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29 Free Non-profit Webinars for May 2014

Lori Halley 28 April 2014 3 comments

This month’s round-up offers 29 free non-profit webinars with terrific insight and ideas. Topics include: mobile impact; finding and keeping donors; telling your stories on social media; volunteer interview strategies; transformational teams; developing strategic partners on LinkedIn; getting your board on board; 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 non-profit webinar, please add a brief note in the comments section below.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

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

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:

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:

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

Getting Started: Making Your Grant Requests Sparkle

Thursday, May 1, 2014
11:00 AM (PDT)

Are you new to grant writing? This free webinar for TechSoup's audience (normally $89!) will help you prepare the basic documents needed to write compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals.

Participants come away with a clear picture of exactly what documents they should have at hand and how to polish and present these documents in order to submit successful grants requests. Why not make your first grant proposals not only a joy to write, but also make them stand out from other submissions?

Revive your Middle Donors and Raise More Money

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Nonprofits are missing out on raising millions of dollars simply because they are overlooking one of their most committed and productive audiences, middle donors—the donors who give more than low-dollar, direct marketing donations, but less than what would qualify them for high-touch, major gift treatment.

In this Network for Good webinar, join donor experts Alia McKee and Mark Rovner as they reveal the findings of Sea Change Strategies' recent study, The Missing Middle, and teach organizations how to boost fundraising through middle donor revitalization.

The Dog Ate My Grant Application: Crowdfunding for Nonprofits

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Ever wonder how Black Girls Code raised $110K+ to support their programming in 10 cities in summer of 2013? How Kite Patch found 11,000+ contributors to support their work making people invisible to mosquitoes? How the Parkinson's Institute engaged multi-generations of donors to raise over $500K?

In this 4Good webinar, join Indiegogo Cause Director Bre DiGiammarino to find out why these organizations selected to use crowdfunding, and how they applied best practices in order to succeed. Come prepared to think through the value crowdfunding could provide to your organization. Leave prepared to run a super-charged campaign for impact.

Building a Fundraising Board 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
3:00 PM (Eastern)

Does your board refuse to accept their fundraising responsibility? Are they willing but not educated/trained in fundraising? Does the board lack enthusiasm for fundraising? Have you wondered if it is time for an extreme makeover of your board?

If so, this 4Good webinar is for you. In this session, we will discuss the role the board plays on the development team; how to involve them in the fundraising process; how to assure that they will enthusiastically get involved with the fundraising efforts of your organization.


  • List the roles and responsibilities of board members;
  • List ways board members can become in involved in fundraising.
  • Develop a plan to engage board members and recruit new board members.

Financial Governance Tips to Keep Trustees and CEOs out of Trouble

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

When P.T. Barnum said: “there’s no such thing as bad publicity,” he was talking about circuses, not nonprofits. Negative publicity can have a chilling effect on donations to a nonprofit! To keep your donations flowing, I'll tell you what to look for in finance to avoid trouble and bad publicity for your organization. This 4Good webinar requires no previous financial knowledge.

We'll cover:

  • Budgets
  • Audits
  • Policies and Procedures
  • IRS Form 990
  • Fundraising
  • Legal Requirements
  • and more.

Mobile Impact 101: Taking Your Cause Mobile

Thursday, May 8, 2014
11:00 AM (PDT)

The mobile age isn’t coming — it's here. But the real question is, is your nonprofit or public library ready to use the most popular tool in history to change the world? 

In this TechSoup webinar, you’ll learn how your organization can harness the potential of mobile for fundraising, marketing, advocacy, and programs. Get helpful tips and tools and leave with insights on:

  • Why mobile presents a huge opportunity for any nonprofit or public library
  • Planning for success and tips for building a mobile website, apps, text-to-donate campaigns, social media integration, and analyzing and optimizing campaigns
  • Tips for maximizing mobile fundraising

Grantseeking Basics 

Monday, May 12, 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.

How to Find and Keep Volunteers 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you struggling to keep up with your massive workload?
Do you look ahead to see the light at the end of the tunnel and just see more tunnel?Then you, my friend, need volunteers.

Would you like to learn how to find and keep volunteers? At this Wild Woman Fundraising webinar you’ll find out:

  • Where to find in-person and virtual volunteers
  • What volunteers can and cannot do for your nonprofit
  • 7 places to find volunteers
  • How to write compelling volunteer job descriptions
  • 5 different kinds of volunteers and how to reach them
  • Key phrases to retain volunteers

How to Tell Your Stories on Social Media 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
3:00 PM (Eastern)

You know storytelling is an important tool in your nonprofit's fundraising and communication plan. You also know that social media offers a variety of opportunities to connect and communicate with your audience.

So why aren't we bringing more of our stories to social media?

In this 4Good webinar, join Vanessa Chase from The Storytelling Non-Profit to learn how to tell a great story to your social media audience!


  • The 6 must-have elements of a story that resonates with your audience
  • How to decide what social media platforms to use
  • How to tailor your story for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest
  • Tips for the visual design of your story
  • How to set and track metrics to improve your storytelling efforts

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies

Tuesday, May 13, 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

Effective Strategic Planning Part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

No matter how rewarding a planning process is in cultivating your stakeholders, focusing your board and staff, and developing your organization, and no matter how promising the goals and objectives of your plan, strategic planning cannot be successful unless it drives action. A bit of wisdom from the business world is that we manage what we measure. This 4Good webinar rounds out our strategic planning series with a look at selecting what to measure and how to use, track and report the data.


  • Why metrics are critical to management, mission, sustainability and funding
  • How to use different kinds of data (trends, norms, and performance)
  • The difference between outputs and outcomes.
  • Different ways to report metrics.

What Your Sponsors Really Want 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you trying to get more sponsorships for your next special event?

Would you like to step inside your sponsor's head and figure out exactly what they're thinking and what they want?

Take-aways for this 4Good webinar:

  • How to get your foot In the door with sponsors (how to meet them)
  • How to use your website to make your event attractive to sponsors (with lots of real life examples!)
  • What your sponsors are really hungry for
  • Phrases your sponsors LOVE to hear
  • Learn when to pitch sponsors! (when your sponsors make budget decisions)
  • What to bring to your sponsorship meeting
  • How to find and show your demographics
  • Seven key elements of a good sponsorship proposal

How to Ask for Money From Individuals

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

This interactive Foundation Center webinar will help you address your roadblocks asking for money. Learn how to avoid some common mistakes in fundraising from individuals and learn the facts about who gives away money and who can be asked for a donation. Take away specific language to make a strong ask, which is based on relationship-building and relationships you already have. 

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Thursday, May 15, 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 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.

What You'll Learn: 

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

How To Turn Strangers Into Strategic Partners Using LinkedIn

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

I was scanning through my online calendar the other day and couldn’t help but notice how almost every single conversation I had had in the past 30 days was with someone who had I “met” using LinkedIn.

As I thought about how I grateful I am to have connected with all these incredible nonprofit professionals (and none of whom I have met in person), I noticed that the development of each relationship had followed a consistent pattern. If you’re new to social media or are just unsure about how to effectively use LinkedIn, I’d like to share with you my step-by-step plan for turning strangers into strategic partners using the biggest business directory in the world.


  • Position yourself as a thought leader in your community by setting up a magnetic, professional profile
  • Recruit new board members by meaningfully networking with other influential community leaders
  • Raise awareness of your cause more quickly by creating high-impact joint-venture partnerships

Is Your Board on Board: Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

The essential success of a nonprofit organization is dependent upon leadership--both volunteer and professional. In this fast-paced 4Good webinar, we will focus on the core responsibilities of the board--both individually and collectively. There will be special emphasis on motivating board members to engage wholeheartedly in the agency's fundraising and development programs.


  • The five key tasks and responsibilities of board members in financial resource development
  • How to profile your board to achieve diversity
  • Board member self-assessment and evaluation tools

Tips and Tools for Creating Transformational Teams

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

The role of a leader is critical to the success of an organization. We all have the capacity to empower others through our own personal growth and development. In this 4Good webinar, learn more about creating a culture of authenticity and reflection that can contribute to your team's ability to make a difference.

Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program

Thursday, May 22, 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 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?

Introduction to Fundraising Planning  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 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. You'll learn how to:

  • Conduct an assets inventory
  • Develop a case statement
  • Identify funding partners
  • Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar

Staying on Track with Major Gifts:  Accountability Tools and Techniques

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Do you have trouble keeping in touch with donors, maintaining a reliable schedule of solicitations, or making the time for cultivation?

If so, this session on staying accountable with your major gifts program is for you! We’ll discuss the latest tools and techniques on how to stay on track with raising major gifts. This GuideStar webinar is partially comprised of information pulled from Amy Eisenstein’s most recent, bestselling book, Major Gifts Fundraising for Small Shops. In the book, she argues that you can start raising major gifts in only 5 hours per week with no additional staff or resources, but with what you already have!

Proposal Writing Basics 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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

Diversity Awareness for Effective Nonprofits 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Today's workforce and organizations are increasingly diverse. Effective non-profits need to be capable of welcoming, including, utilizing and working with diverse people, perspectives, styles, and experiences for overall success and capacity.

This presentation offers practical tools and concepts designed to resolve tensions, utilize strengths, support collaboration, and create more welcoming environments.


  • A goal of diversity: community that works together to create a better world and community where everyone is more or less comfortable
  • A multi-dimensional model of diversity for all of us
  • A diversity survey that can help give your group a better sense of its own diversity issues and potential goals
  • How role awareness helps integrate diverse people, views, styles, experiences and “others”
  • How role switching enhances understanding, relationships, and reduces polarized conflicts and styles
  • How rank awareness helps individuals and groups realize the impact of rank on relationships and communication, for better and worse

45 Great FUNdraising Ideas in 60 Minutes 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Attend this fast paced 4Good webinar to take away as many as 45 great FUNdraising ideas - some new, some reminders - in annual appeals, special events, board giving and more. These are just some of the great FUNdraising ideas listing in "FUNdraising! 180+ Great Ideas to Raise More Money". The webinar is presented by the author, Jean Block, a fundraising pro with more than 45 years of experience.

Proposal Budgeting Basics 

Thursday, May 29, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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?

Prior attendance at Proposal Writing Basics is strongly recommended.

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 May19th.

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, 28 April 2014 at 8:30 AM


  • Steven Yorke, The Resource Alliance said:

    Monday, 28 April 2014 at 11:05 AM
    On 21-22 May, there is Fundraising Online, a free virtual conference on digital fundraising techniques, with 16 different speakers and 2 keynote sessions. Sessions include:

    - Best practices for online P2P fundraising
    - Beyond fundraising: how to get more from your mobile strategy
    - Integrated marketing: what’s that got to do with big data? Everything!
    - Multi-channel attribution for non-profits
    - Growing your audience with mobile and social

    You can register for free now at fundraisingonline.com
  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Monday, 28 April 2014 at 11:31 AM
    Steven: Thanks for adding that webinar to our round-up.
  • Susie Cambria said:

    Tuesday, 06 May 2014 at 9:12 AM
    Just found this in my inbox:

    Mapping Public Resources for Youth & Families
    May 20, 2014, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

    How much does your state or locality spend on children and youth? Are the investments aligned with a larger set of goals? Fiscal mapping is a first step toward identifying and coordinating resources for greater impact. Join this informational webinar to learn how communities use fiscal mapping to shift from tracking resources agency-by-agency to aligning resources with overarching policy and program goals. Learn about tools and supports to get started.

    Elizabeth Gaines, Vice President, Policy Solutions
    Jenny Bonilla Moreno, Policy Associate


    In my role as a DC government contractor, I work on the city's annual Children's Budget Report. I expect that what people learn in this webinar can be applied to different populations or issues. For example, I've taken what I've learned working on the CBR to do a budget pull for DC residents 50 and older.
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