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Free Non-profit Webinars for November 2012

Lori Halley 24 October 2012 1 comments

There are loads of free nonprofit webinars scheduled for November. This month’s round-up includes 26+ webinars on topics such as: Naked Meetings; Extreme Social Media Makeover; Successful Nonprofit Blogging; Donor Engagement Benchmarks; Google Analytics for Beginners; and much more.

Take a look through the list below and share this with your friends and colleagues. You can also check back through the month to see if late-coming webinars have been added in the comments section, down below.

Be sure to let us know if there is a free nonprofit webinar that missed our list - include a comment with the details!

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

Here are the product webinars we’re offering in November:

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 in November – click on the date to register:

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!

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

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.

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

Check out our webinar page for other topics and alternate dates in November.

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

Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Thursday, 1 November 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 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

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

Thursday, 1 November 2012
2:00 PM – 2:00 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.

Social Media for Social Good:  A How-To Webinar for Nonprofits

Thursday, 1 November 2012
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern)

Based upon the book Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits, this webinar begins with defining Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 communications and fundraising, and then quickly moves on to a discussion about the importance of integrating the tools from each era to maximize your nonprofit’s Return on Investment (ROI) from utilizing social media and mobile technology. Written as a step-by-step strategic plan, Social Media for Social Good is packed with hundreds of social media and mobile technology best practices and how to’s – 11 of which this webinar will discuss in detail (one from each chapter). Finally, the webinar closes with a brief discussion of what’s coming next in nonprofit communications and fundraising and the importance of early adoption.

Growing Your Nonprofit List

Tuesday, 6 November 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you tired of being the ‘best kept secret’ in town? Are you frustrated that people just don’t ‘get it’? Do you know that you could have a bigger impact – if only more people were part of your nonprofit’s family?

It is possible to grow a larger – and more engaged – audience to help you advance your cause. In this webinar, we’ll be covering both online and in-person strategies for getting the word out and increasing your list size. Takeaways for this GiftWorks webinar will include:

  • Ideas for getting your organization in the paper more often
  • Tips for getting the most out of the three main social media platforms
  • The importance of partnerships for list building (and program impact)

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

Tuesday, 6 November 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. What you'll 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.
  • How to deal with challenging volunteers.
  • How to evaluate the Handbook you have.
  • How to create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

The Keys to Successful Nonprofit Blogging that Drives Engagement

Tuesday, 6 November 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

If you have a blog, do you wonder why you don’t have more readers? If you don’t have one yet, have you considered what a blog might do to help you create greater awareness for your cause? This webinar will help you understand what folks are looking for, and how you can deliver. Plus, we’ll discuss ways to drive more traffic and create greater engagement with your posts. Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • Little-Understood Factors that Could Affect Your Blog Readership
  • How to Build a Blog Worth Sharing
  • Why Your Blog Promotion Strategy Sucks, and How to Fix It

Bringing “Social” Inside: Social Media Staffing, Culture and Policies

Wednesday, 7 November 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you ready to be a social organization? Nonprofits that excel in social media communication and engagement are also fully social organizations, and understand that internal social media capacity affects external activities. In this NonprofitWebinars.com session – led by Debra Askanase the founder and Engagement Strategist at Community Organizer 2.0 –
  you’ll look at the four internal assets needed to fully optimize social media as an organization: social media staffing structure, an internal social culture, becoming a networked nonprofit, and a social media policy. Takeaways include:

  • Importance of social media policies, and key questions to address
  • Social media staffing structure configurations
  • Internal social culture self-assessment and key stepping stones to becoming a social organization

Grantseeking Basics

Wednesday, 7 November 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 III: Going Virtual

Wednesday, 7 November 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Virtual meetings pose some unique challenges (and benefits) for getting work done across time and distance. In this session we look at the ways you can use structure to create naturally more effective and engaging virtual meetings. Like previous sessions in the “Naked Meetings” series, we will share stories, along with tips and tools for you to put to use. Our suggestions can be used with any form of virtual meeting technology.

Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • Recognize (unseen) structural challenges of virtual meetings
  • Identify ways to structure effective virtual meetings
  • Learn tips and tools for designing and conducting better virtual meetings

Tis the Season to Go Mobile: Fundraising While On-the-go

Wednesday, 7 November 2012
11:00 AM (Pacific)

Mobile usage is skyrocketing. Over 50% of U.S. adults have a smartphone and 30% of these use them to make payments. More people play, research, work and donate via their smartphones. At PayPal we saw a 5 times increase in mobile payments from 2010 to 2011. This year we expect around $7 Billion in mobile transactions among our users.

In this NTEN webinar we will help you learn about several options and tactics that can help you increase donations at your events, website and emails via smartphones.

In this webinar, participants will

  • Make it super easy and safe to accept payments at your next event.
  • Learn best practices in mobile optimizing donations
  • Get ideas from a mobile expert nonprofit

Introduction to Corporate Giving

Thursday, 8 November 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. We'll 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.

Nonprofit Donor Engagement Benchmark Study

Thursday, 8 November 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

The first-of-its-kind donor engagement survey, conducted in September, was focused specifically on how individuals engage or prefer to engage with the nonprofits they support, and how their involvement impacts giving. The unique donor-focused study gathered feedback from consumers across a diverse range of giving levels ($25 – $5,000+) who have donated to a nonprofit in the past 12 months.

Join Charity Dynamics and NTEN in this webinar to learn more about the key findings from this study and what it means for your organization's donor engagement strategies. The preliminary findings from the Charity Dynamics/NTEN Nonprofit Donor Engagement Benchmark Study:

  • Nearly half of the survey respondents (47%) give a majority of their annual total donation amount to the charitable organization with whom they’re most engaged.
  • Nearly 30% of respondents indicated they fundraise on behalf of the charity they’re most involved with at least once a year. 18% do this activity several times a year or more.
  • Respondents who are highly involved with their favorite charity prefer to find out information about the organization on its website (28%), via email (18%) and Facebook (13%).

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies

Thursday, 8 November 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.

What you'll learn:

  • Methods for interviewing prospective volunteers
  • Strategies for honing your interview skills

Extreme Social Media Makeover: Nonprofit Edition

Tuesday, 13 November 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

During this life-changing NonprofitWebinars.com session, we’ll not just talk, but actually DO a mind-blowing demonstration of at least 25 killer tools to get tons of online traffic and revenue for your nonprofit. They are virtually all quick and easy (they better be or there’s no way we’ll get through them all!) and free. See how to instantly transform your nonprofit into a powerhouse!
“Content is king!” That’s the key to success on the web today. To remain relevant, you must create dynamic, compelling content. This can not only drive far more online visitors your way, but entice them to do all kinds of things you want them to do: stay on your site, return to your site, donate and support you in other ways, and refer your organization to their friends and family – initiating exactly the sort of viral marketing that can exponentially expand your fundraising and other outreach efforts. Takeaways:

  • Understand how social media can help them raise more money, drive more traffic, and produce other desirable outcomes
  • Identify specific social media tools to achieve these objectives
  • Know how they can implement and exploit each of these tools easily and without technical skills

Guaranteed Simple Steps to Raise Planned Gifts

Wednesday, 14 November 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

“Guaranteed Simple Steps to Raise Planned Gifts” is a breakout session that shares facts and action items for fundraisers to close more planned gifts easier and faster. It reveals how going after gifts that “anyone can make” – 85% of all planned gifts – is the most powerful strategy to grow your endowment during difficult times. Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session will include:

  • How and what to learn from for-profits
  • How to avoid killer mistakes
  • How not to alienate prospects
  • How not to squander limited budgets
  • How to energize your career!
  • And more…We also distribute free materials including a planned giving solicitation letter, our “planned gifts at a glance” cheat sheet, and a handy Donor Characteristics Table.

24 Ways To Get Awesome Results for Your Nonprofit Facebook Page

Thursday, 15 November 2012
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (Eastern)

This CharityHowTo  webinar is an introduction to the premium "Facebook Mastery" series. Led by John Haydon, author of the book Facebook Marketing for Dummies, this webinar will provide you with 24 valuable takeaways to immediately start getting results for your nonprofit Facebook Page. Each of the takeaways and tactics represent a sampling from a part of the Facebook Mastery series so you can decide if any or all of them are valuable for you or your colleagues at your nonprofit.

This webinar will include 24 specific tips and strategies pulled directly from the Facebook Mastery series, including:

  • "Need to know" tips for creating an awesome Facebook Page
  • Powerful strategies for creating viral Facebook updates
  • Tips for effective email acquisition on Facebook
  • Tips to effectively use Facebook Promoted posts and Facebook ads
  • Strategies for increasing fan engagement and loyalty
Measuring Success:  How to Strategically Assess Your Program

Thursday, 15 November 2012
2:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you're doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program. In this VolunteerMatch webinar you'll learn:

  • What are the criteria for success for your volunteer program?
  • How can you work with others to create a culture of measurement for volunteer engagement?

Your Board and Fundraising

Thursday, 15 November 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how to engage your board in fundraising. This Foundation Center webinar can help you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. This webinar 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

How To Report Back To Donors: From Newsletters to Annual Reports

Monday, 19 November, 2012
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (Eastern)

We know from donor research and practical experience that donors want to hear what you did with their first gift before they are likely to give you a second one. That means you need to figure out ways to share your results and success stories with donors throughout the year, so you can ask for that additional support.

An annual report is important, but it’s just one piece of your donor communications plan. During this CharityHowTo  webinar – led by Kivi Leroux Miller – you’ll get a menu of more than a dozen different ways that you can report back to your donors, so they’ll be ready to do even more to help next time you ask. Webinar Takeaways will include:

  • What donors say they want to get back from the charities they support
  • Easy ways to integrate results and success stories into your existing donor communications
  • Sample wording that gives donors credit for your results, so they feel like part of the team.

Google Analytics for the Enthusiastic Beginner

Tuesday, 27 November 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Wonder what all the hype is about around web analytics? Join us for this overview of Google Analytics, a FREE web analytics tool that shows you how visitors are using your site. We will start from the very beginning and hit the highlights. This overview is for beginners and executives that want to know the value of the tool but not necessarily how to operate it! Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session:

  • You will learn how to define the business objectives for your web site.
  • You will see how easy it is to create a simple report and email it to your colleagues.
  • You will learn how to find the most and least popular pages on your web site.
  • You will learn how Google Analytics is able to capture data on your visitors which may change the way you surf the web.

Create Your 2013 Fundraising Plan: Get Ahead By Planning Ahead

Wednesday, 28 November 2012
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Some say there are four steps to fundraising – plan, plan, plan, and work your plan. Unfortunately, some of us are so busy fundraising that we feel like we don’t have time to plan. But, in the long run, this only costs us more time (and money!).

In this webinar, you will start to win back some of your lost time by learning how to create a strategic fundraising plan for your organization. We will go over what to consider when creating your plan, the financial information you need to gather and analyze, how to develop your goals, what fundraising strategies will best meet those goals, and evaluation metrics for measuring your success. Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session:

  • A better understanding of the importance of having a development plan
  • The knowledge of how to create a plan for your organization
  • Excerpts from sample fundraising plans
  • A customizable worksheet for creating your fundraising plan

Proposal Writing Basics

Wednesday, 28 November 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

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Thursday, 29 November 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?

Prior attendance at Proposal Writing Basics is strongly recommended.

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 November 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 Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 8:30 AM


  • Martin J Potter said:

    Friday, 02 November 2012 at 6:31 PM
    A blog like yours should be earning much money from adsense.
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