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24 Non-profit Webinars for September 2014

Lori Halley 26 August 2014 0 comments

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over! But the good news is that as the students go back to school, you can get in the spirit with some non-profit ‘learnin’! 

We’ve found 24 free non-profit webinars scheduled for September, including: a guide to non-profit video; sessions to get you ready for Giving Tuesday; tips for engaging family volunteers; help finding government contracts and grants; and “silent auction secrets”.

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 September:

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 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:

Family Power: Can Your Organization Benefit From Engaging Family Volunteers? 

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

Family volunteering inspires all members of a family to use their skills, time, and passions to help make the world a better place. While many organizations regularly welcome families as members, visitors, and clients, rarely do those organizations welcome families as volunteers. Research shows that engaging families as volunteers not only helps to address today’s needs, but it actively builds for the future, helping to nurture tomorrow’s volunteers and leaders. Join Beth Steinhorn to explore what family volunteering is, hear case studies of successful models for engaging family volunteers, understand the benefits of family volunteering, and receive tips on how to determine whether family volunteering is right for your organization.

What you'll learn in this VolunteerMatch webinar: 

  • What family volunteering is, and successful models for engaging families in volunteer activities.
  • The benefits of family volunteering.
  • Tips and strategies for successfully engaging family volunteers.

How to Get Your Nonprofit Ready for Giving Tuesday

Thursday, September 4, 2014
1:00 PM (EST)

Founded in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Last year more than 10,000 organizations worldwide participated in Giving Tuesday. 2014 promises to be even bigger.

If you want your nonprofit to harness the awesome giving potential of this global event, register for this CharityHowTo. In this 45-minute training, online communications expert Kerri Karvetski will help you and your nonprofit get ready for the 3rd annual Giving Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Here's what you’ll learn:

  • A brief snapshot of Giving Tuesday 2013 results
  • 4 case studies of nonprofits (large and small) that ran successful Giving Tuesday campaigns, including examples of emails and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts
  • Tips for integrating Giving Tuesday into your year-end giving
  • Collection of helpful Giving Tuesday resources and toolkits to explore

Finding Government Grants and Contracts with Carroll Bernard

Thursday, September 4, 2014
1:00 PM (EDT)

Do you provide services that the government would like to contract for? If you help people with special needs, with housing, with domestic violence prevention, or other services, you may be eligible for government grants and contracts. 

Could you use an extra $100,000 or $1,000,000 to help even more people? 
If so, check out this Wild Woman Fundraising webinar. 

Carroll Bernard, former procurement officer for the US government, and government contracting specialist with GCAP and PTAC, the Government Contract Assistance Program, will be happy to help you learn how to quickly and easily find government contracts and grants that your nonprofit can apply for. Carroll Bernard's tips have helped hundreds of businesses and nonprofits find new government contracts. 

Grantseeking Basics 

Thursday, September 4, 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.

#Giving Tuesday and Year-End Fundraising Strategies

Thursday, September 4, 2014
11:00 AM (PDT)

#GivingTuesday has rapidly become one of the most successful days for appealing to your donor base for end-of-year giving. As we move closer to the final quarter of the calendar year, when most donations roll in to nonprofits and support balloons for causes of all shapes and sizes, make sure your organization is ready! 

Join Melissa Cronin from 92Y, which created the GivingTuesday phenomenon, and social media wizard Wendy Harman of the American Red Cross to help get your strategy planning in order to maximize the most generous time of the year for your cause.

Takeaways for this techsoup.org webinar:

  • How to integrate your #GivingTuesday campaign into your year-end campaign
  • How to attract new donors
  • What to do with existing donors
  • How to effectively promote your end-of-year campaigns across all your outreach channels

Tons of Money in the Mail

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
1:00 PM (EDT)

How much money do you get a year with mailings? Would you like to double or even triple that? How can you write a more effective appeal letter? This Wild Woman Fundraising webinar will show you how to make your mailing plan, segment your mailing list into different types of donors, get deals on your mailing costs and more!

Your Guide to Getting Started Creating Powerful Videos for Your Nonprofit

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
3:00 PM (Eastern)

Video is the most powerful communications tool in the 21st Century. During this CharityHowTo webinar you'll learn ways to turn video into visual storytelling so that it can work for your nonprofit to raise funds, build community, recruit volunteers, and incite action.

You'll gain practical skills for creating video yourself and also understand what's involved in working with a professional video production company.

This session will provide you with examples of successful use of video. You will also go behind the scenes to see some of the most important elements of great visual communications. This webinar will lead you through both the big, strategic decisions and the real-world how-to's of compelling video.

Stewarding Online Donors – How Nonprofits Can Provide Outstanding Donor Stewardship Online 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Is your organization receiving more online donations? Are you providing outstanding stewardship to your online donors? If you answered no, then there's a good chance that you might be losing donors.

When you take great care of your donors by showing them gratitude and impact, you raise more money and increase your donor retention rate. But all too often online donors are neglected in the stewardship process.

During this 4Good webinar, you'll learn the 5 fundamentals of creating an online donor stewardship plan that helps you keep your donors as well as fun, memorable ideas for donor stewardship that will help your non-profit stand out.

Playing By the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook 

Tuesday, September 9, 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.

What you'll learn in this VolunteerMatch webinar: 

  • 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

Silent Auction Secrets:  5 simple changes to generate bigger bids

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Auction planners: How do you get guests to bid more in your silent auction? (I'm re-running this uber-popular webinar to give you the scoop!)

Here’s the good news. Even if you don’t change your items OR your audience, you can still raise more money. You just need to use the same marketing and psychological tactics in your silent auction that the big stores use to get us consumers to buy.

In this 4Good webinar, you’ll see examples of good (and bad) silent auctions in action so you know how to get top bids at your event.

Webinar takeaways:

  • How to adopt a tested eBay strategy to get guests to pay more than they wanted
  • Merchandising examples (good and bad!) so you know how to best display your items 
  • Changes that appeal to guests with more money to spend
  • A trick that gets men interested in your items
  • How to BEST use your A/V vendors in the silent auction
  • A tip that eases volunteer stress in your cashiering area

The 7 Fundamentals of a Monthly Giving Program

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
1:00 PM (Eastern)

If you’re thinking about starting a monthly giving program, this CharityHowTo webinar is for you! Join us to learn the fundamentals needed to start a Monthly Giving program, so you can benefit from the tremendous opportunities it can offer your organization.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • The initial tools and resources to put in place to get started
  • The tremendous impact a monthly giving program can have on your organization

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

Thursday, September 11, 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 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 in this VolunteerMatch webinar: 

  • 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

High Impact Volunteer Engagement

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
2:00 PM (Eastern)

Now, more than ever before, volunteer engagement leaders have an opportunity to be champions of talent management. This JFFixler Group webinar will explore how volunteerism is changing, delving into the social, economic, and generational trends that affect how organizations attract and sustain volunteer engagement. Learn how successful organizations are shifting from a traditional culture of volunteer management to a new culture of volunteer engagement. Explore how to move toward more collaborative working relationships that utilize the skills and interests of high-impact volunteers to build organizational capacity.

Strategic Decision Making: Shifting your culture from reactive to proactive

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

One of the most powerful tools organizations possess is their ability to make effective decisions. When organizations implement well thought out decisions, they are often able to solve critical problems and align their decisions with strategic goals. This level of pro-activity propels organizations toward the fulfillment of their mission, goals, and strategic objectives.

Take-aways for this 4Good webinar:

  • A strategic decision making process that organizations can easily implement
  • To identify traps that prevent organizations from making strategic decisions
  • How to effectively communicate decisions throughout the organization

Managing Conflicts of Interest: A Webinar that Discusses D.C. and IRS Requirements When Dealing with Potential Conflicts

Friday, September 19, 2014
12 Noon (Eastern)

All nonprofits are supposed to avoid conflicts of interest. Avoiding such conflicts is a critical aspect of any organization’s nonprofit governance. It is so important that the IRS has placed a special emphasis on ensuring that tax-exempt organizations deal properly with this issue. Nonprofits are strongly encouraged to adopt a conflict of interest policy, and to take steps to make certain that the policy is properly implemented. In addition, the IRS wants organizations to follow special rules for setting executive compensation in order to ensure that no conflict of interest is involved.

This DC Bar Pro Bono Program webinar will discuss what the IRS wants to see in an effective conflict of interest policy. It will also discuss who should be covered by the policy; what steps an organization should take when dealing with a potential conflict; and how to determine executive compensation in a manner that complies with the IRS safe harbor. 

This webinar is designed for members of the Board of Directors, executive directors, administrative officers, and other people wanting to gain knowledge about best practices in nonprofit governance.

e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit  

Monday, September 22, 2014
11:00 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.

Proposal Writing Basics 

Wednesday, September 24, 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

Crucial Year End Giving Strategies 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

According to Blackbaud, most money is raised in the last quarter of the year. Around the holidays, people tend to give more, both online and offline. This means that your year-end appeal letter is a critical element of your fundraising success. How can you take advantage of this most wonderful time of the year?

Even if you've written an appeal letter or two before, why not get some new tactics to raise even more this December?

In this 4Good webinar (led by Mazarine Treyz), you'll learn:

  • What are the different kinds of stories, and how can you tell them for your cause?
  • What are appropriate fundraising pictures for your letter?
  • How can you make your mission URGENT for your donors?
  • What formatting mistakes do people often make with their appeals? How can you avoid them?
  • How to talk about your nonprofit's accomplishments in a donor-centered way.

Proposal Budgeting Basics 

Thursday, September 25, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 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?

How to Approach a Foundation 

Monday, September 29, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how to build relationships with foundation prospects and prepare for calls and meetings with funders.

From initial contact to getting funded, following field-tested best practices will increase your chances of getting the grant.

This Foundation Center webinar will teach you how to:

  • Initiate contact with potential funders
  • Plan calls and meetings, including site visits
  • Effectively communicate with funders during the grant process

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 September 18.

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 Tuesday, 26 August 2014 at 8:29 AM
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