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Free Non-profit Webinars for December 2013

Lori Halley 02 December 2013 2 comments

If you want to close out the year with some non-profit learning – take a look at our round-up of free webinars for December.

Even though it may be one of the busiest months of the year, we’ve still found more than 23 free non-profit webinars available this month. Topics include: Last Minute Fundraising Appeals; Inbound Marketing and Millennial Donors; Leadership Buy-in for a New Era; and a couple on trends for 2014: Idealware Looks to 2014; and Nonprofit Communications Trends, Priorities and Goals: Dive In and Plan Next Year.

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 December:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

Grantseeking Basics 

Monday, December 2, 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.

Seven Essential Fundraising Tips for Year-End

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

You dream of a strong, vibrant community and you have a sense of how to make it real. But do you know how to rally the funds needed to connect vision to action and truly support your cause? 

Join the editor of best-selling Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals, Darian Rodriguez, as he shares practical, tactical solutions from his book that can and will help you get dollars in the door. This Network for Good webinar will provide concrete tips and tools to take advantage of individual giving, foundation grants, and online and peer-to-peer campaigns, just in time to give those year-end efforts a last minute boost!

Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program

Tuesday, December 3, 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. What You'll Learn: 

  • What are the criteria for success for your volunteer program?
  • How can you work with others to create a culture of measurement for volunteer engagement? 

Inbound Marketing & Millennial Donors: A Perfect Marriage

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

The Millennial Generation does not want direct mail from your nonprofit, nor do they want generic communications. To get to these early donors, 84% of which donate or want to donate online, you’ll need to earn it through transformative content that effectively tells the story of your cause.

In this Nonprofit Webinars session, learn how to utilize inbound marketing techniques to attract Millennial donors who live on their smartphones, and to how incentivize their giving to your fundraising efforts. Takeaways:

  • Myths and Facts About Millennial Donors
  • Strategies to attract more Millennials to your site
  • Tactics to improve online relevancy for increased donations and donor retention

e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit 

Tuesday, December 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. 

Successfully Outsourcing Your Accounting Function

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

For startup or small nonprofits, hiring the right financial expertise can be challenging. Outsourcing to a qualified firm allows you to focus your efforts on mission and fund raising, can strengthen internal controls and often results in significant improvements in your overall financial management and reporting. The keys to success are to clarify your expectations for outsourcing and identify the right outsourcing partner with whom your organization can build a collaborative relationship. Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session:

  • 3 Advantages of Outsourcing Your Accounting Function
  • 3 Questions to Ask to Determine if Outsourcing is Right for Your Organization
  • How to Find the Right Accounting Outsourcing Solution

Hoverboards and Videophones: Idealware Looks to 2014

Thursday, December 5, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern)

What's on the horizon for nonprofit technology? What will be the most talked about, tweeted about, hashtagged about topics in our next trip around the sun? 2014 may still sound like the future, but it's only a few weeks away. Fear not, Idealware has kept our ears to the ground so you don't have to. In this webinar Idealware staff will run down their predictions for nonprofits, and the technology that keeps them running. Some of the topics up for discussion:

  • Websites
  • Cloud Services
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Email, Social Media, & Blogs
  • Graphic Design and Multimedia

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement

Thursday, December 5, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This VolunteerMatch webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization's overall strategic plan. What You'll Learn: 

• Why a strategic plan for volunteer engagement is important.
• How to incorporate key components into a strategic plan.
• How you can use a strategic plan to communicate with organization stakeholders.
• How creating a strategic plan can elevate the work that volunteers do in your organization.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning 

Monday, December 9, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 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

Nonprofit 911: Last Minute Fundraising Appeals

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Did you know year-end donations make up 30% of giving for the entire year? With such a small window to reach those year-long fundraising goals, the success of your year-end appeal is crucial. Join Network for Good's fundraising expert, Caryn Stein, for a free Nonprofit 911 webinar as she guides organizations through the most important ask of the year. 

What Every Non-profit Executive Needs to Know About Storytelling 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

You know that your organization needs to be telling more stories. But you keep facing resistance from leadership at your non-profit. Maybe you’re a non-profit executive who wants to start telling stories, but you don’t know where to start. Sound familiar?

Overcome the resistance and the fear! Storytelling is truly a collaborative, team effort. To be truly successful, it requires buy-in and support from the executive level. Learn everything you need to know to help facilitate and implement storytelling at your non-profit. In this Philanthropy For All webinar you’ll learn:

  • The 5 fundamental reasons why every non-profit needs to tell stories
  • Proven statistics that show the impact stories have on the community and donors
  • Why successful storytelling requires a team effort
  • A plan to implement storytelling at any organization

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you've never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this VolunteerMatch webinar we'll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We'll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers. What You'll Learn: 

• How to assess the feelings and attitudes of paid staff around working with volunteers.
• What does paid staff need to know about working with volunteers.
• How to create a communication plan to talk to paid staff about working with volunteers.
• Strategies for engaging volunteers in a union environment.

Creating a Culture of Storytelling: How to Collect the Stories You Need and Foster Collaboration 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably struggled to collect your non-profit stories at one point or another.

You know that sharing stories with your donors is an important part of the fundraising process. But your non-profit’s best stories are still hidden gems. If you’re ready to unearth those stories, it’s time to take a new approach to collecting stories – creating a culture of storytelling. In this Philanthropy For All webinar you’ll learn:

  • Why a culture of storytelling is the most effective way to collect stories
  • 5 ways you can promote and facilitate storytelling among your colleagues
  •  How to develop a system to easily collecting stories
  •  The 2 tools you need to collect stories

Leadership For A New Era 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Nonprofits today are faced with unprecedented challenges, and yet we continue to approach board leadership using concepts from thirty years ago. As our organizations enter into new territory, so our boards need to lead differently – yet we continue to put our efforts into getting the structure ‘right’. But there is no magical number of board members or committees, or use of Robert’s Rules of Order or Consent agendas, that will transform our boards into the strategic thinkers or powerful decision makers they need to be. Instead, structure must be seen as only the foundation – and board behavior and dynamics approached in a new way – to lead effectively into the future. Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session:

  • Learn the most important characteristics of effective nonprofit board members
  • Explore ways of creating a whole new kind of discourse around the board table
  • Learn about the new way of understanding and approaching risk in your organization
  • Take away new techniques for turning your board into a powerful leadership team

On Today’s Menu: Your Successful Grant Proposal

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 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! Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session:

  • How to prepare for the grantwriting process
  • What to include (and exclude)
  • What most engages (and repels) grantmakers
  • Where to find resources for your next steps

Filling the Gap When You Have a Vacant Leadership Position

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

A recent study produced by CompassPoint and the Haas, Jr. Fund, UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising has taught us the following:

  • Half of the chief development officers interviewed are planning to leave their position.
  • For nonprofits with budgets of $1-10M, it takes an average of 8-10 months to hire for those positions, as well as other executive functions.
  • Only 25% of those hired for executive director and other executive functions will stay in their jobs more than five years.
  • In reaction to this culture shift of turnover and gaps in leadership, many nonprofits – large and small – are using consultants as short- and long-term solutions. 

In this GuideStar webinar, top thinkers in nonprofit management and philanthropy offer techniques and anecdotes for getting through these tumultuous times. Some of the topics that will be addressed include:

  • Determining if outsourcing your leadership on a short- or long-term basis is a good fit. 
  • Assessing the current state of the outgoing leader’s responsibilities and reallocating resources to keep moving towards the fundraising goals and mission objectives.
  • Relationship management of your board and donors during transitions.

The Top 2014 Nonprofit Communications Trends, Priorities and Goals: Dive In and Plan Next Year

Thursday, December 12, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

It’s the time of year when people are wrapping up their year and planning for the year ahead. What are going to be the most important priorities for nonprofit communicators next year? What are the most (and least) important communication channels? 

In this GuideStar webinar, Kivi Leroux Miller, president of NonprofitMarketingGuide.com, will share the biggest challenges nonprofits will be faced with while implementing their communications plans, and what excites and what scares nonprofit communicators about the coming year. She will also provide a sneak peek of the 2014 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report results, which will be released by NonprofitMarketingGuide.com in early January.

Proposal Writing Basics 

Thursday, December 12, 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

Proposal Budgeting Basics 

Tuesday, December 17, 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.

Stay tuned for next month’s free webinar round-up:

That's it for this month. But 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 December 16th.

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 Monday, 02 December 2013 at 8:30 AM


  • Kathy Rodriguez, Founder of From Transitioning to Transformed LLC said:

    Monday, 02 December 2013 at 10:17 AM
    THIS information was so beneficial... I am DEFINITELY going to be following your blog... Thank you so much....

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

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Monday, 02 December 2013 at 11:11 AM
    Kathy: So glad you found the webinar round-up helpful. This is a monthly feature, so you can sign up for our RSS feed for regular updates.
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