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Free Non-profit Webinars for November 2013

Lori Halley 25 October 2013 0 comments

Holiday season is just around the corner and so is the year-end crunch. But we’ve found 27 free non-profit webinars with information and insight to help you close out a successful year and plan for 2014. Topics include: Crucial Year-end Strategies; How to be an Awesome Nonprofit Board Member; What's a Mission Statement Worth; 50 asks in 50 weeks; Non-profit Blogging Best Practices; and 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 November. Visit our Webinars page to register for any of these free sessions.

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, November 7, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Wednesday, November 27, 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, November 14, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)
  • Tuesday, November 26, 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, November 20, 2013 – 3:00 PM - 3:30 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:

  • Wednesday, November 6 – 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (Eastern)

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

Grantseeking Basics

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 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 Blogging Best Practices: Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Blog and How to Create a Great One

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

Despite the popularity of social media including “micro-blogging” sites like Tumblr and Twitter, traditional blogging is still one of the most important tools in your digital marketing arsenal.

Larger nonprofits have been early adopters of blogging, seeing the benefits in increased website traffic, email sign ups and online donations. A consistent, quality blog has been proven to have a direct benefit on marketing and fundraising efforts – so why do so many nonprofits ignore this powerful tool? The question remains: How can smaller nonprofits get on board with blogging and create a dynamic outlet that grows their supporters and helps them accomplish their goals? This nonprofitwebinars.com session will cover:

  • The basics of blogging – why you need one and the best platforms to use
  • How to get more readers to your blog
  • How to find and create fresh content for your nonprofit blog
  • Top 10 tips to creating fantastic blog posts

Crucial Year-End Giving Strategies for Your Nonprofit Appeal

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

According to Blackbaud, most money is raised in the last quarter of the year. Around the holidays, people tend to give more, both online and offline.

This means that your year-end appeal letter is a critical element of your fundraising success. How can you take advantage of this most wonderful time of the year? Even if you’ve written an appeal letter or two before, why not get some new tactics to raise even more this December?

In this GuideStar webinar you’ll learn:

  • What are the different kinds of stories, and how can you tell them for your cause?
  • What are appropriate fundraising pictures for your letter?
  • How can you make your mission URGENT for your donors?
  • What formatting mistakes do people often make with their appeals? How can you avoid them?
  • How to talk about your nonprofit’s accomplishments in a donor-centered way?

Barriers to Change: Understanding Roadblocks to Progress in Organizations and Communities

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

We all say that we desire change yet, it seems so difficult for it to actually occur. In this webinar, learn more about the barriers to change that keep us from moving forward in our personal, professional and organizational lives. Takeaways for this nonprofitwebinars.com session:

  • Learn more about the role of meaning making in creating change
  • Understand the differences between a socialized, self-authoring and self-transforming mind
  • Recognize the different lens we use daily and their application in creating change;

Key Leadership Factors for Fundraising Success

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

As the CEO of your organization, you are tasked with many things from operations to quality improvement; fundraising is only one of your concerns. But did you know that everything you do affects fundraising? In fact, the most important factor in fundraising success is not the competence of your fundraiser but your own leadership and that of your Board of Trustees. Join Susan Black, CFRE to learn the six key factors for fundraising success that every nonprofit leader needs to know. Takeaways for this nonprofitwebinars.com session:

  • the six key factors for fundraising success that every nonprofit leader needs to know, and discover along the way
  • What your development director really really needs from you
  • Why you are irreplaceable
  • When apologies just aren’t acceptable

Where do I go from here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways

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

How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This VolunteerMatch webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

A Brief Introduction – How to Be An Awesome Nonprofit Board Member

Thursday, November 7, 2013
3:00 PM (Eastern)

What does it take to be an awesome board member? It might surprise you. Here’s a short list:

  • Board meeting agendas.
  • Strong staff support with data and visuals.
  • Clear expectations.

That’s only the beginning. Join Lori L. Jacobwith for this CharityHowTo webinar, for a brief, powerful, introduction to her popular webinar: How to Be An Awesome Nonprofit Board Member. The questions you’ll be asked and the information Lori has to share can shift your board experience from average to awesome. This session has something important for BOTH board members and staff.

Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers

Thursday, November 7, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Integrating skilled volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you've just started, this VolunteerMatch webinar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

Building Nonprofit-Business Partnerships for the 21st Century

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how nonprofit leaders are crafting new sustainable relationships with businesses and corporations. This Foundation Center webinar, offered in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management and Strategy at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, will offer insight and guidance to help you navigate the brave new world of nonprofit and business partnerships. We'll specifically address new trends driving these relationships.

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Tuesday, November 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.

 You'll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.

e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit (Cast Your NET, Catch More Fish: Effective Internet Strategy For Your Nonprofit)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

This nonprofitwebinars.com session shows how any 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. Takeaways include:

  • Know the 7 key goals of an effective website – and social media
  • Recognize how to create and implement a powerful Internet strategy
  • Understand best practices and case studies

50 Asks in 50 Weeks: How to Create a Development Plan and Raise More Money in Your Small Development Shop

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Do you want to have a fundraising plan going into 2014? If you want to raise more money for your organization next year with no additional staff or resources, 50 Asks in 50 Weeks is for your! This GuideStar webinar is a “back to basics” planning tool for organizations with three or fewer paid fundraising staff members. If you are responsible for “doing it all” – writing thank you notes, grant reports, creating newsletters, managing databases, developing budgets, event planning, bulk mail, website development and more – you may not make time for the most important aspect of fundraising – asking!

In this session, you will create a basic development plan which ensures a diverse funding stream, a system for asking for gifts in smarter, more efficient ways, and ensuring you ask for gifts all year long. This session will cover how to significantly improve small development shop results by asking more effectively and efficiently.

What’s a Mission Statement Worth?

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

Could your mission statement describe any of several other organizations that are similar to yours? Do you just haul it out once a year for your annual report and 990? If you’ve been around for many years, you’re clear about your nonprofit’s value to your community, your stakeholders and/or your cause, why bother to revisit your mission statement?

The answers to these questions can make the difference between sustainable success and failure in several ways. Organizations that have a page-long mission statements and think that any effort to review it would be just empty wordsmithing may want to join us for this webinar to see what a rigorously crafted mission statement can do for marketing, fundraising, stakeholder loyalty, strategy, and managing change. Takeaways for this nonprofitwebinars.com session include:

  • Why your mission statement is so important.
  • Why it’s worth editing your mission statement–and how to do it.
  • What’s in a good mission statement, and what’s not.
  • How a good mission statement forms the basis for strategic decisions.
  • How to measure your performance against your mission statement, and why that’s valuable.

Involving Volunteers in Your Fundraising

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

Most nonprofits involve volunteers in program areas and administrative areas. You might not be aware, however, of the many ways you can involve volunteers in your fundraising activities. This webinar will outline ways you can involve volunteers in fundraising, where to find volunteers, how to recruit them, and how to keep them enthused about your organization. Takeaways for this nonprofitwebinars.com session include:

  • List ways your organization can benefit from getting volunteers involved in your fundraising
  • Develop a plan to recruit fundraising volunteers
  • Develop a structure for a development committee

Proposal Writing Basics 

Wednesday, November 13, 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

Proposal Budgeting Basics 

Monday, November 18, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 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.

Be Found and Get Found: LinkedIn Best Practices for Nonprofits

 Tuesday, November 19, 2013

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

LinkedIn makes it easier than ever to demonstrate your personal brand, the brand of your organization and to be found in its powerful search capability by potential volunteers, donors, board members and corporate sponsors.

In this nonprofitwebinars.com session Marc W. Halpert will walk you through a brief review of best practices in crafting a great LinkedIn personal and company profile. Then Maria Semple will show you how to use search terms to gain better search results.

The end result: a new way of benefiting from LinkedIn as a power tool in your agency’s marketing toolbox.

Beyond Fundraising

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
1:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Many entrepreneurs – social, triple bottom line or otherwise – do not avail themselves of all potential capital sources when seeking funding to grow or scale, limiting prospects to cash flow their initiatives. This seminar explores a range of options for funding: external in the marketplace, internal within an organization, new ideas and classics not to overlook. Takeaways for this nonprofitwebinars.com session include:

  • Unconventional sources of conventional capital
  • How and when to use crowdfunding for your endeavor
  • How to choose appropriate sources for capital

Product Spotlight: Making the Case for Mobile

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Pacific)

Today, many potential donors are using mobile devices to find what they need, to assess their options, to make decisions, and to connect with causes they care about. Nonprofit organizations that start embracing mobile now will be the ones best able to capture support for their efforts now and in the future. Let us help you understand this mobile transition so you don't get left behind! In this NTEN webinar you’ll learn:

  • Why you can't ignore mobile even if you think your supporters aren't using it
  • How mobile is becoming a new reality for nonprofit organizations
  • 8 easy steps that you can do right after the webinar to make your organization more mobile-friendly
  • Hear from one nonprofit that has embraced mobile, how they got started, and what they’ve learned since

Webinar registrants will also receive a checklist of the 8 things that can be done today to make themselves and their organizations ready to embrace mobile as part of their efforts to reach more supporters and engage with their existing communities.

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 November 19th.

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, 25 October 2013 at 8:30 AM
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