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Free Non-profit Webinars for January 2014

Lori Halley 02 January 2014 1 comments

Welcome to 2014!

Want to start the New Year with some non-profit learning? If you do - we’ve got you covered. Our roundup includes 28+ free non-profit webinars that are available this January. There are some great topics including: “How to make your cause go viral”; “Personal/Professional Online Networks”; “4 Big Shifts in Volunteerism”; “7 Changes to Make in 2014”; “An Introduction to Silent Auctions” 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 January:

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 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:

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

Grantseeking Basics 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
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.

4Good:  Finally, a Social Community That is All About You

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Every nonprofit needs resources for professional development; tools for enhancing board governance, planning, operations and fundraising; and access to expertise. Some even generate revenue and awareness from the intellectual property they have developed. 4Good brings together free online professional development with Nonprofit Webinars, knowledge sharing with IdeaEncore, vendor and consultant listings with Nonprofit-Direct and whole new platform for productive interactions among nonprofits, consultants and funders. This webinar will introduce 4Good and its potential to make all aspects of interaction within the social impact sector easier, richer, and more productive. We hope you’ll join us to learn how you can find all of the tools, advice and people you’ll need to help your own organization and lend your expertise to colleagues across the world.

Developing Personal/Professional Online Networks

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

What is an online Personal/Professional Learning Network (PLN), and why does everyone need one? PLNs are intentionally created learning networks set up to support your non-formal learning needs. These learning networks are powered by your learning objective(s), the types of people you choose to include, social capital, and who’s in the network. What is more, it is increasingly clear that strong personal online networks play a role in the growth of organizational online community and networks.

This NonprofitWebinars.com session (led by Debra Askanase) will cover the value of developing your online PLN, stages of growth, factors that influence the strength and development of any personal learning network, and PLN learning objectives. We’ll also discuss the relationship between online PLNs and an organization’s greater online presence.

Future Forecast: Four Big Shifts that Will Change Volunteerism...for the Better

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

As society evolves, so too does volunteerism. Are you ready? How will today's cultural shifts influence the needs and desires of your volunteer supporters? What can you do to address these needs both now and into the future?

Join VolunteerMatch and expert consultant Tobi Johnson as we kick off 2014 with an exploration of four thought-provoking cultural and scientific trends that will transform how we engage volunteers for our organizations…and may even make your program stronger and better. What You'll Learn: 

  • How and why volunteer management is now more sophisticated than ever
  • Four key trends that are affecting how we attract, engage, and support volunteers
    • Advances in brain science and neuroleadership
    • Discoveries in human performance and talent development
    • Migration from solely virtual to virtual and mobile
    • The increasing importance of data
    • Tactical ideas and solutions to integrate into strategic program planning

Top Tips For Successful Grant Proposals 

Thursday, January 9, 2014
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 juicy feedback and a dash of good timing! Foundations and corporate funders are always looking for ways to make solid investments in your community. To partner with them, you have to show exactly how you can help them do that! You have to focus on their interests. In this GiftWorks webinar you will learn:  How to be well-prepared for the grantwriting process -- What to include (and exclude) in your proposal -- What most engages (and repels) grantmakers -- Where to find resources for your next steps.

Proposal Writing Basics 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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

How to Make Your Cause Go Viral in 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Have you ever wondered why some things just catch on and become popular while others simply falter? Bestselling author and marketing expert Jonah Berger has combined groundbreaking research with powerful stories to come up with a set of specific, actionable techniques to help information spread by designing messages, advertisements, and content that people will share. Join Dr. Berger for this special Network For Good Nonprofit 911 webinar as he reveals basic principles  from his book that can help your cause take off in 2014.

Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2014

Tuesday, January 14
11 AM - 12:30 PM (Pacific)

This TechSoup webinar will take participants through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 to 18 months. Fast-paced, and filled with action steps, Cynthia Adams of GrantStation will discuss how to design and adopt a Grant Decision Matrix before beginning the process of building a specific grants strategy for each project.

All participants will also receive a set of worksheets that they can use to create their own approach to building grants calendars and grants strategies for their organizations. This 90-minute webinar is for beginning, intermediate, and advanced grantwriters.

Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

What do your 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. You'll Learn: 

  • What information should you share with new volunteers?
  • How can you turn regularly shared new volunteer info into a curriculum? 
  • How is adult learning different from child learning?
  • How can you tell how much training new volunteers are absorbing?

Maintaining Your Nonprofit’s 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

A nonprofit’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is one of its most precious assets; it: encourages giving by allowing donors to make tax-deductible donations; maximizes funds available to support the mission by exempting most income from taxes; facilitates grants from foundations and government funders; and enhances credibility with the public and donors. Make sure your nonprofit doesn’t inadvertently lose its (c)(3) status by not following the rules. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will explain in plain English (not legalese!) some of the core responsibilities, including: filing annual IRS returns; ensuring that activities further your tax-exempt purposes and benefit the public rather than private interests; avoiding impermissible financial benefits to insiders; limiting lobbying activities; avoiding political campaign activities; limiting, and paying taxes on, unrelated business income; recordkeeping; and maintaining public charity status.

7 Changes to Make in 2014 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you spending your time on the right things? Get Kivi's list of 7 things you might want to do differently in 2014.

"What should I be doing first? What's most important?" "I don't know if I'm doing the right things. What would YOU do?" "What needs to be on my radar right now, so I'm not blind-sided later this year?" I get these questions all the time, and, of course, the answers depend on your particular nonprofit and your situation -- to a point. The truth is that there are some marketing fundamentals -- those "better" practices -- that just about every nonprofit needs to be paying attention to in order to succeed in 2014.  And while I don't have a crystal ball, I do have a sense for how things are changing in our field, and what those around you might just expect you to tackle in the coming year as your organization's point person for marketing and communications. During this NonprofitMarketingGuide.com webinar, you’ll receive a list of things you might want to do a little (or a lot) differently in 2014 as well as Kivi Leroux Miller’s favorite tips, tools, and resources for each item on the list.

Every Ask You Don’t Make Is a Gift You Won’t Get – How to Succeed With Major Gifts Fundraising 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Asking is scary. As a result, too often nonprofits spend tons of time cultivating, cultivating and cultivating. But they never get to the ask! Or, if they do, they leave money on the table. To assure that you cut to the chase requires a plan and a disciplined approach. In this webinar we’ll talk about when to ask; then how to do it so you get the most successful outcome possible. Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session (led by Claire Axelrad) will include:

  • Using moves management to know when a prospect is ready
  • Overcoming asking anxiety
  • Knowing who to involve in the ask
  • Inviting investment
  • Asking strategies: What works; what doesn’t?
  • Overcoming objections

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers In Your Volunteer Engagement Program

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

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, you'll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.

What you'll learn:  How to increase your own capacity by involving volunteers in volunteer program administration. Where to go to get resources and help.

Is Your Organization’s Culture Impeding Growth?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Peter Drucker has a great quote: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Although culture plays a large part in how organizations function, grow and change, we don’t always take its power and influence fully into account. When organizations assess their readiness for growth – or are unexpectedly thrown into change – their culture can be a help, a hindrance or somewhere in between. Because an organization’s culture often evolves organically, leaders and staff are not always aware of the role culture takes in their ability to grow. In this NonprofitWebinars.com session, participants will:

  • Learn how to assess your organization’s current culture and the role it plays in organizational growth.
  • Understand how to influence positive cultural change.
  • Plan, communicate, and implement strategies to shift your organization’s culture to better support your mission.

Before You Hire an Architect: Reduce Costs and Risks, Produce Better Results

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Before launching a facility project, nonprofit boards and CEOs should have a clear sense of the entire process, with its opportunities and pitfalls, so they can maximize value while minimizing costs, risks and stress. This NonprofitWebinars.com session will address the critical information a board and CEO need to have, and the work they need to do, before hiring an architect. It will cover roles and responsibilities (board, staff, architects, contractors, consultants), strategy, planning, programming, budgeting, architect and contractor selection, and client-favorable contracts.

Takeaways for this webinar will include:

  • A clear overview of facility planning and design
  • Simple ways to avoid expensive surprises
  • How to improve the quality of the project while reducing its cost
  • How to set a firm project budget before hiring an architect
  • Project costs vs. construction costs
  • How to avoid otherwise inevitable extra costs

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

Thursday, January 23, 2014
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. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

What You'll Learn: 

  • How to prepare your organization for difficult transitions
  • How to identify transitions that need to be made
  • How to manage difficult transitions and strategies for ending the volunteering relationship
  • Know where to go to get resources and help

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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.

What You'll Learn: 

  • The basics of volunteer engagement.
  • What are the 3 Rs of volunteer engagement?
  • What are the components of a successful volunteer program?

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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.

Designing and Delivering Nonprofit Trainings: Tips That Work

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Effective trainings combine great content and learning design where participants are inspired and engaged throughout the session and above all actually remember and apply what they learn. Great content is important, but people learn very little from only listening. Getting them interacting with the information and each other greatly improves their retention. No matter what your skill level with designing trainings, in this session you’ll find tips and techniques that you easily use to improve results. Long time nonprofit technology trainer Beth Kanter will share tips from years of facilitating trainings and will show you how deliver training rich in content and interaction.

Takeaways for this NonprofitWebinars.com session:

  • Learn how to plan for both content and instruction
  • Learn some interactive and fun ways to get the audience involved
  • Understand how to balance content delivery with time for processing and reflection

I Need it NOW! Working With Others to Quickly Produce a Grant Proposal

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Issues beyond the grant proposal writer’s control are often the primary reason for missed or “photo finish” deadlines. Therefore, the first order of business is to anticipate difficulties and lay the groundwork for a relatively stress-free proposal writing process.

This NonprofitWebinars.com session explores the two primary reasons why grant applications are delayed. Tools that tame complicated grant proposal projects will be shared and explained. Techniques that create enthusiasm for the proposal writing process (in yourself and among your colleagues) will be articulated and discussed.

An Introduction to Nonprofit Silent Auctions: How to raise more funds with five simple changes 

Thursday, January 30, 2014
3:00 PM (Eastern)

What’s the difference between a Lincoln MKX and a Ford Edge? Marketing! The cars are virtually identical, but the Lincoln retails for $12,000 more. When you start to use the same marketing tactics the big companies do, your little, silent nonprofit auction can start to realize some impressive gains. For some organizations, modest gains of 5% can mean thousands of dollars to your bottom line. In this CharityHowTo webinar, you’ll get practical “how-to” advice so you can transform your auction items into a pile of money and learn:

  • Why a silent auction can’t be silent
  • How to entice the best bidders (aged 40+) with more disposable income
  • How to showcase items to ensure they sell for top dollar
  • A helpful addition to your silent auction bid sheet that uses psychology to pull in bids
  • How to get men away from the bar and onto the bid sheet
  • How to make check out a better process for your volunteers

Playing By the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

Thursday, January 30, 2014
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 webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program. In this VolunteerMatch webinar, you'll 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.
  • How to deal with challenging volunteers.
  • How to evaluate the Handbook you have.
  • How to create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

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. 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 January 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 Thursday, 02 January 2014 at 8:30 AM


  • john pietroniro said:

    Monday, 20 January 2014 at 2:14 PM
    Great resource - thank you!
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