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Free Non-profit Webinars for August 2013

Lori Halley 26 July 2013 0 comments


The hot, hazy weather may slow us down this summer, but the webinars continue.  We’ve found more than 22 free non-profit webinars scheduled for August. Topics include: “Why aren’t you raising the money yet”; “Seven Powerful Ways to Build Your Email List With Facebook”; “Introduction to Google Grants”; and much, 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 nonprofit webinar, please add a brief note in the comments section below.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

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

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:

  • Thursday, August 1, 2013 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Thursday, August 22, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, August 28, 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 on:

  • Thursday, August 8, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)

Managing Your Finances in Wild Apricot

This webinar shows how to manage your finances, including:

  • Setting up online payments
  • Tracking invoices, payments collected, and refunds issued
  • Payment self-service for members
  • Automatic recurring charges
  • Donations
  • Financial reports
  • And more!

This webinar will be offered on:

  • Thursday, August 15, 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:

  • Thursday, August 29, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)

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

Why Aren’t You Raising the Money Yet? 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you struggling to get the funds you need to help your nonprofit succeed? In this webinar (based on the research report by Wild Woman Fundraising), participants will learn about why you aren't raising the money you need to raise yet. We'll look at what keeps fundraising staff from succeeding in raising the money they need to raise, including: High turnover; No culture of philanthropy; Lack of fundraising systems; Low pay/Low morale. And talk about some possible solutions. 

Seven Powerful Ways to Build Your Email List With Facebook

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
2:00 PM (Eastern)

Join John Haydon and GiftWorks to learn: - What’s the value of email marketing anyhow? - The #1 thing you need to do before building your list - Seven incentives to drive sign-ups - Four tips for putting an opt-in form on your Facebook Page - Four tips for form design - Useful tools for creating photo contests and custom tabs - Three ways to lower unsubscribers. NOTE: Webinar may surpass an hour depending on the Q&A session immediately following the presentation.

YouTube for Nonprofits: 25 Strategies to Attract Donors

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Has your nonprofit posted any videos on YouTube? Why should you? This NonprofitWebinars.com session will examine how to create, post, embed, and drive traffic to videos – and photos – on YouTube and other social media sites. Learn how to do all these things for free or low cost. Learn what kinds of videos and photos to post, and how they can benefit you.
You’ll examine how to build awareness, raise funds, recruit volunteers, spawn viral marketing, communicate effectively, build online communities, interact with constituents, and drive traffic to your website, blog, and social media. You’ll explore some interesting case studies. 

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

Tuesday, August 6, 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.

Designing Effective Strategic Planning Retreats

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Strategic planning should be an opportunity for the whole organization to learn from itself (and others) about its choices, to develop a stronger consensus, and to cultivate increased engagement among its various stakeholders. However, it is often left in the hands of a small group of senior managers. How can you involve more of the organization, effectively and efficiently, in creating or revising your plans? This NonprofitWebinars.com session will share examples and tools for working on strategic planning with groups from 12 to 200 in size. Takeaways will include:

  • The critical role of engagement in a strategic planning process.
  • How to determine which meeting tools are right for your situation
  • How to use these tools.

Grantseeking Basics 

Thursday, August 8, 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.

Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program

Thursday, August 8, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

What do you volunteers need to know to be successful? This VolunteerMatch webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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

Proposal Writing Basics 

Tuesday, August 20, 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

Email Marketing 101 – Beyond the Monthly Newsletter

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

How successful are your email marketing campaigns? Most nonprofits are using email to reach out, inform and solicit their supporters in some manner. However, many nonprofits are not fully utilizing the medium to maximize their results. If you feel your email marketing could use a little help or want to take it to the next level, this webinar is exactly what you need. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will highlight a number of successful tactics and strategies you can start using immediately to increase your efforts, including:

  • How to build your email list
  • How to write subject lines that get emails opened
  • The power of storytelling via email
  • How to write email content today – it is different than it used to be!

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in Your Volunteer Engagement Program

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you modeling the volunteer engagement you want for your organization in your own program? Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.”  In this VolunteerMatch webinar, we’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to use volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.

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

Wednesday, August 21, 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. This CharityHowTo webinar 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. It will cover:

  • 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
  • Step-by-step details of the application process.
  • What is required to succeed with Google Grants?
  • Details about a professional service that manages Google Grants to save you time and get you more than what you paid for

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

Successfully Navigating a CFO Transition

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Panic. That’s the sound often heard in the voice of a nonprofit CEO when their Chief Financial Officer leaves, no matter the circumstances. Recruiting the right financial management partner is critical. Make a mistake and the negative consequences will quickly spread throughout your organization and beyond, damaging credibility, relationships and, in worst-case scenarios, your ability to retain key staff and obtain or maintain funding.Takeaways from this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • The first actions you should take in the event of a CFO resignation or termination
  • How to plan effectively for your CFO transition
  • How to determine the skills, traits and experience your next CFO needs in order to be successful
  • How to objectively assess your CFO candidates’ skills and cultural fit 

The Importance of Validating Your Statement of Need

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

In this session led by the author of Grant Writing for Dummies, Dr. Bev (Browning) will share how the Statement of Need is viewed by grantmaking decision makers (and peer reviewers). Validating your Statement of Need can determine your grant application’s fate. Takeaways from this NonprofitWebinars.com session include:

  • Increased understanding of why using words like “all, many, most, some, and merely” in the Statement of Need are application killers (begging for rejection notices).
  • Increased understanding why recent statistics/demographics must be used in the Statement of Need.
  • Increased knowledge of how to use the Internet to find illusive supporting documentation for the Statement of Need.

That's it for this month, but 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.

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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 August 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 Friday, 26 July 2013 at 8:30 AM

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