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28 Free Non-profit Webinars for February 2014

Lori Halley 31 January 2014 2 comments

It's fitting that we’ve found 28 free non-profit webinars for the 28 days of February! So this month you can stay inside, avoid the Polar Vortex, and take in some insightful webinars.  The list includes topics such as: Your Fundraising Journey; Intro to Google Grants; Asking Styles; Social Media and Volunteer Engagement; 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 February:

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:

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:

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:

What’s Your Fundraising Journey?

Monday, February 3, 2014
1:00 PM (Eastern)

What's your fundraising journey? Where have you come from? And where are you going? Join the conversation in this Wild Woman Fundraising webinar and get some support and advice.

We'll talk about:

  • How we started fundraising
  • Our fundraising strengths
  • What we wish we knew more about
  • And we'll learn about fundraising resources!

Grantseeking Basics 

Monday, February 3, 2014
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.

An Introduction To Google Grants

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
3:00 PM (Eastern)

Google Grants gives eligible nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google.com. During this CharityHowTo webinar Simon Choy, who currently manages over $2 million in annual Google Grants funding, 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. He will also highlight what is required to succeed when using Google Grants and tell you about a paid service that will get you more than your money's worth.

Kick Start Your 2014 Marketing Calendar With Great Content

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Do you have a plan for 2014 to attract and engage your community? In this age of information overload, it's more important than ever that the content you produce and share be relevant, appealing, and strategic.

Join author and content marketing strategist Kivi Leroux Miller for this lively Network For Good webinar on how to keep up in the rapidly evolving world of nonprofit marketing and fundraising. See real world examples of nonprofits of all cause and sizes using successful content marketing strategies and take away actionable tips that you can put in place immediately for maximum impact this year!

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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.

What You'll Learn:

  • What social media is and why it matters
  • How to use social media to recruit and engage volunteers
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of managing social media tools
  • Where to go to get resources and help

Asking Styles:  A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
3:00 PM (Eastern)

There is no one right way to ask for a donation. Some people take great care preparing well-organized and complete presentations. Others prepare with just a few talking points and then use the energy of the prospect to guide the conversation. Some people are energized by the prospect of tying down a gift. For others it is a great act of courage.

In this CharityHowTo webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The unique strengths you bring to the table and how to apply them to the ask
  • Which prospects are the best match given your Asking Style
  • How to craft your Case for Support in your own words and Style
  • What to watch out for along the way

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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.

What you’ll learn:

  • Methods for interviewing prospective volunteers
  • Strategies for honing your interview skills

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions

Thursday, February 6, 2014
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.

The Ethics of Volunteer Engagement 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 (Eastern)

Sometimes it can be difficult to identify when you're facing an ethical dilemma in your work with volunteers. Using volunteer management scenarios and a conversational format, this VolunteerMatch webinar will cover some of the dilemmas you face when you engage and manage volunteers and provide ideas on how to resolve these situations effectively and ethically.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to recognize an ethical dilemma while engaging volunteers
  • Your role in resolving ethical dilemmas as a volunteer engagement professional
  • Best practices and approaches for resolving ethical dilemmas

Create content that both readers and search engines will love

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 (Central)

This is the first in a 3-part series of webinars from Smart Cause Digital - The School of Nonprofit Website Excellence.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by everything there is to know about nonprofit websites? Have you ever wished there was a step-by-step guide to help you make the most of your nonprofit website? The School of Nonprofit Website Excellence is here to help you take the reins of your website. Say goodbye to website overwhelm. Bid farewell to website frustration. Over the course of three weeks, you will learn specific strategies and steps that you can take to build a better nonprofit website.

Fundraising on a shoestring

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
1:00 PM (Eastern)

This Wild Woman Fundraising webinar will talk all about fundraising on a shoestring from:

  • How to get your printing costs down
  • Getting volunteer help
  • Low-cost/no-cost virtual help
  • Finding grants (for free!) and more!
  • New fundraising resources!

Proposal Writing Basics 

Friday, February 14, 2014
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

Make your website more effective with conversions

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 (Central)

This is the second in a 3-part series of webinars from Smart Cause Digital - The School of Nonprofit Website Excellence.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by everything there is to know about nonprofit websites? Have you ever wished there was a step-by-step guide to help you make the most of your nonprofit website? The School of Nonprofit Website Excellence is here to help you take the reins of your website. Say goodbye to website overwhelm. Bid farewell to website frustration. Over the course of three weeks, you will learn specific strategies and steps that you can take to build a better nonprofit website.

Indirect Cost Rate:  The Key to Paying For Your Infrastructure

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
1:00 Pm – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Donors want to pay for programs. Most donors do not want to pay for everything you need behind the scenes to make sure money raised is responsibly spent to advance the organization's mission. How then do you raise money for administrative staff, office rent, insurance, computers, software, furniture and the like? The US government, many local governments, and some foundations allow you to apply an indirect cost rate to your program expenses as a mechanism for the donor to fund infrastructure. In this 4Good Nonprofit webinar, you will learn what an indirect cost rate is and how to use it to pay for essential non-program expenses.

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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 Basics is strongly recommended.

Measuring Success:  How to Strategically Assess Your Program

Thursday, February 20, 2014
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?

Understand your website’s analytics 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 (Central)

This is the third in a 3-part series of webinars from Smart Cause Digital - The School of Nonprofit Website Excellence.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by everything there is to know about nonprofit websites? Have you ever wished there was a step-by-step guide to help you make the most of your nonprofit website? The School of Nonprofit Website Excellence is here to help you take the reins of your website. Say goodbye to website overwhelm. Bid farewell to website frustration. Over the course of three weeks, you will learn specific strategies and steps that you can take to build a better nonprofit website.

Your Board and Fundraising 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 (Eastern)

Learn how to engage your board in fundraising. This webinar helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising. This Foundation Center webinar will cover:

  • The role of your board
  • Why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns
  • Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities
  • Tips for strengthening your fundraising board

Numbers and Narrative:  How to Construct the Crucial Evaluation Piece of Grant Proposals and Reports 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Unless you’ve been hiding under that proverbial rock, you know that program evaluation and accountability have been hot topics in the nonprofit sector for quite a while. Funders want to know what’s working, what’s not, how we may or may not be accomplishing our mission, what needs are going unmet, and how we might make improvements in the future.

Evaluation can also be great for strategic planning purposes. It will tell you where you’ve been the most successful, where the challenge areas are, and where to go from here. Evaluation helps your clients reflect on their experiences and share their thoughts.

There are many ways of doing both qualitative and quantitative evaluations. But regardless of how you actually go about the process, you will need to start by writing about your evaluation system and tools in your grant proposal, and using them in your grant report(s). How can you do that?

"e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit"

Thursday, February 27, 2014
9:00 AM – 9:30 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.

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 February 17th.

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 Friday, 31 January 2014 at 8:30 AM


  • Lyndsey Hrabik said:

    Thursday, 06 February 2014 at 2:35 PM
    Hi Lori—

    The Nonprofit Hub has a webinar coming up this month with Bloomerang CEO Jay Love. We'll be talking about what every fundraiser can do to reverse the trend of plummeting donor retention.

    7 out of 10 donors only donate to a nonprofit once, and 77 percent of donors leave due to lack of communication from a nonprofit. We'll talk about challenging your organization to strengthen donor loyalty and how fundraising can help you do that.

    Wednesday, February 12
    11:30 AM - 12:30 AM (Central)
  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 06 February 2014 at 2:42 PM
    Lyndsey - thanks for sharing details of your webinar. If you have any other free non-profit webinars coming up in March, send me an email (prior to Feb. 17) and I'll add them to our March round-up.
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