29+ Free Non-profit Webinars for October 2013

Lori Halley 30 September 2013 0 comments

Fall is officially here and the cooler weather is on its way. But there are loads of hot webinars available for October. We’ve found more than 29 webinars with great ideas and insight on: “building your generosity network”; special events secrets; social media for fundraising events; tips on reporting to donors through newsletters and annual reports; building better budgets and diverse sources of revenue; 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 nonprofit webinar, please add a brief note in the comments section below.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

Here are the product webinars we’re offering this October:

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, October 2, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Thursday, October 17, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Thursday, October 31, 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, October 3, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, October 30, 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, October 10, 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, October 24, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)

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

Nonprofit 911: Build Your Generosity Network

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Building a generosity network is an essential strategy to growing your nonprofit and activating resources for your cause. In this session, philanthropist Jeff Walker and fund-raising expert Jennifer McCrea will offer a fresh new perspective that can make the toughest challenges of nonprofit fundraising less stressful, more rewarding—and even fun.

This Network for Good Nonprofit 911 webinar will offer some amazing tips on how to build and expand your very own generosity network. Fifteen lucky nonprofits who attend this webinar will win a free hard copy of their new book, The Generosity Network!

Leveraging Social Media for Nonprofit Fundraising Events

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

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. Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session include:

  • The best times of day to post your messages to social media outlets and to send out emails.
  • How to use free tools to analyze how people are finding out about your events so you can focus on the partnerships and marketing efforts that matter.
  • Tips for “socializing” your event with live Twitter feeds, custom hashtags, and more.
  • How to use free tools to keep the experience going after your event ends, including sharing photos, stories, and highlights.

Planning Clinic 

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

This Nonprofit Webinars session will build on a cycle of nonprofit planning webinars (three on strategic planning and one each on integrated planning, facility planning, and mission statements), we will offer a planning clinic. If you have a question, issue or problem relating to any aspect of nonprofit planning (strategic, business, program, or facility planning, or related issues) just sign up for this session, and I will respond to it. I will frame my comments broadly in terms of general principles while also offering specific guidance to the questioner. As with all of our webinars, the questioner will be identified by first name only (or not at all, if requested). Bring your thorniest issues, and let’s see what we can do with them.

Special Events – They’re Worth It! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

The three most important components of a successful Special Event and the true definition of a “successful” special event. Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session include:

  • Why you should do them
  • The most important ingredients of a “successful” special event
  • The by-products of special events.

How to Report Back to Donors: From Newsletters to Annual Reports

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

We know from donor research and practical experience that donors want to hear what you did with their first gift before they are likely to give you a second one. That means you need to figure out ways to share your results and success stories with donors throughout the year, so you can ask for that additional support.

An annual report is important, but it’s just one piece of your donor communications plan. This CharityHowTo webinar, presented by Kivi Leroux Miller, offers a menu of more than a dozen different ways that you can report back to your donors, so they’ll be ready to do even more to help next time you ask. Takeaways include:

  • What donors say they want to get back from the charities they support
  • Easy ways to integrate results and success stories into your existing donor communications
  • Sample wording that gives donors credit for your results, so they feel like part of the team.

Affordable Special Events Data Tracking and Analysis

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Special events can be complex and in the process of planning a perfect event, details can be missed. Using data to track the ways in which people participated in the event can help you determine what worked, what didn’t work and what people are responding to about your event. Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session include:

  • Developing a system for data management of events
  • Selecting tools to assist you with analysis and tracking
  • Ensuring that money is properly tracked and attendees know how much of their event gift is deductible

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit

Tuesday, October 8, 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.

Before You Seek a Grant:  A Checklist for New Nonprofits

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

Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. This class is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising. This Foundation Center webinar 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?

How to Use Data to Get Grants 

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

Thanks to computers, it is easier to collect and obtain data for a grant proposal than ever before. There’s so much data, though, that it can difficult to determine which data to present—especially when grant applications only allow concise answers.

This Nonprofit Webinars session explains which data grantmakers are looking for, and where to present statistics and other information within the grant proposal. Multiple examples from actual, funded grant proposals will show how data solves grant writers’ most knotty problems by creating need statements, formulating project objectives, devising evaluation measures, and more.

Silent Auction Secrets: 5 simple changes to generate bigger bids

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

When you’ve gone to the effort of soliciting donors for items, setting up displays, and arranging volunteers for checkout, it’s not a pleasant feeling at night’s end to realize your fabulous items were sold at a hefty discount. It can be really demoralizing.

Here’s the good news. Even if you don’t change your items OR your audience, you can still raise more money. You just need to use the same marketing and psychological tactics in your silent auction that the big stores use to get us consumers to buy. In this Nonprofit Webinars session, you’ll learn how to adapt five of their marketing secrets to your silent auction, so you can appreciate the same benefits.

Grantseeking Basics 

Thursday, October 10, 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.

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions

Thursday, October 10, 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.

Practical Strategies for Writing the Annual Appeal

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Writing a fundraising appeal is hard work. What’s effective for one organization may not work for another one. We’ll discuss ways to reduce the aggravation and to increase the chances of your letters bringing in more money.

Think of this Nonprofit Webinars session as a treasure trove of ideas and examples to help you when you write your next appeal. To write a successful fundraising appeal, it’s important that you understand donor motivation and donor response. Takeaways will include:

  • Why people respond to appeals;
  • How an appeal letter should be like a personal visit;
  • What donors really think about the appeals they receive;
  • The characteristics of effective appeals

The Budget Primer: Building and Using Budgets Better

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Through real world nonprofit examples, participants will learn how to build a budget and then use that budget to further the organization’s mission. Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session will include:

  • Types of budgets (operating, program, project, capital)
  • An understanding zero based budgeting and when to use it
  • Use of the budget after its completion (transparency, accountability, expectation setting, financial controls)

Have You Been Sequestered? – Developing Diverse Sources of Revenue

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

Many nonprofits are excessively dependent upon a single type of revenue. The classic example is the organization which is only funded through government contracts or grants. Others may be totally reliant upon one or two private foundations or local corporations. In this webinar, volunteer leaders, agency CEO’s and chief development officers will learn the value of diversifying the sources of revenue so as to enhance financial sustainability. Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session will include:

  • How to create the effective, diverse development shop–even if it is only a one-person enterprise
  • Learn the importance of strategic vision and plan
  • Understand the power of information, systems and process.
  • How to engage the board in both the strategic goal setting but also the tactical execution of the plan.
  • Identifying prospective donors and funders and retaining existing ones.

Proposal Writing Basics 

Wednesday, October 16, 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

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies

Thursday, October 17, 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 

Monday, October 21, 2013
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Eastern)

This 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. With this CharityFinders webinar, 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.

Mission and Leadership: Work Motivation That Strikes a Chord

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Most organizations have a formalized mission statement. Too often it is merely posted on a wall in the conference room. Often, employees grow cynical and state that the organization’s mission statement is just that: an empty statement. However, other organizations follow a structured process that allows their managers to lead with integrity while using the core principles of mission-driven organizations.

This Nonprofit Webinars session will describe the practical steps to creating a clear mission, vision, and values for the organization. He will also describe the 4 things every leader must do in order to be effective in accomplishing his or her, and the organization’s mission.

On Today’s Menu:  Your Successful Grant Proposal

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

How can you whip up a successful grant proposal? You’ll need just the right proportions of research, planning, drafting, and editing. And don’t forget to garnish with tasty feedback and a dash of good timing!

Foundations and corporate funders are always looking for ways to make good investments in your community. To partner with them, you have to show exactly how you can help make that happen!

This Nonprofit Webinars session is ideal for: nonprofit directors, staff, board, volunteers, and consultants who help raise money from foundations and corporations; jobseekers are also welcome.

Proposal Budgeting Basics 

Wednesday, October 23, 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?

Please note: prior attendance at Proposal Writing Basics is strongly recommended.

Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts

Monday, October 28, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Gain an overview of foundation fundraising for individuals working in the arts with this Foundation Center webinar. If you are an individual involved in the arts and looking for funding to complete a project, mount an exhibition, put on a performance, conduct research, or anything else arts-related, Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts will show you how to:

  • Identify funders in the arts
  • Explore the option of fiscal sponsorship
  • Create a step-by-step plan to find funding for your needs as an individual grantseeker

Asking Rights 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Why are some nonprofits successful at attracting funding while others struggle? How do funders differentiate between the myriad of nonprofits that want their money? How has the process of successfully approaching funders changed? This Nonprofit Webinars session, based on the practical experience of hundreds of successful funding campaigns, examines the fundraising process from the other side of the desk, that of the funders, and illustrates the techniques that work in today’s economic environment, all designed to help you earn Asking Rights™.

How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents with Your Website

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
10:30 AM – 12:00 AM (Eastern)

Learn the 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their website and the 5 elements every nonprofit must include. In this Firespring webinar, you’ll learn:

  • 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.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.

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. You can subscribe by RSS to get updates by email, so you’ll be sure to catch next month’s webinars, as well as other great resources for associations and non-profits.

Do you have a webinar you’d like to include next month?

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 a brief overview (like those above) to lori@wildapricot.com no later than October 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, 30 September 2013 at 8:30 AM

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