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Free Non-profit Webinars for June 2012

Lori Halley 25 May 2012 0 comments

Here's our round-up of free webinars for non-profits and membership organizations for June 2012.

This month, we've gathered  24+ webinars on topics such as: email marketing best practices; nonprofit sustainability; executive compensation; social networking; grants and much more. 

Have a look at the list of webinars 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, 6 June 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! 

Getting Started With Your Wild Apricot Account

Wednesday, 13 June 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)


Wednesday, 27 June 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

This webinar is designed to help you get started with your new Wild Apricot account. We'll cover basic features, such as:

  • understanding contacts and members
  • how to populate member records
  • sending email blasts
  • editing webpages
  • manage events
  • feature overview

If  you have any questions, be sure to ask them in the Q&A session at the end!

Managing Events in Wild Apricot

Wednesday, 20 June 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. Topics will include:

  • 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...

For details on all of Wild Apricot's webinars, visit our Webinar page.

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

2011 Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Spending Survey Results + Introducing The Online Benchmarking Tool 

Tuesday, 5 June 2012
11:00 AM – 12:00 (Pacific)

Since 2006, NTEN has been surveying the communities of NTEN and The NonProfit Times about their technology budgets, staffing levels, and approaches to planning, managing, and evaluating their technology decisions. Each year of data gives us a glimpse of how the nonprofit sector is investing (or, in many cases, not investing) in technology to support their mission-driven work.

In this webinar, NTEN will present the findings from the latest annual study, with improved benchmarks and technology effectiveness metrics you can use to plan your budgets, write your grant proposals, and make the case to your colleagues and stakeholders that technology is an important investment in your mission. In addition, they’ll unveil a new online benchmarking tool.

Grantseeking Basics

Tuesday, 5 June 2012
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.

Best Practices in Email Marketing for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Wednesday, 6 June 2012
12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM (Eastern)

In spite of complaints about overloaded inboxes, statistics show that email marketing is very effective for businesses and nonprofits alike. We’re not talking about creating spam! In fact, we’re talking about how to make your mail both welcome and read.

In this Ventureneer webinar, you’ll learn about permission-based email marketing and best practices you can put into place immediately to help your organization get better results when you hit “send.”

Nonprofit Sustainability: Building Blocks to Organizational Success

Thursday, 7 June 2012
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. Learn what you can do to increase your organization’s competitiveness and strengthen its financial health in the current economic climate.

This Foundation Center webinar will include:

  • Understanding what nonprofit sustainability means
  • Key elements of nonprofit sustainability
  • Tips on how to develop them in your organization

How to Approach a Foundation

Tuesday, 12 June 2012
1:00 PM 2:00 PM

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.

This Foundation Center webinar will teach you how to:

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

Liars, Cheats, & Thieves: Practical Internal Control Solutions for Nonprofits

Wednesday, 13 June 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Internal controls are implemented to protect an organization from unauthorized expenditures and fraud/embezzlement. Small to mid-size organizations are vulnerable due to the limited number of staff in the business office or accounting department. The way to combat unauthorized expenditures and/or being ripped-off is through proper internal controls which include communication, process & procedure, and periodic verification and review. Through the review of short case studies this Nonprofit Webinars session will cover internal controls to implement considering the organization size, where and how fraud can occur, signs to look for, ways to stay vigilant, and what to do if your organization is a victim. Takeaways will include:

  • Understanding the circumstances that can allow unauthorized expenditures or fraud to occur and how to spot the signs.
  • Understanding the various types of fraud, embezzlement & unauthorized expenditures.
  • Knowing the policies & procedure to implement to protect the organization.

Nonprofit Leadership Across Generations

Wednesday, 13 June 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

From Working Across Generations to Liquid Leadership to Daring Lead, everyone in the nonprofit and corporate communities is talking about how to harness and build multi-generational leadership. With four generations in the work place today it can be a challenge to learn and implement strategies that will get the most out of each generation to reach your organizational goals and serve your mission. Luckily, there are resources available that explain the characteristics of each generation, what motivates them, and strategies that leverage the best leadership qualities no matter the age. This Nonprofit Webinars session will offer practical ways to build up current leaders in your organization and prepare the path to new leadership. Takeaways will include:

  • Understand leadership dynamics and challenges among the four generations.
  • Identify strategic and attainable solutions to bringing the gap among generations.
  • Find a more inclusive approach to working with next generation leadership.
  • Learn how to motivate staff and volunteer leadership across generations.

Proposal Writing Basics

Thursday, 14 June 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 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

Growing Your Donors by Growing Your List

Thursday, 14 June 2012
11:00 AM – Noon (Eastern)

I have a great website and I’ve optimized my donation page, but no one is donating. How do I get people there? There are three steps: you need to build your email list, create an online engagement plan and then follow through.  It’s also important to stop along the way and see how your audience is responding to your messages.

This Growing Your Donors webinar will share ideas on how to build your email list, what content to include as you engage your online audience, and what metrics to look at to judge your effectiveness. 

Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter Registration 

Thursday, 14 June 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Registering to vote is the first step to becoming an active and engaged voter. In 2008, nine out of ten registered voters cast a ballot; among those who did not vote, many noted that they encountered problems with their registration. This Nonprofit Vote webinar offers information on how your nonprofit can ensure that your clients and constituents are registered to vote and able to participate in this year's election! It will help you create a voter registration plan, develop strategies and tactics for registering community members, ensure you remain nonpartisan, and more.  

The Next Generation of Nonprofit Executive Compensation: The Keys to Withstanding IRS Scrutiny

Tuesday, 19 June 2012
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Few issues facing nonprofit organizations these days are as prominent as executive compensation. This webinar will give you practical tips and suggestions to help keep your nonprofit—and its executives—out of hot water with the IRS and others. Led by two of the nation's leading nonprofit attorneys from one of America's top 100 law firms, this is an invaluable session you and your advisers cannot afford to miss. This GuideStar webinar will offer information on: 

  •  the risks of both over- and under-compensating executives;
  • how best to advise the board and management;
  • how to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • private inurement and intermediate sanctions;
  •  the potential penalties for violations; and
  • where and how to effectively focus your efforts. 

Effective Strategic Planning Part 2:  Getting Results

Wednesday, 20 June 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Strategic planning has a dicey reputation for any number of reasons:  it often is tedious and time-consuming; the issues it identifies are either obvious or not critical to the mission (or both)…These problems are not inherent to strategic planning; they are signs that it has been done badly. This Nonprofit Webinars session will look at how a nonprofit can infuse its mission into the daily activity of staff and board through a straightforward, rigorous, and even morale-building process. It will offer both a structure and tools for planning. Takeaways include:

  • A framework and process for planning
  • How to structure a mission-driven plan
  • How to create an effective action plan
  • What to share with whom and how 

After the Gift:  How to Build A Satisfied, Loyal Donor Base

Wednesday, 20 June 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Everything you do after someone makes their first donation will determine if they will give that all-important second gift. 50-80% never do. And this is costing you money. Why? Because it’s much more expensive to find a new donor than it is for you to keep a current donor. This Nonprofit Webinars session will explain the reasons donors often stop giving to your organization and what you can do to change that. Takeaways include:

  • What donors expect when they donate and how you can meet those expectations
  • How you can increase the satisfaction, commitment, and trust of your supporters
  • Concrete strategies for increasing the number of donors who continue giving year after year 

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Thursday, 21 June 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 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?  

Building a Solid Fundraising-Centric Mobile Website and App

Tuesday, 26 June 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

2012 is the year of MOBILE fundraising! Today, 1.2 billion people in the world have an internet based smart phone or tablet accessing your website or downloading your app. Don’t have one yet? Or have one and want to learn how to increase fundraising efforts? This Nonprofit Webinars session is perfect for you! It will discuss everything you need to get started with launching and supporting your fundraising-centric mobile website and/or application. Takeaways include:

  • Why it’s a must to have a mobile website/application
  • The difference in purpose of a mobile website vs. mobile application
  • Mobile fundraising best practices and tactics
  • Integrating your new mobile channel with traditional direct response initiatives to increase response rates

Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits

Thursday, 28 June 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

This Foundation Center webinar is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. It will focus specifically on foundation fundraising and will provide you with a step-by-step checklist approach to help you determine your own readiness for foundation fundraising. This session 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?

What Nonprofit Staff Can Do: Voter Engagement at Work and Off the Clock 

Thursday 28 June 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Outside of work, nonprofit employees are free to volunteer for political campaigns or engage in other partisan political activities. However, it is important to make clear distinctions between personal and professional efforts, as all voter engagement activities on behalf of your nonprofit must be completely nonpartisan. This Nonprofit Vote webinar will offer  nonprofit staff do's and don'ts as well as how to make transparent divisions between your nonpartisan work on the clock and your partisan activities off the clock.

The Basics of Online Social Networking for Nonprofits 

Thursday, 28 June 2012
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Eastern)

In this Firespring webinar, you will learn how to increase your constituency base and donations to your organization by using social media tools. You will learn:

• The importance of a powerful and engaging website
• How to use Facebook and Facebook Causes to create awareness for your organization
• How nonprofits are using Twitter for the greater good
• The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with email marketing tools
• Why nonprofits should be LinkedIn and power tips to connect effectively
• Steps to creating a blog for your nonprofit, including how to maintain a blog long-term
• The 10 commandments of social media. 

Grantmaker Due Diligence in the Pension Protection Act Era 

Thursday, 28 June 2012
1:00 PM (Eastern)

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 introduced major implications to the grantmaking ecosystem, including the introduction last year of automatic revocations of exempt status. Private foundations and sponsors of donor-advised funds must navigate a complex regulatory landscape and manage the risk associated with exposure to excise taxes and expenditure responsibility. In this free session, we'll review the IRS tax code, recent developments in the automatic revocation of exempt status, IRS Revenue Procedure 2011-33, and corresponding pre-grant due-diligence best practices. In this GuideStar webinar you'll explore different online and manual options for charity verification.

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 June15th.

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 Friday, 25 May 2012 at 8:30 AM
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