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Free Non-profit Webinars for January 2012

Lori Halley 20 December 2011 1 comments

Looks like its going to be a new year full of learning!  We've found 24+ free non-profit webinars scheduled for January. Topics include: events; recruiting with LinkedIn; proposal writing; leadership engagement; fundraising planning; social media marketing and lots more. So take a look at the list of webinars below and be sure to share this with others in your organization.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars:

Wild Apricot – Software Overview: This month, we have two Overview sessions scheduled: 


Wednesday, 4 January 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)




Tuesday, 24 January 2012
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.


Managing Events in Wild Apricot


Wednesday, 18 January 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)


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


  • Adding new events
  • Capping event registrations
  • Customizing the registration form
  • Setting up registration pricing
  • Multiple Event Calendars
  • Customizing confirmation emails
  • Working with Event Attendee Reports
  • And much more...

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


Getting Things Done In Groups


Wednesday, 11 January 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)


What is the most effective way to create a motivating shared vision, and put legs to it? This webinar is for people who want to build productive and unified teams, without having to pull rank, nag, gang up against, or bribe anyone. In this NonprofitWebinars.com session, Judith Katz will offer an overview of concepts along with several specific tools you can immediately use to promote dialogue and engagement among groups of stakeholders, such as staff, clients and volunteers. Takeaways will include:


  • Increased sense of being part of a team
  • Enlarged sphere of influence
  • Improved listening capacity
  • Inspire people to productively engage

Grantseeking Basics


Wednesday, 11 January 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 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. 


Recruiting Board Members With LinkedIn


Wednesday, 11 January 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)


Millions of nonprofit board seats are open and need to be filled each year. Nonprofits need board recruiting tools that are easy to implement, cost efficient and, most importantly, connect them with the best people. Social recruiting — using social media to recruit staff — does just that. And LinkedIn does social recruiting best. In this NonprofitWebinars.com  session, Bryan Breckenridge, LinkedIn’s Nonprofit Success Enabler and founder of LinkedIn Nonprofit Solutions will provide a few of the basics that nonprofits can use — at no or limited cost — to make their relationship research and board recruiting efforts more successful. He’ll also offer stories of how he and other nonprofit leaders have used LinkedIn to recruit peers for the boards they’re on.


Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions


Thursday, 12 January 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 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.


Proposal Writing Basics


Tuesday, 17 January 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 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

Earned Income 101 for Nonprofit


Wednesday, 18 January, 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)


Many nonprofits use earned income as a source of revenue generation. For example, it was estimated in 2008 that nearly 70% of the $1.4 trillion generated by nonprofits came from the sale of goods and services. However, despite its long-standing, common use in the nonprofit sector, the area of earned income for nonprofits is often wrought with misconceptions and misunderstandings which can lead to untapped sources of revenue or unknowingly jeopardizing the organization’s exempt status. Especially in light of current economic challenges facing the nonprofit sector, nonprofits should become familiar with the basic principles related to earned income to best help their organizations more effectively further their missions. Takeaways from this NonprofitWebinars.com session will include:


  • IRS rules for determining whether business income is unrelated business taxable income
  • Exceptions and limitations to unrelated business income
  • Key considerations when choosing between a nonprofit and for-profit entity to house a business activity
  • Other key considerations for carrying out your business activities.

Leadership Engagement: The Key to Capacity Building


Wednesday, 18 January, 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)


The single most important component of a robust development program is leadership. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will demonstrate how nonprofit organizations can leverage individual board members and the board as a whole to engage in a successful philanthropic process. Takeaways will include:


  • Responsibilites and Tasks of Individual Board Members
  • Characterisitics and Guiding Principles of a Strong Board
  • The Board Building Cycle
  • The Roles of Staff and Volunteer Leadership in the Development Program
  • Board Member Agreement
  • Board Manual Table of Contents

Proposal Budgeting Basics


Wednesday, 18 January 2012
1:00 PM – 200 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.


An Introduction to Silent Auctions: How to raise more funds with five simple changes


Wednesday, 18 January 2012
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM (Eastern)


What's the difference between a Lincoln MKX and a Ford Edge? Marketing! The cars are virtually identical, but the Lincoln retails for $12,000 more. When you start to use the same marketing tactics the big companies do, your little silent nonprofit auction can start to realize some impressive gains. In this 45-minute Charity How-To webinar, you'll get practical "how-to" advice so you can tansofrm your auction items into a pile of money. You'll learn: why a silent auction can't be silent; how to showcase items to ensure they sell for top dollar and more.


Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers


Thursday, 19 January 2012
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 in this VolunteerMatch webinar.


Introduction to Fundraising Planning


Thursday, 19 January 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (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 Foundation Center webinar, you'll learn how to:


  • Conduct an assets inventory
  • Develop a case statement
  • Identify funding partners
  • Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar

How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents With Your Website


Tuesday, 24 January 2012
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.

How to Master B2B Social Media Marketing


Tuesday, 24 January 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)


Become a Marketing Superstar by generating leads with blogging, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, email, and more. In this webinar, Kipp Bodnar, Inbound Marketing Manager at HubSpot, and Jeffrey L. Cohen, Social Media Strategist at Radian6, the co-authors of The B2B Social Media Book, will help you learn how you can use social media to drive real business results. They will provide insights and tactics to:


  • Overcome barriers to social media adoption in your B2B company.
  • How to use social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to generate leads and revenue for B2B companies.
  • How to measure the ROI of your B2B social media campaigns.
  • Real-life examples and case studies from successful companies and more!

You Got the Grant? Now What?


Tuesday, 24 January 2012
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Learn best practices in reporting and communicating to deepen relationships with foundations. This Foundation Center webinar is designed to help you successfully manage life after the grant. You will learn about the best practices in managing the reports and the communication required to build long term partnerships with foundations, ultimately leading to more opportunities for support. Topics covered include:


  • Understanding the grant relationship
  • Managing the grant process
  • Tips for engaging the funder during the life of the grant
  • Reporting on the grant, and preparing for the next one

Boomer Volunteers Building Capacity: The Foundations for Success


Wednesday, 25 January 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)


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 VolunteerMatch webinar will feature case studies, needs assessment, timelines, and recruitment tools. 


Collaborating With Partners On Joint Grants: Do’s and Don’ts


Wednesday, 25 January 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)


More and more funders prefer (or require) organizations to leverage their resources by collaborating with complementary partners. In a world where competition is often more common than cooperation, how do we navigate these waters? This NonprofitWebinars.com session will showcase some successful collaborations that involved joint grantseeking, and offer pointers on how you can succeed too! Takeaways will include:


  • Essential factors in selecting collaborators
  • How to streamline the process of submitting joint proposals and reports
  • Pitfalls to avoid

Getting Volunteers for your Nonprofit: How to find, recruit and develop relationships with volunteers


Wednesday, 25 January 2012
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 Charity How-To  webinar will show you how to find, recruit and develop relationships with your volunteers. You'll learn: 5 fabulous resources to find volunteers; how to write a compelling volunteer job description; example tasks that volunteers can perform and more.


Introduction to Corporate Giving


Wednesday, 25 January 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)


Explore the world of corporate support and tools and resources on corporate giving. Seeking to target companies that might fund your organization? Join this Foundation Center webinar for an introduction to the world of corporate support for nonprofits and funding research tools to help you identify corporate prospects. They'll answer such questions as:


  • What are the motivations behind corporate giving?
  • What is the difference between a direct corporate giving program and a company-sponsored foundation and how does it affect my approach to research?
  • What are the different pathways to partnership with a company?
  • How can I match my organization's needs with the interests of a corporation?
  • How can I use the Foundation Center’s resources to locate corporate funders?

Nonprofit Boards and Effective Governance


Wednesday, 25 January 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)




The nonprofit governing board has been described as an ineffective group of effective people. Trustees are recruited for their stature, skills or connections, and then are not fully engaged. Why do nonprofits so broadly fail to use their boards wisely? And how might they do better? This NonprofitWebinars.com session will look at four interrelated areas: membership (including recruitment, development, self-assessment), process (including structure, meetings), capacity, and fiduciary issues. Takeaways will include:


  • How to assemble an effective board.
  • How to structure and operate a board effectively.
  • How to engage trustees and increase mutual satisfaction.
  • Specific tools and resources that will increase board effectiveness.

Your Board and Fundraising


Thursday, 26 January 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)


Learn how to engage your board in fundraising. This Foundation Center webinar will help you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising and 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
  • Tips for strengthening your fundraising board

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions


Tuesday,  31 January 2012
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.


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 January 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 Tuesday, 20 December 2011 at 9:20 AM


  • Nonprofit VOTE said:

    Wednesday, 04 January 2012 at 11:46 AM
    Plan Ahead: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for 2012

    Thursday January 26, 2011
    2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern

    2012 is here 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 your 2012 voter engagement plan now!

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