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23 Free Nonprofit Webinars for October 2016

Terry Ibele 01 October 2016 0 comments

free nonprofit webinarsLots of learning on volunteering this month, so if you’re looking for volunteer strategies, you’ve hit the jackpot of webinars!

And of course, don’t miss out on Wild Apricot’s very own webinars for membership organizations this month:

1) Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement

Oct 4th, 11:00 AM (PT)

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.
Who Should Attend:
  • Volunteer Managers

2) How to Engage and Mobilize Groups: 4 Proven Facilitation Techniques

Oct 5th, 1:00 PM (EST)

When you’re tasked to lead groups, build consensus, and deliver solutions to clients or community stakeholders, the quality of every single interaction matters. Getting your board meetings, community meetings, and internal meetings RIGHT and planning them thoughtfully is a no-brainer, yet so many organizations fail at optimizing these opportunities. Why? Because, surprisingly, many lack key facilitation and people skills to engage others. United Way has become the global leader in engaging and mobilizing people to carry out its mission. Like United Way, we all must avoid poor group management and meeting pitfalls to effectively perform, but doing so requires both an art and a science to harness soft skills – that are often overlooked or untapped.

Join Michael Wilkinson, Leadership Strategies’ CEO and Certified Master Facilitator, to unearth these essential facilitation techniques. Learn how United Way – one of the largest community-based organizations in the world – has leveraged group facilitation principles from Leadership Strategies as a “united way” to impact positive change.

In these 60 minutes, you will unlock:

  • Tips to prepare for a successful session with your group
  • The 4-step formula for gaining and keeping interest
  • How to build consensus and gain buy-in
  • Steps to end a meeting with actionable impact
  • Ways to learn more facilitative techniques (including a FREE eBook) - modeling the success of United Way - following the webinar

3) This Is How Wild Apricot’s Most Successful Clients Fill Their Events

Oct 6th, 2:00 PM (EST)

Have you found that it’s getting harder or taking longer to fill up your events? Are you sick of waiting for checks in the mail? Exhausted from processing registration forms?

In this free webinar, you’ll learn:

  • 3 recent trends preventing people from registering for your events
  • One simple way to avoid event-related cash flow problems
  • A proven 3-step process to fill events fast and cut your workload in half

4) Targeting Donors for Year-End Success

Oct 6th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Join Network for Good's Brian Lauterbach to get tips on smart donor communication for meeting your year-end fundraising goals.

5) Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

Oct 6th, 11:00 AM (PT)

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

6) Should You Contract Out Your Nonprofit's Tech? IT Assist and Managed Services

Oct 11th, 11:00 AM (PT)

If your nonprofit or library has a small (or non-existant) paid staff and managing your technology is a burden, have you been considering managed IT services or contracting out maintenance? Maybe you already do have some managed IT services, but want to understand whether you're getting the most from the relationship out of your limited resources.
Join TechSoup's Cameron Jones and Tech Impact's Linda Widdop to talk about what managed IT services are; when your nonprofit, church, or public library may want to engage in them; and how to best evaluate offers that are out there, including TechSoup's IT Assist program.
They'll cover:

  • Defining what "managed IT services" means
  • How different offers may be structured, so you know what to look for and what questions to ask when evaluating a contract or managed services offer
  • Ways to bring your IT costs down - including migrating servers to the cloud, VoIP solutions, and more
  • An introduction to IT Assist, TechSoup's low-cost managed IT program for nonprofits and libraries

7) Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

Oct 11th, 11:00 AM (PT)

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

8) Program Improvement Tool: What we've learned so far

Oct 12th, 10:00 AM (PT)

Over 160 hunger-fighting organizations have used the Program Improvement Tool to evaluate their volunteer engagement programs. Come hear about what we've learned about the tool, the organizations that have used it, and the benchmarks that we're developing.
If you haven't yet explored the tool you can find it here http://causes.volunteermatch.org/hungerservice This tool was developed for hunger-fighting nonprofits by VolunteerMatch in partnership with ConAgra Foods Foundation.

What You'll Learn:

  • Aggregate information on the hunger-fighting organizations that have used the tool so far.
  • Trends in volunteer management and volunteer engagement in hunger-fighting organizations.
  • Benchmarks that can be developed based on initial information gathered by the tool.
Who Should Attend:
  • Leaders in Hunger-Fighting Organizations
  • Volunteer Program Managers
  • Those interested in volunteer engagement benchmarks

9) Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Oct 13th, 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.

10) QuickBooks for Religious and Faith-Based Organizations

Oct 13th, 11:00 AM (PT)

If you're using Intuit's QuickBooks to manage your finances as a house of worship or faith-based organization, join QuickBooks Made Easy CEO Gregg Bossen for a fast-paced 90-minute lesson to improve how you're using it.

He'll cover:

  • Proper set up of accounts
  • How to track ministries/committees
  • Tracking donations and generating donor thank you letters
  • Tracking funds and fund balances

11) Learning from Lindsay: An Interview with a #GivingTuesday All-St

Oct 13th, 1:00 PM (EST)

Join us for this revealing webinar where Dana Ostomel, founder of Deposit a Gift and Firespring’s leading authority on crowdfunding, interviews Lindsay Smith, development officer at DOROT, a nonprofit that has run two extremely successful #GivingTuesday campaigns on the Deposit a Gift platform. As fundraisers, there’s nothing more valuable than sharing knowledge and experiences. In this candid conversation, Lindsay will share her experience firsthand: what worked, what didn’t and what they plan this year. If you’re looking for fast track R&D (rip off and duplicate), this session will provide a wealth of ideas and expert advice. In addition to Lindsay’s valuable insights on how to manage a successful campaign, Dana Ostomel will walk us through how to strengthen and develop vital donor relationships from 11/30 and beyond.

  • Secrets to managing a successful campaign.
  • How to avoid the biggest nonprofit crowdfunding mistakes.
  • What you’ll achieve beyond rising the thermometer.
  • How to celebrate success as a community.
  • Steps to drive momentum through your year-end appeal.
  • Answers to YOUR questions during live Q&A.

12) The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit

Oct 13th, 11:00 AM (PT)

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?

13) How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Oct 18th, 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.

14) Online Community Cultivation: The Secret Sauce for Your Next Fundraiser

Oct 18th, 10:00 AM (PT)

When implemented thoughtfully, crowdfunding is one the most powerful tools in your fundraising toolbox. Without effective planning, implementation and an engaged community of potential supporters, even our most powerful tools and ideas won't produce results. In this webinar, join Dana Ostomel, Firespring's Vice President of nonprofit industry development and leading crowdfunding authority, to discover the secret sauce of crowdfunding and everything you need to cultivate a community primed and ready to give in an age where online social networks drive results.

Dana will begin by laying the foundation for what crowdfunding is and its critical role in your organization's integrated fundraising approach. From there she will guide you through a 10-step road map of what actions you should take between initiatives to cultivate an engaged and responsive community. You will walk away with a deep understanding of why investing in your online network can pay dividends when nurtured correctly and why it matters that much more in an online social world where you need "helpers" to get noticed amidst the noise.

You'll learn:

  • Why crowdfunding is important for your organization.
  • How to fire up board members, volunteers, donors and staff to spread the word.
  • 10 vital actions to cultivate a network eager to support you.
  • How to generate loyal support long past the campaign.
  • What donor stewardship means in an online world.
We guarantee you’ll walk away feeling confident in the steps you need to take to earn the trust and vigorous support of your online community with tons of ideas for integrating crowdfunding into your fundraising initiatives.

15) Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement

Oct 18th, 11:00 AM (PT)

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

16) Creating a Vibrant Culture in Your Nonprofit

Oct 19th, 1:30 PM (CT)

Is a nonprofit organization’s culture determined by design or default? Join lifelong entrepreneur Jay Wilkinson to discover how Firespring, a company he founded, relies on its vibrant culture to attract and keep great talent. Jay will share his personal experience building a great organizational culture and teach you:

  • 3 steps to creating a healthy nonprofit culture.
  • 5 revealing stats about employee engagement.
  • Nonprofit culture in action (4 case studies).
  • How to self-assess your culture.

17) Share the Love: Using Social Media to Show Gratitude

Oct 19th, 1:00 PM (EST)

Did you know that 53% of donors lapse because of poor donor communication? Though social media usage has become pervasive among nonprofits, it is still used primarily for promotion. Those organizations who are utilizing networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show authentic and personalized appreciation to supporters are reaping the benefits of increased engagement and donor loyalty.

This session will help you discover how to maximize your nonprofit’s social media accounts through thankfulness, instead of promotion. We will examine real-life examples of effective social media usage from organizations large and small, as well as the latest research into what works and what doesn’t.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover time-honored gift acknowledgement techniques that translate perfectly to social media
  • Learn how to formulate a relevant social content strategy for your organization
  • Understand data-driven best practices in timing, format and style of social posts across all networks

18) Maximizing the Strategic Impact of your Volunteer Program

Oct 20th, 1:00 PM (EST)

This free webinar, presented by volunteer management expert Stacy Ashton, will take you beyond the idea of volunteers as “free labour” and explore how your volunteers currently contribute to your donor base, goodwill in the community and the labour force. From there, we’ll learn how to benchmark and track the full impact of your volunteers on organizational success, and build strategy to connect those impacts to fulfilling your mission.

Managers of volunteers will:

  • learn how to collect data and build rationales for effective resourcing of volunteer infrastructure.
  • Senior managers, executive directors, and CEOs will:
  • better understand the role of volunteer engagement in driving your organization’s mission.
  • learn how to measure and maximize the impact of volunteer engagement on mission achievement, fundraising, community reputation, community reach and talent acquisition.

19) Broadband Planning for Libraries: Enough Is Never Enough

Oct 20th, 11:00 AM (PT)

When it comes to broadband in public libraries, it seems you can never have enough. Technology use in libraries is at an all time high. Without enough bandwidth coming into the library, patrons are unable to do stay connected and staff productivity is blocked.
Come to this free webinar to learn how to plan for broadband and how to pay for it. Guests Emily Almond and Amber Gregory will share E-Rate and broadband tips and tricks, and will include a special look at extra funding available through E-Rate 2.0, available only for a limited time.

20) Show Your Impact! Introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau

Oct 25th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Tableau allows anyone to quickly see and understand their data. This free webinar will touch on core concepts in data visualization and show how Tableau empowers everyone in an organization to see, understand, and make decisions informed by their data.
Learn how to connect to different data sources, explore different chart and dashboard types, and discover the powerful analytical tools built right into the software.
The initial set of visualizations will be built around a UNHCR data set on refugee migration flows between 2000-2015, but will represent basic functionality that extends to nonprofit fundraising, program management, advocacy, or impact evaluation.

21) #GivingTuesday and Beyond: Your Nine-Week Plan to Score Big

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM (EST)

With five weeks left before the biggest giving day of the year, we're all systems go for #GivingTuesday on 11/29. If your current #GivingTuesday plan is to email a link to your “Donate Now” page and hope for the best, you still have time to implement a powerful strategy. Dana Ostomel, founder of Deposit a Gift and one of the nation's leading authorities on crowdfunding, will take you step-by-step through creating your 9-week communications plan and implementing your best giving day ever. A successful #GivingTuesday lasts well beyond a one-day event, as long as your plan includes a strategy that starts on #GratefulWednesday.

Whether you began laying a foundation in May or have just started to develop your plan, you'll leave this webinar with a tactical plan for priming your community to give. Join Dana to learn that you don't have to “throw a Hail Mary” and discover how to score big on #GivingTuesday and beyond.

  • Identify communication channels & unleash their power.
  • Develop your week-by-week action plan.
  • Gain practical ideas to mobilize your community to spread the word & GIVE!
  • Successfully integrate #GT into your year-end appeal.
  • Learn how to leverage your momentum after the campaign.
  • Answers to YOUR questions during live Q&A.

22) Anatomy of an Annual Appeal: Create Your Compelling Fundraising Offer

Oct 26th, 1:00 PM (EST)

Writing a compelling fundraising letter can be tricky. It’s not the same kind of writing as a brochure, annual report or grant proposal. But it’s not rocket science – it’s something you can easily learn; just not something most of us are taught. In this webinar you’ll learn the art of taking your appeal from run of the mill to… out of the ballpark. From anesthetizing to… astounding. From colorless to… captivating. Your appeal letter should be an “offer” to join you in something amazing and transformative. Whether you’re an old pro and just want some new tips, or you’re writing your appeal letter for the first time, you’ll find killer strategies and tried-and-true tactics to get your appeal to the next level.

Webinar Take-Aways:

  • Four ways to assure your appeal has benefits your donor wants
  • Seven essential elements of your appeal letter call to action
  • Seven asking triggers to make an offer your donor simply cannot refuse
  • Seven keys to readability– writing, editing and design
  • The power of the P.S.
  • The bone structure of an appeal letter that inspires action
  • How to use stories and statistics for the greatest impact
  • How to tell your reader why you’re asking now
  • Which words to use a lot of – and which words to never use!

23) The Tech Effect: Discover the Simple Solution that 1000s of Organizations Are Using to Grow Membership In Today’s World

Oct 27th, 2:00 PM (EST)

Have you noticed that it’s getting harder and harder to grow your membership?

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • All about The Tech Effect, the hidden threat that is making things harder for you to grow
  • 5 proven strategies to address The Tech Effect and attract new members right away
  • How an easy tech solution can save you hours of administrative work every day
This is not your typical webinar. It follows the story of one membership manager’s challenges, and ultimate triumph. A story that has inspired thousands of others to grow their memberships faster than ever.

Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Posted by Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Published Saturday, 01 October 2016 at 12:26 PM
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