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18 Free Non-profit Webinars For June 2015

Farhad Chikhliwala 03 June 2015 2 comments

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

In June, you can choose from among 18 free webinars that offer up a host of insights, ideas and practical tips on topics like: Leveraging your Database, Gaining Microsoft donations, Avoiding Mobilegeddon and Creating Volunteer Handbooks.

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: 

How to Use Your Database to Grow Your Membership

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST

Register today! (space is limited)

Wes Trochlil (Effective Database Management) will help you learn how to capture and analyze your member's information so that you can grow your membership, engage your members, improve your events, or raise more revenue.

And, we'll be doing this webinar in a question & answer format - so come prepared with your questions. This is your chance to ask the expert!

In this webinar, we will answer the following questions:

  • What is a database?
  • Why is having a membership database important - what does it allow you to do that you couldn’t do before?
  • How can a membership database help you achieve your mission or goals?

Participants - including organizations with small staff and high volunteer turnover - should leave the

webinar with some key steps they can take to maintain an effective membership database and get the full value out of this data.

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

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

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

Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage and cultivate stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Its primary product is not a written plan, but strategic thinking within the organization, which is achieved through a process of planning followed by a process of implementation. A well-conceived and managed planning process can be the most effective form of organizational development.


  • What benefits to expect from an effective strategic planning process.
  • How to approach and structure a strategic planning process.
  • How to get broad buy-in in any organization.
  • Tools to use for assessing your situation, engaging your constituencies, developing an effective plan, and implementing it.

How to Get Microsoft Software Donations

Thursday, June 4, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Whether you are new or experienced with Microsoft donations, this free Techsoup webinar will teach you about the Microsoft donation program for eligible nonprofits, libraries, churches, and foundations. We'll discuss restrictions and additional benefits that will help you to get the most out of your donation request.

Join our free webinar at 11 a.m. Pacific time/2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, June 4 to walk through how to request the different donations available from Microsoft through TechSoup, including Windows operating systems, Office 2013, Office 365, and more! We'll also discuss benefits of the donation program, like upgrading (and downgrading) for free, multi-language packs, and e-learning resources!

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

At VolunteerMatch we have a unique view into what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This 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.

6 Critical Tips for Your IRS Form 990

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Your nonprofit’s IRS Form 990 is easily available to the general public on guidestar.org and many state government websites. This is a big surprise for many nonprofit leaders. Armed with this knowledge, a nonprofit has a terrific opportunity to tell its story as compellingly as possible by thinking strategically about how information is presented in this important document. For advice on what you can be doing to take advantage of this communications opportunity, as well as your IRS Form 990 generally, attend this 4Good webinar.

We will cover:

  • Program Service Accomplishments
  • Public Support Test
  • Lobbying
  • Activities Outside the US
  • Unrelated Business Income Tax
  • Professional Fundraising Services

Six Tips to Master Your Online Communications

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Keeping up with your online communications is challenging. Your website needs updating, there's a newsletter to write, and don't forget about your daily Tweets and Facebook posts. Just when you start to feel confident that you're doing everything right, you stumble across an article about the five trendy new technologies you should be using...  

How do you keep track of your supporters and keep them engaged? More importantly, how do you use all these outreach channels to get them to donate time or money to your organization? We'll (Idealware) show you how to master your online communications by looking at the following topics:

  • Constituent databases
  • Websites
  • Broadcast email
  • Social media
  • Peer-to-peer fundraising

Then we'll look at how to put it all together for a more integrated communications plan.

Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program

Thursday, June 11, 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?

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Thursday, June 11, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal.

This GrantSpace 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?

Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern)

In this educational session, you'll discover the best practices for successful fundraising by tapping into the expertise of Firespring—a company that has conducted more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors. Join Jay to discover:

  • The importance of an engaging website as your fundraising foundation.
  • Key reasons for donor abandonment.
  • How to build a strong donor retention plan.
  • The specific action steps to achieve online fundraising success.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered online fundraising.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement

Tuesday, June 16, 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 us 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:

  • Why a strategic plan for volunteer engagement is important.
  • How to incorporate key components into a strategic plan.
  • How you can use a strategic plan to communicate with organization stakeholders.
  • How creating a strategic plan can elevate the work that volunteers do in your organization.

Is your nonprofit ready for Mobilegeddon?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM (Eastern)

The all-powerful Google recently changed its algorithm to prioritize mobile-friendly websites. But it should be no surprise that the mobile revolution is already upon us.

Despite this knowledge, it is estimated 84% of nonprofits have donation pages that are NOT optimized for mobile. And the lack of preparedness for Mobilegeddon doesn’t stop there. The writing on the wall is sad, but true - organizations that don’t invest in mobile will be left behind.

Bottom line: if you’ve been putting off optimizing your website or emails for mobile, then there’s no denying that Mobilegeddon is the perfect reason to get buy-in and get cracking now!

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How to get buy-in from management to prioritize mobile projects
  • Techniques to optimize your website and emails
  • Lessons from organizations doing mobile right
  • Tips on how to avoid some common mistakes in responsive design

Crowdfunding 101: How To Run a Successful Campaign, from Prep Through Appreciation!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Crowdfunding is quickly become a new tool in the fundraising toolbox to tap into your network to raise more money, faster, from a larger audience. It is changing the face of nonprofit fundraising as donors come to not only expect, but welcome, a more engaged approached to giving. Forbes reported that 30% of the $5 billion crowdfunded went to social causes, and this trend only continues to rise.

Join us for a free event to learn how you can incorporate crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives. The timing is perfect as you prep for Spring and Fall initiatives, traditional benefits and even #GivingTuesday (it will be here before you know it!).

This workshop is designed to give participants an overview of crowdfunding, as well as step-by-step direction for how you can take advantage of what a crowdfunding platform has to offer.

The focus will be on the lifecycle of a campaign, from prep through appreciation, with a heavy emphasis on the best ways to market your campaign to engage new audiences. You will walk away with concrete steps that you can take to execute immediately. Please come ready to chat about the campaigns you have in mind so that we have an interactive and lively discussion!

What You’ll Learn

  • Why crowdfunding is important for your organization
  • How to incorporate crowdfunding into your existing fundraising mix
  • What types of campaigns crowdfunding can be most effective for
  • What other objectives can it help you achieve beyond just making the thermometer rise
  • Best practices for setting up and marketing your campaign
  • Strategies to energize your community and galvanize an even wider audience
  • Q & A / Open Discussion About Projects You Have In Mind

How to Ask for BIG Gifts from Individuals (in 3 Easy Steps)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

This webinar will provide hands on training in cultivating and soliciting BIG gifts (The definition of “Big” is different for each nonprofit). The 3 Steps are: Get Organized, Schedule Your Meetings, Meet Your Donor and Ask. Peter will explain the concepts and share valuable tools that participants can use right away to improve their individual donor fundraising.

Why might you need this 4Good webinar? Regardless of a nonprofit’s mission or fundraising diversification, if there is no plan in place to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts from individuals, you are leaving vital funds untapped. Successful nonprofits possess an ability to connect with wealthy individuals who are happily supporting the cause. How do nonprofits do this, and how can your organization transition from government and/or foundation dependency to include major gifts, and to even make these into your top gifts? Join us to learn useful strategies for your work, and gain a greater understanding of each step involved in the cultivation and solicitation of big gifts.

Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

Thursday, June 18, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this Volunteer Match webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them.
  • How to deal with challenging volunteers.
  • How to evaluate the Handbook you have.
  • How to create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

How to Manage Social Media During Your Summer Vacation

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Your summer vacation is how many social media managers relax and recharge. No doubt yours will be a well-earned respite from noisy newsfeed and notifications. But do you know what to do with your nonprofit’s social media presence while you're gone?

This free 4Good webinar will show you how to plan for your absence, schedule updates on social, and use your mobile device to monitor your nonprofit's online presence. You will learn:

  • How to plan staff time and other resources.
  • How to schedule content for your blog, Twitter, Facebook and more.
  • How to use mobile apps to monitor, post, and engage with your community.

Your Board and Fundraising

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how to engage your board in fundraising.

This GrantSpace class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising.

What we will cover:

  • 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

Using the Web, Email, Social Media & Print Together

Thursday, June 25, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how to get the most out of your budget by seamlessly integrating your marketing campaigns.

We will cover proven techniques on how to maximize ROI by sharing your organization’s message across all channels. Whether you’re trying to solicit donors or attract volunteers, the way you communicate is vital to your success.

Ensure that you’re reaching your target audience by giving them the content they need in the format that works best for them.

What's New with Office 365 for Nonprofits?

Thursday, June 25, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Microsoft's Office 365 donations to nonprofits have been a huge boon to the sector, in helping to remove outdated IT from clunky, old onsite servers to a wide range of cloud-hosted productivity and storage products.

Join Techsoup to learn what new things have launched in Office 365 - from business intelligence to in-house social networks, and more - and hear about the latest free and low-cost pricing options available to eligible nonprofits.

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 me at farhad@wildapricot.com no later than June 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 Wednesday, 03 June 2015 at 8:30 AM


  • Marina Dawson said:

    Wednesday, 03 June 2015 at 1:12 PM
    Here's one more webinar that might be of interest to managers!

    Increasing Employee Engagement through Storytelling
    Thursday, June 11 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

    Do you want your employees to be more excited about coming to work? Do you want to communicate more effectively as a team about your mission, your activities and your outcomes? Storytelling is a key organizational tool that can help leaders and employees to better understand each other and the impact of the great work that you do. By attending this webinar, participants will:

    * Increase their understanding of storytelling overall and how it can help build employee engagement
    * Find out how to listen for stories in order to use them in leadership or HR
    * Learn how to tell the right stories to the right people at the right time

    Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3644985866006362625
  • Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

    Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 04 June 2015 at 1:45 PM
    Thanks Marina!
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