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Free Non-profit Webinars for December 2011

Lori Halley 28 November 2011 5 comments

Here is our round-up of free non-profit webinars for December 2011. This month we've found 22+ webinars on topics such as non-profit sustainability; trends in technology; captivating constituents with your website; grantseeking;  proposal writing basics and much more.

Have a look through the webinars to see what may interest you and others in your organization. 

Wild Apricot Product Webinars:

Managing Your Membership Database in Wild Apricot

Thursday, 1 December 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 features
  • and more!

Wild Apricot – Software Overview

Wednesday, 7 December 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:

  • Membership management:  member applications and renewals, self-service portal, online member directory and communication functions
  • Web editing: design features, creating and customizing site content, public and members only access management and online community features
  • Event management:  registration, payments and event promotion
  • Fundraising: online donations, donor database management and communications 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.

Here are the rest of the nonprofit webinars in chronological order: 

Nonprofit Sustainability: Building Blocks To Organizational Success

Thursday, 1 December 2011
1:00 PM – 2:00 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. In this class we will begin with the definition of nonprofit sustainability, and then we will cover each of the four key elements that contribute to long-term sustainability for an organization. This Foundation Center webinar will help you learn what you can do to increase your organization’s competitiveness and strengthen its financial health in the current economic climate.

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

Thursday, 1 December 2011
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. 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 VolunteerMatch webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

Grantseeking Basics

Tuesday, 6 December 2011
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? Are you new to fundraising?  Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available?

Learn how to become a better grantseeker in this Foundation Center webinar. This session will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

How to Use the New Facebook Enhancements for Your Nonprofit

Tuesday, 6 December 2011
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Once again Facebook has made significant changes to its platform. Nonprofits need to be aware of what these recent changes are and how they affect and/or change their use of their Facebook Page.

This CharityHowTo webinar, led by John Haydon,  will cover the following changes and what they mean for your nonprofit, including:

  • "Non-fans" can now comment on your Page etc.
  • Your key staff can choose to allow Facebook users to subscribe to content on their profile.
  • Facebook Insights now reports data on "Reach", "Virality" and other granular data on how users engage with your Page.
  • Facebooks admins no longer have the ability to message fans, or use the discussions tab.

Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone's Job

Tuesday, 6 December 2011
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (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 VolunteerMatch webinar will provide you with the tools to become an advocate for volunteer engagement. Learn how to create a step by step communication plan to reinforce the importance of volunteer engagement to important stakeholders within your organization.

5 Trends in Technologoy that will Shape a New Reality for Nonprofits

Wednesday, 7 December 2011
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Eastern)

To some, the word “technology” is titillating – it conjures up excitement and pumps adrenaline to the brain. But to others, “technology” elicits an uneasy feeling in the gut that makes them want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a book. Exposure to too much of the geeky stuff causes them to just shut down.

This Firespring webinar will take you by the hand – regardless of your current geek IQ – and help you understand how each of us can benefit from the trends in technology. In just over an hour you’ll:

  • Learn about eCommunities
  • Discover how to use technology to get things done in your nonprofit for less money
  • Learn how your cell phone will change your life (if it hasn’t already)
  • Understand how our children are being pre-programmed for the workplace of the future

How to Approach a Foundation

Wednesday, 7 December 2011
1:00 PM – 2:00 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 Foundation Center webinar you'll learn how to:

  • Initiate contact with potential funders
  • Plan calls and meetings, including site visits
  • Effectively communicate with funders during the grant process

Prior attendance at Grantseeking Basics is strongly recommended.

Getting Volunteers for Your Nonprofit: How to Find, Recruit and Develop Relationships with Volunteers

Wednesday, 7 December 2011
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

How many volunteers does your nonprofit have? Would you like to have more volunteers? Do you know why your volunteers are involved with your organization? What makes them feel so dedicated to work for you, for free? Volunteers are the most overlooked resource in nonprofits. This CharityHowTo webinar will show you how to find, recruit and develop relationships with your volunteers.

How Strategic Public Relations Can Help Nonprofits Break Through the Media Clutter

Wednesday, 7 December 2011
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Many non-profits don’t understand the benefits of public relations to help put their organization and mission into the spotlight of public opinion. Public Relations counsel can assist non-profits in boosting donations, increasing visibility for their leadership and getting mainstream support for their organization. In addition, success stories (case studies) of individuals who were helped by the non-profit can increase the numbers of volunteers they receive and boost their chances for grant monies. Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • How public relations differs from advertising
  • How can public relations help non-profits boost their image to the public
  • Executive visibility opportunities maximize the image of the organization and helps boost donations

Single Days of Service: Make It Work

Wednesday, 7 December 2011
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Volunteer engagement is changing. More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. The political and social climate is further emphasizing this trend. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers? This VolunteerMatch webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement.

Before You Seek A Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits

Thursday, 8 December, 2011
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

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

Training an Invisible Audience: Delivering Effective Webinars

Thursday, 8 December, 2011
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Interested in delivering webinars, but don't know where to start?  During this one-hour event, you will hear from TechSoup webinar program manager Kyla Hunt and independent library consultant, author, and trainer Stephanie Gerding on the basics of providing effective webinars. 

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

Thursday, 8 December, 2011
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This VolunteerMatch 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 Writing Basics

Thursday, 15 December 2011
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this Foundation Center webinar will cover:

  • How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process
  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Thursday, 15 December 2011
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This Foundation Center webinar, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:

  • What is included under the "personnel" section and how to calculate it?
  • What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
  • How do you determine reasonable costs?
  • What types of expenses are considered "overhead"?
  • What other financial documents will funders want to see?

Prior attendance at Proposal Writing Basics (noted above) is strongly recommended.

Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers

Thursday, 15 December 2011
2:00 PM - 3:00 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.

How to Make Your Grant Proposal Stand Out from the Pack

Monday, 19 December 2011
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

With more than $40 billion in grant money given away each year in the U.S. by private foundations alone, you know that there’s competition for those dollars. But how can you make YOUR organization stand out from the crowd and make that grant funder want to fund YOU?

What can you do to find favor with grant funders and how do you even make them notice you – much less fund you? Your proposal is normally the first impression a grant funder has of your organization. In this CharityHowTo  webinar you’ll learn how to make the best impression you can so that funders will sit up and take notice. This is finally your opportunity to learn valuable tactics that will take your grant proposals from so-so to great!

How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents With Your Website

Tuesday, 20 December 2011
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (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 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;
  • real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.

Free e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit

Thursday, 22 December 2011
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Eastern)

This Charityfinders webinar will show 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.

Stay tuned for next month’s Free Webinar Round-up:

This round-up of free non-profit webinars is a regular monthly feature compiled by the Wild Apricot Blog. Subscribe 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 next month’s 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 December 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, 28 November 2011 at 9:34 AM


  • Nonprofit VOTE said:

    Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at 11:31 AM
    Plan Ahead: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for 2012

    Thursday December 1, 2011
    2:00 -3:00 PM Eastern

    The 2012 presidential election will be here soon, and it's time to start thinking about your nonprofit's plan for registering, educating, and engaging voters. This webinar will discuss when, where, and how to incorporate voter engagement activities into your work. We'll also help you develop and tailor a 2012 voter engagement timeline for your organization. Don't miss this opportunity to start building a voter engagement plan for 2012 now!

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at 4:10 PM
    Nonprofit Vote: thanks for adding to our webinar list!
  • Christina said:

    Wednesday, 07 December 2011 at 5:48 PM
    First of all, thank you for this very helpful blog!

    Secondly, the link is not working for the webinar on Achieving Nonprofit Sustainability on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern). I went directly to the website and did not see the webinar listed as an option. Would you be able to provide more information on this webinar and where to register?

    Thank you!
  • Lori said:

    Wednesday, 07 December 2011 at 8:11 PM
    Thanks Christina: I've sent an email to the webinar provider to find out if this is being offered on Dec. 14th - so stay tuned! I'll either provide information or remove it from our list if it is cancelled.
  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 08 December 2011 at 9:51 AM
    Please note: The webinar on Achieving Nonprofit Sustainability that was scheduled for Dec. 14th has been canceled due to medical reasons - so it has been removed from our round-up.
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