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17 Free Non-profit Webinars For January 2015

Lori Halley 05 January 2015 1 comments

Looking to start the New Year off with some non-profit learning? We've got you covered.

We've rounded up a list of 17 free non-profit webinars scheduled in January. You can learn about: how to hold more effective board meetings; website trends for 2015; how to promote your fundraising event using Facebook ads; building stakeholder commitment; volunteer mentoring; 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.

Wild Apricot Expert Webinar Series: 

Tools For More Effective Board Meetings

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
2:00 PM EST

Register today! (space is limited)

While each board situation is unique, there are common challenges facing the conduct of effective non-profit board meetings. These challenges include board size (typically 10, 12 or more), use of time, decision-making, and ability to keep members engaged and committed to the work. In this session I share a number of tools that can help boards have more effective meetings. These tools help you structure the meeting and do not require special training or facilitation skills. You can use them to improve your very next board meeting. 

This Wild Apricot Expert webinar will give you tools for improving your meetings so that you can: 

  • Conduct more efficient and effective board meetings
  • Create meetings that build broader commitment to decisions
  • Achieve broader engagement and follow-up

This webinar is led by Richard Lent (Meetings For Results) author of Meeting for Results Tool Kit: Make Your Meetings Work.

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You can watch the following pre-recorded webinars at your convenience:

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

Grow Your Major Gifts: Then Don’t Let Them Wither on the Vine

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

Asking is scary. As a result, too often nonprofits spend tons of time cultivating, cultivating and cultivating. But they never get to the ask! Or, if they do, they leave money on the table. To assure that you cut to the chase requires a plan and a disciplined approach. In this 4Good webinar, led by Claire Axelrad, we’ll talk about taking charge of the pre-conditions needed to get to the ask, when to ask; then how to do it so you get the most successful outcome possible.

  • Using moves management to know when a prospect is ready
  • Overcoming asking anxiety
  • Knowing who to involve in the ask
  • Inviting investment
  • Asking strategies: What works; what doesn’t?
  • Overcoming objections

Made to be Modern: Website Trends for 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Your website is frequently the first chance you have to make an impression on your constituents. How do you tell your story, create your content, and present your site in a modern way? Luckily, you don't always need to start from scratch--there are a number of ways to tweak your existing site to help ensure that first impression you make is one of a modern and savvy nonprofit. 

How should you think about images and storytelling on your site? What about formatting content for users on mobile devices? Can you create content for your website that can also be used on social media or other communications channels? This Idealware webinar will answer all these questions and more as we take a closer look at the latest trends in web design and define what's worth investing in and what's just a flash in the pan.

Grantseeking Basics

Thursday, January 8, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

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 Promote Your Next Fundraising Event With Facebook Ads

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
1:00 pm (EST)

Facebook ads are a powerful way to increase engagement and drive traffic to your website. But are you using Facebook ads effectively? Are you increasing engagement, building your email list and converting more donors and volunteers?

This CharityHowTo webinar, led by John Haydon, will show you simple ways to use Facebook Ads to promote your next fundraising event. You will learn how to target people who are similar to your existing donors, volunteers and supporters. You will learn how to more deeply engage your current Facebook fans, email subscribers AND website visitors.

In this 45-minute webinar, you will learn:

  • Where you should start if you're a beginner
  • Targeting recent website visitors
  • When to use Facebook ads and when to use Boosted posts
  • How to use Facebook Insights for better targeting
  • Three steps for selecting the best posts to promote
  • Three tips for getting more Facebook event RSVPs and more

Introduction to Corporate Giving

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

Explore the world of corporate support and tools and resources on corporate giving.

Seeking to target companies that might fund your organization? Finding it hard to get information? Need to get beyond the Yellow Pages?

Join this Foundation Center webinar for an introduction to the world of corporate support for nonprofits and funding research tools to help you identify corporate prospects. We'll answer such questions as:

  • What are the motivations behind corporate giving?
  • What is the difference between a direct corporate giving program and a company-sponsored foundation and how does it affect my approach to research?
  • What are the different pathways to partnership with a company?
  • How can I match my organization's needs with the interests of a corporation?
  • How can I use the Foundation Center’s resources to locate corporate funders?

Building Stakeholder Commitment To Your Goals

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

Board members, staff, donors, and stakeholders of all types (clients, suppliers, regulators, partners) need to be engaged in the planning and implementation of new strategies and actions. But how can you do this efficiently when there may be many different views and priorities?

This 4Good webinar will introduce key principles and six essential tools for building dialogue and alignment across diverse groups as you work to fulfill your mission and strategy.

Practices to structure multi-stakeholder meetings that: 

  • create real dialogue across diverse participants.
  • build effective engagement in meetings of any size.
  • generate constructive input on plans and proposals.

You will leave with specific tools that you can put to use in upcoming planning meetings.

The 7 Fundamentals of a Monthly Giving Program 

Thursday, January 15, 2015
2:30 PM (EST)

If you’re thinking about starting a monthly giving program, this free webinar is for you!

Join this CharityHowTo webinar to learn the basic 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:

  • How Monthly donors are different
  • How to start a program with limited resources
  • How to recognize monthly donors
  • How to set your ask amounts
  • How to market your program
  • How to present results
  • How to plan for growth

Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Thursday, January 15, 2015
2:30 PM (EST)

In this educational session, you will discover the best practices for successful fundraising by tapping into the expertise of Firespring—a company that has completed more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors. In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The importance of an engaging website as your fundraising foundation.
  • The advantages of raising funds online.
  • Key reasons for donor abandonment.
  • How to build a strong donor retention plan.
  • The specific action steps necessary to achieving online fundraising success.
  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with email marketing appeals.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered online fundraising

Building and Managing a Volunteer Mentoring Program – Part II

Thursday, January 15, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EST)

When engaging volunteers it can be difficult to ensure that each volunteer receives the time, attention, and training that they need to be successful - this is where a volunteer mentoring program can help! Building on the ideas introduced in Part I, this VolunteerMatch webinar will discuss some of the common challenges with building and managing a volunteer mentor program, and how to overcome or prevent those challenges. Included will be a discussion of the role that professional development for volunteers plays in a successful program, and how best to engage volunteer leaders. While it is strongly encouraged and extremely beneficial to attend both Part I and Part II of this series, attending both is not required.

What You'll Learn: 

  • How to train and support volunteer mentors.
  • Tools for managing a volunteer mentoring team. 
  • How to include opportunities for volunteer leadership and development in a mentoring program. 

Proposal Writing Basics 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

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

How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents with Your Website

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
2:30 PM (EST)

The nonprofit industry is constantly evolving—especially from a technological standpoint. Now more than ever, having an effective website is the single most crucial component of an effective communications plan. Learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors on how you can captivate and engage your audience. In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The 5 required elements of an engaging website.
  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their websites.
  • 5 proven methods for promoting your organization online.
  • The #1 factor nonprofits should consider regarding search engine optimization.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.

Getting Your Volunteers Out of the Box!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

Volunteers are the “holy grail” of any nonprofit. Not only can they provide valuable resources and expertise but they can expand your program’s outreach to the community and bring in revenue as well. However, most nonprofits only have one or two areas where they utilize volunteers. In this fun and fast-paced webinar learn how you can more effectively utilize volunteers throughout your organization.

Learning and outcome objectives for this 4Good webinar:

  1. Participants will learn how to ensure that they can recruit not only the volunteers they want but also the ones they need!
  2. Participants will learn the basics of volunteer recognition and why it is an essential element of your program.
  3. Participants will learn about volunteer management “dirty little secret” and how to overcome this.
  4. Participants will learn the secret of retaining their volunteers

Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EST)

What do your volunteers need to know to be successful? This VolunteerMatch webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

What You'll Learn: 

  • What information should you share with new volunteers?
  • How can you turn regularly shared new volunteer info into a curriculum? 
  • How is adult learning different from child learning?
  • How can you tell how much training new volunteers are absorbing?

Nonprofit Website Roadmap: How to save time and get better results

Thursday, January 22, 2015
12:00 PM  -  1 PM (CT)

If you’re tired of spinning your wheels trying to improve your nonprofit’s website, register for this training! You will learn how to focus on the three cornerstone strategies that will finally make the difference for your website.

This Smartcause Digital webinar will help you:

  • Create compelling content,
  • Convince visitors to “get involved” and
  • Understand what your website analytics are telling you.

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program

Thursday, January 22, 2015
2:00 PM -  3:00 PM (EST)

Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to "think bigger." We'll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.

In this VolunteerMatch webinar, you'll learn how to increase your own capacity by involving volunteers in volunteer program administration. Where to go to get resources and help.

Proposal Budgeting Basics 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 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?

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 January 19th.

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 Monday, 05 January 2015 at 8:30 AM


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