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Free Non-profit Webinars For July 2012

Lori Halley 25 June 2012 2 comments

As the summer arrives things may be slowing down a little, but we’ve still managed to round up 17+ free non-profit webinars for July.

In fact, there are some pretty hot topics for July, including naked meetings, organizational drama, content curation and much more. Check out the list of webinars and share these with your non-profit colleagues.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

Getting Started With Your Wild Apricot Account

Wednesday, 18 July 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!

Check out our Webinar page in future for additional Wild Apricot webinars.

Here are the rest of the non-profit webinars in chronological order:

Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Tuesday, 10 July 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

Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers

Tuesday, 10 July 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.

Grantseeking Basics

Wednesday, 11 July 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.

Naked Meetings II: Structuring Effective Meetings in Contentious Settings

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

We all have to lead contentious meetings from time to time. Either the topic or participants pose a challenge to a thoughtful exchange of ideas. There seems to be little hope of arriving at decisions that all will support. The usual prescriptions for such meetings emphasize changing behavior or using some set of meeting rules. Both are difficult.

There is another approach, one that relies on choosing structures that will influence the conduct of the meeting. The structural choices a leader makes, even if unseen/unrecognized by participants, can greatly improve the civility and productivity of these meetings. In this Nonprofit Webinars session you’ll see some of these structures (the naked meeting) and introduce choices you can make in planning, conducting or achieving results given a (potentially) contentious meeting. Takeaways include:

  • How to recognize unseen structures behind contentious meetings
  • How to apply selected tools for implementing effective meeting structures in contentious settings including tools for:
    • Using space to promote a different interaction
    • Reaching a decision
    • Structuring a respectful discussion
    • Building decisions

How Content Curation Builds Staff Expertise and Reduces Information Overload

Thursday, 12 July 2012
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (US/Pacific)

Content curation is the process of sifting through information on the web and organizing, filtering and making sense of it and sharing the very best content with your network. Rather than another potential recipe for information overload, content curation can actually be a method to tackle this problem. With so much information coming at us from social networks, websites, emails, and other digital sources, we can no longer afford to just whine about it – content curation can empower us to win the battle over too much information.

In this NTEN session you’ll hear from expert Beth Kanter about how content curation helps builds staff expertise and reduces information overload. You’ll learn:

  • Three top benefits of content curation for nonprofits
  • To understand the practice of good content curation
  • Techniques for being efficient and staying focused

National Voter Registration Day: How to Get Involved

Thursday, 12 July 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

On September 25th, 2012 thousands of nonprofits, businesses, and volunteers across the country will band together for National Voter Registration Day--an effort to encourage and assist all Americans to register to vote ahead of the November 6th presidential election. In this Nonprofit Vote webinar, you’ll  learn how your nonprofit can participate in this nationwide effort and utilize the opportunity to help register your clients, constituents, and community members.

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions

Thursday, 12 July 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.

You Got the Grant! Now What? 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 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

Organizational Drama:  Leadership Perspective on Conflict

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

Some nonprofit organizations experience frequent conflict. The characters and plot-lines may change, but the persistence of some kind of drama is constant. In this webinar, we will take a realistic and practical look at how an organization’s leaders can promote a culture of constructive conflict resolution. We will consider the key leadership challenges of: recognizing patterns; assessing causes of organizational conflict; interrupting negative cycles; coping with fear in the workplace; and fostering a climate of respect and dialogue. This Nonprofit Webinars session will offer real-life case studies; tips and tools; and resources for further learning. Takeaways will include:

  • Why defining conflict primarily as a problem of “personality” or “communication” isn’t effective in the long-run.
  • A necessary first step for leadership: take a systems view.
  • Strategies for leaders to build a culture of constructive problem solving.
  • Ideas for promoting change, whatever your role in the organization.
  • Practical tips, tools, and resources.

Proposal Writing Basics 

Wednesday, 18 July 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

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit 

Thursday, 19 July 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.

Proposal Budgeting Basics  

Wednesday, 25 July 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 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?

Boomer Volunteers Building Capacity: Creating Positions and Developing Leaders

Wednesday, 25 July 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Engaging effective volunteers builds organizational capacity beyond what staff alone can accomplish. Through this VolunteerMatch webinar, participants will better understand how to develop appealing leadership opportunities, craft effective position descriptions, market those positions to skilled volunteers, and cultivate leaders. Presenters Jill Friedman Fixler and Beth Steinhorn will share case studies, position description templates, and marketing messages. The series is designed as a collection of four separate webinars and can be taken in any order.

Your Board and Fundraising

Thursday, 26 July 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. It 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

Single Days of Service: Make It Work 

Thursday, 26 July 2012
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.

How to Captivate and Engage your Constituents with your Website

Tuesday, 31 July 2012
10:30 AM – 12:00 NOON (Eastern)

In this session, you will learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors how to captivate and engage your audience. This Firespring webinar will explore:

  • The 5 required elements of an engaging website
  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their website
  • 5 proven methods for promoting your organization online
  • The #1 factor nonprofits should consider regarding search engine optimization
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence

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 July15th.

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, 25 June 2012 at 8:40 AM


  • family care said:

    Tuesday, 26 June 2012 at 7:26 PM
    Its so nice to hear it. You use the virtual world to help people. Good Luck!

  • Lori said:

    Monday, 09 July 2012 at 2:33 PM
    We've scheduled a new webinar since we published this round-up:

    Managing Your Database in Wild Apricot.

    This webinar will be on Wed. July 11 @3:00 PM (Eastern)
    You can sign up here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/917451642
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