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17 Free Non-profit Webinars For March 2015

Farhad Chikhliwala 27 February 2015 2 comments

It’s cold outside, so stay in where it’s warm and learn something new!

We’ve rounded up 17 free non-profit webinars for March on topics such as: Engaging Volunteers of the Future, the Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits, How to Build a Rockin' Major Gifts Program and much more.

Check out the list of free webinars below and share these with your non-profit colleagues. If we’ve missed a webinar, add a brief note in the comments below.

Wild Apricot Expert Webinar Series: 

Making Members Feel They Matter

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Register today! (space is limited)

Without realizing it, many organizations make their members feel that they don’t matter – through automated letters and emails and less-than-heartfelt thank you’s.

In our upcoming Wild Apricot Expert Webinar, Allison Fine will outline a new kind of leadership that generates the courage to be out in the world in more open and vulnerable ways by knowing that other people truly matter and trusting that the world will respond with good will, creativity, and generosity. Leading this way doesn’t mean doing something different, it means being something different.

Webinar participants will learn how to:

  • Reduce the distance between your organization and your constituents;
  • Take steps to increase Matterness in your organization;
  • Move beyond the myths that insist that social media are making us less civil and that staff cannot be trusted ambassadors online;
  • Find out whether people feel like they matter to your organization.

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

Your Board and Fundraising

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how to engage your board in fundraising. This Grant Space webinar helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising.

What will be covered:

  • The role of your board
  • Why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns
  • Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities
  • Tips for strengthening your fundraising board

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This VolunteerMatch 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

What You'll Learn:

  • The trends that are influencing volunteer engagement and what that means for your program.
  • How to create volunteer opportunities that match what volunteers are looking for now.
  • How to take advantage of "word of mouth" recruitment by understanding what types of volunteers are right for your program.
  • The role that social media can play in engaging the volunteer of the future.

The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
10:20 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern)

Get real about search engines. We’ll show you how. In this session, Firespring CEO Jay Wilkinson will share best-practices of nonprofits that are experts at driving traffic to their websites. The webinar will cover the basics of search engines, why they matter and review the 5 steps of mastering SEO:

  • Keyword research
  • Website optimization
  • Link building
  • Fresh content
  • Analytics

Integrating Philanthropy Throughout Your Organization

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

What do you want philanthropy to look like in your organization? This 4Good webinar will  discuss and help you establish a framework for getting others on board the philanthropy bandwagon - you don't have to do it alone!

Finding Ease in Times of 'Crazy Busy'

Thursday, March 5, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

This CharityVillage webinar presents ‘ease-y’ solutions for the busy nonprofit professional - including Executive Directors. The session will introduce a little neuroscience-backed brain savvy with simple strategies that help us work with our brain, not against it. As well Charity Villiage will highlight simple habits and strategies that can indeed help us more successfully navigate stressful times with more ease and success. This webinar is ideal for busy nonprofit professionals at any stage in their career who feel overwhelmed with their day-to-day workload. It may be of particular interest to executive directors of small organizations.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement

Thursday, March 5, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join VolunteerMatch as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization's overall strategic plan.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to assess the feelings and attitudes of paid staff around working with volunteers.
  • What does paid staff need to know about working with volunteers.
  • How to create a communication plan to talk to paid staff about working with volunteers.
  • Strategies for engaging volunteers in a union environment.

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you've never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this VolunteerMatch webinar we'll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. VolunteerMatch will cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to assess the feelings and attitudes of paid staff around working with volunteers.
  • What does paid staff need to know about working with volunteers.
  • How to create a communication plan to talk to paid staff about working with volunteers.
  • Strategies for engaging volunteers in a union environment.

Getting Your Board Engaged in Fundraising

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
12:30 PM (Eastern)

If you are experiencing a disconnect between what your board is doing and what you expect — communication changes can make a big difference. The key is to make the tasks fun and simple and to provide clear direction and guidance.

What you’ll learn from this webinar:

  • The difference between fundraising and development.
  • When to start talking about fundraising with board members.
  • Seven ways board members can be involved in fund development and NOT have to ask for money.
  • What to measure & how to share activity updates that cause deeper engagement from your board members.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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. In this VolunteerMatch webinar, 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:

  • 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.

10 #SocialMedia Tactics to Do More With Less

Thursday, March 12, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

In the early days of social media, most people jumped in and tried to figure it out for themselves, usually by posting anything and everything. Now many organizations dedicate massive budgets to sophisticated campaigns, an approach that's beyond the reach of most small nonprofits.

But just because you don't have a big budget doesn't mean you can't be strategically savvy about how you use social media. This Idealware webinar will review a few low-cost, low-stress tips and tools that can help you take your social media efforts to the next level.

Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways

Thursday, March 12, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This VolunteerMatch webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to advance your volunteers' interest in your organization.
  • Transition great volunteers into leaders.

Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

It's important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. But, it can be hard to recognize what your current culture says to volunteers, or identify how to make changes to help volunteers feel more welcome. This VolunteerMatch webinar will help you identify how your organization's current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to understand the role that culture plays in an organization's volunteer engagement plan.
  • Ways to identify opportunities within your organization to create a more open and inclusive culture for your volunteers.

Grantseeking Basics

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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.

Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Thursday, March 19, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Discover how to harness the power of the internet for fundraising. In this NonProfit Hub webinar, you’ll learn:

  • the advantages of raising funds online;
  • key reasons for donor abandonment;
  • how to build a strong donor retention plan;
  • specific action steps to achieving online fundraising success; and
  • real-world examples of how nonprofits are succeeding with online fundraising.

Think Big! How to Build a Rockin’ Major Gifts Program from Scratch

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
12:30 PM (Eastern)

There is huge potential for impact when you connect your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift. This Nonprofit Hub webinar will outline 7 steps you can take to start (or improve!) a successful major gifts program. You’ll learn how to plan and prepare, what to say during a solicitation visit, and how to follow up to maximize donor cultivation and stewardship.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why spending the majority of your time with the minority of your donors makes sense
  • How to use a gift chart without it becoming a straightjacket
  • When it’s smart to stop talking about your organization
  • How to use stewardship to increase donor engagement and retention

How to be a great professional volunteer

Thursday, March 26, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Professional volunteers are volunteers who work on projects that require specific expertise, usually related to the management of a nonprofit organization. Professional volunteers might assist an organization with human resources, marketing, strategy or other high-level projects. Why become a professional volunteer? The reasons are many - you might want to: build your resume, learn new skills, stretch intellectually, apply your education in a new industry, and/or volunteer your time without being stuck with mundane tasks. This CharityVillage webinar is ideal for those new to the concept of professional volunteering. It may be of particular interest to new graduates and those with corporate experience looking to break into the nonprofit sector.

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 March 18th.

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.

Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

Posted by Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

Published Friday, 27 February 2015 at 8:30 AM


  • Jennifer Bennett said:

    Monday, 02 March 2015 at 3:48 PM
    Hi Wild Apricot,
    Thanks for promoting VolunteerMatch's free webinars, but it looks like you have a typo. Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement actually takes place on March 5th. Thanks - Jennifer
  • Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

    Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] said:

    Monday, 02 March 2015 at 4:17 PM
    Sorry for the error Jennifer. I've revised the listing.
    Good luck with the webinar!
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