23 Free Nonprofit Webinars for January 2017

Terry Ibele 23 December 2016 0 comments

free nonprofit webinarsStart 2017 with a boost to your professional skill set with some free education.

Each month we compile a list of the best free nonprofit webinars for you to attend. This month's webinars feature online fundraising best practices, software training, and how to find new donors this year.

And of course, we've brought back four Wild Apricot favourites this month covering how to fill up your events, retain more members, turn your website into a membership growth engine, and the solution that 1000's of organizations are using to grow. Click here to sign up.

Here are the rest of this month's free nonprofit webinars from all over the web:

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

Jan 4th, 10:30 AM (ET)

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.

2) Major Gifts Magic: Learn to Make Powerful ‘Moves’ and Passionate ‘Asks’

Jan 4th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Asking is scary. As a result, too often nonprofits spend tons of time cultivating, cultivating and cultivating. But they never get to the ask! Or, if they do, they leave money on the table. To assure that you cut to the chase requires a plan and a disciplined approach. In this webinar we’ll learn the "magic" formulas: (1) How to powerfully cultivate donors so they're predisposed to say "yes;" (2) When the time is ripe for the ask, and (3) How to do it so you get the most successful outcome possible.

Takeaways include:

  • Using moves management to know when a prospect is ready
  • Overcoming asking anxiety
  • Knowing who to involve in the ask
  • Inviting investment
  • Asking strategies: What works; what doesn’t?
  • Overcoming objections

3) Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Jan 4th, 2:00 PM (ET)

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.

4) 7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops)

Jan 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

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

Jan 5th, 2:00 PM (ET)

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

6) Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising

Jan 10th, 3:00 PM (ET)

here is no one right way to ask for a donation. Some people take great care preparing well-organized and complete presentations. Others prepare with just a few talking points and then use the energy of the prospect to guide the conversation. Some people are energized by the prospect of tying down a gift. For others it is a great act of courage.

You have your own Asking Style, and if you learn to ask in your Style, you will be more comfortable, confident and successful as an asker. Are you a Rainmaker? Go-Getter? Kindred Spirit? Mission Controller? A mix of two Styles?

Join Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters, to learn about the revolutionary concept of Asking Styles created by his company.

You'll learn:

  • The unique strengths you bring to the table and how to apply them to the ask
  • Which prospects are the best match given your Asking Style
  • How to craft your Case for Support in your own words and Style
  • What to watch out for along the way

7) Introduction to Windows Server for Nonprofits and Public Libraries

Jan 10th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Learn about the features and functionality of Microsoft's Windows Server. You'll get a peek "under the hood" to see some of the newest features from Microsoft's principal program manager for the Windows Server program, Jeff Woolsey.

8) Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance

Jan 11th, 1:00 PM (ET)

The nonprofit governing board has been described as an ineffective group of effective people. Why do nonprofits so broadly fail to use their boards wisely? And how might they do better? This webinar will touch upon a comprehensive range of issues in a way that will be relevant to almost every nonprofit board. We will look at four interrelated areas: membership (including recruitment, development, self-assessment), process (including structure, meetings), capacity, and fiduciary concerns.

Takeways:

  • How to assemble an effective board.
  • How to structure and operate a board effectively.
  • How to engage trustees and increase mutual satisfaction.
  • Specific tools and resources that will increase board effectiveness.

9) 3 Easy Ways to Retain More Members Using Software

Jan 12th, 2:00 PM (ET)

Do you sometimes feel that your membership is like a leaky boat? Every time you look at your database, you notice a few members have left? 

In this free webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Get your members to renew on their own, so you don’t have to chase them
  • Automate your new member onboarding process and save hours each week
  • Quickly identify who is about to leave, and what you can do to keep them

10) I Didn't Know Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Could Do That!

Jan 12th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Few people harness the real power of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. An Adobe PDF is much more than a document destined for the print queue. From creating proposals and assembling training materials, to improving processes involving collaboration and rich media integration Acrobat is THE most versatile tool.
 
Whether you are a nonprofit staff person, development director, librarian, or an administrative professional this session will demonstrate how Acrobat can transform and repurpose existing materials for a more efficient environment for a number of common and complex tasks. See how everyone can maximize resources and save time by applying Acrobat's new innovative tools, collaborative workflows, and versatile re-purposing features.

11) The 7 Fundamentals of a Monthly Giving Program

Jan 12th, 3:00 PM (ET)

If you’re thinking about starting a monthly giving program, this free webinar is for you!

Join us to learn the basic fundamentals needed to start a Monthly Giving program, so you can benefit from the tremendous opportunities it can offer your organization.

In this free nonprofit webinar you will learn:

  • How Monthly donors are different
  • How to start a program with limited resources
  • How to recognize monthly donors
  • How to set your ask amounts
  • How to market your program
  • How to present results
  • How to plan for growth

12) Philanthropy Blueprint 2017

Jan 12th, 4:00 PM (ET)

“Especially in uncertain times the organizations and activists who make up civil society need to understand, protect, advocate for, and use their digital data and infrastructure just as they use their financial and human resources—safely, ethically, and effectively.”

Blueprint is the annual industry forecast written by Lucy Bernholz about the ways we use private resources for public benefit. Blueprint provides an annual overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year. 
 
In 2017, the independent sector faces an increased blurring of the lines between: government and philanthropy; and digital infrastructure and civil society. Join us for a discussion around the topics of Philanthropy Blueprint 2017 and how local philanthropies are reacting to these trends.

13) 10 Signs Your NGO Excels At Social Media

Jan 12th, 2:00 PM (PT)

Social media changes so frequently that unless your NGO has a full-time social media manager who has the time to consistently research and adopt emerging trends, odds are your NGO is using social media in ways that are no longer effective. This webinar will illuminate ten signs that your NGO’s social media strategy is current and best positioned to inspire donors and supporters to give and take action on your organization’s behalf. The webinar will feature real-time examples of NGOs that are:

  • Effectively posting content and hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Using graphics, images, and video to successfully increase engagement on social media.
  • Inspiring their donors to give as a result of using social media.
  • Consistently integrating social media into their email communications strategy.
  • Formatting online news and blog content to maximize effective storytelling and calls-to-action.

14) 5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses

Jan 12, 11:30 AM (PT)

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.

15) It's a New World—How to Cultivate Your Community Online

Jan 18th, 1:00 PM (ET)

One of the biggest challenges facing organizations is changing the culture of giving and engagement, and our futures depend on it. Often we get so caught up in 'the ask' that we forget what motivates people to support us in the first place: relationships. In this webinar, join Dana Ostomel, Firespring's vice president of nonprofit industry development, to discover the secret sauce of cultivating a community primed and ready to support you.

You'll learn

  • What donor stewardship means in an online world. 
  • How to fire up board members, volunteers, donors and staff to fundraise every day. 
  • 10 vital actions to cultivate a network eager to support you. 
  • Why a consistent communications plan is essential.
  • How to generate loyal support long past a specific campaign. 
Although campaigns serve their purpose and give donors an exciting event to rally around, the time in between initiatives can make all the difference. We guarantee you’ll walk away confident in the steps you need to earn the trust and vigorous support of your community online.

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

Jan 18th, 2:00 PM (ET)

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

17) Finding New Donors for 2017

Jan 18th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Did you know that over 75% of funding comes from individuals? It costs twice as much to find new donors as it does to keep your existing donors.

When you follow the tips outlined in this webinar, you’ll learn how to prevent donor attrition and develop new donor relationships. Our methods are tailored to suit your needs and can integrate easily into your current stewardship efforts. Finally, a webinar that guides you every step of the way to recruit and keep your donors too!

You Will Learn:

  • What are 9 new places to find donors offline?
  • What are 4 effective ways of building your email list?
  • Buying potential donor mailing lists: How do you vet the list? How can you use the list?
  • What are the stages of giving to help you steward your donors towards larger gifts?
  • What are stewardship and cultivation tips to keep your valuable existing donors?
  • How does transparency raise you more money?
  • How often to mail and email your list?
  • What are 5 cheap and fast ways to thank your donors?
  • How to cultivate your volunteers to become donors?

18) Finding and Cultivating Local Tech Expertise and Support for Nonprofits and Libraries

Jan 19th, 11:00 AM (PT)

In this free webinar with TechSoup, hear from providers of technology support for nonprofits and public libraries, volunteer organizers of NetSquared and Tech4Good communities, and learn about resources to cultivate and tap into tech expertise in your area! 

19) Crowdfunding 101

Jan 19th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Crowdfunding has 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 to learn how to incorporate crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives. Dana Ostomel, Firespring's leading authority on crowdfunding, will walk you through the lifecycle of a campaign, from prep through appreciation, emphasizing how to engage new audiences. Come ready to ask about the campaigns you have in mind so we can get all of your questions answered! You'll discover:

  • Why crowdfunding is important for your organization. 
  • How to incorporate crowdfunding into your existing fundraising mix. 
  • What campaigns crowdfunding can be effective for. 
  • The power of crowdfunding beyond rising the thermometer.
  • Concrete steps you can execute immediately.

20) It's a New World—How to Cultivate Your Community Online

Jan 24th, 1:00 PM (ET)

One of the biggest challenges facing organizations is changing the culture of giving and engagement, and our futures depend on it. Often we get so caught up in 'the ask' that we forget what motivates people to support us in the first place: relationships. In this webinar, join Dana Ostomel, Firespring's vice president of nonprofit industry development, to discover the secret sauce of cultivating a community primed and ready to support you.

You'll learn:

  • What donor stewardship means in an online world. 
  • How to fire up board members, volunteers, donors and staff to fundraise every day. 
  • 10 vital actions to cultivate a network eager to support you. 
  • Why a consistent communications plan is essential.
  • How to generate loyal support long past a specific campaign. 
  • Although campaigns serve their purpose and give donors an exciting event to rally around, the time in between initiatives can make all the difference. We guarantee you’ll walk away confident in the steps you need to earn the trust and vigorous support of your community online.

21) Mastering the Needs Section of Your Grant Proposal

Jan 25th, 1:00 PM (PT)

The needs section is the most important section of a grant proposal. If the need for your project is unclear, reviewers will be frustrated and your efforts (at both fundraising and implementation) are likely to fail.

This webinar, led by a grant writer with more than 20 years of experience, takes an in-depth look at how to properly explain and document compelling needs.

Takeaways:

  • Litmus tests of whether a need is properly cited and explained.
  • The most common (avoidable) pitfalls when writing a needs section. 
  • Tips for using needs to make your proposal stand out.
  • How to research and document needs.

22) Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine

Jan 26th, 2:00 PM (ET)

Is your membership website an engine that brings in new members while you sleep? If not, I’ll show you how anyone with no tech experience can use membership management software to turn their website into a new member recruiter — in just an afternoon.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Three website changes that will start attracting new members right away
  • How to get anyone on your board to easily make updates by themselves (even if they don’t have any tech experience)
  • The top website features our most successful clients use to drive membership growth

23) Crowdfunding 101

Jan 31st, 11:00 AM (MT)

Crowdfunding has 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 to learn how to incorporate crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives. Dana Ostomel, Firespring's leading authority on crowdfunding, will walk you through the lifecycle of a campaign, from prep through appreciation, emphasizing how to engage new audiences. Come ready to ask about the campaigns you have in mind so we can get all of your questions answered! You'll discover:

  • Why crowdfunding is important for your organization. 
  • How to incorporate crowdfunding into your existing fundraising mix. 
  • What campaigns crowdfunding can be effective for. 
  • The power of crowdfunding beyond rising the thermometer.
  • Concrete steps you can execute immediately.

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Posted by Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Published Friday, 23 December 2016 at 11:51 AM

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