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33 Free Nonprofit Webinars for May 2013

Lori Halley 25 April 2013 3 comments

It looks like May is shaping up to be a banner month for free nonprofit webinars! This month, we’ve found 33 free webinars on topics such as: recruiting professional volunteers, e-strategy, inbound marketing, strategic planning; managing fundraisers Facebook for executive staff and much more.

Take a look through the list of webinars below and share this with your friends and colleagues. If we’ve missed any free nonprofit webinars, please add a brief note in the comments section below.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

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

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 this month:

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • Thursday, May 9, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 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!

This webinar will be offered on the following date this month:

  • Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Managing Events in Wild Aprico

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 this month:

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • Thursday, May 30, 2013 – 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. 

This webinar will be offered on the following dates this month:

  • Thursday, May 2, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Here are the rest of the nonprofit webinars in chronological order:

Introduction to Fundraising Planning 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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 Foundation Center webinar is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You'll learn how to:

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

Recruiting Professional Volunteers 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern

Finding qualified professionals to contribute as volunteers can be a challenge. This NonprofitWebinars.com session provides leaders of non-profit organizations and social purpose businesses with tips and logistical steps to successfully engage professional volunteers, access new relationships, and build board membership. Takeaways include:

  • How to find and recruit professional volunteers
  • How to keep your professional volunteers engaged
  • Building your board 

When the Traditional Communications Office is No Longer Enough

Wednesday, May 1, 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 NonprofitWebinars.com 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. Takeaways:

  • 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

Grantseeking Basics 

Thursday, May 2, 2013
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.

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies

Thursday, May 2, 2013
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.

e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit 

Friday, May 3, 2013
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM (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.

Inbound Marketing: The Latest Techniques to Attract More Donors, Volunteers, and Others 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern

Nonprofits’ efforts to find supporters are rapidly being supplanted by the need for supporters to easily find you. Learn about specific, low-cost marketing and fundraising techniques that will drive more traffic to you online, and increase your “conversion rate” so more of them become donors, event attendees, and other supporters. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will examine how to implement inbound marketing by combining techniques like search engine optimization, pay-per-click, blogs, articles, websites, landing pages, calls to action, links, social media, and more to promote and leverage your content, boost online traffic, generate leads, and convert those leads into supporters. We’ll also discuss how to easily measure results to validate that your fundraising programs are working. Takeaways include:

  • Build/maintain an interactive website designed to convert visitors to leads
  • Drive online traffic to your website and social media
  • Maximize the likelihood prospects can find you
  • Keep traffic on your site with lots of functionality (i.e., “stickiness”)
  • Convert leads into donations and other forms of support (i.e., “conversion”)
  • Track results 

The Three Languages of Appreciation

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
1:00 PM
- 2:00 PM (Eastern) 

More and more Neuroscience and Brain research is once again showing the importance of recognition and appreciation for personal, interpersonal and team development. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will look at three general areas and many different, specific ways to express appreciation for others. Takeaways include:

  • The impact of appreciation upon personal, interpersonal and team development
  • The languages of appreciation of Nelson Mandela as a model
  • Active Perception
  • Linguistic Affirmation
  • Servant Leadership 

Managing Fundraisers; for the Non Fundraising Executive

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
3:00 PM
 - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Specifically designed for President’s, CEO’s, Executive Directors and others without a fundraising background. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will discuss the components of development planning, questions to ask, answers to expect, and potential red flags. Proper roles for executive leadership, ways to champion an increasingly effective office as well as techniques to bolster lesser results. Takeaways include:

  • 5 ‘i’s of cultivation
  • 4 components of a comprehensive development program and their purposes
  • Helpful ratio’s for judging effectiveness
  • Keys to hiring & retaining effective staff
  • Hints to engaging board members in the fundraising process
  • Effectively structuring your time with your fundraisers 

Your Board and Fundraising 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
3:00 PM
 - 4:00 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. This session 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 

Would you like your fundraising program to be truly great?

Thursday, May 9, 2013
11:00 AM (Eastern)

Do you struggle with engaging other people (board members and staff) in the fundraising process? Are you tired of not getting help from others? Does it feel like other people are stalling the important work of your development office? Are you ready for things to start improving?

We’ve heard it before. Fundraising is all about relationships – both with those outside of our organizations and inside our organizations. Since starting in fundraising 17 years ago, I’ve seen it time and time again: fundraising professionals struggling with growing advocates from within their organizations. To be truly great, we need to have truly great communications. Join this Growing Your Donors webinar to explore some ways to overcome this internal struggle and begin taking the steps to building a strong (and ultra-successful) fundraising team.

A Time to Plant: Preparing for Capital Campaigns – Part 1 of 2 

Thursday, May 9, 2013
3:00 PM (Eastern)

The need in our communities can be overwhelming. To meet the need, your nonprofit may be considering big projects like building remodels, equipment upgrades, new services and facilities, and endowments. The best time to plan for these expansion projects is before you need them. Learn how to position your organization for big success in your next capital campaign. By the end of this two-part GiftWorks webinar, participants will be able to: Understand the benefits of a capital campaign, Describe the major phases of a campaign and why they are important, Develop next steps for positioning their nonprofit for a capital campaign. NOTE: Webinar may surpass an hour depending on the Q&A session immediately following the presentation. This is part one of a 2-part series.

Measuring Success: How to Evaluate Your Volunteer Program

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 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 VolunteerMatch webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.

Effective Strategic Planning part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

No matter how rewarding a planning process is in cultivating your stakeholders, focusing your board and staff, and developing your organization, and no matter how promising the goals and objectives of your plan, strategic planning cannot be successful unless it drives action. A bit of wisdom from the business world is that we manage what we measure. This NonprofitWebinars.com session rounds out our strategic planning series with a look at selecting what to measure and how to use, track and report the data. Takeaways include:

  • Why metrics are critical to management, mission, sustainability and funding
  • How to use different kinds of data (trends, norms, and performance)
  • The difference between outputs and outcomes
  • Different ways to report metrics

Facebook for Executive Staff 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

If you’re like most nonprofits you probably already have a presence on Facebook. You have a page with an attractive cover image and maybe even a custom tab. You also consistently post content, and have maybe even tried Facebook ads. But you are still confused about the role Facebook plays within your overall marketing communications strategy. You’re not sure how Facebook fits within your events, your volunteer outreach, and your fundraising.

This NonprofitWebinars.com session, hosted by John Haydon (author of Facebook Marketing For Dummies) is designed to give you a framework for answering these questions:

  • How are other nonprofits using Facebook?
  • How does word-of-mouth marketing work on Facebook?
  • Can you actually raise money with Facebook?
  • What are the fundamental competencies for success on Facebook?
  • How does Facebook fit in with my current marketing communications plan?
  • Who should be managing our Facebook page? Interns? Staff? Volunteers?
  • How can we develop a framework for content?

An Introduction To Google Grants and $10,000 Per Month In Free Online Advertising

Thursday, May 16, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Google Grants gives eligible nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google.com. During this CharityHowTo webinar Simon Choy, who currently manages over $2 million in annual Google Grants funding, will tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the process of applying for the grant. He will also highlight what is required to succeed when using Google Grants and tell you about a paid service that will get you more than your money's worth. Attendees can expect to learn:

  • What is Google Grants?
  • What is pay-per-click advertising?
  • Why is Google Grants an essential nonprofit marketing tool?
  • Case studies: How other nonprofits have benefitted. 

Single Days of Service: Make it Work!

Thursday, May 16, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern) 

Volunteer engagement is changing. More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. The political and social climate is further emphasizing this trend. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers? This VolunteerMatch webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement. 

Conversations Across the Invisible Yellow Line – Board and Staff Roles

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

If you’ve ever watched a football game on television, you’ve seen the yellow line that appears on the screen, showing the placement of the next down. We can see it, but those on the field cannot. It’s invisible to the players. The same is true in many board and staff relationships. There is a yellow line that defines who does what, but it is invisible. This fast paced webinar will share some of the basic on both sides of the yellow line and suggest ways to make it less ‘invisible’ to the players in a nonprofit. Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • Clarification of basic board and staff roles in governance, financial management, human resources, resource development and more.
  • Suggestions for effective ways to define roles of board and staff.

Can Your Board Tell Your Story? 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Board members often don’t want to ask for funds, but when it comes to raising friends for your organization, most of them are eager. But, do they know how to tell your story? Here are some things board members can do:

  • Develop their own 30-second elevator speech about your organization
  • Present “just the facts, ma’am” fact sheet to a local business person
  • Speak with passion about your organization to potential donors

Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • Understand the various constituents of your organization
  • Develop appropriate messages for each constituency
  • Develop a comfort level in presenting your story 

Proposal Writing Basics  

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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

Campaigns: Leveraging Major, Planned and Student Giving 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

In 2009, the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina found itself in a unique position as we looked to re-energize a building campaign which had been “public” for over four decades. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will highlight how “everyday” fundraising principals (planned, major, and student giving) came together to re-brand a campaign while creating a culture of philanthropy among faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Takeaways include:

  • Utilizing an institution’s history to build its future
  • Leveraging planned gifts to generate current cash gifts
  • Creating a culture of philanthropy in a campaign with the help of students, faculty and staff 

Proposal Budgeting Basics 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 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?

Webinar for Nonprofits—Financial SCAN Analysis in Action 

Thursday, May 30, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

How can nonprofit leaders advance their missions by using financial data in their planning and decision-making? What are the "right" financial indicators on which to focus? In this one-hour webinar, we will undertake a comprehensive analysis of one organization's financial health, using the Financial SCAN platform developed by Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and GuideStar. Through this case example, we will address the ways in which nonprofit leaders can use financial trends and comparisons to inform future plans and engage with stakeholders. 

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 May 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.

Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Thursday, 25 April 2013 at 8:30 AM


  • Patricia Rogers said:

    Tuesday, 30 April 2013 at 10:57 AM
    8 short free webinars (20 minutes each) on options for evaluation from the American Evaluation Association and BetterEvaluation. The first webinar provides an overview of the tasks involved in planning, designing, managing or conducting an evaluation, then each webinar examines one aspect of an evaluation, including options, resources and particular challenges.

    Register here to participate live or watch later http://comm.eval.org/coffee_break_webinars/CoffeeBreak/BetterEvalSeries

    CBD137: Overview of Rainbow Framework for Evaluation – Irene Guijt
    Scheduled Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT

    CBD138: Define What Is To Be Evaluated - theories of change – Simon Hearn
    Scheduled Thursday, May 9, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT

    CBD139: Frame an Evaluation - purposes, key evaluation questions, values – Patricia Rogers
    Scheduled Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT

    CBD140: Describe Activities, Results and Context – Irene Guijt
    Scheduled Thursday, May 16, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT

    CBD141: Understand Causes of Outcomes and Impacts – Jane Davidson
    Scheduled Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT

    CBD142: Synthesise Data from One or More Evaluations – Patricia Rogers
    Scheduled Thursday, May 23, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT

    CBD143: Report and Support Use of Findings – Simon Hearn
    Scheduled Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT

    CBD144: Manage an Evaluation – Kerry Bruce
    Scheduled Thursday, May 30, 2013, 4:00 - 4:20 PM EDT

  • Kim Harvey said:

    Monday, 13 May 2013 at 12:52 PM
    Operating Reserves: A Buffer Against the Storm
    May 21, 2013, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    To register, copy this link into your browser: http://bit.ly/OperatingReserves

    Board-designated operating reserves can be an important aspect of your organization’s ability to deliver on its mission in a sustainable way.

    Join Sarah Belliveau, a principal in BerryDunn’s Not-For-Profit Industry Group, for a one-hour webinar designed for not-for-profit executives, board members, and advisors.

    Sarah will address:
    •How to determine the right level of reserves
    •How to manage and report the reserves
    •How to create a reserves policy that works for your organization for the long term
    •Other reserves – how they differ from and complement operating reserves

    You'll gain an understanding of how to carry out your organization’s mission, while optimizing your resources. For more info, visit berrydunn.com/NFPwebinar
  • Kathy Fulton said:

    Thursday, 16 May 2013 at 2:51 PM
    In the first of its “Everything You Need to Know…” series, the ALAN is pleased to announce a webinar on planning for non-profit transportation needs. Eric Morley, President and Senior Partner with Morley Management Consulting will share information on developing an effective transportation strategy. Topics range from transportation basics to advanced strategies. Attendees will learn:
    • How to define your transportation need including important terms to know
    • How to balance time vs. cost
    • What to do about packaging, loading, and unloading
    • What the current economic, legal, and political climate means for shippers and carriers
    • How disasters impact your transportation options
    • Who can you call when you don’t know where else to turn?

    Register at http://www.alanaid.org/everything-you-need-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask-about-transportation/
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