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18 Free Non-profit Webinars for May 2016

Terry Ibele 03 May 2016 0 comments

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Despite May's nicer weather, here are 18 great reasons to stay glued to your computer screen!

Along with this month's webinars, we've also got an on-demand collection 20 free expert webinars on every topic a nonprofit could ever hope for!

From board leadership, to recruiting volunteers, to figuring out Google Analytics, to increasing members with Facebood ads, we've got it all covered. I know they're not live like the ones in this list, but you can always pretend.

Here's a list of some great nonprofit webinars in May


Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Wednesday, May 4th
2:00 PM ET

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:

  • Making your case for support
  • Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base
  • Creating a plan of action

7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops)

Thursday, May 5th
1:00 PM ET

This free webinar will provide you with an overview of how even small nonprofits can begin doing major gift fundraising. Register today!

If you wish you could be raising big gifts for your organization but you don’t know where to start, then this webinar is for you! Join us to learn 7 basic steps for connecting your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift.

In this free webinar, you will learn:

  • How to define a major gift for your organization
  • What 5 elements to have in place before starting a major gifts program
  • What your fundraising goal tells you about prospects
  • How to find major gift prospects to support your mission
  • How to build donor relationships that lead to big gifts
  • What you must do when planning a successful Ask visit
  • The best ways to thank your donors so they keep on giving

Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits

Thursday, May 5th
1:00 PM ET

Based on more than 20 years of experience and 25,000+ hours spent utilizing mobile and social media, Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits is a comprehensive 256-page book packed with more than 500 best practices. This free webinar will feature one best practice from each of the book's sixteen chapters and will provide the basis for writing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and content strategy. Topics will include: 
  • How to launch a mobile-compatible website. 
  • The importance of mobile-optimizing your email communications. 
  • The effective implementation of crowdfunding campaigns. 
  • Fundraising via mobile wallets. 
  • Utilizing text messaging and text-to-give. 
  • Telling your nonprofit’s story through blogging. 
  • Creating visual content, such as branded images and infographics. 
  • Using social networks effectively for fundraising. 
  • The importance of reporting live from events and communicating online in real-time.

Creating a Spring Campaign to Retain Donors & End Your Fiscal Year in the Black

Tuesday, May 10th
1:00 PM ET

Are you looking at your fiscal year-end goal and wondering how you're going to close the gap? Need to boost your fundraising results before summer begins? A well-crafted yet simple spring campaign will engage your donors and help you meet your targets. How do you get it all done? We've got the answer. Designed for nonprofit managers that have the passion to do it all, but a budget that requires do it yourself, this free workshop will help you create and maximize a spring campaign to renew, upgrade, and acquire new donors.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn exactly how much you can raise and by June 30
  • Get your board on board: learn what will compel them to give and provide support
  • Align opportunities, dates, and tasks into a plan
  • Find out what inspires individuals, foundations, and corporations to give

Introduction to Corporate Giving

Wednesday, May 11th
2:00 PM  ET

Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of:
  • The different types of corporate giving
  • What motivates corporations to give
  • How to find potential corporate partners

How Nonprofits Can Get $10,000 Per Month In Free Google Advertising

Wednesday, May 11th
1:00 PM ET

Google Grants gives eligible nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google.com. During this webinar Simon Choy, who currently manages over $2 million in annual Google Grants funding, will tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the process of applying for the grant. He will also highlight what is required to succeed when using Google Grants and tell you about a paid service that will get you more than your money's worth.

Attendees can expect to learn:

  • What is Google Grants?
  • What is pay-per-click advertising?
  • Why is Google Grants an essential nonprofit marketing tool?
  • Case studies: How other nonprofits have benefited.

How Data Standards Can Help Save the World

Thursday, May 12th
2:00 PM ET

Modern life is full of data—a lot of data. Sometimes it feels simply overwhelming. And that’s especially true in the philanthropic sector. It can feel like our work is simply an endless string of profiles, templates, accounts, applications, and reports. If we aren’t thoughtful about it, the flow of data in philanthropy could be a barrier to effectiveness instead of a way to amplify our impact.

Data standards offer part of the solution, a way to bring order to the flow of data. In the last few years, several core standards have emerged, including eGrant, the BRIDGE ID, and GuideStar for Grant Applications. These standards will, we believe, become a part of the underlying flow of data in philanthropy.

Join GuideStar CEO Jacob Harold and his special guest, Foundation Center president Brad Smith, as they discuss ways data standards are already improving the grantmaking process for both funders and grantees. They’ll also address how foundations can participate in these initiatives and promote a better information system for the sector.

Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Thursday, May 12th
2:00 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: 
  • What social media is and why it matters
  • How to use social media to recruit and engage volunteers
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of managing social media tools
  • Where to go to get resources and help

How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Thursday, May 12th
1:30 PM CT

In this season of technological change, having an effective website is the single most crucial component of a communications plan. In this session, learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors how to captivate and engage your audience. Join Jay to discover:

  • The 5 required elements of an engaging website.
  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their websites.
  • 5 proven methods for promoting your organization online.
  • The #1 factor to consider regarding SEO.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofits that have mastered their online presence.

Crowdfunding: It's Not All About The Money

Wednesday, May 18th
10:00 AM ET

Crowdfunding and online fundraising is becoming more and more common for nonprofits, but often times it doesn't feel like it is worth the effort. However, crowdfunding (or more specifically peer-to-peer fundraising) has a unique ability to gain new donors and to engage with current supporters. This webinar will touch on the WHY of online fundraising first and then give specific tactical examples of how to gain donors and build lifelong donor relationships. 

Smart Tips to Identify, Screen, Rate and Qualify Major Gift Prospects

Wednesday, May 18th
1:00 PM ET

If you haven’t succeeded as much as you’d hoped with major gift fundraising, or maybe you haven’t even started yet, here is the place to begin! You know the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” It means that time spent up front will pay off – big time – down the road. And that’s certainly true with major gift fundraising. Join us for this interactive, 60-minute webinar to discover how to create your perfect pool of donor-investors and build a manageable caseload of folks likely to make a major gift to your organization.

Did you know 80% of your success can be credited to building a proper, manageable major gifts portfolio?


  • The difference between major donor prospects and new donor prospects
  • How to set your major donor amount
  • How to find your best prospects, including those who are hiding!
  • How to segment and prioritize your prospects
  • Where to go for research
  • The best ways to screen and rate prospects
  • How qualifying is different, and essential to success
  • Step-by-step qualification process
  • How to manage your qualified caseload

The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit

Thursday, May 19th
2:00 PM ET

New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This 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?

Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages

Tuesday, May 24th
12:30 PM MT

With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are ten times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit. In this session, we will share real-world examples of landing pages that every nonprofit should have and what we have learned from studying the best practices of hundreds of nonprofits, including:
  • What are landing pages and why we should care.
  • The biggest landing page mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • How to build perfect landing pages.
  • 13 types of landing pages your organization should have.

Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies

Tuesday, May 24th
2:00 PM ET

 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 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

Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Wednesday, May 25th
1:30 PM CT

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.

Investment Management for your Nonprofit

Wednesday, May 25th
1:00 PM ET

What are the major pitfalls investment management for nonprofits ?
What are the important things to know and get right ?

Investment management is one of those topics that people often overlook. However, having an investment strategy is a key component that creates transparency, accountability and governance for your organization.

The objective of this workshop is to explain how nonprofits can take a proactive role with their organizations’ financial assets, the most important things to focus on, and tips to get started.

We’ll discuss understanding organization needs, timeframes and risk; evaluating investment managers and advisors; and clarifying roles and responsibilities.

Target audience includes Executive Directors, Finance Directors & Staff, and Board members.

Join us to be well prepared to address investing with your board!

How to Avoid Fundraising's Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition

Thursday, May 26th
2:00 PM CT

In this session Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. 7 out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn't have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10% increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors. 

Jay is ready to teach you:

  • How to establish a powerful and engaging web presence that retains donors.
  • 5 donor metrics every nonprofit should measure.
  • Why donors leave and what to do about it.
  • 6 key drivers that retain donors.
  • The 5 essential features of an effective donor database.
  • Methods for creating repeat donors. 

10 Online Fundraising Best Practices for NGOs

Tuesday, May 31st
1:00 PM ET

The technology to donate online was launched in the late 1990’s and through a process of trial and err NGOs have slowly been able to build donor’s confidence in the technology and grow their online donor database. Today online donations make up an average of 7-10% of an NGO’s annual budget and online giving continues to grow – and will continue grow – ever year. Now more than ever it’s crucial that your NGO knows the basics of a successful online fundraising campaign and has knowledge of emerging online fundraising trends in order to prepare for the future. Topics include:
  • What to look for in an online fundraising service
  • How to use social media to increase your online donations
  • How to launch a monthly giving program
  • How to launch a crowdfunding campaign
  • A discussion on the future mobile fundraising apps
  • How to be an early adopter of digital wallets

Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Posted by Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Published Tuesday, 03 May 2016 at 5:02 PM
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