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Free Non-profit Webinars for May 2012

Lori Halley 24 April 2012 0 comments

Here's our monthly round-up of free webinars for non-profits and membership organizations for May 2012. This month, we've gathered  26 webinars on topics such as:  editorial calendar essentials; building teams; fundraising and your board; increasing engagement on your Facebook page; managing executive transitions and much more. 

Take a look through the list of webinars for one that interests you – and share this post with other non-profit and membership  friends and colleagues.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars:

Managing Your Membership Database in Wild Apricot

Wednesday, 2 May 2012
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:

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 free webinars in chronological order:

27 Ways to Increase Engagement on Your Facebook Page

Tuesday, 1 May 2012
1:00 PM (Eastern)

According to a recent survey by NTEN, 89% of nonprofits are currently using Facebook to expand awareness around their cause, and grow their fanbase. One challenge that many nonprofits face is keeping fans interested and engaged after they like their Page.

This Network For Good webinar, presented by John Haydon (author of Facebook Marketing for Dummies) will give you 27 specific ways that you can engage Facebook users. Some of the things you will learn include:

  • Three shocking facts about every Facebook Page
  • What types of content get more exposure in news feeds
  • How to use closed and open questions to spark conversations
  • And much more

Building Real Teams: A Leadership Perspective

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

Implementing truly effective teams is more difficult than often considered. This Nonprofit Webinars session will offer a realistic and practical look at how an organization’s leaders can foster successful teams. The challenges of team-building are central to leadership in general, including: clarifying vision and purpose, taking a whole-systems view, facilitating constructive interaction, motivating performance, assessing progress, and skillful problem-solving. I will share real-life case studies; tips and tools; and resources for further learning. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • What makes a real team different than a “group” or a “pseudo-team.”
  • How leadership creates an environment in which teams can flourish.
  • Team practices that foster success.
  • The power of diverse teams.
  • Practical tips and tools.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning 

Thursday, 3 May 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 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 Foundation Center session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You'll learn how to:

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

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit

Thursday, 3 May 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This VolunteerMatch webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs - recruitment, retention and recognition. We'll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we'll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization.  All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

State Charitable Solicitation Statutes

Tuesday, 8 May 2012
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia have charitable solicitation statutes that generally require charities soliciting contributions and, in most cases, their for-profit fundraising professionals to register prior to soliciting contributions or providing fundraising counsel services. Therefore, it is critical for charities and their fundraising professionals to know about, and be in compliance with, these statutes to avoid significant fines and penalties. Attendees of this GuideStar webinar will learn about these statutes from a former state charity regulator and former President of the National Association of State Charity Officials. Equally important, charities and their fundraising professionals who have been operating in violation of these statutes will learn the most appropriate strategies for getting into compliance.

Grantseeking Basics

Wednesday, 9 May 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 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

Preparing for a Website Redesign

Wednesday, 9 May 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Is your website from 1995? Do you get frequent comments that your site is old, unattractive, difficult to use, or out of date? Are you frustrated because you don’t know how to update your website and you have to call your tech volunteer or contractor every time you want any changes? Do you want a website that is "dynamic"?

In this MyCharityConnects webinar, Tierney Smith, Community Manager at TechSoup Canada, will give you the background you need to know to prepare for a successful website redesign. We will cover, at a high level:

  • What is a Content Management System (CMS) and how building your website in a CMS will allow you to update it easily in the future (without needing to call your IT person!)
  • What is the process of designing and developing a website - what are the different stages you need to go through and what to expect

Taking a Stand: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits

Thursday, 10 May 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

Many states put laws and constitutional amendments on the ballot, asking voters to make critical public policy decisions at the polls. Often, the outcome directly affects nonprofit organizations and our communities, so we have a vested interest in the results. Although nonprofits cannot endorse or oppose a candidate, they can take a stand on ballot measures. Learn how your nonprofit can benefit from engaging the public around ballot measures, as well as how to advance your advocacy efforts through ballot measure activity.

Playing By the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

Thursday, 10 May 2012
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.

Proposal Writing Basics

Tuesday, 15 May 2012
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

Tuesday, 15 May 2012
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?

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

Tuesday, 15 May 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.

Web & Social Media Strategies for Volunteer Engagement

Wednesday, 16 May 2012
11:00 AM (Eastern)

Cultivating an active and loyal volunteer base is a critical component of building your donor base and organizational capacity for programs and fundraising. Join Kirsten Bullock and Karen Bantuveris in this GrowingYourDonors webinar to explore strategies for engaging and mobilizing volunteers using the social web. We’ll cover examples and best practices for recruiting, retaining and recognizing volunteers using free and accessible web tools.

Supersize My Online Savvy: Surefire Steps to Fundraising and Social Success

Wednesday, 16 May 2012
1:00 PM (Eastern)

If you have few resources but big goals, you need to think smart when it comes to online fundraising and social media. Learn 10 ways to make your efforts more effective—all while saving time and headaches. Katya Andresen (Chief Strategy Officer, Network for Good) joins Lindsay Nichols (PR and Social Media Marketing Manager, GuideStar USA, Inc.) to present this GuideStar webinar.

How to Manage Nonprofit Executive Transition

Thursday, 17 May 2012
12:00 noon – 1:00 PM (Eastern)

It’s a pivotal moment for the nonprofit sector as Baby Boomers retire in record numbers, nonprofit chief executives among them. Yes, it could happen to your nonprofit through retirement or unexpected events, such as new job opportunities, illness, or life changes.

Qualified and experienced leaders aren’t easy to find and, therefore, leadership transitions must be planned and carried out more thoughtfully than ever. Boards often rush to fill an executive vacancy without thinking about how the change can be leveraged to benefit the organization. Skilled, intentionally managed transitions strengthen organizations and equip them to recruit and retain strong leaders for the future.

This Ventureneer webinar will discuss:

  • what interim executives are uniquely qualified to do to help an organization in transition
  • how an interim differs from a long-term leader
  • how an interim leader can prevent harm to the organization and maximize future opportunity
  • why succession planning is critical

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies 

Thursday, 17 May 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Interviewing each prospective volunteer can seem overwhelming, but it's one of the best ways to ensure that the volunteers you recruit are the volunteers you need. This VolunteerMatch webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.

Introduction to Corporate Giving

Tuesday, 22 May 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Explore the world of corporate support and tools and resources on corporate giving. Seeking to target companies that might fund your organization? Finding it hard to get information? Need to get beyond the Yellow Pages?

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. The session will 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?

Prior attendance at Grantseeking Basics is strongly recommended. 

Boomer Volunteers Building Capacity: Sustaining a Culture of Volunteer Engagement 

Wednesday, 23 May 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Collaborative volunteer engagement positions organizations to survive and thrive through changing times. This 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. This is part of a VolunteerMatch webinar series is designed as a collection of four separate webinars and can be taken in any order.

Editorial Calendar Essentials:  Organize and Plan Your Online Communications

Wednesday, 23 May 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

An editorial calendar is an essential tool for any communicator. Join us for this MyCharityConnects webinar and learn how to use an editorial calendar to organize, plan and track your online (and offline) content!

You Got the Grant! Now What?

Thursday, 24 May 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

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 

Engage Candidates and Build Clout: How to Host a Candidate Forum

Thursday, 24 May 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern

Hosting a nonpartisan candidate forum gives your nonprofit the opportunity to educate candidates on the issues that matter to your organization and the communities you support. By hosting or co-sponsoring a candidate forum, your organization can build relationships with future elected officials, making it easier to hold them accountable and giving you greater access to them once in office. Join us to learn more about techniques for organizing an effective candidate forum, how to stay nonpartisan throughout the process, and for tools to help you every step of the way.

e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit

Friday, 25 May 2012
11:00 AM – 11:30 (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.

Your Board and Fundraising

Wednesday, 30 May 2012
3:00 PM – 4: 00 PM (Eastern)

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

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 May15th.

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, 24 April 2012 at 9:35 AM
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