Free Non-profit Webinars for August 2012

Lori Halley 23 July 2012 0 comments

The weather is heating up and so are the free non-profit webinars!   There are some hot topics for August, including: Non-profit Sustainability; Strategies for Board recruitment; Storytelling for Fundraising Success; Google Apps for Non-profits; Leveraging Social Media; and much more!

Check out the 22+ free non-profit webinars below and share this list with your friends and colleagues.  

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

Getting Started With Your Wild Apricot Account

This webinar will be offered on the following three dates in August:

  1. Wednesday, 1 August 2012
  2. Wednesday, 15 August 2012
  3. Wednesday, 29 August 2012

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 Your Membership Database in Wild Apricot

Wednesday, 8 August 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

This free webinar offers an overview of the membership database portion of Wild Apricot software, 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! 
Managing Events in Wild Apricot

Wednesday, 22 August  2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

In this webinar we'll teach you how to use all the features of Wild Apricot to publish and promote your events, including:

  • 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 non-profit webinars in chronological order:

Nonprofit Sustainability:  Building Blocks to Organizational Success

Wednesday, 1 August 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 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. This Foundation Center webinar 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. Topics will include:

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

Strategies for Success: Board Member Recruitment & Retention

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

Don’t have the board members you need to serve the organization and can’t keep the great ones you have recruited? Building a strong and reliable nonprofit board of directors is no easy task, but leveraging simple best practices and innovative strategies can mean the difference between an engaged, effective board of directors and a social club with minimal leadership. There are new strategies and vehicles for recruiting board members and concrete steps your organization can take to set the board, and your non-profit, up for success. Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session include:

  • How to build a diverse recruitment strategy,
  • Ways to retain outstanding board members, and
  • What questions to ask and due diligence to practice before joining a board. 

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

Thursday, 2 August 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.

Storytelling for Fundraising Success

Thursday, 2 August 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Come learn how you can best feature your nonprofit's stories to connect with your donors in your printed and online materials. Everyone loves a powerful and inspiring story, and your donors and potential donors are no exceptions. Of course, each nonprofit has many stories to share. But how can you best feature those stories to connect with your donors in your printed and online materials? In this Foundation Center webinar, you will:

  • Identify essential components of great stories
  • Find out how to gather them
  • Begin to shape them for maximum use in your materials
  • Get extra tips on how to use them on the web 

Money for Good II: Findings and Implications for Foundations

Monday, 6 August 2012
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Over the last year, we have completed research on what donors, foundations, and advisors want, and what will lead them to be more engaged funders of the sector. This GuideStar webinar will explore the tangible actions foundations can take that can improve the effectiveness of their organization, their grantees, and the philanthropic sector overall. 

Google Apps for Nonprofits:  Running Your Nonprofit in The Cloud 

Tuesday, 7 August 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Nonprofit organizations, in an effort to streamline their costs and their efforts, need to think strategically about technology. Not to mention that hard economic times demand that all organizations develop creative and innovative ways of looking at their programming, infrastructure, and fundraising. In this Nonprofit Webinars session, we’ll show you how to save costs on IT by moving your infrastructure to the cloud, specifically talking about Google Apps (Google Email, Calendar, Documents/Drive and Sites), which are available at NO COST to nonprofit organizations through the Google for Nonprofits program at

Playing by the Rules:  Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

Tuesday, 7 August 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. 

Writing Amazing Appeal Letters That Are… Appealing!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Fall is a great time for at least one appeal letter (maybe more). If you’re making an important contribution to your community, many others will want to be part of that! The idea is to ask community members to invest in your organization’s vision and results. Appeal letters offer the opportunity to build/maintain relationships with community members and encourage the attitude that everyone can contribute. Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session will include:

  • Identify the Purposes, Priorities, and Intended Readers of your appeal letter
  • Discuss the elements you must include
  • Check out some great (and not-so-great) examples and discuss the writing techniques used 

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies

Thursday, 9 August 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.  

Grantseeking Basics

Tuesday, 14 August 2012
2:00 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 

How to Captivate and Engage your Constituents with your Website

Tuesday, 14 August 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 non-profit constituents and donors how to captivate and engage your audience. Topics will include:

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

Starting a Nonprofit Organization

Wednesday, 15 August 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

This hour long Nonprofit Webinars session will discuss the legal and practical considerations when forming a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Topics will include: state and federal requirements, governance, bylaws, articles of incorporation, IRS Form 1023, charitable registration and annual compliance, board minutes and resolutions, and insurance. The webcast will also touch on the concept of fiscal sponsorship. Participants will gain an understanding of the mechanics of starting a nonprofit organization and the key elements needed to obtain Federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.

  • Key bylaw elements for nonprofit organizations
  • Basic governance concepts
  • Key elements of IRS Form 1023
  • How to qualify for 501(c)(3) status
  • Basics of state and federal compliance 

Leveraging Social Media for Nonprofit Events

Wednesday, 15 August 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

This Nonprofit Webinars session will present clear strategies, tactics, and resources for using social media to ensure the success of nonprofit events.

  • How to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other tools to maximize results for fundraising events
  • Positioning and placing your subject in the most flattering light
  • Practical recommendations to implement before, during, and after your event
  • How to use scheduling, analysis, and optimization tools to help you work more efficiently and drive performance

Proposal Writing Basics

Thursday, 16 August 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 

e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit

Wednesday, 22 August 2012
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM (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.  

Boomer Volunteers Building Capacity: Sustaining a Culture of Volunteer Engagement

Wednesday, 22 August 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

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

How to Approach a Foundation 

Wednesday, 22 August 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 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. 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
  • Prior attendance at Grantseeking Basics is strongly recommended. 

Proposal Budgeting Basics  

Thursday, 23 August 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?

Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits

Tuesday, 28 August 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. This Foundation Center webinar is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising.

The course 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. 

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 no later than August15th.

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 Monday, 23 July 2012 at 8:33 AM

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