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22+ Free Non-profit Webinars for September 2012

Lori Halley 27 August 2012 1 comments

Sadly, summer is almost over and September is just around the corner. But although it will likely be a busy month for most of us, September is also a time to re-charge.  So if you’re looking for some insight and information, we’ve gathered a list of 22+ non-profit webinars to help invigorate your mind this September.

Upcoming topics include: Event Video Checklist; Cloud 101; Introduction to Nonprofit Silent Auctions; Understanding Power Dynamics At Work; and much more.

Take a good look through the list of webinars below and share this with your friends and colleagues. Don’t forget to check back from time to time through the month to see if late-coming webinar notices have been added in the comments section, down below. And if you’re aware of a free nonprofit webinar that missed our list, please drop a comment with the details! 

Wild Apricot Product Webinars:

In September, we’re offering live webinars each week – on the following topics: 

Getting Started With Your Wild Apricot Account

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 

This webinar will be offered on the following dates – click on the date to register:

  1. Thursday, 6 September, 2012 (3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern)
  2. Wednesday, 12 September, 2012 (3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern)
  3. Thursday, 20 September, 2012 (3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern)
  4. Wednesday, 26 September, 2012 (3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern)   

Managing Your Membership Database in Wild Apricot

This free one-hour 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!

In September we’re offering this webinar on the following dates – click on the date to register:

  1. Wednesday, 5 September 2012 (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern)
  2. Thursday, 27 September 2012 (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern)  
Setting Up Your Wild Apricot Website

Want to know more about how to customize your Wild Apricot website? Topics include:

  • customization of themes, header, menu, footer;
  • page editing, including adding pages, uploading/inserting documents, third party widgets;
  • feature pages for interactive functionality, including member profiles, online payment forms;
  • using communication tools like blogs and forums;
  • and more.
  1. Thursday, 13 September 2012  (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern) 

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

Mission Critical: Fall Event Video Checklist

Wednesday, 5 September 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Fall comes only once a year, and for many nonprofits, this season is make-or-break in terms of annual marketing, outreach and development efforts. In this 1 hour webinar, attendees will learn how to strategize, budget, plan and accomplish the video recording of autumn-only live events, including fundraisers, board meetings, stakeholder gatherings, press conferences, etc. This Nonprofit Webinars session will discuss the pros and cons of using in-house resources versus professional video services. We will touch on legal issues like liability, copyright and when appearance releases are and are not necessary. To wrap up, we’ll briefly review putting your Videos on YouTube for public distribution.

Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone’s Job

Thursday, 6 September 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Too often engaging volunteers falls to the volunteer program manager, and it's not uncommon to hear the phrase "your volunteers" used in organizations. How do you make volunteer engagement everyone's job? This VolunteerMatch webinar will provide you with the tools to become an advocate for volunteer engagement. Learn how to create a step by step communication plan to reinforce the importance of volunteer engagement to important stakeholders within your organization.  

Understanding Power Dynamics At Work

Wednesday, 12 September 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you ever stuck in conflicts that seem unresolvable? Do you sometimes wonder about the cause of a conflict, but can’t put your finger on it? Do you ever avoid particular people because the interactions are unpleasant? In most work environments, power dynamics are an issue we have to manage. Sometimes these dynamics are unseen and unspoken. At their best, power dynamics can be used to build productive relationships, influence others in positive ways, and interact with political savvy. At their worst, power dynamics can result in limited, black and white thinking, bullying and ultimatums in the workplace.

This Nonprofit Webinars session will offer the following takeaways:

  • Understand power dynamics – how do we define them and how do we decipher them?
  • Learn how to effectively deal with common power dynamics at work.
  • Recognize your role in positive and negative power dynamics and how to shift that role if needed.
Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Wednesday, 12 September 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 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 will learn how to:

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

Grantseeking Basics

Thursday, 13 September 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.

An Introduction to Nonprofit Silent Auctions: How to Raise More Funds with Five Simple Changes

Thursday, 13 September 2012
3:00 PM – 3:45 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. For some organizations, modest gains of 5% can mean thousands of dollars to your bottom line. In this CharityHowTo webinar, you’ll get practical “how-to” advice so you can transform your auction items into a pile of money. You’ll learn:

  • Why a silent auction can’t be silent
  • How to entice the best bidders (aged 40+) with more disposable income
  • How to showcase items to ensure they sell for top dollar
Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program

Thursday, 13 September 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

What do your volunteers need to know to be successful? This VolunteerMatch webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

How to Captivate and Engage your Constituents with your Website

Tuesday, 18 September 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 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

Cloud 101

Tuesday, 18 September 2012
11:00 AM (Pacific)

Imagine if you could work from anywhere and collaborate with others: how would you work differently in your nonprofit? Cloud computing enables on-demand, convenient access to shared technology infrastructure and services that have traditionally been out of reach for many nonprofits. Join us for this session to understand the fundamentals of using the cloud and to determine if it is right for your nonprofit.
In this NTEN webinar, participants will:

  • Get up to speed on what the cloud is and why it is a powerful tool for nonprofits
  • Have common questions addressed such as: is it secure? will it save me money?
  • See examples of cloud tools in action Understand how to think about the “if” and “when” to use cloud computing in your organization

Proposal Writing Basics

Tuesday, 18 September 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

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit

Tuesday, 18 September 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. 

Product Spotlight: Social Media for Nonprofit CEOs

Wednesday, 19 September 2012
11:00 AM (Pacific)

Social media are everywhere. Your donors are connecting with you on LinkedIn, your advocates are sharing links about your org on Twitter, your program participants are commenting on your Facebook page, and your staff are posting videos on YouTube--what's an executive director to do? As nonprofits explore new ways of fundraising, advocating, and conducting outreach online, it can be hard to know where to focus and invest your energies. This high-level NTEN webinar will share some strategies you can use to evaluate and manage your organization's approach to social media. We'll also discuss such topics as staff capacity, social media policies, your personal role in social media, and budgeting.

You Got the Grant! Now What?  

Thursday, 20 September 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 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
Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program

Thursday, 20 September 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you modeling the volunteer engagement you want for your organization in your own program? Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” This VolunteerMatch webinar will discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to use volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans. Sample VolunteerMatch listings and position descriptions for key positions will be provided.

Your Board and Fundraising

Tuesday, 25 September 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 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

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 September 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 Monday, 27 August 2012 at 8:30 AM


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