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24 Free Nonprofit Webinars for June 2016

Terry Ibele 03 June 2016 0 comments

free webinarLooking to continue your nonprofit education? We've got you covered.

With 24 free webinars to choose from, there's something for everyone.

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

Here are 24 free nonprofit webinars for June


1) Seeing Systems to Better Address Complex Organizational Problems

Jun 1, 1:00 PM (ET)

Often we are so busy coping with day-to-day issues that we don’t step back and see the big picture. Unfortunately this may mean we’re constantly reacting to symptoms rather than identifying and addressing causes. The problems we face in today’s organizations are complex, so we need to be able to see the trees and the forest---individual instances and recurring patterns. Learning to view and impact organizational systems is essential for accomplishing leadership goals such as strategic planning, improving staff morale, working more efficiently, addressing ongoing conflict, and fostering diversity and inclusion.

During this thought-provoking webinar we will introduce systems thinking in a clear and understandable manner and then consider three actual case studies to see practical ways the ideas can be applied. For example, we’ll look at how recurring conflict was reduced in one organization by addressing systemic causes (rather than just blaming it primarily on “personalities” or “poor communication”). We will end by talking about how to carry the discussion forward with your team.

By participating in this webinar, you will:

  • Understand what taking a systems perspective means.
  • See how taking a systems view can help your team better understand difficult organizational issues.
  • Learn tips and suggestions for starting to explore systems in your organization.
  • Consider systems thinking as an important attribute of leadership development.


2) 5 Musts for a Development Report Guaranteed to Delight Your Board

June 2, 3:00 PM (ET)

Struggling to get your board the reports they’re asking for? It doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you have the right data paired with the right tools. Join this free webinar for the inside track on the data you absolutely must include in your next report to keep your board members happy. We’ll provide a sample format you can copy, plus we’ll answer your questions on managing your board with up-to-date information.

In this free session:

  • Understand your board members’ needs and how you can meet their expectations with simple reports delivered at the right moments.
  • Learn how to capture, track, and illustrate essential donor data and fundraising results.
  • Discover how the right donor management system will save you time, raise more money, and help you give your board all of the data and insight they crave.


3) Record-Breaking Campaigns: 5 Easy Fundraising Ideas You Can Steal from Bernie, Hillary and Trump

June 7, 1:00 PM (ET)

It’s primary season in an election year—prime time for nonprofits to take advantage of the fundraising lessons unfolding before our eyes.

Join this free webinar to learn how the top presidential campaigns mobilize supporters to raise money quickly—and how you can do the same. Whether you lean left, right, or somewhere in between, you’ll get proven fundraising tips you can implement immediately for dramatically more donations.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how the top political fundraisers acquire new donors and raise massive amounts of money in a short amount of time.
  • Understand how to target the right donors at the right time with the right ask.
  • Learn how to optimize your giving experience to convert more donors at higher average gift amounts.
  • Discover which tools will save time, raise more money, and help you communicate more effectively with existing and potential donors.


4) Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program

June 7, 2:00 PM (ET)

What do your volunteers need to know to be successful? This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

What you'll learn

  • What information should you share with new volunteers?
  • How can you turn regularly shared new volunteer info into a curriculum?
  • How is adult learning different from child learning?
  • How can you tell how much training new volunteers are absorbing?

5) 5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses

June 8, 2:30 PM (ET)

There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, we will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses, including:

  • The 5 types of nonprofit emails.
  • The anatomy of an email marketing campaign.
  • 6 email marketing mistakes to avoid.
  • 5 secrets of email marketing geniuses.


6). Foundation Maps: Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy

June 8, 12:00 PM (ET)   

Every year, billions of dollars are distributed in response to disasters and humanitarian crises.

How much of this comes from foundations?

What are other sources of funding? How much funding addresses long-term recovery and disaster preparation, in addition to emergency response and immediate relief?

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy answers these questions.

Join us for a tour of this online tool, created by Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, that captures the myriad disaster-related activities that donors have supported over the past five years.

By increasing knowledge about disaster giving, philanthropists, government agencies, and NGOs will be better able to coordinate their work and make more strategic decisions, ultimately resulting in more effective disaster philanthropy and assistance.


7) The CVA Credential: A Mark of Excellence

June 8, 2:00 PM (ET)

Join this free webinar, hosted only once a year, to learn more about the CCVA and the process for applying for and receiving your CVA. Credentialing in any profession increases credibility and promotes career development. Learn about this unique performance-based credentialing program, the process for becoming Certified in Volunteer Administration and how it can benefit you and your organization. Recommended for those with at least 3 years of experience in any setting.
What You'll Learn:

  • The history of the CCVA and the CCVA core competencies
  • What the credential is and isn't
  • How to determine your eligibility and how to apply
  • What the exam & portfolio involve
  • The awarding of the CVA and the renewal process

Who Should Attend:

  • Nonprofit Volunteer Coordinators/Managers with at least 3 years of field experience


8) How to Build a Philanthropic Culture

Jun 8, 1:00 PM (ET)

There are unmistakable differences that exist between organizations that have achieved fundraising success and those that haven't. The difference that stands out the most is presence of, or lack of, a Culture of Philanthropy. This culture, like the air that we breath, is invisible, yet can be seen and felt.


  • Attendees will learn how to position philanthropy in the minds of all members of the organization
  • Attendees will learn how a culture of philanthropy creates a common understanding of how community giving strengthens and sustains nonprofits
  • Attendees will learn how philanthropy respects and honors the role of the donor and the use of funds, and activities undertaken toward the completion of projects funded by giving
  • Attendees will learn how to measure their stage of development for a culture of philanthropy


9) 7 Simple Things You Can Do in the Next 30 Days to Turn Event Attendees into Loyal Donors

June 9, 3:00 PM (ET)

Once your fundraising event has ended, your opportunity for more giving is just beginning. Ready to get more from your events? We’ll share a set of easy tasks you can accomplish in the next few weeks that will convert more of your event-goers into loyal, repeat donors.Join this free session for these key takeaways:
  • Understand why your event attendees typically don’t become donors
  • Discover the simple post-event communication plan that will engage and convert
  • Learn how to combine your data with the right tools to get repeat donations from event attendees
  • Plus, we’ll have plenty of time to answer your questions and help your organization see dramatically better fundraising results.


10) How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

June 9, 9:30 AM (CT)

Everything you do as a nonprofit organization leads people back to your website. It is the center of your marketing universe and the home base of your brand. Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and a mission statement? In this session, we will share more than a decade of focus group research that reveals:

  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their website.
  • The 4 attributes of an engaging web presence.
  • 3 proven methods for promoting your website.
  • The 5 required elements of an engaging website.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.


11) Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

June 9, 2:00 PM (ET)

Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you've never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we'll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We'll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to assess the feelings and attitudes of paid staff around working with volunteers.
  • What does paid staff need to know about working with volunteers.
  • How to create a communication plan to talk to paid staff about working with volunteers.
  • Strategies for engaging volunteers in a union environment.

Who Should Attend:

  • Volunteer Managers


12) Introduction to Finding Grants

June 15, 2:00 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.  

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.


13) Achieving Buy-In for Your Volunteer Program

Jun 15, 1:00 PM (ET)

What’s the most common complaint among volunteer managers? It’s that others are slow to embrace the enormous potential of volunteers to advance a program's mission.

In an ideal world, your nonprofit's staff would know how to supervise volunteers and create new and purposeful opportunities for them. Getting your co-workers to that point takes buy-in.

Achieving buy-in is one of the qualities that separates managers from leaders. It means standing by your vision and communicating it in a way that influences others.

In this webinar, we will look at six key principles of buy-in and apply them to a typical volunteer management scenario.

This webinar will help you:

  • Shift your perspective on what it takes to achieve buy-in
  • Think about buy-in strategically
  • Consider more effective ways to communicate your ideas
  • Come away from the hour with a new perspective on how to bring others on board with your point of view. Participants also receive a Principles of Buy-in handout and a Next Steps Worksheet as tools to help further their workplace goals.


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

June 15, 1:00 PM (ET)

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


15) How to Avoid Fundraising's Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition

June 21, 9:30 AM (CT)

In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of ten 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.
  • What we can learn from the annual Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report from AFP.
  • Why donors leave and what to do about it.
  • 6 key drivers that can double the lifetime value of your donors.
  • Methods for creating repeat donors.


16) Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

June 21, 1:30 PM (CT)

Conventional wisdom dictates that we manage what we measure, and the most effective nonprofits on the planet know exactly how to measure their results. In this educational session, Jay will share best practices—including detailed formulas that every nonprofit should be using—to track the effectiveness of their fundraising efforts.

You’ll learn:

  • 7 steps to online fundraising success.
  • 5 metrics to measure fundraising performance.
  • The donor retention problem.
  • Attributes of a killer email marketing piece.


17) Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

June 21, 2:00 PM (ET)

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


18) Evaluations That Work: What the Non-Profit Sector Can Learn from the Ontario Nonprofit Network and Vibrant Communities

June 22nd, 12:00 PM (ET)

Evaluations “work” when they lead to insight and action. We all know that the process can be resource-intensive, so it is important for us to maximize the probability of getting it right! In this webinar, two leading learning institutes, the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) and Tamarack's Vibrant Communities Canada, will unpack real-life stories from Cities Reducing Poverty members to identify cases where evaluation worked really well. Together we will identify how they achieved exceptional success, and top takeaway points for the non-profit sector.

19) After the Gift: How to build a satisfied, loyal donor base

Jun 22, 1:00 PM (ET)

With nationwide donor retention rates hovering around 40% year after year, it’s clear that donors aren’t happy with the way most nonprofits (possibly your organization!) are treating them. And a revolving door of donors is also costing you money! After all, it’s much more expensive for you to find a new donor than it is for you to keep a current donor.

This webinar will explore the reasons why donors often stop giving to your organization and how you can change that. You will learn what donors expect when they donate and how you can meet those expectations. Be prepared to receive lots of concrete strategies for increasing the number of donors who continue giving to your organization year after year.

After this webinar, you’ll know:

  • The difference between transactional fundraising and relationship fundraising
  • Primary reasons donors give for leaving an organization
  • The two things you must do after every donation
  • The three main drivers of donor loyalty
  • How to write a personal “thank you” note that stands out from the rest
  • What “donorcentric” means
  • How to respond to first-time donors


20) Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement

June 23, 2:00 PM (ET)

It's important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. But, it can be hard to recognize what your current culture says to volunteers, or identify how to make changes to help volunteers feel more welcome. This webinar will help you identify how your organization's current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers. What You'll Learn:

  • How to understand the role that culture plays in an organization's volunteer engagement plan.
  • Ways to identify opportunities within your organization to create a more open and inclusive culture for your volunteers.
Who Should Attend:
  • Leaders of volunteers
  • Organization leaders
  • Those responsible for engaging volunteers


21) Perspectives on Philanthropy: Insights on Giving USA

June 24, 1:00 PM (ET)

Community Counselling Service, a highly respected fundraising firm established in 1947 in San Francisco, will lead a panel of leaders from prominent organizations in the Bay Area to discuss the implications of the latest findings from Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy.

Giving USA is the seminal publication on the sources and uses of U.S. charitable giving, and the 2016 edition will be released on June 14. Past editions of Giving USA are available to use in all Foundation Center offices.

This event is part of an occasional series, Perspectives on Philanthropy.

22) How to Stand Out From the Crowd in Online Grant Applications

June 28, 1:00 PM (ET)

In “How to Stand Out From the Crowd in Online Grant Applications” we will address how to create a concise, compelling and competitive application for online grant application scenarios.One of the common challenges is how to have your online application stand out in a sea of grant applications when you are all faced with the same formatting and character limiting requirements.
Key Takeaways From This Webinar:
  • How to make your application stand out in an impersonal online process
  • How to grab your reviewer’s attention
  • How to use character and word counts to your advantage
  • How to create a consistent story across all your application components

This Webinar is Perfect For You If…

  • You are new or relatively new to the field of grant seeking
  • You want to increase your success percentage of funded grant applications
  • You want to craft more competitive grant applications.


23) The Resilient NPO: 12 Questions for Sustained Change

June 29, 1:00 PM (ET)

CHANGE. The nonprofit sector faces relentless pressure to change from every direction. Stakeholders including clients, donors, regulators, partners, staff, and volunteers push for change. Technological advancement, talent management trends, competition with social enterprise, political shifts, and cultural norms all create conditions requiring nonprofits to evolve. This session provides nonprofit managers with an approach for responding to this environment of never-ending change by creating a more resilient and resolute organization.

Organizational Dynamics Advisor and founder of BraveShift, Daniel Doucette, will share with participants a 12-part framework guiding them through three dimensions--culture, leadership and operations--for creating a change-enabled NPO. Participants will leave the webinar with:

  • A broader understanding of change management theory as applied to the NPO environment
  • Specific recommendations of the steps to take to create a more resilient organization
  • Insights into the experiences/challenges being faced by sister NPOs participating in the session


24) How to Connect your Work to the Sustainable Development Goals

June 30, 2:00 PM (ET)

The United Nation’s recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serves as a uniquely valuable opportunity for philanthropy, nonprofit, and civil society.  More than 190 world leaders are committed to 17 global goals that will help us fight extreme poverty, end inequality, and fix climate change across the world. If we want to have a chance at achieving these goals of a more equitable and sustainable world, we'll need your help because of the unique role you play in the social sector.

The SDGs are applicable to the entire world, constituting a unified global development agenda. Because the SDGs provide a comprehensive, globally relevant framework for development, Foundation Center believes that nonprofits and civil society should familiarize themselves, at minimum, with the indicators of change that have been developed to account for progress towards each goal.

These are the numbers that the world will be watching to see if progress is being made, and they will quickly become one of the most important yardsticks against which the impact of foundations working in an area related to the SDGs will be measured. Be informed and learn how to connect your work to these worldwide goals.


  • Be inspired and learn how and why the 17 global goals impact your work
  • Gain insight on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are relevant to your day to day work in philanthropy, nonprofits, and civil society
  • Discover ways to connect local and regional work to global development progress through partnerships and funding opportunities.

Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Posted by Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Published Friday, 03 June 2016 at 8:00 AM
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