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20 Free Non-profit Webinars for June 2014

Lori Halley 23 May 2014 0 comments

The weather is finally warming up so we can start spending time outdoors. But there are a number of hot webinars that might tempt you to stay indoors and at your computer in June.  Some of the topics we’ve found include: Smarter Email Marketing; Engaging the Volunteer of the Future; Lessons to Make You Website-smart; Getting Your Donors to Fall In Love With You; Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact and much more. 

Take a look through the list of webinars below and share this with your non-profit and membership 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 June: 

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: 


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

How to Create the Ultimate Donation Page 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
1:00 PM (EST)

Who said summer school can't be cool?  The feedback has been so positive for Network for Good's online Ultimate Donation Page Course, we want to bring it to you in real time! 

Our very own digital giving expert Caryn Stein will lead a lively workshop filled with online fundraising best practices and must-do tasks that will help you optimize your donation page.  Join this webinar to learn how to raise more money this fall—and all year round.

Register now, this is one class you won't want to skip!

Take the Guesswork Out of Hiring With Activity-Based Assessments 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST) 

Hiring the wrong person for a job is frustrating and costly. How do you make sure that what you see in the interview process is what you get when the person actually comes to work? How do you make sure that a candidate can actually deliver on their promises?

An activity-based assessment takes the guesswork out of the hiring process and demonstrates a candidate's ability to do the job.

Take-aways for this 4Good webinar:

  • 3 types of activity-based assessments and when to use each
  • How to develop an assessment based on the job requirements
  • How to effectively administer the assessment

Raise More Money With Smarter Email Marketing 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (EST)

Email continues to be the most effective way to engage donors and volunteers online. But many small and medium-sized nonprofits don't know how to use email effectively.

This 4Good webinar will show you the low-hanging fruit - specific things you can do to improve your email results. The agenda for this webinar will include: 

  • Understanding the role of email marketing in fundraising
  • Three "list magnets" to increase new subscriber rates
  • Lowering unsubscribes with smart segmenting
  • Getting people to "opt down" instead of "opt out".

Mobile Impact 201: Digital Content Strategies for Mobile 

Thursday, June 5, 2014
11:00 AM (PDT)

Now that your nonprofit has decided to establish a mobile presence, what can you say to engage donors, volunteers, and other constituents? 

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to harness the huge potential of mobile- how to turn it into a tool for change, instead of just another medium. 

We'll also look at tips and tools for integrating your mobile efforts with social media and events, as well as how to measure and optimize your efforts. 

This webinar is part of a four-part Mobile Impact webinar series, presented by TechSoup, BetterWorld Wireless, PayPal, and Network for Good. View the first webinar Mobile Impact 101: Take Your Cause Mobile and watch for more upcoming events.

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future 

Thursday, June 5, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EST)

At VolunteerMatch we have a unique view into what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important. 

This is a great introduction to some of our more advanced webinars including Where do I go from here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways, and Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement.

Grantseeking Basics 

Monday, June 9, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 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.

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EST)

You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This VolunteerMatch webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You'll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You'll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization. 

5 Key Lessons That Will Make You Website-Smart 

Wednesday, June 11 2014
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (CT)

Have you tried to improve your nonprofit's website but feel like you're not making enough progress? Save yourself a lot of time and frustration and attend this Smart Cause Digital webinar. You will learn the 5 key strategies you need to create compelling webpages, raise more money via your website and get more traffic to your website.

Planning Clinic

Wednesday, June 11 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (CT)

Building on our annual cycle of nonprofit planning webinars (three on strategic planning and one each on integrated planning, facility planning, and mission statements), we will offer a discussion-based planning clinic. If you have a question, issue or problem relating to any aspect of nonprofit planning (strategic, business, program, or facility planning, or related issues) just sign up for this session, and I will respond to it. I will frame my comments broadly in terms of general principles while also offering specific guidance to the questioner. As with all of the 4Good webinars, the questioner will be identified by first name only (or not at all, if requested). Bring your thorniest issues, and let’s see what we can do with them.

Instagram 101:  Tell Your Story & Engage Your Donors With This Popular App 

Wednesday, June 11 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT)

With over 150 million monthly active users, Instagram is a top choice for online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking. Join Alexander Zanfir (SocialPlay.com) in this practical MyCharityConnects webinar that will show you how to perform basic functions, use it to tell your story, engage your donors, grow your followers and much more!

Please note: Registration for MyCharityConnects webinars is open to employees, volunteers, board members and donors of Canadian charities and nonprofits

Show Me the Money: How to Fund Your Nonprofit Social Enterprise

Wednesday, June 11 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (EDT)

This 4Good webinar is designed to help nonprofits identify funding options and resources to finance their social venture efforts. A panel of fundraising experts and practitioners will discuss the ins and outs of social venture fundraising, including: 

  • Types of funding available to nonprofit social enterprises
  • Major social enterprise funders and what they look for in making investments
  • Innovative approaches to social enterprise fundraising such as crowdfunding

Getting Your Donors To Fall In Love With You

Thursday, June 12, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

Landing that first donation is hard – but getting the second gift can be even harder. In this webinar, Farra Trompeter, vice president of Big Duck, will explore 11 ways you can tell if your donors love you. Through examples from nonprofits of all sizes, Farra will offer tips on new techniques you can try to woo current donors, lapsed donors, and even unsuspecting would-be donors (aka “prospects”) into everlasting love. 

Dealing with Difficult People:  Learn a New Skillset for Today’s Multigenerational, Multicultural Workplace 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

It seems to happen in a lot of workplaces. Someone is difficult. It can be a client, peer or (gulp) your boss. Or it could be that incommunicative guy in the mailroom, the gossipy fundraiser, the surly receptionist or the aggressive fill-in-the-blank that puts a crimp in your day. 

Might be that new Gen Y that asks too many questions, texts too much and talks too little. ENTITLEMENT! Could be the very direct Gen X who leaves the desk at 5 PM with work still to be done. UNCOMMITTED! How about that Baby Boomer who called the two hour meeting so she could introduce a new process and all you’re concerned about is getting to the bottom line? TALK, NO ACTION! 

Dealing with difficult people does not need to be that difficult and can be the beginning of an admired and desired skillset in today’s multigenerational, multicultural workplace. Learn how in this 4Good webinar presented by Sherri Petro of VPI Strategies. 

Mobile Impact 101: Taking Your Cause Mobile 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (EDT)

There are now more cell phones than toothbrushes, and as of 2013, smartphones surpassed regular phone sales. But what are the implications for your nonprofit, and how can you quickly yet effectively craft a mobile impact strategy to advance your programs, fundraising, and work overall? Join us for a quick, 4Good webinar and leave with a checklist of the most important tips and tools for your cause, including insights on:

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

Journalism Techniques To Spice Up Your Grant Proposals 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (EDT)

It's no coincidence that many great grant proposal writers once worked as journalists. Like proposal writers, journalists have a knack for telling clear, compelling stories using quotes and objective evidence. 

This 4Good webinar, led by a grant proposal writer who began as a reporter, explains how to interview individuals such as organization clients to create more impactful proposals.


  • When to use interviews to improve grant proposals.
  • How to select a client to interview.
  • The three questions to ask during every client interview.
  • How to ethically set colleagues and clients at ease about the process.
  • Tips for writing a compelling and appropriate client story into a proposal.
  • Interviewing "tip sheets" and real-life examples that helped get grants.

That’s it for now 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 June18th.

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, 23 May 2014 at 8:30 AM
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