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23 Free Nonprofit Webinars for March 2017

Terry Ibele 20 February 2017 0 comments

Free Nonprofit Webinars

Webinars are a great way to get some free education on how to run your nonprofit better.

For those pursuing their CAE designation, Wild Apricot's expert webinars are a great way to earn free credits. This month we have two eligible expert webinars: one on leading great virtual meetings that actually get work done, and another on how to keep members forever

There are also many other topics covered by this month's free webinars including fundraising strategies, filling up events, and corporate giving tips.

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


1) Beyond the RSVP: Crowdfunding for Special Events

March 1st, 11:00 AM (MT)

Traditional events still play a big role in the fundraising initiatives for many nonprofits, yet by their very nature, often limit who can attend or who you choose to market them to. This ultimately means you leave money on the table or miss an opportunity to raise awareness around your mission. Crowdfunding gives you the ability to “open up the virtual doors” on your events to change the narrative on how you market them, so you can ultimately reach more people and raise more money. You won’t want to miss this workshop to discover how to take a socially engaging approach to your next benefit.

Join Dana to learn:

  • How crowdfunding can play a role in special events. 
  • How crowdfunding can replace and/or complement an invitation. 
  • Which events a crowdfunding approach could work well for. 
  • Strategies to reinvigorate your event to create a stickier brand experience. 
  • Tactics to integrate crowdfunding before, during and after the event.


2) Introduction to Proposal Writing

March 1st, 2:00 PM (ET)

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

Get an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.  It will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no


3) Business Management Essentials for Nonprofits: Further Your Mission by Tending to Your Business Needs

March 1st, 1:00 PM (ET)

501(c)(3). It's a tax status, not a business plan. But are you prepared to run the business of your nonprofit? Do you know the insurance you need? How to manage the HR needs of your staff? How to choose and manage vendors for office management, fundraising, data management and marketing? There are many facets to having a successful nonprofit beyond great mission-driven programs. Critical functions include as budget and finance, operations (such as insurance and office management) and human resources, as well as the programs, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, and governance most nonprofit professionals know. This webinar will give you an overview of some of the areas in which a little knowledge can go a long way. We will review strategies for determining what to out source and what to do in house and will discuss how to evaluate and pick suitable vendors for outsourcing needs. Questions in advance of the webinar are welcome!


4) Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

March 2nd, 11:00 AM (PT)

When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

What You'll Learn: 

  • How to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them.
  • How to deal with challenging volunteers.
  • How to evaluate the Handbook you have.
  • How to create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

Who Should Attend: 

  • Nonprofit Volunteer Managers
  • Nonprofit Volunteer Managers who are new to the field


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

March 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


6) Advanced Crowdfunding Strategies

March 2nd, 11:00 AM (MT)

Crowdfunding is quickly becoming the go-to approach for raising money online. “I put up a campaign, so why isn’t anyone giving to it?” may be the most frequently asked question among crowdfunders today. But crowdfunding is about more than just making a page and hoping the internet will shower you with money; you have to have a plan. This workshop is a can’t-miss for anyone trying to crack this code. 

Join Dana Ostomel, founder of Deposit a Gift, and Firespring’s leading authority on crowdfunding, for an educational workshop focused on the best practices of donation-based crowdfunding. You’ll learn how to set up your campaign in the most optimal way and how to ‘work your network’ to launch strong and market the campaign successfully. You’ll learn: 

  • The best ways to promote your page. 
  • How to get people to donate and help you spread the word. 
  • How to prepare your network prior to launch. 
  • Strategies to energize your community and galvanize an even wider audience. 
  • The importance of an appreciation strategy.
  • Concrete steps you can execute immediately.


7) Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in your Volunteer Engagement Program

March 7th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to "think bigger." We'll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans.

What You'll Learn: 

  • How to increase your own capacity by involving volunteers in volunteer program administration.
  • Where to go to get resources and help.

Who Should Attend: 

  • Nonprofit Volunteer Managers
  • VolunteerMatch Account Administrators
  • Anyone interested in learning more about volunteer management and engagement


8) Building a Strong Brand for Your Organization

March 7th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Do the words design and brand guidelines make your toes curl and teeth grind? Does design lingo make you think you need to hire a professional designer or go to design school? This free, 60-minute webinar will  introduce you to the foundational elements of design brand guidelines.

Join Gopika Prabhu from Elefint, a design studio that works with social impact organizations, to learn about the importance and value of branding your organization and identify core elements of your brand guidelines to help your nonprofit or library create a strong brand. Gopika also developed and designed TechSoup's free Design for Nondesigners 101 course.


9) Introduction to Corporate Giving

March 8th, 2:00 PM (ET)

Is your organization ready to seek corporate support?

Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of:

  • The different types of corporate giving
  • What motivates corporations to give
  • How to find potential corporate partners


10) Engaging Your Board & Others in Difficult Decisions

March 8th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Achieving your organization’s goals often requires understanding and alignment across multiple stakeholders. Board members, staff, donors, and stakeholders of all types need to be engaged in the planning and implementation of new strategies and actions. But how can you do this efficiently when there may be many different views and priorities?

This session will introduce key principles and tools for building dialogue and alignment across diverse groups.

Take Aways:

Tools and practices to structure board and stakeholder meetings that:

  • create effective dialogue on difficult decisions,
  • generate constructive input on plans and proposals, and
  • improve alignment and commitment to any decisions reached.
  • You will leave with specific tools that you can put to use in upcoming meetings.

To get an introduction to my recommendations, go to https://youtu.be/OwCOrNA5Qms for my video on Leading Difficult Discussions. I look forward to talking with you about your challenges.


11) 3 Easy Ways to Retain More Members Using Software

March 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
  • If you’re a Wild Apricot customer, you may already be applying these strategies because our software does most of it automatically, but please join us if you feel you could learn more. We’d love to have you.


12) Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

March 9th, 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


13) Operation Rubber Tree: a Case Study on Tripling Fundraising Results in 36 Months

March 9th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Just as the proverbial rubber tree can experience phenomenal growth in the right environment, philanthropy can also experience transformational growth with the right conditions, pruning and cultivation. This deep-dive session will guide participants through a case study of a three-year philanthropy operations turnaround, which resulted in 300% growth in net contributions in just 36 months. Participants will walk away with tools and strategies for maximizing their philanthropy efforts and attracting individual, corporate and foundation investment.

Participants will receive strategies and tools to help them:

  • Overview the process of assessing philanthropy operations effectiveness
  • Learn an award-winning strategy to grow annual fund campaign success
  • Maximize results from fundraising events (or retire events with low return!)
  • Build and scale an infrastructure for supporting the major gifts life cycle
  • Leverage and focus staff and volunteers for maximum results - Determine powerful metrics to empower execution
  • Create an organizational culture of philanthropy


14) How to Successfully Participate in Cause Awareness and Giving Days

March 14th, 3:00 PM (ET)

The rise of social media has also given rise to online giving on cause awareness and giving days. The urgency of a campaign occurring on a certain day inspires individuals to donate, but only if your nonprofit prepares in advance and creates an online campaign that taps into the impulsivity of cause awareness and giving day donors. To help your nonprofit prepare and launch a successful cause awareness day and/or giving day online campaign, this webinar will discuss:

  • How to create and launch a 5-week cause awareness and giving day campaign.
  • How to successfully follow-up with donors and supporters in the days after the campaign.
  • The importance of having a landing page or microsite for your campaign.
  • The role of social media graphics and infographics in your campaign.
  • How to build a team of ambassadors and influencers to help promote your campaign.


15) The 8 Step Formula For Keeping Members Forever

March 14th, 2:00 PM (ET)

A thriving membership program doesn’t happen by accident. It is intentionally designed from end-to-end. Join our upcoming webinar with Joy Duling from MemberMagnetism.com as we explore what it really takes to get members to eagerly join, engage and renew.

In this free webinar you’ll learn:

  • The key stages every member goes through and simple tactics to engage them in each one
  • 3 questions that will reveal what your members really want
  • How to keep excitement alive long after a member joins

16) Introduction to Fundraising Planning

March 15th, 2:00 PM (ET)

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:

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


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

March 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. 


18) Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions

March 16th, 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


19) The Many Ways Impact Investing Affects Nonprofits

March 21st, 6:00 PM (ET)

You may have been hearing the terms “impact investing” and “social enterprise” more frequently in recent years. Impact investing is a concept being employed more and more in the social sector space, but what does it actually entail? Furthermore, how can your organization think about and benefit from impact investments?

Tune in to this livestream broadcast for a panel featuring professionals who work in the field of impact investing and represent a diverse array of organizations. Panelists will discuss characteristics and models of impact investments, legal issues relating to impact investing, and developments in the impact space.


20) Why Build Relationships with Grantmakers?

March 21st, 1:00 PM (ET)

This course is brought to you by a GPA approved trainer. Diane H. Leonard, GPC is one of only twelve GPA approved trainers.

What is all the hype about relationships with grantmakers?

Why isn’t a well written proposal *enough* to get the grant award?!

Participating in “Why Build Relationships With Grantmakers” will strengthen your relationship building efforts and grant writing results in your grant seeking strategy.

In this live, interactive webinar we talk briefly about *why* relationships with grantmakers are important. We will share ways to learn if a grantmaker has the capacity to have relationships with potential grantees prior to submitting an award versus what their preference is for communication prior to an award.

We will also address the key role that your colleagues should play in the grant relationship outreach process and how to get them excited and engaged to help look for connections and make introductions to grantmakers.

What You Will Learn from this Live Webinar:

  • Why relationships with grantmakers are important.
  • How to learn what a grantmakers capacity is for relationships.
  • How to learn what a grantmakers preference is for relationships.
  • How to take steps to start a relationship with a grantmaker.

This Webinar is Perfect For You If…

  • Relationship outreach with new grantmakers is not a part of your current grant seeking process.
  • Relationship maintenance with current grantmakers is limited to contract requirements.
  • You are new to grant seeking and aren’t sure how to approach grantmaker relationships.


21) Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development

March 22nd, 1:00 PM (ET)

Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage and cultivate stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Its primary product is not a written plan, but strategic thinking within the organization, which is achieved through a process of planning followed by a process of implementation. A well-conceived and managed planning process can be the most effective form of organizational development.


  • What benefits to expect from an effective strategic planning process
  • How to approach and structure a strategic planning process for your organization
  • How to get broad buy-in in any organization
  • Tools to use for assessing your situation, engaging your constituencies, developing an effective plan, and implementing it 


22) Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine

March 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


23) Leading Great Virtual Meetings That Actually Get Work Done

March 28th, 2:00 PM (ET)

Of you run virtual meetings, you won’t want to miss our webinar on March 28 with world renowned meeting experts Rick Lent and Nancy Settle-Murphy. They will show you how to avoid the lack of focus, poor engagement and indecision that plague most virtual meetings. With the right planning, a few tips and some simple tools, you’ll actually be able to get work done efficiently at your next virtual meeting. 

In this free webinar you’ll learn:

  • The 5 key structural elements you need for a successful virtual meeting
  • How to dramatically increase participant engagement 
  • Essential tools, tips and techniques that can improve the outcome and experience of your virtual meetings 

Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Posted by Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Published Monday, 20 February 2017 at 8:30 AM
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