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17 Free Non-profit Webinars for May 2015

Lori Halley 27 April 2015 0 comments

Spring is finally here and there are lots of fresh new ideas for non-profits in a host of free webinars popping up this May!  Webinar topics include: Copywriting for the Web, Managing Aging Volunteers, How to Think Like a Search Engine, Planning a Nonprofit Blog 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:

Raising More Money with Win-Win Sponsorships

Thursday, May 21, 2015
3:00 PM (ET)

Register today - space is limited!

Are you struggling to find sponsors? If you want sponsors to say yes, you need to know how and what to sell. And spoiler alert, they're not just interested in what's good for YOU. They too want to profit from the partnership.

Joe Waters knows what both partners want and need. And he's going to share his insight during this free Expert Webinar.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify assets within your organizations that will appeal to potential sponsors.
  • Detect sponsors from the pool of businesses you currently know and interact.
  • Present and close your proposal with confidence and passion.
  • Add a special "twist" to sponsorship that could raise you a lot more money.

Joe Waters is an expert at creating win-win partnerships for do-gooders, nonprofits, associations and businesses. He is a professional speaker who has presented to hundreds of organizations and the author of several books including Fundraising with Businesses, Cause Marketing for Dummies and QR codes for Dummies. And Joe has the #1 cause marketing blog: selfishgiving.com.

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

Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  (ET)

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 Grant Space webinar is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You'll learn how to:

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

Managing an Aging Volunteer Corps

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

So many programs and organizations depend on volunteers that have been with them for years. What happens when those volunteers start to get older? If your volunteers are aging, this session can help. In this VolunteerMatch webinar, learn strategies for identifying the signs of aging in place - volunteers who continue to do the same work even though their capabilities have changed - and how to start a conversation about that change. Managing the transition as well as creating new options for aging volunteers will be covered, and we'll discuss what to do when the situation can't be solved amicably. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges.

The Ethics of Volunteer Engagement

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
2 PM - 3 PM (ET)

Sometimes it can be difficult to identify when you're facing an ethical dilemma in your work with volunteers. Using volunteer management scenarios and a conversational format, this VolunteerMatch webinar will cover some of the dilemmas you face when you engage and manage volunteers and provide ideas on how to resolve these situations effectively and ethically.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to recognize an ethical dilemma while engaging volunteers
  • Your role in resolving ethical dilemmas as a volunteer engagement professional
  • Best practices and approaches for resolving ethical dilemmas

What is your brand? And why does it matter?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
1 PM (ETD)

In this 4Good webinar, author and consultant Michele Levy brings a practical approach to the topic of nonprofit branding. Learn from her real world examples, and walk away with tactics you can implement in your own organization.

Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers

Thursday, May 7, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

VolunteerMatch is now sharing your skilled opportunity listings with LinkedIn's 300+ million potential volunteers. Integrating skilled volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you've just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

What You'll Learn:

  1. What pro bono and skilled volunteering is
  2. How to get started, including:
    • Building support for your program
    • Developing pro bono/skilled projects
    • Finding the right talent
    • Managing for success
  3. Tips & tricks for working with corporations
  4. Know where to go to get resources and help

Budget Friendly Ideas for Donor Stewardship

Thursday, May 7, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)

Are donors decreasing their gifts to your organization each year? Worse yet - is your organization losing donors each year? These are not uncommon problems for nonprofits to struggle with, but there is a common solution. Donor stewardship! Providing your donors with excellent stewardship is the best way to increase their gifts each year and retain more donors. This CharityVillage webinar, presented by Vanessa Chase of The Storytelling Non-Profit, will cover why donor stewardship is one of the best ways to grow your fundraising revenue, provide will nonprofit professionals with ideas for creating a donor stewardship plan that uses cost-effective stewardship tactics, and will outline five tips to create a donor stewardship plan.

10 Tips for Measuring Programs Through Data

Thursday, May 7, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)

Nonprofits need a solid strategy for data collection and analysis to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their programs. Funders often request this data to determine program effectiveness, and measuring programs is clearly an essential element of taking your mission further. However, with all the confusing terminology, varying approaches to collection, and difficulty of clear presentation, many nonprofits are without a foundation to start from.

In this Idealware webinar, we'll break down 10 straightforward tips to help you skip the jargon and get started in collecting the data that matters most to your organization. Some of the topics covered will include:

  • Why data matters
  • Essential evaluation terminology
  • A breakdown of the Idealware model for outcomes measurement
  • How to balance funder requirements with your own needs
  • Presenting data for your audience

Copywriting for the Web: Today's Best Practices

Thursday, May 7, 2015
11:00 AM (PDT)

Of course, your organization absolutely must have a nice-looking website. But it also must contain content that your users really want to engage with AND can easily find!

Your website is a key part of your organization's outreach/marketing effort and needs to speak to your readers their way. This TechSoup webinar will offer you plenty of tips and techniques to make sure your content is web reader-friendly, while it stresses your community impact.


  • 3 planning fundamentals that help you get the results you want
  • What you need to know about today’s web users
  • How to ensure website usability & accessibility
  • Intro to Search Engine Optimization
  • Recommended resources on the web

Better Together: How Nonprofit Chief Executives and Board Chairs Build Strong Leadership Partnerships

Thursday, May 14, 2015
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)

The chief executive-board chair leadership pair drives a nonprofit’s success—or not. When their working relationship is good, both parties are free to lead their colleagues toward mission impact and enjoy their work. When it is poor, progress stagnates as the chief executive waits for relief and the board chair casts about ineffectively.

John Fulwider’s new book Better Together shows how nonprofit chief executives and board chairs can build strong leadership partnerships so:

  • They’re both happier and more fulfilled
  • The organization achieves more for the mission
  • Fundraising, board and staff engagement, and program performance all improve

How to Think Like a Search Engine: Optimizing Your Nonprofit's Content, Marketing, and Communications for SEO

Thursday, May 14, 2015
11:00 AM (PDT)

Do you wonder why your nonprofit's or library's rankings on search engines are always low? Wish you had a better understanding of how to improve search results that bring your organization to the top of the page?

Join TechSoup's Online Marketing and Analytics Manager James Metzger for a crash-course on how to think like a search engine so you can get your organization's message heard and found across the web!

He'll help you understand:

  • What is SEO and why it matters
  • How search engines read a web page
  • How to ensure that your content and copy is read and indexed the way you want
  • And give you an SEO style guide so you can improve your organization's organic reach!

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Thursday, May 14, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

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 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:

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

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  (ET)

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? This Grant Space 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

Planning a Nonprofit Blog You Can Manage

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)

Powerful stories are an important tool demonstrating your organization's impact, and blogs are an ideal place to share these stories with the world. But there’s no question; creating and managing a blog for your nonprofit organization requires a significant commitment and investment of time. This CharityVillage webinar, presented by Marlene Oliveira, will show you a number of steps you can take to make blogging manageable, including: creating content ideas and how often you should post; contingencies to keep your nonprofit's blog running as smoothly as possible; editorial guidelines and how to work with multiple contributors; and essential decisions and plans to streamline the role of the blog's managing editor.

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  (ET)

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal.This Grant Space 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?

Introduction to Finding Grants (formerly Grantseeking Basics)

Thursday, May 28, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  (ET)

NOTE: This webinar combines elements of Grantseeking Basics.

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 class. 

In this Grant Space 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.

How to Get Tech Donations Before Fiscal-Year-End!

Thursday, May 28, 2015
2:00 PM (ET)

The June 30 fiscal-year-end for many nonprofits and churches is right around the corners, so now is the time to exhaust all of the donations your organization is eligible to receive between now and then!

Join this webinar to walk through different donation programs through TechSoup, learn which ones reset on July 1, and get the most out of tech donations right now.

We'll poll YOU, our participants, live on the webinar, to help ensure that the hour is most useful for you. We can tour the registration process, walk through requesting donations, go in-depth on specific donation programs and products, discuss eligibility and restrictions, and much more.

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 May 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.

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Monday, 27 April 2015 at 8:30 AM
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