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17 Free Non-profit Webinars For July 2015

Farhad Chikhliwala 07 July 2015 4 comments

This summer is a great time to get ahead on your non-profit education. I’ve compiled a list of 17 FREE live webinars that offer up a host of learning opportunities.

In July, you can learn how to engage your members via Facebook, pick up some storytelling tricks, learn how to write proposal and much much more. Make space in your calendar and reserve a spot today!

Wild Apricot Expert Webinar Series: 

Learn How Facebook Can Boost Member Engagement

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Register today!

Facebook groups, Facebook pages...what’s the difference? And how can you use them strategically to grow and engage your membership?

John Haydon - the author of Facebook Marketing for Dummies and Founder of Inbound Zombie -  will reveal some of his all time best tricks and tips to building a thriving online community.

In this expert webinar, you will learn:

  • The difference between Facebook Groups and Pages
  • How to use Facebook Groups to boost member engagement
  • How to promote your organization and increase reach via Facebook Pages
  • Best practices for moderating and hosting Facebook Groups

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

20 Must Have Tools for Grant Writing

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

Participating in “20 Must Have Tools for Grant Writing” will provide you with a great list of go-to tools that can help you succeed in your grant writing. We will look at tools that support research, documentation, relationships, management, and team communication and planning.  

In this live webinar we will go through each of the 20 tools to show how they can help you implement a successful grant seeking strategy in your organization.  

Participating in “20 Must Have Tools for Grant Writing” will give you some “insider” tips and tricks from experienced grant professionals about how they are using tools to create and implement their grant seeking strategy.  Use the tips and tricks discussed in this webinar to ensure that you are making the most of your tools in order to successfully meet your grant writing goals and deadlines.

What You Will Learn from this Live Webinar

  • Tools that can be used to help with grant research
  • Tools that can be used to help with grant application planning
  • Tools that can be used to help with grant team communication
  • Tools that can be used to help with grant  funder relationships
  • Tools that can be used to help with grant management

The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

In this educational session, you will learn how to increase your constituency base and donations to your organization by using blogging and social media tools. You will learn:

  • The importance of an engaging website as the foundation of your online efforts;
  • How to use Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn to create awareness for your organization;
  • Why relevant content is so vital to being found online and engaging supporters;
  • Who should blog, and who shouldn’t;
  • Steps to creating a blog for your nonprofit, including how to maintain a blog long-term; and
  • The 10 commandments of social media.

What Your NGO Needs to Know about .NGO, .ONG and OnGood

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

The launch of the new .NGO and .ONG domains will change how nonprofits, charities, NGOs, and ONGs worldwide use the Internet for branding for decades to come. To help you understand how and why, this webinar will discuss in detail how the .NGO and .ONG domains and their functionality differ from the .ORG domain and present a comprehensive tour of OnGood – the new global directory of validated NGOs and ONGs. Topics include:

  • How to register the .NGO and .ONG domains
  • How to set up your NGO’s OnGood profile
  • How to accept online donations via OnGood
  • How to brand your NGO using the .NGO and .ONG domains
  • How to effectively promote your OnGood profile

The Storytelling Non-Profit Mini Master Class

Thursday, July 9, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Not getting the results you want from storytelling? Join Vanessa Chase for a 1 hour Storytelling Non-Profit Mini Master Class.This class will give you in-depth insights on storytelling and how your non-profit can use stories to raise more money.

During the class you will learn:

  • How to write an appeal and story that resonate with donors
  • Tips for writing for your audience
  • Fresh ideas for your next appeal
  • Plus, a question and answer period to get your burning questions answered!

Make It Rain: Using the Google AdWords Grant to Drive Impact

Thursday, July 9, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Did you know Google has an AdWords program specifically designed to help nonprofits? Are you using it? Better yet - are you maximizing it for impact?

This presentation -- using case studies from nonprofits -- will walk you through applying for the grant, maximizing it, and optimizing it for impact. We'll also take a look at some advanced strategies for improving existing AdWords accounts.


  • Basic principles of the Google Nonprofit AdWords Grants and how to set it up
  • Theory and practice of how ads can lead to impact
  • Tips on managing the grant and measuring success with Google Analytics

How to Launch a Social Media and Content Strategy for Your NGO

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
1:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

The NGOs that are the most successful at utilizing social media for online fundraising, cause awareness, and increased brand recognition have a clear understanding of the importance of having a written social media and content strategy. To help your NGO succeed online, this webinar will focus on the importance of mastering multi-channel communications and fundraising.

Topics include:

  • How write and implement a 5-part social media and content strategy: overview, goals, action items, reporting, and creating an editorial calendar.
  • How much staff time and financial resources are required for your NGO to be successful online.
  • Which social networks your NGO should be active on based upon your capacity and the demographics of your donors and communities served.
  • The importance of creating blog and visual content for your NGO.
  • How to use social media to maximize website and blog traffic, email subscribers, and social network followers.
  • How to effectively participate in real-time communications and fundraising on giving and cause awareness days.

Social Media 101 for Nonprofits

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Eastern)

In this educational session, you will learn how to increase your constituency base and donations to your organization by using social media tools. You will learn:

  • The importance of an engaging website as the foundation of your online efforts;
  • How to use Facebook to create awareness for your organization;
  • How nonprofits are using Twitter for the greater good;
  • Why nonprofits should be LinkedIn and power tips to connect effectively;
  • Steps to creating a blog for your nonprofit, including how to maintain a blog long-term; and
  • The 10 commandments of social media.

Single Days of Service: Make it Work!

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

More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. The political and social climate is further emphasizing this trend. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers? This webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement.

What You'll Learn:

  • Trends driving the desire for single day volunteer events
  • How to create real impact opportunities for groups to do in a single day
  • What systems and structures can help you manage single day events
  • Tips for recognition and relationship building for single day volunteers

Who Should Attend:

  • Volunteer Managers
  • Nonprofit Volunteer Managers who are new to the field

Storytelling with the Emotional Brain

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Did you know that the success of your nonprofit’s outreach hinges on your understanding of the inner workings of the human mind? A powerful story rooted in emotion is the key to effective marketing and fundraising. Learn the basics of behavioral economics and how you can use these principles to craft more effective messages that will win the hearts and minds of your audience. Join Network for Good’s Vice President of Communications, Caryn Stein, for an exclusive webinar about harnessing the power of the emotional brain to create appeals that compel donors to give. We’ll review the key motivations of donors, show you how to put these principles into practice right away, and answer your most pressing storytelling questions.

Key takeaways:

  • How storytelling works to increase giving.
  • The eight key components of an effective fundraising story.
  • The five mistakes to avoid at all cost.
  • How to put it all together for your next campaign.

Introduction to Proposal Writing

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

This newly revised class 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

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact

Thursday, July 16, 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. 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.

Who Should Attend:

  • VolunteerMatch nonprofit account members
  • Nonprofit volunteer managers
  • Anyone interested in learning more about measuring and sharing volunteer impact

Get Ready for #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

#GivingTuesday can help kick off your year-end fundraising campaign and attract more donors (and dollars) for your mission. How do you turn this giving day into a full-fledged fundraising event and donor acquisition machine? Caryn Stein, VP of Communications and Content for Network for Good, will help you develop a game plan for launching a #GivingTuesday campaign that works for nonprofits of all sizes.

Join this free webinar to learn:

  • The key components of every successful giving day.
  • How to activate your community and build a team of enthusiastic fundraisers.
  • How to create effective appeals and social media updates, a marketing plan, and timeline for your giving day.

Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to "think bigger." We'll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to increase your own capacity by involving volunteers in volunteer program administration. Where to go to get resources and help.

Who Should Attend:

  • Nonprofit Volunteer Managers
  • VolunteerMatch Account Administrators
  • Anyone interested in learning more about volunteer management and engagement

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

Thursday, July 23, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

What do you do when it's time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to prepare your organization for difficult transitions
  • How to identify transitions that need to be made
  • How to manage difficult transitions and strategies for ending the volunteering relationship
  • Know where to go to get resources and help

Who Should Attend:

  • Nonprofit Volunteer Managers
  • VolunteerMatch Account Administrators
  • Anyone in the volunteer management sphere interested in learning about how to manage difficult volunteer transitions

Navigating Payment Processing for Nonprofits

Thursday, July 23, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Payment gateways, merchant accounts, credit card terminals, oh my! Overwhelmed by the credit card payment options out there and unsure of how to select the right one for your organization's needs? You've come to the right webinar!

Join TechSoup and Dharma Merchant Services for a jargon-free walk-through of what all those things mean and some tips on selecting the right services for your organization.

From in-person payment terminals and mobile-friendly card swipers to online merchant accounts and payment gateways, we'll clear the murky waters of accepting credit cards for donations, event registrations, membership dues, and purchases of branded gear at your events.

The New Donor—Smart, Informed, Challenging

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

What’s different about donors today than your donors of the past? They’re smart, informed, and challenging. In this webinar, we will talk about how to identify these donors and deal with the challenges they present.

SMART Donors: What donors are we talking about? What’s changed in the environment – our culture? What do donors want from the nonprofit? Let’s talk about passion.

INFORMED Donors: How/from where do donors get information about the nonprofits to which they are considering contributing? How can you present your story to these sources and ultimately the new donor?

CHALLENGING Donors: Working with the challenging donors. Knowing who wants what, developing the donor plan for your new donors.

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 July 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 Tuesday, 07 July 2015 at 8:30 AM


  • Denise Williams said:

    Tuesday, 07 July 2015 at 2:01 PM
    I want know how to set up webinars on my wild apricot site
  • Alisha Johnson said:

    Tuesday, 07 July 2015 at 4:32 PM
    The Volunteer Match sites are not being allowed for security reasons. They seem like good workshops but I can't sign up.
  • Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

    Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 07 July 2015 at 4:40 PM
    Hi Denise,

    We recommend trying a product called GoToWebinar. They make the process easy to set-up and you can invite your members to a webinar using our events module and email blasts. Feel free to contact support@wildapricot.com - they'll be able to help.

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

    Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 07 July 2015 at 4:42 PM
    Hi Alisha,

    Yes, That's happening on some browsers. I've notified them of the problem. They really are great resources. Hope they fix it soon!
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