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31 Free Nonprofit Webinars for February 2017

Terry Ibele 26 January 2017 0 comments

free nonprofit webinarsFeeling burnt out from going hard in January already?

None to fear, free webinars are here!

On the 1st of February, Wild Apricot is hosting a free webinar with bestselling authors Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman on How Top Nonprofit Leaders Avoid Burnout.

If you'd like to reduce stress and create a culture of care at your organization, make sure you sign up.

And of course, there are many other topics covered this month by webinars from all over the web including successful volunteer recruitment strategies, how to engage members on your website, and how to promote your nonprofit on social media.

There's something for everyone in this list, so you shouldn't have a problem finding one or two that are right for you.


1) How Top Nonprofit Leaders Avoid Burnout

Feb 1st, 2:00 PM (ET)

Presented by best-selling authors Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman. Do you care so much about your nonprofit’s cause that you push yourself too far? If so, you have lots of company. 

Most people who join nonprofits find it hard to look after themselves. Take a step to help yourself and join our special webinar with Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman, coauthors of The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit, described by Arianna Huffington as an “essential guide for nonprofits.” 

In this free webinar you’ll learn:

  • 3 easy-to-fix sources of burnout you’re probably ignoring
  • The 5 most effective stress-reducing habits for professionals in the nonprofit sector
  • The number one way top nonprofits create a culture of care


2) The Role of Staff and Volunteer Leadership in the Development Process

Feb 1st, 1:00 PM (ET)

Successful fundraising requires a unique combination of professional and volunteer leadership. Your organization may have the people who can fundraise for your annual fund (or a capital campaign). This webinar is designed to help your staff and volunteers know what they can or should do to help raise vitals funds for your agency’s sustainability.

This online seminar will explain who among your leadership should:

  • Create a development plan
  • Help solicit gifts
  • Engage others in the fundraising efforts
  • Coordinate various aspects of the annual campaign
  • Coach others to help in fundraising
  • Identify the best prospects within your organization
  • Cultivate your prospects and donors
  • Steward donors throughout the year
  • Excite others about the opportunity to give


3) Introduction to Finding Grants

Feb 1st, 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.


4) An Introduction to Your Case for Support – the Must-Have Fundraising Publication for Every Nonprofit

Feb 1st, 3:00 PM (ET)

What’s your story?

The Case for Support is the most fundamental of all fundraising publications. It uses emotionally and logically compelling copy and graphics to help current and potential donors learn why they should invest in your mission. Through the case, you sell your credibility, data, and consumers’ stories to help donors understand why they should care about your work.

At its core, the Case for Support is the cornerstone of every other fundraising publication (traditional and digital) at your organization. Without it, how will you tell your story to donors and funders?

Join Heather and learn the fundamentals of the Case for Support and why it is an absolute must for every nonprofit.

What we will cover during the live webinar:

  • What the Case for Support is (and what it is not)
  • The fundamentals of donor-centered fundraising and how it applies to your Case
  • The basic outline of any Case for Support
  • How you use the Case for Support

Key Benefits of this Webinar:

  • You can gain significant fundraising advantages by being donor-centered.
  • You will be able to tell your story in more compelling ways through a Case for Support.
  • You will be better prepared to start writing your Case for Support.

Bonus Materials:

  • Case for Support outline
  • A brief list of helpful links and resources
  • Webinar recording and slides


5) 10 Ways TechSoup Can Help Museums and Historical Sites

Feb 1st, 11:00 AM (PT)

TechSoup has the technology donations, services, and tech training your museum or historical site needs. This free, hour-long webinar is designed exclusively for museum and historical site staff. 

If you’re new to TechSoup, this webinar will introduce how to join TechSoup and how to request technology donations. 

If you’re already a member of TechSoup, we’ll also highlight some of the “hidden gems” in our catalog of donated software and hardware, as well as online services, training courses, tech consulting and expert advice.

We’ll end with an open Q&A session so you can get your historical site or museum's questions answered. 


6) This Is How Our Most Successful Clients Fill Their Events

Feb 2nd, 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


7) Capital Campaigns: Best Practices, Common Mistakes

Feb 2nd, 1:00 PM (ET)

Few efforts will change the trajectory of a nonprofit like a capital campaign. Yet, even seemingly small decisions can tip the balance between success and failure. This session will review three best practices to better ensure success and three common mistakes that can sink your campaign
Learning objectives:

  • The importance of timing to a successful capital campaign.
  • Questions to ask when preparing for a capital campaign.
  • The most important component of any successful capital campaign.


8) Salesforce Fundamentals for Nonprofits

Feb 6th, 3:00 PM (ET)

Please join us for the Salesforce Fundamentals for Nonprofits Webinar. Our goal is to help you learn the basics of Salesforce and understand the resources available to help you get started. We’re going to focus on steps to start your journey, from basic navigation in Salesforce, understanding the terminology, and additional training we suggest you take. 


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

Feb 8th, 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.


  • Step-by-step details of the application process.
  • What is required to succeed with Google Grants?
  • Details about a professional service that manages Google Grants to save you time and get you more than what you paid for.

Nonprofits big and small have much to gain from Google Grants. Donors, volunteers, and supporters who use Google to search online can now be reached and engaged using your online ads. Google Grants can be used to tackle marketing problems such as raising awareness, growing online donations, building email lists, increasing volunteer registration, and more.


10) Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways

Feb 7th, 11:00 AM (PT)

How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided. 

What You'll Learn: 

  • How to advance your volunteers' interest in your organization. 
  • Transition great volunteers into leaders. 

Who Should Attend: 

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

11) Introduction to Project Budgets

Feb 8th, 2:00 PM (ET)

Learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence!

Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for? 

If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.

We will discuss:

  • The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses
  • How to estimate the realistic cost of a project
  • What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal


12) The CVA Credential: A Mark of Excellence

Feb 8th, 11:00 AM (PT)

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


13) Using Facebook LIVE to Broadcast Impact

Feb 8th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Facebook Live is taking the newsfeed by storm! This (relatively) new live broadcasting feature lets any person, brand, or nonprofit live-stream events, reveals, celebrations, and more. The Humane Society, The White House, the MET, and many smaller nonprofits are broadcasting news-as-it-happens, museum tours, and even feeding time for baby raccoons!

Learn how to get started with Facebook Live with your nonprofit. Get answers common questions like:

  • What are we going to talk about?
  • How should we respond to commenters?
  • How long should we broadcast?
  • Will anybody actually tune-in?

Webinar participants will get the following takeaways:

  • How to pick the best topic for your first broadcast
  • Examples of creative Facebook broadcasts from other nonprofits
  • How to promote your Facebook Live broadcast to your community
  • How to manage and monitor discussions during your broadcast
  • How to repurpose your Facebook Live recording for other social media channels
  • Common mistakes to avoid before, during, and after your Facebook Live broadcast


14) You Can Do I.T.! How to Empower Library Staff with Basic Tech Management Skills

Feb 8th, 11:00 AM (AM)

The library field relies heavily on technology, but few front-line staff receive training in basic I.T. concepts that can build confidence when managing public access computer and working with patrons. The Texas State Library faced this challenge in more than 400 small public libraries in rural areas. They responded with You Can Do I.T., a friendly, approachable hardware, software, and networking skills training program.

Join us for this free webinar to learn how you can demystify technology to empower others around you, no matter your technical ability or where you work. We will share our approaches to I.T. training to engage different learning styles, free and adaptable resources, and lessons learned from hands-on experience in the field.

15) Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions

Feb 9th, 11:00 AM (PT)

A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. 

This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities. 

Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program. 

What You'll Learn: 

  • What should go into a good position description.
  • Why should you have a position description for all of your volunteer opportunities
  • How can a position description help you recruit and train volunteers?

Supplemental Materials:

  • Templates and sample position descriptions will be provided.


16) 3 Easy Ways to Retain More Members Using Software

Feb 9th, 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


17) Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in the Field

Feb 9th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Almost 90% of all charitable gifts come from individuals and the largest gifts come from asking one-on-one in person. Accessing these gifts is critical to fulfilling the mission of your organization. So how do you do it? There's no one right way to ask for a gift. Who you are and what you bring to the table are critically important. When you ask in a way that suits you personally, you will be more comfortable and more effective. You’ll be able to cultivate and solicit individual gifts that allow your organization to fulfill its vision and have the biggest impact possible!
Learning objectives:

  • learn about your Asking Style, its specific strengths and challenges, and how to apply your Style to be a more comfortable and effective fundraiser
  • which prospects might be your best fit, how to make a strong case for support in your own voice and from your own perspective
  • what you need to watch out for during the meeting


18) Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Feb 14th, 10:30 AM (ET)

Join us this Valentine's Day to discover the fundamentals of nonprofit fundraising.

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.


19) How to Report Live from Nonprofit Conferences and Events

Feb 14th, 2:00 PM (PT)

Real-time reporting from nonprofit conferences and events requires an advanced skill set, training, and a lot of practice. Tailored for social media managers, this webinar will highlight which skills are necessary for live reporting, which online tools work the best, and outline a 6-week plan that includes pre-event planning and post-event follow-up. Topics include:

  • How to prepare your nonprofit’s real-time reporting content strategy in advance of the conference or event.
  • Tips for ensuring your live reporting is effective during the conference or event.
  • The role of hashtags, Facebook Live, Twitter and Periscope, Instagram, and Snapchat in live reporting.
  • Which equipment is necessary for video interviews and live streaming.
  • How to repackage and promote live content after the conference or event is over.


20) Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies

Feb 14th, 11:00 AM (PT)

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

Supplemental Materials: 

  • Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization.

Who Should Attend: 

  • Volunteer Managers


21) An Introduction to Online Fundraising for Small and Medium-Sized Nonprofits

Feb 14th, 3:00 PM (ET)

Online fundraising is the fasting growing segment of giving. Donors of all ages are using their smartphones, tablets, and computers to connect with causes and to give money to fundraising campaigns.

During this free nonprofit webinar, you'll learn the tactics to successfully raise money online for your nonprofit, even if you are a small or midsize organization.

This webinar will detail the basics of an online fundraising campaign;  how social media & online tools can be used to raise more money; ways you can fit online giving into your long-term strategy;  and Julia’s 10 steps to online fundraising success!

If you want to be a part of the next generation of nonprofit fundraisers,  you need to register for this FREE webinar right now.

Key Takeaways

  • The basic components of a successful online fundraising campaign
  • Tools to use for online fundraising
  • Ways to use your website, email, blog, and social media channels to promote the online fundraising campaign
  • Examples from small and mid-sized nonprofits who have successfully raised money online
  • Julia’s 10 steps to online fundraising success, including recruiting and energizing Social Media Ambassadors


22) Grant Strategy for CEOs, Directors, and Board Members: What You Need to Know to Succeed

Feb 15th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Most nonprofits need to attract grants to help pursue their missions or carry out specific programs. But perhaps -- like many other nonprofit executives -- you have been less than thrilled with the results of your organization’s grantseeking efforts. How can you boost your team’s efficiency and effectiveness? What can you do on a managerial level to empower your grantseekers to be more successful?

In this webinar you will learn some strategic tips to get the most out of your grantseeking dollars. We’ll cover:

  • Why you must set up for success – whether you’re using staff, consultants, or volunteers
  • How to ensure that your organization is ready to seek the grants you need 
  • Strategic decisions you will need to make
  • How to rally the organizational capacity you will need 
  • How to prepare for the informational needs of grantseekers


23) Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages

Feb 15th, 9:30 AM (CT)

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.


24) Go on a Hardware Safari with Idealware

Feb 16th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Do you break into a tech sweat when you think about tech planning for your organization? Learn the first steps in assessing your organization’s technology needs so you can get started on your overall tactical technology plan. Join Idealware’s Karen Graham in this 60 minute technology audit overview that will provide you with the foundation for evaluating your offices to spot, identify, and document what hardware your organization uses and provide useful tips on next steps to complete a full assessment of your IT infrastructure.


25) Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement

Feb 16th, 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


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

Feb 16th, 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
  • 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. 


27) Crowdfunding 101

Feb 21st, 12:00 PM (CT)

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.


28) How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Feb 22nd, 1:00 PM (ET)

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.


29) Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Feb 23rd, 11:00 AM (PT)

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

Who Should Attend: 

  • VolunteerMatch nonprofit account members
  • Nonprofit volunteer managers
  • Anyone interested in learning more about social media and volunteer management


30) Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine

Feb 23rd, 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


31) Single Days of Service: Make 'em Work!

Feb 28th, 2:00 PM (ET)

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
Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Posted by Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Published Thursday, 26 January 2017 at 4:01 PM
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