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22 Free Non-profit Webinars For April 2015

Farhad Chikhliwala 27 March 2015 0 comments

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

In April, you can choose from among 22 free webinars that offer up a host of insights, ideas and practical tips on topics like: Social Media Strategy, Google Analytics, Volunteer Retention Strategies, Fundraising, and much more.  

Have a look at the list below and find time in your schedule to help build your non-profit knowledge base. And don't forget to share them with your friends and colleagues!

Wild Apricot Expert Webinar Series:

Converting Volunteers From Joiners to Stayers

Thursday, April 16, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST - with bonus Overtime Q&A session

Register today! (space is limited)

In our upcoming Wild Apricot Expert Webinar, Tobi Johnson will help you understand what drives volunteer satisfaction, particularly that of highly skilled volunteers. The session will explore how volunteer motivation and needs change as they progress through levels of engagement. In addition, we’ll share a list of volunteer orientation “must haves” and how to design an onboarding process that speeds up engagement and promotes a strong sense of leadership in your team.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • What motivates today’s skilled volunteers
  • Why onboarding is all about emotions and expectations
  • Why all volunteers shouldn’t be treated the same
  • How to improve key touch points for volunteers throughout the screening, matching, orientation, and training processes
  • How to promote volunteer leadership through peer-to-peer knowledge sharing

This webinar is led by Tobi Johnson - volunteer training expert and founder of Tobi Johnson & Associates.

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

Introduction to Corporate Giving

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

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 GrantSpace for an introduction to the world of corporate support for nonprofits and funding research tools to help you identify corporate prospects.

They’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?

Online Fundraising Strategies for Giving Day Campaigns

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

Get tips and strategies on how your organization can leverage giving days, like upcoming Give Local America on May 5, to increase online fundraising support.

Presenters will share the secrets to successful campaigns and how giving days can help broaden your base and grow your donor lists.  

This Techsoup event is best suited for U.S.-based nonprofit organizations, libraries, and churches looking to further their online fundraising goals.

The Math and Science of Social Media: 20 Tips and Tricks for NGOs

Thursday, April 2, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM (Eastern)

More than a decade into the Social Web, mathematicians and social scientists have had ample time to study how, when, and why online individuals engage with NGOs on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Most NGOs are not yet aware of the scientific data about online social behavior, but once learned NGOs can significantly improve their use of social networks to communicate their mission and programs and fundraise online. Based on the math and science of social media, this OnGood webinar will feature 20 tips and tricks to maximize engagement on social networks.

Topics include:

  • How to post on Facebook to maximize likes, comments, and shares
  • How to format the perfect tweet
  • Creating visual content to optimize your presence on social networks
  • Creating video content that followers want to watch
  • How to format blog content to most effectively communicate your nonprofit’s success stories

New Tools and Strategies for Managing Risk

Monday, April 6, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern)

When your organization welcomes new volunteers, how do you screen them?

It seems every nonprofit has a different process and set of standards, and we think it's time to make the whole experience easier and better. Late last year, we partnered with a national identity service provider and conducted a survey to gather information about how nonprofits screen and authenticate volunteers. Thousands of responses later, we’re ready and itching to share some truly valuable insights about risk management and volunteer engagement with you – and to hear some more good ideas in return.

Join VolunteerMatch for a special, free webinar on the best strategies for screening new volunteers and identifying potential risks to your organization. No matter what your current risk management practices, you’ll gain some great insight into how other nonprofits approach this issue, and how you can determine the best policy for your organization.

What You'll Learn:

  • What type of information is compelling to prospective volunteers, existing volunteers, organizational leaders, and supporters, donors and clients.
  • How to use this information to create a powerful story about the impact of volunteers in your organization

15 LinkedIn Best Practices for NGOs

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
10:00 AM – 11:15 PM (Eastern)

This OnGood webinar begins with a general introduction to LinkedIn, a social network with more than 300 million professionals worldwide, and then moves on to feature 15 best practices for participating in the LinkedIn community through LinkedIn Groups and LinkedIn Company Pages. Attendees will learn how to successfully create, manage, and promote a LinkedIn Group for your NGO and will demonstrate click-by-click how to manage discussions, templates, and announcements. Also featured is how to tap into the power of LinkedIn Company Pages. The webinar will demonstrate how to claim and set-up your NGO’s Company Page, give a tour of the Admin Panel, and then discuss how and when to share content with your followers.

Six Reasons Why Infographics Matter

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Why infographics? If you’ve never created one, they can seem daunting and expensive. However, when you find the right data and have the right story to tell, your Infographic can reach a wide audience and make a big difference in your community and beyond.

Join Idealware for a free webinar as we look at the six reasons why people love infographics—and why you might consider adding them to your communications mix. Over the course of the hour we’ll review a wide range of successful infographics and talk about what makes each of them great.

To Propose or Not to Propose: That is the Grant Writing Question

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Obtaining grant funding from foundations, corporations, and public agencies is a competitive process. Before beginning a lengthy proposal, applicants must carefully assess their alignment with grantor guidelines, interests, and funding priorities. Otherwise, the endeavor will force an organization to contort itself to meet grant requirements, squandering time and resources while distracting from its true mission.

This 4Good webinar, led by a grant proposal writer who has successfully obtained millions for nonprofits based on careful evaluation of grantors, will share tips about best practices for reviewing grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, and funding priorities.


  • Tools for assessing and evaluating whether to pursue a grant opportunity.
  • Techniques for eliminating requests that are unlikely to succeed.
  • How to encourage better-conceived grant ideas from staff and board members.

Expect the Unexpected and Prepare for it: Crisis Planning for Nonprofits

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (Eastern)

This Nonprofit Hub webinar will walk participants through, step-by-step, the process of crisis preparedness. How do you know you’re in a crisis? What are the strategies to find your way out of a crisis? How do we structure the response? And most valuable to nonprofits: How do I protect my organization’s reputation while still promoting our cause? Through the lessons of real-life examples and tailored scenarios organizations are most vulnerable to, participants will leave this webinar with a better understanding of how to handle a crisis, what it takes to effectively prepare for one, and the precise elements that should go into any PR crisis plan.

Learning Objectives

  • Deepen understanding of the communications elements and approaches that should be considered when constructing a crisis communications plan.
  • Learn effective and creative strategies for selling the idea of crisis planning to executive leaders, including planning that requires the commitment of resources.
  • Understand variables that transform a manageable circumstance into a full-blown crisis – known as crisis catalysts – how to identify those catalysts, and how to mitigate them.
  • Explore strategies designed to neutralize these crisis catalysts, manage internal players critical to the response, and prepare executive spokespeople for public communications.

Introduction to Finding Grants (formerly Grantseeking Basics)

Monday, April 13, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  (ET)

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this newly revised GrantSpace webinar.

You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. In this VolunteerMatch webinar, you'll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You'll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.

What You'll Learn:

  • What type of information is compelling to prospective volunteers, existing volunteers, organizational leaders, and supporters, donors and clients.
  • How to use this information to create a powerful story about the impact of volunteers in your organization.
  • How to create a plan for gathering and compiling information about your volunteer engagement program and using that to tell a compelling story about volunteer impact.

Ensuring Resources as a Board Member: Giving and Getting

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Ensuring resources - human and financial - are an essential board responsibility, but many of us cringe at the mention of fundraising. Join this 4Good webinar to learn more about what fundraising really means for board members and the specific, fun ways to get involved in ensuring financial sustainability for your organization. This is a great opportunity for board, staff, and volunteers to learn about the essentials of fundraising and different ways to fundraise for your organization.

Using Analytics to Improve Your Nonprofit Website

Thursday, April 16, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Say goodbye to being overwhelmed by the information in Google Analytics! In this TechSoup webinar, you will learn about the data metrics that are most applicable to your nonprofit’s website, what each data point is actually telling you about the areas of your website that need improving and practical ideas that you can start using to improve your site.

The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit

Thursday, April 16, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This VolunteerMatch webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs - recruitment, retention and recognition. We'll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we'll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

What You'll Learn:

  • The basics of volunteer engagement.
  • What are the 3 Rs of volunteer engagement?
  • What are the components of a successful volunteer program?

11 YouTube Best Practices for NGOs

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM (Eastern)

This OnGood webinar begins with a demonstration of how NGOs can successfully design and launch a YouTube Channel even if the NGO isn’t currently producing videos. The webinar then discusses the basic hardware and software needed to create videos in-house on a limited budget. The webinar also demonstrates click-by-click the features of YouTube’s Nonprofit Program, explores the extensive YouTube tool set, and showcases NGOs that are excelling in their use of video.

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies

Tuesday, April 21, 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

Introduction to Proposal Writing (formerly Proposal Writing Basics)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  (ET)

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

This newly revised GrantSpace webinar will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.  It will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

The Secret to a Successful Direct Mail Campaign

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Direct mail can serve as an important opportunity to connect with donors and prospects, and a strategically executed piece can lead to increased revenue over previous campaigns, but does it still play a critical role in today’s technological age? How are nonprofits adapting to changes in the way that their donors and prospects receive and respond to fundraising appeals? Join Giving Tree’s Amy Schiffman, Lizzy Sternberg and Lisa Sheridan to learn about best practices in preparing for and maximizing the return on your direct mail investment.

Leveraging Volunteer Talent for Organizational Change

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Organizations are recognizing that the old ways of doing business don’t work in this changing world. The good news is that today’s volunteers are interested in opportunities to help organizations innovate and pilot new ways of doing business. This VolunteerMatch webinar will explore how to engage volunteers as leaders of change. Learn where your organization is in its lifecycle and gain an appreciation for the importance of innovation in organizational sustainability. The webinar will also feature strategies for supporting volunteers and holding them accountable for change.

What You'll Learn:

  • Stages of nonprofit lifecycle
  • Keys to motivating today’s volunteers
  • How to cultivate volunteers as leaders of change
  • How to create effective engagement messages
  • Using work plans as a tool for engagement and accountability

How to Find Free (and Legal to Use) Images and Media Online

Tuesday, April 23, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

If your organization is like many, you sometimes find it difficult to capture high-quality images for use on your website, in presentations, and in your collateral materials. Perhaps you have video clips and also struggle to source background music that doesn't get removed by YouTube for copyright infringement.

We're here to help! In this free, hour-long webinar join TechSoup's Jim Lynch and Creative Commons' project manager Jane Park to learn the where to source free images and music for your nonprofit or public library. We'll also help you better understand the different ways to license your own creative media.

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal in this GrantSpace webinar.

This session, 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 Launch a Social Media Strategy for Your NGO

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
9:00 PM – 10:15 PM (Eastern)

This OnGood webinar demonstrates how NGOs can implement a successful social media strategy. Topics include understanding how much time and financial resources social media requires, how to track success, and how to craft a social media policy for your NGO. Attendees will also learn the importance of integrating their online communications and fundraising channels in order to maximize awareness of their cause and increase online donations. The webinar will also discuss which social networks an NGO should utilize and why and touch upon the importance of embracing real-time communications and cause awareness days.

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 farhad@wildapricot.com no later than April 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 Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

Published Friday, 27 March 2015 at 8:30 AM
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