24+ Free Non-profit Webinars for June 2013

Lori Halley 22 May 2013 0 comments

The forecast for June is warmer weather and some hot webinars too!  We’ve scoured the web and rounded up more than 24 free non-profit webinars scheduled for June, 2013. Topics include: Why Winging It with Social Media No Longer Works; Crowdfunding; Google Grants; Facilitating Virtual Meetings and much more. 

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

If we’ve missed a free non-profit webinar, please add a brief note in the comments section below. 

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

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

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

  • Thursday, June 6, 2013 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Thursday, June 20, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 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 this month on:

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)

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:

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:30 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:

  • Thursday, June 13, 2013 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern) 

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

A New Era in Nonprofit Marketing: Why Winging It with Social Media No Longer Works 

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

If you’ve dipped your toe in the social media waters, do you wonder why you aren’t reaching more people or raising more dollars? If you haven’t yet begun, have you considered what social media marketing might do to help you reach – or not reach — your goals? This Nonprofit Webinars session will explore why winging it no longer works in 2013 (e.g., putting up a page and sporadically begging for ‘likes’ and ‘follows’) and help you dive gracefully into the deep end. Plus, we’ll discuss the resources needed to achieve success and how to measure the return on your investment and engagement. 

Grantseeking Basics 

Tuesday, June 4, 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. 

Nonprofit 911: Free Marketing Resources for Your Nonprofit

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Effective marketing is absolutely critical for organizations to succeed in winning hearts, minds and donations for their cause -- yet 68% of nonprofits lack a dedicated marketing role. Does this sound like your organization?  

In this Network for Good webinar, Aaron Hurst, President and Founder of Taproot Foundation, and Meg Garlinghouse, head of Social Impact at LinkedIn, will show you how to master these key skills:

  • Learn what pro bono resources are available and the right way to work with them
  • How to use Taproot’s “Powered by Pro Bono” tools to find free marketing help
  • How to use LinkedIn to recruit professionals with marketing expertise for your board 

Leadership Engagement as an Operations Strategy 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Organizations frequently overlook the “critical middle”–how the exercise of leadership at all levels and how the application of a well-integrated operations strategy contribute to results and outcomes. This Nonprofit Webinars session offers a practical framework for integrating defined leadership and management practices into a holistic operations strategy in order to maximize organizational outcomes. Strategic plans are crucial. Policies and systems are practical. But without an explicit operations strategy and a unified approach to leading and managing the human systems across an organization, significant promise is left unattained. 

Crowdfunding: Not Just For First-world Problems

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Sometimes it seems like crowdfunding is just for new digital devices, iPhone covers and games. But crowdfunding can be used a powerful tool for social change! Whether you’re an established non-profit or a social start-up crowdfunding can help you activate and expand your supporter base and maximise your fundraising to make a difference.

This Nonprofit Webinars session will introduce you to both the theory and practice of crowd funding, dispelling misconceptions, exploring case-studies and giving attendees the knowledge they need to utilize this new fundraising form in the pursuit of their social mission.

Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits

Thursday, June 6, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising.  This Foundation Center webinar is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising.The course will address such questions as:

  • What groundwork do I have to have in place before approaching foundations for funding?
  • What are the steps to obtaining incorporation and nonprofit status and where can I get some help to do so?
  • What are the characteristics of successful nonprofits?
  • This session will provide you with a step-by-step checklist approach to help you determine your own readiness for foundation fundraising.

10 Super Solid Ways to Grow Your Nonprofit Email List Now

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (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. You need fresh interest, and that's best given by new subscribers.

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 you will learn how to:

  • Practice your ABC's (Always Be Collecting) every time, everywhere
  • Execute specific, fun, creative campaigns that attract qualified subscribers
  • Turn your direct-mail subscribers into online subscribers
  • Acquire supporters through sponsored actions such as petitions and pledges

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

** DISCLAIMER: You must be a registered charitable organization with a website to be eligible for Google Grants. **

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.

The Case for Integrated Planning 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

The term “strategic planning” gets attached to a wide range of nonprofit planning—for programs and services, budgeting, communications, information technology, etc. But these address very different kinds of issues, and should involve different participants, processes, tools, and products. This Nonprofit Webinars session will look at the various kinds of planning needed by a nonprofit, see how they can intersect with and reinforce each other, and consider an approach that is more strategic, more effective, and less stressful. 

To Raise More Money, Tell A Story 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

From the story of creation to the flood of Noah to the Gilgamesh Epic, our ancestors have taught us that the most effective device for learning and engagement as well as to motivate action is the story. This Nonprofit Webinars session (intended for senior professionals and volunteers who engage with the public, both one-on-one or in group settings) will apply the art of storytelling to the development process–most particularly the major gifts face-to-face solicitation and stewardship functions. 

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This VolunteerMatch webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You'll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities.  

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions 

Thursday, June 13, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 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. 

e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit  

Thursday, June 13, 2013
11:00 AM – 11:30 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. 

Nonprofit Sustainability: Building Blocks to Organizational Success 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how to enhance your organization's competitiveness and strengthen its financial health. Sustainability is a popular but often misunderstood buzzword in our sector. Nonprofit sustainability means more than just generating enough money to keep our organization afloat. In this class we will begin with the definition of nonprofit sustainability, and then we will cover each of the four key elements that contribute to long-term sustainability for an organization. In this Foundation Center webinar you will learn what you can do to increase your organization’s competitiveness and strengthen its financial health in the current economic climate.

Facilitating Virtual Meetings 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Virtual meetings are the norm today. Sure, you may know how to facilitate group meetings, but how are your virtual facilitation skills? Do you know how to use technology effectively to achieve maximum group results or minimize the common challenges?

Facilitation skills are essential to keeping your group engaged in virtual meetings. In this Nonprofit Webinars session, learn how to adapt facilitation skills to the virtual environment. Discover critical components of virtual facilitation, how to overcome common dysfunctions in virtual meetings, and ways to accomplish full group participation – as if you’re in the same room.

Transformational Advancement 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

How deeply should the CEO and board trustees of a nonprofit be involved in fundraising? Apparently still a question for some! Yet transformational advancement is all about leaders…leaders…leaders!

In this Nonprofit Webinars session, participants are invited to dream big and be real about the keys to deliver transformational fundraising and communication. This program will enable participants to tell a story that stirs the emotions, connects communities and engages folks pre-disposed to give. Why, when and how to plan and take an institution’s fundraising to higher levels of accomplishment is the focus of this session.

Need Nonprofit Board Members? LinkedIn Helps You Make Connections

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

How do nonprofits attract the right professionals to their boards, the ones who want to do the job and who have the particular skills needed by the organization? Well, the simple answer is – just ask. The longer answer is you need a conduit to professionals who care. LinkedIn Board Connect now provides that conduit for nonprofits, at no cost.

In this Nonprofit Webinars session, you’ll receive tips from board governance and LinkedIn pros, Marc Halpert, Maria Semple and Geri Stengel. On LinkedIn, nonprofits must take seven steps to reach and recruit board members:

  • Determining the skills and expertise you need on your board
  • Look your best
  • Build your network before you need it
  • Experiment with search
  • Be introduced or go direct
  • Build relationships
  • Orient nonprofit board members to ensure their success

Proposal Writing Basics 

Tuesday, June 25, 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

Managing Conflict During (and After) Non-profit Mergers and Collaborations

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

In today’s environment, many non-profits are called on to strategically collaborate, or merge, in order to continue to fulfill their mission, serve their clients and have an even greater impact. While these collaborations and mergers can be in the best interest of a non-profit’s fiscal health and ability to thrive, they can spark conflict, tension and misunderstanding among staff, board and constituents. This Nonprofit Webinars session offers the following takeaways:

  • The top three causes of conflict during mergers/collaborations and how to avoid them
  • How to manage conflict to surface deeper issues, concerns and understanding
  • A step by step process for successfully manage the three C’s of collaboration and merger: communication, conflict and culture

Using Census Data to Get Grants

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

The basis for any successful grant proposal is objective evidence that a vital community need exists. This is why the best American fundraisers are intimately familiar with the US Census Bureau web site, including American FactFinder and mapping tools.

This Nonprofit Webinars session is intended for those who either are new to the US Census site, are confused by its new format or haven’t had time to learn about the wide array of data and services offered at the site.

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 you have 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 June 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. the details with us in the comments below.

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Published Wednesday, 22 May 2013 at 8:30 AM

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