Free Nonprofit Webinars for March 2013

Lori Halley 25 February 2013 0 comments

Fuzzy Watching WebinarsThis month we’ve found 32+ free non-profit webinars. Topics on offer in March include: Instagram in Advancement; Turning the Board from Hell to a Heaven-sent team; Leveraging Social Media for Nonprofit Events; Crowdfunding and much, much more.

Take a look through the webinars list below and share this with your friends and colleagues.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

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

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 March (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):

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 dates (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:

How to Write Faster: Tips for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Eastern)

One of the biggest challenges for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers is producing all of the content you need to do your job well.

Everywhere you look on your to-do list is something new that you need to write, whether for direct mail or email, newsletters, your website, social media, press releases, advertising, proposals . . . it goes on and on, and never stops! And the truth is, IT NEVER WILL. 

But the good news is that there are many ways to write more quickly, and in this CharityHowTo webinar, Kivi Leroux Miller, will show you how. Not every tip will work for you, but many of them will, if you build them into your workflow and create some new habits.

Turning the Board from Hell into a Heaven-sent Team

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
3:00 PM (Eastern)

Do you dread board meetings, look forward to the day some board members’ terms expire, wonder how to alleviate founder’s syndrome? In this GiftWorks webinar we will delve into the problems with boards and how to turn your nightmare board members into exciting, enthusiastic, productive members of your development team. In this webinar we will discuss: Conducting a quality board meeting, enforcing term limits to get rid of the “dead wood," Keeping board members involved after their term’s end.

Grantseeking Basics

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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.

InstaEngagement: Instagram in Advancement

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Instagram, a photo-sharing and photo-filtering app, has taken the mobile space by storm. Recently hitting over 100 million users, and experiencing a 1179% growth rate in the first 6 months since it’s nearly billion dollar acquisition from social media giant Facebook, Instagram provides non-profits a perfect opportunity to connect with constituent and to collect unique content from their community’s perspective. *This webinar will focus primarily in case use of Instagram in education, but provides lessons that all non-profits can apply.*

Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • Trends in the mobile photosharing space
  • Techniques and filter use in Instagram
  • Ready-to-implement campaigns using Instagram
  • Useful third party tools that will make you an Instagram Pro

Leveraging Social Media for Nonprofit Events

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

CharityHowTo in conjunction with Social Media for Nonprofits and Eventbrite, are presenting this free webinar offering clear strategies, tactics, and resources for using social media to help ensure the success of nonprofit events. If your nonprofit is planning an upcoming gala or fundraiser, this webinar is not to be missed.

Join industry experts for straight talk and helpful tools for posting and promoting your upcoming event, learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to maximize the success of your fundraisers, and find out how free scheduling, analysis, and optimization tools can help you save tons of time and work smarter, not harder.

Bold Intentions for Leadership Effectiveness

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Leadership effectiveness is often cited as of critical importance to nonprofits. You add it to your goals but then get side-tracked by more immediate priorities that make leadership development seem such a luxury. This webinar speaks to anyone, at any level, who wants to take responsibility–starting right now–for enhancing their own effectiveness at leading.

Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • Understanding of the broad themes in leadership theory and exposure to the ‘Bold Intentions’ framework.
  • Insights into your own strengths and developmental opportunities among key drivers of effective leadership.
  • A foundation for establishing a personal plan of action directly following from the webinar.

Keys to Managing the Major Gifts Process: It’s All in the Execution

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Major gifts–whether $1,000 or $100,000 or anything in between–still produce the lion’s share of a nonprofits philanthropic revenue. The key to a successful program to identify, inform, interest and involve major gift donors, is more than simply asking–as important as the solicitation is. This webinar will focus on the development of a disciplined approach to achieving consistently good results and exceeding your goal.

Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • Create a major gifts management plan
  • Build a team of major gifts partners-staff and volunteer
  • Learn to keep your eye on the ball – focus on the goal
  • Know the difference between lead and lag measures
  • Create a compelling scoreboard
  • Maintain a cadence of accountability

The Secret Sauce for Nonprofit Crowdfunding

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

These days, it's not just about the fancy technology you use to raise money and support online - it's how you use it. As more nonprofits turn to online platforms for crowdfunding campaigns, the world of online fundraising can seem a bit like the Wild Wild West.

What separates the campaigns that just "do alright" from the ones that go viral and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars or more? You might be surprised to know that the difference is made by volunteers - online champions that care so much about their causes they give their time and tap their networks to help raise money for nonprofit organizations.

In this VolunteerMatch webinar you'll learn:

  • How to run successful online fundraising campaigns with Razoo
  • The difference volunteers can make in your online fundraising efforts
  • How to turn your supporters into online champions that raise money for your organization

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

Thursday, March 7, 2013
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.

An Introduction to the Facebook Mastery Series & 24 Ways to Get Awesome Results for Your Nonprofit Facebook Page

Monday, March 11, 2013
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (Eastern)

Nonprofits, large and small, are using Facebook to engage with supporters, launch fundraising campaigns, enhance donor relationships, and spread awareness about their causes. And this all starts with your organization's Facebook Page. Many inadvertently select the wrong page type, the wrong page category, and miss basic, but fundamental, settings that can adversely impact your nonprofit's results on Facebook.

This CharityHowTo webinar, led by John Haydon, author of Facebook Marketing for Dummies, offers an introduction to the premium "Facebook Mastery" series. During the webinar we'll 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.

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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.

Everything You Need to Know About Focus Groups

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

What is the difference in conducting focus group research or survey research? Participants in this session will learn how to choose between qualitative research such as focus groups, and quantitative research such as surveys. We will then create a list of the necessary research and administrative tasks for a focus group, and learn some tricks of focus group facilitation.

Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • Learn to choose between a survey or focus group process
  • Create a list of the important research and administrative tasks for focus groups
  • Develop some tricks for focus group facilitation
  • Understand the right items to emphasize via analysis and reporting

7 Ways Planning Improves Social Impact and Sustainability

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

The planning process is an essential tool for guiding organizational performance, identifying the resources you’ll need and keeping you on track. It addresses funders most basic questions:

  • Whom do you serve?
  • How do you serve them?
  • What resources do you need?
  • How will you reliably raise financial and in-kind resources?
  • How will you measure performance and incorporate feedback for continuous improvement?

In this NonprofitWebinars.com session you will learn how this tool lays the foundation for successful fundraising efforts.

How to Approach a Foundation

Thursday, March 14, 2013
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

Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone’s Job

Thursday, March 14, 2013
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.

Leveraging Social Media for Nonprofit Events

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

CharityHowTo in conjunction with Social Media for Nonprofits and Eventbrite, are presenting this free webinar offering clear strategies, tactics, and resources for using social media to help ensure the success of nonprofit events. If your nonprofit is planning an upcoming gala or fundraiser, this webinar is not to be missed.

Join industry experts for straight talk and helpful tools for posting and promoting your upcoming event, learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to maximize the success of your fundraisers, and find out how free scheduling, analysis, and optimization tools can help you save tons of time and work smarter, not harder.

How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (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. In this Firespring webinar you’ll discover:

  • 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

Proposal Writing Basics

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013
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?

Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage and cultivate stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Its primary product is not a written plan, but strategic thinking within the organization, which is achieved through a process of planning followed by a process of implementation. A well-conceived and managed planning process can be the most effective form of organizational development.

Takeaways from this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • What benefits to expect from an effective strategic planning process
  • How to approach and structure a strategic planning process
  • How to get broad buy-in in any organization
  • Tools to use for assessing your situation, engaging your constituencies, developing an effective plan, and implementing it

Taking Leadership Online: Developing Your Personal Social Media Voice

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

How should you navigate the personal and professional boundaries in the world of social media, and what does that mean for your leadership? How does the social media buzzword “transparency,” translate into “leadership?” In this webinar, we will consider how nonprofit executive directors and other staff use social media personally to further the mission of their organization and translate their leadership online.

Takeaways from this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  •  What is online leadership
  • How to translate traditional leadership into online leadership
  • Create your own personal social media playbook

10 Super Solid Ways to Grow Your Nonprofit Email List Now

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (Eastern)

Despite the phenomenal growth of social media, email is still the most effective nonprofit communication channel.  Email is your direct connection to supporters (plus you own that relationship, not Facebook!). And the core, immutable law of nonprofit email marketing is - Always Be Growing Your List. Why? People leave your list. Email addresses become unreachable. Subscribers stop responding. Your list performance withers.

Whether you are starting from scratch, looking to go beyond a monthly trickle of new subscribers, or wanting to go big, you can learn how to grow your email list with these 10 proven tactics in this CharityHowTo webinar.

Writing Effective Program Designs

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

In this NonprofitWebinars.com session, Dr. Beverly (Bev) Browning, author of 40 grant writing-related publications will share her award winning program design formula. The following components will be discussed in this Webinar:

  • Starting with a purpose statement
  • Perfecting goal statements
  • Understanding the components in a SMART objectives
  • Writing implementation strategies
  • Creating a timeline chart
  • Conquering the logic model (ends with an impact objective)
  • Writing the management plan
  • Winning with an evaluation plan
  • Offering the sustainability statement

Data Gets Grants

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

To receive grant funding, it is necessary to submit a proposal that identifies and successfully documents a dire need. The need has to be compelling enough to pull at the heartstrings and substantial enough to satisfy the intellect. It is also crucial to measure the need (yes, it isn’t just important to measure outcomes!) so that the problem is articulately described and so that realistic, quantifiable objectives are created.

Takeaways from this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • How to determine which data to gather
  • Simple processes to follow to locate data
  • Where to start when seeking data online
  • What to do if numbers terrify you or put you to sleep
  • How to measure local need

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 March 15th.

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

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Monday, 25 February 2013 at 8:30 AM

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