the success of one pilot project towards organization-wide change. The series is designed as a collection of four separate webinars and can be taken in any order.

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Thursday, 25 August 2011 
2:00 PM - 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.

Getting Started With Online Conferencing and Seminar Tools

Thursday, 25 August 2011 
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern)

What better way to learn about online seminar (webinar) tools than via an online seminar? This Idealware webinar will talk about the features that can help you conduct meetings or trainings over the Web – desktop sharing, slide shows, chat functionality, polls, voice conferencing, and more.  Then we look at some of the free and affordable options, such as Glance, DimDim, Yugma, GoToMeeting, ReadyTalk, and Adobe Connect. We’ll close with some tips and tricks about conducting training via the web.

How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents with your Website

Wednesday, 31 August 2011
10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON (Eastern)

In this Firespring webinar, you will learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors how to captivate and engage your audience. Key takeaways will 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 #1 thing nonprofits should consider regarding Search Engine Optimization; and real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.

How to Approach a Foundation 

Wednesday, 31 August 2011
2:00 PM - 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 upcoming September  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 August 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!

 

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Wednesday, 20 July 2011 at 9:00 AM

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Comments

  • Olivia said:

    Wednesday, 20 July 2011 at 10:26 AM

    These webinar roundup posts are one of my favorite things out of all the different blogs I follow.

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 20 July 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Olivia:  Glad you find the webinar round-ups helpful. There are some great sessions to choose from this month - enjoy.

  • Susie Cambria said:

    Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 5:19 AM

    I heart you, especially this list.  And my blog followers are pretty fond of the list, too!  Thanks for doing.

  • Tierney Smith said:

    Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 5:23 AM

    We at TechSoup Canada have a webinar coming up called Preparing for a Website Redesign. All nonprofits will have to create or redesign a website at some point in time, but if you've never worked on a website before you wouldn't know what to expect, what options are out there - or even what it is you don't know. We'll be covering the basics of what you need to know and sharing resources from nonprofit website designers.

    The webinar is on August 3 - and it's free! For more details & to register, see here: http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/learning_centre/webinars/2011/08/03/website_redesign

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 5:28 AM

    Susie:  So glad you enjoy this round-up.

    Tierney: Sorry I missed this webinar - thanks for adding to the list. Feel free to send me an email next month with details on your Sept. webinars.

  • Solomon said:

    Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Thank you for the list of upcoming webinars in August 2011.

  • Robert Rosenthal said:

    Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Thanks for including some of VolunteerMatch's webinars for nonprofits in this list! Just a reminder to all, our complete list of free web trainings can be found on our Learning Center page at http://www.volunteermatch.org/nonprofits/learningcenter/. Last year more than 15,000 participant sat in on one of our web events, and we're happy to invite Wild Apricot readers to join in too.

    Keep up the good work!

    Robert, VolunteerMatch (twitter: @VolmatchRobert)

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 10:20 AM

    While we do our best each month to find and publicize all of the FREE webinars, this month we posted one - in error - that had a fee.  I'm grateful to a reader who notified me and we've removed it from our round-up list.  

  • Ellen Perlis said:

    Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 1:08 PM

    I just got hooked up with your site. I'm excited to see several things that I want to participate in August. One is a webinar that conflicts with a professional meeting that is a "must attend". Will the archive replay the webinar? Will the hot topics be repeated?

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Ellen: Glad you found some webinars you want to attend. In terms of repeats - we do offer a number of Wild Apricot webinar sessions each month. However, in terms of the other organizations, you'll need to check out their websites for future dates. Each webinar posting includes a link to the hosting organization. I hope that helps.

  • Sara said:

    Monday, 01 August 2011 at 12:34 PM

    The National Council of Nonprofits will be hosting a free webinar for charitable nonprofits and board members to hear directly from the IRS about the automatic revocation of tax-exempt status, the importance of filing annual returns, and what nonprofits need to know to reapply for tax-exempt status and stay exempt. In addition to IRS guest presenters, we will be joined by a practicing CPA with expertise in advising charitable nonprofits.

    The Webinar will be held on Aug. 24 at 3:30pm Eastern Register here: http://www.councilofnonprofits.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=40&cid=0

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 02 August 2011 at 5:52 AM

    Sara: Thanks for letting us know about this webinar.

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