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Free Non-profit Webinars for January 2013

Lori Halley 20 December 2012 0 comments

January is just around the corner. So if you’re looking for some tips and insight to start the new year off right, here’s a list of free non-profit webinars that might help. 

We’ve gathered a list of 25 webinars on topics such as: harnessing the power of video; non-profit corporate compliance; non-profit blogging that engages and much, much more.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

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

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

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

This webinar will be offered on the following dates in January (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 dates (click on the date to register):

Managing Events in Wild Apricot 

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. In this webinar we’ll cover:

  • 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...

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):

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

 What’s an Asking Style and How Do I Use Mine?

Tuesday, 8 January 2013
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM (Eastern)

Everyone has their unique way of asking for donations. Do you like sharing stories about your organization? Or do you like facts and figures? Are there particular donors you feel more comfortable asking? What’s the best way for you to prepare to go out and ask for donations?

Andrea Kihlstedt and Brian Saber of Asking Matters have developed a system based on Asking Styles that will give you the comfort and tools you need to be more successful asking for donations. In this CharityHowTo webinar you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s important to fundraise in your own style
  • How the Asking Style system will improve your fundraising results
  • How to choose the perfect prospects to solicit given your style 

Improving Your Direct Mail Fundraising Results 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Eastern) 

Is your direct mail program growing in donors and revenue? Are budget cuts impacting growth? This webinar will give you the tools you need to grow your program, gain the backing of key people, and defend the investment in the program. In this Growing Your Donors  webinar you will learn:

  • New strategies that can help your program grow.
  • New ways to really analyze your direct response program.
  • Which direct response metrics are critical to setting appropriate strategy.
  • How to use analysis to gain the support of the program from key constituents.
  • How to present your results to avoid cuts to your program budget. (And even gain investment).
The AODA & the Role and Responsibility of Board Members 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013
11:00 AM -11:30 AM (Eastern) 

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was legislated in 2005 and affects all aspects of community and business life. Board members are legally responsible to ensure that their organizations meet the requirements of the AODA, within the timeframes set by the law. The first set of compliance deadlines was January 1, 2012 and new ones will occur every year until 2021.

This webinar has been specially designed (by Accessibility Ontario) for Board Members and will give you the key information you need about the AODA and each of the standards. You will gain an understanding of the legislation, the legal requirements of your organizations, and what you need to do as a board member to ensure that your organization is compliant.

Grantseeking Basics 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013
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.

An Introduction to Facilitating Groups

Wednesday, 9 January 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

At some point, even experienced trainers, facilitators and managers find themselves standing before groups whose dynamics are all over the board. Everyone is expressing an opinion, ideas are flying at warp speed, emotions are high, disagreement is rampant, and some people are shutting down while others are rebelling against the process. Wouldn’t it be great to have the tools that allow you to regain control and confidently lead the group to effective results every time? Join us and learn practical facilitation techniques to elevate your group handling skills and help you achieve amazing organizational results.

Takeaways from this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • Prepare for a successful engagement/meeting
  • Gain the group’s interest and support from the start
  • Get executives to transfer their power to you
  • Keep the group focused
  • Handle dysfunctional behavior
  • Guide groups to effective business solutions
  • Reach consensus on decisions
  • Close the session with commitment 

Nonprofit Corporate Compliance: Required Annual and Periodic Reports and the Consequences of Failing to Comply 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

To maintain corporate good standing status in most states, nonprofits are required to file annual or periodic reports with the Secretary of State, just like their for-profit counterparts. Though the forms and procedures are similar in every state, there is very little uniformity in how states handle due dates, fees, signature requirements, filing methods (paper vs. online) and additional filing requirements of other state agencies. Though the fees and financial penalties for failing to make these required filings are usually nominal, there are much more damaging consequences for failing to comply.

It is imperative that nonprofit organizations fulfill all state corporate compliance obligations in a timely manner. Compliance is not an option; it’s the law, and noncompliance or late filings can be costly in many ways. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will cover:

  • The importance of nonprofit corporate annual report compliance
  • The risks and consequences of failing to comply
  • State-by-state compliance requirements
  • Reference material to assist you with nationwide compliance

Introduction to Corporate Giving 

Thursday, 10 January 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern) 

Seeking to target companies that might fund your organization? Finding it hard to get information? Need to get beyond the Yellow Pages? This Foundation Center webinar offers 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?
  • We will include a case study illustrating a corporate-nonprofit partnership.

Prior attendance at Grantseeking Basics is strongly recommended.

Focus on Good: Harnessing the Power of Video in Your Nonprofit’s Strategy 

Thursday, 10 January 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

This Giftworks webinar is designed to equip nonprofit professionals with the knowledge and skills to begin confidently using video.  We'll discuss the importance and possibilities of video, what's needed to get started, and the top five tips for creating a quality video yourself. You'll leave this presentation with a clear cut plan for how to get your organization creating videos that drive engagement, boost volunteer numbers, raise funds and execute your mission.

Proposal Writing Basics

Tuesday, 15 January 2013
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 

 The Keys to Successful Nonprofit Blogging that Drives Engagement

Tuesday, 15 January 2013
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. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will cover:

  • 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

Financial Control or Chaos?

Wednesday, 16 January 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern) 

Learn how to creatively meet your nonprofit’s need to avoid financial chaos by setting reasonable limits on payroll, accounts payable, grants, and fundraising without impeding your organization’s work. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will cover:

  • What financial controls are
  • How financial controls prevent fraud
  • How financial controls free up more money for programs
  • Basic principles of financial controls
  • Controls on payroll
  • Controls on accounts payable
  • Controls on grants
  • Controls on fundraising 

When the Traditional Communications Office is No Longer Enough  

Wednesday, 16 January 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

The channels nonprofit organizations can use to engage their various audiences continue to proliferate ... which is both a blessing and a curse. This session will deliver practical, actionable advice on how to build a team and a program that can achieve your goals, while working within your organization’s resource realities. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will cover:

  • Understand the difference between a traditional communications function and an integrated marketing communications function…and know which your organization needs
  • Understand how to evaluate the skill set you need to meet your marketing communications goals
  • Discuss how to hire, redirect, etc. in order to get the best possible team
  • Learn how to build a culture of marketing across your entire organization 

Show Me the Money:  Fundraising That Taps into The 90% of All Wealth That is Not Cash

Tuesday, 22 January 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Want some great reasons for your charity to take any and all non-cash donations? Wonder why other charities seem to increase their fundraising in good years and bad years, quickly build up their endowments, have the resources they need? Well, find out in the webinar.

...Why are charities leaving so much money on the table? If 90% of the wealth is not cash, why shouldn’t charities be thinking out of the (cash) box? What would it do for the world if all charities took advantage of the 90% of wealth that donors want to contribute? This NonprofitWebinars.com session will cover:

  • A simple 3-step process any charity can use to open themselves up to significant non-cash donations . . . almost instantly
  • A powerful incentive – we are just starting to see the greatest transfer of wealth the world has ever seen, as baby boomers age (and guess what they have most of?)
  • Perhaps the most powerful reason for taking non-cash donations – you are helping your donors
  • A charity’s (free) offer to help any charity take non-cash donations: tools, resources, phone support
  • A Donate Rescue program that will take a charity’s discards and turn them into contributions (also free, and done by a charity)

Proposal Budgeting Basics 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

 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.

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit   

Tuesday, 22 January 2013
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.

Listening Skills for Leaders: How to Conduct A One On One Conversation To Motivate Others  

Wednesday, 23 January 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

We often hear about the need to motivate staff, members and volunteers in non-profit organizations. We often hear about the importance of listening. But how do we listen skillfully to motivate staff and members of our organizations? This NonprofitWebinars.com session will focus on how to conduct a one on one conversation with members or potential members of your organization in a way that allows you to understand and tap into the power of another’s personal purpose, history and values. This session will offer:

  • An understanding of the place of people’s purpose in life in motivating them to do their best
  • A specific set of guidelines and questions you can use to hold a one on one relational meeting
  • A specific check-list you can use at the end of your one on one meeting to evaluate what you learned  
Introduction to Fundraising Planning 

Tuesday, 29 January 2013
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

Simplify Your Life with Sam Davidson 

Tuesday, 29 January 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern) 

In this Giftworks webinar, Sam Davidson will share key principles from his book Simplify Your Life that apply specifically to the nonprofit workforce. Suggestions will be given for ways that nonprofit warriors can be committed to their cause while also knowing when to say "yes" and "no" to the right and wrong opportunities. Participants will leave with a process by which they can focus on what matters most to themselves and their organizations in order to truly achieve better work/life balance.

35 Ways to Maximize Fundraising Through Your Website  

Tuesday, 29 January 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Your website has two strategic objectives – first, to inform the website visitor about your organization and its mission. However, the second, more important objective is to get the website visitor to SUPPORT your nonprofit. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will include the following takeaways:

  • Learn how to plan and build a site which not only has a lot for the user to see, but a lot for the user to do as well.
  • Consider the impact of a site that offers online donations, event tickets, membership dues, e-store purchases, affiliate marketing, even in-kind donations, planned gifts, investment donations, and much more.

Managing Team Conflict Effectively  

Wednesday, 30 January 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern) 

Are unresolved conflicts affecting team functioning? Would you like to make conflict a source of growth for your team? Would like a road map to get there? 

Managing team conflict effectively is the art of fostering trust, resolving conflicts as they arise and facilitating productive communication. Highly functioning teams can debate challenging topics, make tough decisions, and hold each other accountable for results. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will help participants:

  • Learn the behaviors that cultivate team trust.
  • Learn to build your team through productive conflict management.
  • Learn how to keep your team members engaged and committed.

Your Board and Fundraising 

Thursday, 31 January 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern) 

Learn how to engage your board in fundraising. This Foundation Center webinar helps 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 January 15th.

And, as always, if you know of a free webinar that we've missed for this month -- please share the details with us.


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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Thursday, 20 December 2012 at 10:00 AM
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