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26 Free Nonprofit Webinars for April 2017

Terry Ibele 28 March 2017 2 comments

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While March is one of the busiest months for nonprofits, April is the slowest.

If you've got some downtime, consider picking up some valuable skills by attending a webinar.

These 26 free nonprofit webinars will teach you how to get better at fundraising, retain more members, and improve your board management.

For those pursuing their CAE designation, Wild Apricot's expert webinars are a great way to earn free credits. This month all attendees of our webinar The Top Nonprofit Tools Used by the Pros are eligible to receive one CAE credit.

Here is the full list of free nonprofit webinars for April 2017:


1) Preparing for the Worst: Disaster Prep and Recovery for Nonprofits and Libraries

April 4th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Spring is a good time to take stock and make sure your organization is prepared to remain resilient and keep the doors open to serve your community - whether you face a natural disaster or a simple server failure.

During this free webinar with IT and disaster preparedness expert Lars Eric Holm, learn basic things you can do TODAY to help your nonprofit or library be better prepared ahead of a disaster and bounce back quicker after one strikes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leverage mobile technologies to prepare and respond to emergencies
  • Get the scoop on best practices for backup technologies
  • Useful apps to help you respond, assist those in your community, and recover quickly
  • And more!


2) Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement

April 4th, 2:00 PM (ET)

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

3) One Brand...Many Audiences: An Integrated Approach to Communications

April 5th, 1:00 PM (ET)

All too often, nonprofit communications are planned and executed in a silo. The membership team has one approach, the fundraising team another, and various program directors market their services independently as well. The result? A muddled brand presence and lots of wasted resources. Brand strategy consultant Michele Levy shares a variety of case studies to demonstrate her pragmatic approach to integrating your messaging and marketing efforts for greater impact and efficiency.

4) Introduction to Project Budgets

April 5th, 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

5) 3 Easy Ways to Retain More Members Using Software

April 6th, 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

6) Fundraising 101: The Fundraising Cycle - What Is It, and How Do You Make It Work for Your Mission?

April 6th, 1:00 PM (ET)

The basic fundraising cycle applies to all types of nonprofits and all sorts of campaigns, from the annual campaign to support your local animal shelter to the multi-million-dollar capital campaign for a major university. The fundraising cycle is the foundation for all development efforts, and it pays to know how to work it effectively.


Fundraising is much more than asking. Donors’ reasons for giving are complex, so development professionals must understand how to engage with donors effectively at each step in the cycle. What motivates donors? What keeps current donors committed to your mission? What methods can you use to motivate new donors to give and remain a part of your nonprofit’s family?

There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to donor engagement. Every successful fundraising campaign is built on a strategic understanding of the fundraising cycle. Knowing where each donor is in the cycle--and the types of engagement opportunities that work best for each step in the cycle--will help you acquire more donors, steward relationships with your current donors, and raise the money you need to meet mission.

Join Heather to learn the basics of donor engagement at each step in the fundraising cycle.

What we will cover during the live webinar:

  • The five major steps of the fundraising cycle
  • Donor engagement opportunities at each step in the cycle
  • Tips and tricks for board, staff, and volunteers to get involved in donor engagement

Key Benefits of this Webinar:

  • Your development plan is more likely to succeed if it is built upon the concepts of the fundraising cycle.
  • You will be able to better engage donors in meaningful ways by using engagement tactics appropriate to each step in the fundraising cycle.
  • You will have the fuel you need to motive your board and volunteers to help you engage with donors and raise more money!


7) Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes

April 6th, 2:00 PM (ET)

What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers that work with your organization? How can you create a culture of inclusion and get buy-in for those new policies? This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

What You'll Learn: 

  • Theories for change management
  • Pitfalls and challenges around implementing changes in a volunteer engagement program
  • Opportunities to build buy-in and support for changes
  • What to do if you need to ask a volunteer to leave

Who Should Attend: 

  • Leaders of Volunteer Engagement
  • Volunteer Program Managers
  • Supervisors of Volunteers


8) Successfully Integrating For-Profit Board Members

April 6th, 6:00 PM (ET)

New board members from the business world often speak a different language and operate from a different culture from the nonprofit board they join, which can result in a bumpy experience. This interactive session will look at how to effectively recruit, onboard and integrate such board members. The main goal is a seamless start leading to a productive and mutually satisfying experience, along with business and nonprofit professionals learning from each other and experimenting with best practices from both realms. This workshop is designed for all nonprofits.


9) Crowdfunding 101

April 6th, 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. 
  • If strangers will give to your campaign.
  • What campaigns crowdfunding can be effective for. 
  • The power of crowdfunding beyond rising the thermometer.
  • Concrete steps you can execute immediately.


10) 10 Emerging Trends in Online Communications and Fundraising

April 11, 4:00 PM (PT)

The rate of computer technology advancement doubles every two years and with it improvements in Internet technology. As personal computers, smartphones, TVs, and the Internet of Things evolve, so must your nonprofit. This webinar will focus on what’s new and next in online communications and fundraising so that your nonprofit can prepare for the future and embrace being an early adopter. Topics include:

  • What’s new online and mobile fundraising.
  • What’s next in social media and online community engagement.
  • The Internet of Things and its impact nonprofit communications and fundraising.
  • Demographic changes and their impact on the nonprofit sector.


11) Fundraising 101: The Campaign Feasibility Assessment - Can You Do it on Your Own?

April 11th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Do you need to conduct a campaign feasibility assessment for your nonprofit?

Ten years ago, that question was easy to answer with a resounding “yes.” However, today, you will find articles online that question the value of the campaign feasibility assessment. Some writers suggest it is an outdated development tool and does not inform the campaign plan in meaningful ways. You may read other blogs that question the need to hire a development consultant to help with the assessment, suggesting every nonprofit can complete a feasibility assessment without help.

With all this conflicting information, what should you do?

First and foremost, the campaign feasibility assessment remains a powerful tool in nonprofit fundraising. The process helps you assess the potential success of the campaign before you invest time and resources--human and financial--into the effort.

Join Heather to learn the basics of the campaign feasibility assessment and how you can assess whether you can complete it on your own or need to hire a development consultant.

What we will cover during the live webinar:

  • The basics elements of the campaign feasibility assessment
  • How to assess your capacity to complete the assessment
  • Tips and tricks for board, staff, and volunteers to get involved in the campaign feasibility assessment

Key Benefits of this Webinar:

  • You will learn about the major elements and activities of the campaign feasibility assessment.
  • You will be able to assess whether you can complete a campaign feasibility assessment on your own.
  • You will learn tips and techniques for engaging all your human resources—board, staff, volunteers, and donors—in the campaign feasibility assessment.


12) Introduction to Finding Grants

April 12th, 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) Fuel Yourself to Fulfill your Mission: Self-Care Tips for Social Impact Leaders

April 12th 1:00 PM (ET)

You can’t serve others unless you take care of yourself. That's why the airlines advise you to put on your oxygen mask first before helping others. With so much at stake for your clients, for your organization, for your cause— it can be easy to overlook your needs! Yet, the constant state of stress and overwhelm is sapping your energy. If you’re not practicing self-care, it not only affects your health but jeopardizes your ability to fulfill your core mission. You have a mission that needs to be nurtured; so you need to nurture yourself.

In this session, Stress & Resiliency Coach Colette Ellis will guide you to uncover new ways to quiet your mind, rejuvenate, and find respite. With your new approach to self-care, you will make more consistent healthy lifestyle choices, and feel more energized to bring your vision into reality. If you feel inspired to take action, make change — it’s critical that you embody nourishing habits to fuel your whole self: body, mind, and spirit.


14) How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

April 12th, 2:30 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.


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

April 13th, 2:00 PM (ET)

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

In this free 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. 


16) Inside Innovation Funding: Exploring Philanthropy at the Intersection of Problem-Solving, Technology & Design

April 13th, 1:30 PM (ET)

Increasingly funders are experimenting with innovation funding, but how are they defining innovation, and what can we learn from approaches that are working? Building on Foundation Center’s recent GrantCraft and Glasspockets blog series, funders will explain how they are applying and adapting strategies from the tech sector to strengthen and scale social sector endeavors. Topics covered will include competition grantmaking, accelerator programs, capacity building, and efforts to create a diverse and inclusive social innovation sector.


17) Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement

April 18th, 2:00 PM (ET)

We all worry about the hard risks that can have an impact on our volunteers and the work they do, but too often we don’t think about the soft risk. Soft risks are the attitudes, beliefs and actions that expose our organizations to risks. Those risks may include the actions of staff – both paid and volunteer, interactions on social media, lack of training for leaders and volunteers - leading to risky behavior, and how failing to screen for characteristics or “fit” can open volunteers and the organization up to risk. This webinar is designed to help attendees identify soft risks in their organization and give them the tools to make changes to processes and culture to minimize and address these risks.

What You'll Learn: 

  • Understand how your organization's culture of volunteer engagement may be opening it up to soft risk.
  • Lead your organization though a soft risk assessment.
  • Design communication and training plans to address soft risk.

Who Should Attend: 

  • Leaders of Volunteer Engagement
  • Volunteer Program Managers


18) How Nonprofits Can Be Compliant with the Microsoft Cloud

April 19th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Everyone throws around the word compliance but how do you actually achieve that? In this free, 60-minute webinar we’ll discuss achievable goals for the nonprofit community to keep their data safe with the Microsoft Cloud. We’ll explore account security like two-factor authentication, data security like encryption, and how to make sure only compliant devices can access your data.  


19) Effective Strategic Planning Part 2: Plan Development

April 19th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Strategic planning has a dicey reputation for any number of reasons:

  1. it often is tedious and time-consuming;
  2. the issues it identifies are either obvious or not critical to the mission (or both);
  3. the actions it specifies are vague and unmeasurable;
  4. it is ignored once the plan is written (or the written plan is never quite finished);
  5. it simply adds tasks to an already over-stretched staff;
  6. it has no results visible to stakeholders;
  7. it does not advance your mission.

These problems are not inherent to strategic planning; they are signs that it has been done badly. This webinar will look at how a nonprofit can infuse its mission into the daily activity of staff and board through a straightforward, rigorous, and even morale-building process. It will offer both a structure and tools for planning.


  • A framework and process for planning
  • How to structure a mission-driven plan
  • How to create an effective action plan
  • What to share with whom and how


20) Involving your Board Members in Fundraising From Day 1

April 20th, 1:00 PM (ET)

“Our board won’t help with raising money. What should we do?”

“How can we get board members more involved with fundraising?”

These questions are often heard when nonprofit leaders gather. Frustration is evident as staff members see the wasted potential of board members underperforming in their fundraising role. Board members pay lip service to their involvement in fundraising but don’t really know how to best help and past experience makes them think of fundraising as “hitting up” their friends.

Many times, the disconnect between staff and board is caused by mismatched expectations, incomplete communication and fear of the unknown. By engaging and equipping board members early in their board service, nonprofit organizations will benefit by seeing increased participation by board members in fundraising, opportunities to connect with new donors and more money raised.

In this webinar, Kathy Wright will show us an easy process to take your board from disengaged with fundraising to contributing at their highest level of involvement.

Learning objectives:

  • Discover how their energy level and mindset influence the way board members are approached
  • Learn how to plan and prepare for involving board members in fundraising
  • Understand how to use a conversational approach to engage and equip board members to fundraise at their highest level

21) Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers

April 20, 2:00 PM (ET)

VolunteerMatch is now sharing your skilled opportunity listings with LinkedIn's 300+ million potential volunteers. Integrating skilled volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you've just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

What You'll Learn: 

  • What pro bono and skilled volunteering is

How to get started, including:

  • Building support for your program
  • Developing pro bono/skilled projects
  • Finding the right talent
  • Managing for success
  • Tips & tricks for working with corporations
  • 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 more about developing and implementing a pro bono or skilled volunteering program


22) Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine

April 20th, 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 free 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) Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities

April 25th, 2:00 PM (ET)

Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something that's nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization's success. In this session we'll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You'll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization's story of volunteer engagement.

What You'll Learn: 

  • The impact that language and clear impacts can have on volunteer recruitment and engagement
  • How to create opportunities with your mission and impact in mind


24) How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

April 26th, 2:30 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.


25) The Top Nonprofit Tools Used by the Pros

April 26th, 2:00 PM (ET)

Are you finding it hard to keep on top of everything at your nonprofit? Marketing? Fundraising? Data management and more? If so, please join our webinar on April 26 to learn how the most successful nonprofit pros manage to get everything done, by taking advantage of free and inexpensive tech tools specifically designed for nonprofits.

The webinar is presented by three top tech experts, who are constantly scouring the web for new and useful nonprofit tools. They’ve done all the searching for you, so all you have to do is show up and learn which tools will be right for your organization.

In this free webinar, you'll learn:

  • Over 30 tools that can save you and your organization hours each week
  • Tips for staying on top of new and emerging online tools
  • The number one pitfall when using and evaluating online tools


26) 7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops)

April 27th, 1:00 PM (ET)

his 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

This free webinar will provide you with an overview of how even small nonprofits can begin doing major gift fundraising. Register today!

Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Posted by Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Published Tuesday, 28 March 2017 at 4:47 PM


  • Jeff said:

    Wednesday, 29 March 2017 at 1:42 PM
    Grantiply.com has cool free trainings on how to create a project narrative, empower your board (in the fundraising process), craft a project budget (with a handy spreadsheet) and create a messaging brief. People can create a free membership and access all of those.
  • Barbara Wallace said:

    Tuesday, 18 April 2017 at 11:01 PM
    Hi Jeff,

    How do I sign up or tune in to a specific webinar? Actually, there were several earlier this month I'd like to catch as well. Sorry I just learned about this opportunity.

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