19 Free Non-profit Webinars For February 2015

Farhad Chikhliwala 30 January 2015 2 comments

Looking to continue your non-profit education? We've got you covered.

In February, you can choose from among 19 free webinars that offer up a host of insights, ideas and tips on topics like: Fundraising; Volunteer Interview Strategies; Proposal Writing; Social Media Engagement; Event Delegation; and much more.  

Have a look at the list below and see if there’s a webinar (or two) that helps build your non-profit knowledge base. Hope you find something interesting to learn about and don’t forget to share the list with friends and colleagues.

Wild Apricot Expert Webinar Series:

Tools For More Effective Board Meetings

Webinar rescheduled: Last week’s scheduled webinar on Tools For Effective Board Meetings had to be postponed due to presenter illness. Here is the new date and time:

Thursday, February 5, 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 Rick Lent shares 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 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.

Revolutionize Your Meetings And Events

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
2:00 PM (Eastern)

Register today! (space is limited)

Are your membership events in dire need of creativity, innovation and reinvention?

Jeff Hurt – a leading authority on meetings, adult education, conference design, digital events and social media for events and associations –  believes most events have been stuck in an ancient, out-dated rut for too long. To be successful, Jeff suggests “you need to shake things up and change what happens inside of your events. Rethink our event experience.”

In this one-hour webinar, Jeff Hurt (Velvet Chainsaw Consulting) will help you discover some compelling conversations around six big disruptive conference changes and their hacks.

Webinar Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and assess six big event areas that need to change for our 21st Century Audiences.
  • Discuss the effective function of content in education programming.
  • Explore the evolving role of a speaker in 21st century events.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

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

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

Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 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. In this Foundation Center webinar, you'll learn how to:

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

Nonprofit Webinar: Engage Investors with Powerful, Passionate Copywriting!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Do you want to position your social enterprise work as cutting-edge and worthy of new investment? Do you want to become a respected thought leader in your field? In the marketplace of ideas, those who write well are seen as the “experts” at much more than putting words on a page. (The words “author” and “authority” come from the same Latin root!)

If you want your writing to more fully express your passion and tell your story in a fresher and more compelling way, this 4Good webinar is for you! We will share some strategic tools to help your words “land” as you intend.

In this interactive webinar you will learn:

  • The ABC’s of copywriting, including creating and advancing your brand, understanding your investors’ needs, and focusing on the benefits you offer
  • The top characteristics of effective copywriting and how to apply them
  • How to select stories that connect with investors

Maximize Your Database for Fundraising Success

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Your donor database is likely a large investment on the part of your organization, in both time and money. It’s also a critical component of your fundraising efforts. So why let this asset go underutilized?

In this session, we will cover the tenets of effective database usage, no matter what program or vendor you use. We will show examples of best practices in data management, communication segmenting, engagement tracking and reporting in order to help your team work smarter, not harder.

Learning outcomes for this Nonprofit Hub webinar:

  • Be familiar with data management techniques that maximize the capabilities of your database and increase productivity
  • Understand segmenting strategies lead to higher response rates from your donor communications
  • Learn how to generate meaningful reports that will impact your internal procedures

Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program

Thursday, February 5, 2015
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 VolunteerMatch 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?

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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
Digital Fundraising: Its Impact and Future

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
2:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you curious what is going to happen in the digital fundraising space in the next ten years? So are we! Rallybound and Charity Dynamics present: Digital Fundraising: Its Impact and Future.

This live webinar will examine some of the key findings from the newly released nonprofit research, The Next 10 Years in Digital Fundraising. This webinar will also offer additional insights from industry experts, Joe Magee, VP of Rallybound and Matthew Mielcarek, VP Strategy & UX Design of Charity Dynamics.

What you'll learn: 

  •     Which channels will continue to affect digital fundraising.
  •     Strategy types with the highest potential impact.
  •     How organizations can approach projected changes head on.

Grantseeking Basics

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Gain an introduction to the world of foundation fundraising.

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 GrantSpace webinar we 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.

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used.

This VolunteerMatch webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.

Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program.

What You'll Learn:

  • What should go into a good position description.
  • Why should you have a position description for all of your volunteer opportunities
  • How can a position description help you recruit and train volunteers?

The Rebrand Effect

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Can rebranding really help you attract and retain donors? Board members? Clients? Will your staff be happier or communicate more effectively? Yes, it can! In this Nonprofit Hub webinar, Sarah Durham will walk you through the findings of a study that several hundred nonprofit professionals participated in. She'll share data and stories that will help you understand what to expect when you rebrand your nonprofit, including the variables that increase the odds of success, and more.

Love Your Donors and Keep them FOR GOOD

Thursday, February 12, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern)

What can you do to find, thrill, grow and keep your donors? How do you find out what donors REALLY want?

Learn the answers to all of this and more in this Wild Woman Fundraising, FOR GOOD webinar!

Proposal Writing Basics

Thursday, February 12, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.

For those new to proposal writing, this Grant Space 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

Four Storytelling Plots That Any Nonprofit Can Use for Crowdfunding or Online Fundraising

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

3:00 PM (Eastern)

You've heard it over and over again: storytelling gets you more donations. But you're probably thinking, “I don’t have a sexy story” or “I don’t know how to tell a story”.

We believe that nonprofits and social good projects have an unlimited potential in using stories. Why? Because you make this world a better place.

It’s actually easier than you think to create a compelling story. You have all the building blocks for a sexy story, but how do you put them together? Look at the fairy tales, fireside stories, and your favorite Hollywood movies.

There are storylines that every popular story follows. Guess what? They work for crowdfunding as well.

During this popular and fast-paced Charity How To webinar, you will learn:

  • Four Hollywood-proven storylines that always work
  • Case studies and examples of nonprofits that have used these storylines
  • Best practices in repurposing Hollywood storylines for your own nonprofit

What Your Sponsors Really Want

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Have you ever been at your wits end for finding sponsors? Are you afraid of what sponsors are thinking? Do you have a hard time justifying why they should sponsor you, other than “We’re a good cause”?

Big events make the majority of their money with sponsorship.

Whether you’re coordinating a music festival, a nonprofit special event, or even a walk-a-thon, this webinar will help you. How? This 4Good webinar will help you start to create the connections for sponsorship. You will learn how to articulate your value to sponsors on paper and in person. You’ll learn how to create your sponsorship proposal, how to nail that sponsorship meeting, and more! You’ll even learn how to create an after-event sponsorship report that shines, AND that helps you get the sponsorship for next year!

Plan Ahead 2015: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit

Thursday, February 19, 2015
2:00 PM (Eastern)

It's time to start thinking about your nonprofit's plan for registering, educating, and engaging voters in 2015. In this Nonprofit Vote webinar we'll discuss when, where, and how to incorporate voter engagement activities into your work. We'll also help you develop and tailor a 2015 voter engagement timeline for your organization.

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Thursday, February 19, 2015
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.

What You'll Learn:

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

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Monday, February 23, 2015
3:00 PM – 4:00 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?

Effective Delegation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Delegation is a common management task yet one that can be deceptively challenging in skill set, time management, and mindset requirements. When we don't delegate, though, we miss an opportunity for everyone to do their best work -- for managers to focus on their core talents and for employees to develop new skills, strengths and abilities.

Key takeaways for this 4Good webinar:

  • Learn why we do and don't delegate
  • Understand how to develop an optimal delegation mindset
  • Learn a five step delegation process
  • Discover how to handle common delegation challenges

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 February 13.

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 Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

Published Friday, 30 January 2015 at 8:30 AM

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Comments

  • Farra Trompeter said:

    Friday, 30 January 2015 at 9:13 AM
    Thanks for listing Big Duck's Rebrand Effect webinar with Nonprofit Hub on February 11. We are also hosting a free webinar on February 26 to help nonprofiteers make the case for rebranding. Check it out and sign up: http://www.bigducknyc.com/making-the-case-for-rebranding

    Thanks!
  • Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

    Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] said:

    Friday, 30 January 2015 at 9:30 AM
    Thank you for adding another free webinar to the round-up.
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