21 Free Non-profit Webinars for July 2014

Lori Halley 30 June 2014 3 comments

School’s out for summer, but there are many non-profit webinars available throughout July. We’ve rounded up 21 free webinars on topics such as: “10 Things Your Nonprofit Website Needs”; “Tips & Tricks for Successful Grantseeking ”; “Social Media & Volunteer Engagement”; strategies for finding another hour in your day; 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 July:

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:

Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

VolunteerMatch is now sharing your skilled opportunity listings with LinkedIn's 300+ million potential volunteers. Integrating skilled volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you've just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

What You'll Learn: 

  1. What pro bono and skilled volunteering is
  2. How to get started
  3. Tips & tricks for working with corporations
  4. Know where to go to get resources and help

10 Things Your Nonprofit Website Needs in 2014 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Your organization's website is critical to your success. It's the place to tell the world about your mission and motivate visitors to take action - whether it's making a donation or signing up for your services. For many organizations, it's difficult to know where to start. What do you do next with your website and how do you manage it?

This 4Good webinar will share the 10 things you must do (or stop doing) in 2014 to grow your online presence and effectively engage, inspire, motivate and mobilize your web audience..

Single Days of Service: Make it Work!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. The political and social climate is further emphasizing this trend. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers? This VolunteerMatch webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement. What You'll Learn: 

  • Trends driving the desire for single day volunteer events
  • How to create real impact opportunities for groups to do in a single day
  • What systems and structures can help you manage single day events
  • Tips for recognition and relationship building for single day volunteers

Grantseeking Basics 

Wednesday, July 9, 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.

A 360-Degree View of Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships, Part II

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Join VolunteerMatch for a special joint edition of the Nonprofit Insights and Best Practice Network webinar series, as we welcome back three experts in corporate-nonprofit partnerships who will present from multiple perspectives: Nonprofit consultant Mazarine Treyz will represent the small nonprofit viewpoint, Desiree Adaway of The Adaway Group will provide the voice of large organizations, and Amanda Lenaghan from the Charles Schwab Foundation will present the corporate angle.

Registrants will walk away with new knowledge, practical strategies and tactics, as well as concrete resources and handouts. Whether you work at a nonprofit or a corporation, this webinar will enable you to move your program to the next level through successful partnerships.

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Grant Seeking Strategy

Thursday, July 10, 2014
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Participating in CharityHowTo’s “Tips and Tricks for a Successful Grant Seeking Strategy” will provide you with insider knowledge about what funders are looking for and some specific tips you can use when reaching out to funders and crafting grant applications. Having served as a Program Officer for a statewide public foundation, Diane is uniquely qualified to help you best translate and understand the materials put out by funders.

In this live nonprofit webinar we will go through tips and tricks that all grant professionals can use to help implement a successful grant seeking strategy in their organization. We will look at specific examples of how these tips can and have been successfully used so you can consider how to best utilize the information within your own organization.

Mobile Impact 401: Mobile Tech for Offices & People

Thursday, July 10, 2014
11:00 AM (PDT)

Join the experts for a free TechSoup webinar to discuss how your office can leverage phones, tablets, and hotspots for social good. Learn how to craft a BYOD (bring your own device) policy, set up a virtual office, cut the wire to work from anywhere, and adopt remote work strategies to support your cause and staff.

This webinar is part of a four-part Mobile Impact webinar series, presented by TechSoup, BetterWorld Wireless, PayPal, and Network for Good.

Getting Started With Grants: Make Your Requests Shine

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
1:00 PM (Eastern)

As a nonprofit, diversifying your funding sources is imperative to the livelihood of your mission. While Network for Good has you covered for all things online fundraising, to support your quest for grant "rockstar-dom" we've called for the ultimate reinforcement!

Join this Network for Good webinar workshop as the grant guru herself, Cynthia Adams, provides a clear picture of what it takes to prepare compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals. She'll walk through exactly what documents you'll need as well as how to polish and present these documents for a successful grant request.* Make your grant proposals not only a joy to write, but make them stand out from other submissions—make them shine! 

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Tuesday, July 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 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. 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.

Another Deep Dive on LinkedIn for Nonprofiteers: Beyond the Profile

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Following their April 8th webinar WHY YOU: What makes a great LinkedIn profile for nonprofit professionals, this 4Good webinar will cover more material to improve your personal and organization's use of LinkedIn, going beyond the personal profile. Learn for others' successful use, with examples of best practices and tips to make LinkedIn benefit your mission.


  • Best ways to show the company profile for your agency and showcase an event, project, etc.
  • How to best choose and then use groups to engage like-minded people
  • How to search for volunteers, corporate sponsors, donors, board members
  • Then open it up to Q&A so you can ask me "how the heck do you ...?"

Finding an Extra Hour in Your Day

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
12:30 – 1:30 PM (EDT)

As non-profit leaders, you have countless priorities tugging at your time and resources every day.  Your communities, employees, volunteers and beneficiaries depend on you to be at your best, yet many days it is difficult and exhausting to get it all accomplished.  What if you could get an extra hour in the day?  Where would you spend it? This Nonprofit Hub webinar will offer insight into:

  • The top 5 things successful leaders do before 8am
  • Mastering high-payoff activities

7 Questions Your Board Asks That YOU May Never Hear 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Communicating with your board is interesting - isn't it? You think you have a really great conversation. They are connecting on how they can best help you with fundraising. Really . . . but then a board member resigns simply saying their life is too busy to give you the time you deserve. Or . . . as you recruit new board members you're not getting some of the key folks you want to join. What's up? Take-aways for this 4Good webinar:

  • 7 questions I hear a lot, but I'm not so sure you do.
  • Ways you can create a more open dialogue.
  • Phrases/tools that might help.

The Case for Integrated Planning 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Strategic planning is a pliable term that gets attached to a wide range of activities, from defining programs and services, to budgeting, communications, information technology, and even facility planning. But these are very different kinds of activities, and should involve discrete participants, processes, tools and products. This 4Good webinar will look at the various kinds of planning required in a nonprofit, and see how they can intersect with and reinforce each other. By presenting planning as a composite of separate activities this 4Good webinar will provide an approach that is more strategic, more effective, and less stressful.

How Social Technology Can Improve Donor Engagement & Retention

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

This 4Good webinar will focus on the root causes of poor retention rates, and offer tips for improvement based on the principles of Dr. Adrian Sargeant and Tom Ahern: two world-renowned authorities on building donor loyalty. Sargeant and Ahern's principles are based upon years of research conducted in the sector and can be used by any organization, whether you are a one-person shop or a large department. We will show examples of their principles in action. The results can be astounding when put into daily use! Take-aways:

  • Become familiar with current research on donor retention and how an increase or decrease can impact your bottom line
  • Understand the impact social technology has on building loyalty (social media, P2P, etc.)
  • Learn new and effective donor communications techniques

Effective Online Engagement Campaigns 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Once your organization has developed an online social community, the next step is to move them to action! What's the secret to designing and executing a successful online engagement campaign, powered by social media? This 4Good webinar (led by Debra Askanase), will cover when you know your organization is ready to create a campaign, designing the campaign, measuring results, and profile several successful online engagement campaigns. Take-aways:

  1. Tips for understanding when you are organizationally ready to launch an engagement campaign.
  2. Organizational resources and assets needed to develop an engagement campaign.
  3. Critical elements of successful online engagement campaigns.
  4. A roadmap for developing your own engagement campaign.

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 July 21st.

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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Published Monday, 30 June 2014 at 8:30 AM

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  • Carolyn Woodard said:

    Tuesday, 22 July 2014 at 9:26 AM
    Community IT Innovators will be hosting a FREE webinar Thursday July 24 from 4-5pm EST: Taking Another Look at Sharepoint. If you are using Offce 365 or thinking about it please join us for a discussion of Sharepoint as a collaborative tool and learn how other nonprofits are using it. Community IT Innovators CTO Matt Eshlemen and Project Manager Steve Longenecker will talk about pros and cons and discuss ways to introduce your team to this tool.

    To register: http://www.communityit.com/resources/webinar-july-24-2014-taking-another-look-sharepoint/

    We'll also be tweeting the webinar, join us using #sharepoint

    Please forward to your nonprofit colleagues who could benefit from this free resource, tech managers or accidental or otherwise!
  • Lori said:

    Tuesday, 22 July 2014 at 9:40 AM
    Carolyn: Thanks for sharing that information.
  • Rich Dietz said:

    Friday, 25 July 2014 at 2:23 PM
    One more webinar to add to the list for July 2014:

    Register here: http://nonprofitrd.enterthemeeting.com/m/ZNEMTBDX

    How to Use Your Donor Database to Build a Rockin’ Major Gifts Program:

    There is huge potential for impact when you connect your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift. In this webinar, Kathie Kramer Ryan will outline 7 steps to building a successful major gifts program, with an emphasis on leveraging your database to identify and engage major donors.

    You’ll learn how to plan your campaign, how to track donor “touches,” and how to follow up to maximize donor cultivation and stewardship.

    NOTE: Make sure the stay until the end of the webinar as Kathie is going to give one lucky attendee a free 30 minute Strategy Session. The session will be a 1-on-1 call where you and Kathie will figure out together how you can get your largest gift ever for your nonprofit organization.

    Presented by:
    Kathie Kramer Ryan, Founder & Principal, ArroyoFundraising.com

    Register here: http://nonprofitrd.enterthemeeting.com/m/ZNEMTBDX
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