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24 Must-Watch Free Nonprofit Webinars

Terry Ibele  13 April 2017  0 comments

best free nonprofit webinarsIf you’ve been following our blog, you’re familiar with my monthly roundup of free nonprofit webinars. Last week a new association admin asked me if I also had a list of webinars sorted by categories like, nonprofit marketing, volunteer management, and fundraising to help her get up to speed.

So, I created just that. Here’s a handy list of some of the top free nonprofit webinars sorted into the following categories:

  1. Marketing Webinars
  2. Finance Webinars
  3. Fundraising Webinars
  4. Event Webinars
  5. Social Media Webinars
  6. Volunteer Management Webinars
  7. Leadership Webinars
  8. Website, Data, & Analytics Webinars

If you’re looking to improve your professional skillset, and you’ve got an hour to spare, watching one of these webinars can kill those two birds with one stone.

And if you’re looking for even more webinars, at the end of this list I’ve also listed seven organizations that publish new nonprofit webinars each month.

All of these webinars are free to watch, but you may have to register with your name and email address to access them.


1) Marketing Webinars

Attract, Recruit and Engage New Members with a Marketing Funnel 

Presenter: Nonprofit Digital Marketing Expert, John Haydon

You will learn:

  • Why selling the benefits of membership to new people isn’t very effective... and what to do instead
  • How to create a compelling free offer that drives membership growth
  • Why your Facebook fans, Twitter followers and email subscribers aren’t joining your organization, and how to draw them in

Evaluating Your Nonprofit's Content Marketing Mix

Presenter: Nonprofit Communications Expert, Marlene Oliveira

You will learn:

  • What it takes to start getting results from your content marketing
  • How often you should be publishing content
  • How to clearly define your audience

The Surprising Ways Successful Organizations Attract Millennials

Presenter: CEO of XYZ University, Sarah Sladek

You will learn:

  • The one thing millennials want before they will join your organization
  • The 4 defining characteristics of millennials that you must address to engage them
  • A simple 30-day process to get the insights your organization needs to attract millennials


2) Finance Webinars

Four Keys to Financial Success in Small to Mid-Size Nonprofits & Charities

Presenter: President and CEO of Humanity Financial, Gordon Holley, CPA, CA, CPB

You will learn:

  • The fundamentals for small to mid-sized nonprofits and charities to be financially successful
  • How to build a clear financial plan
  • How to build a robust budgeting and reporting system

6 Critical Tips for Your IRS Form 990

Presenter: Nonprofit Finance Expert, Paul Konigstein

You will learn:

  • The easiest way to fill out each section of your 990 form
  • The 7 most common problems nonprofits face when filing their forms and how to overcome them
  • How to use your IRS tax form to tell your nonprofit’s story in a compelling way

Nonprofit Financial Stewardship: Introduction to Accounting and Financial Statements (Part 1 and Part 2)

Presenter: Professor Ann Thornburg, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

You will learn:

  • Basic accounting concepts for individuals who have little or no experience with accounting
  • How to read financial statements
  • Common challenges nonprofits discover when filling out their financial statements


3) Fundraising Webinars

Raise More Money with "Win-Win" Sponsorships

Presenter: Nonprofit Sponsorship Expert, Joe Waters

You will learn:

  • Tips on how to become a “magnet” for sponsorship opportunities
  • How the real value in sponsorships comes from creating relationships with CEOs, employees and even customers
  • The difference between Sponsorships and Cause Marketing and what is appropriate for you

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

Presenter: Nonprofit Social Media Guru, Julia Campbell

You will learn:

  • 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

So You Want to Write a Grant?

Presenter: Grant Writing Expert Diane H. Leonard, GPC

You will learn:

  • The full grant writing process
  • Common pitfalls encountered by grant seekers and how to overcome them
  • Top tips for successful grant writing


4) Event Webinars

How to Turn Your Events into Moneymakers

Presenter: Founder of Nonprofit Plus, Rachel Ramjattan, CFRE

You will learn:

  • Ways to upsell your guests (and tips for making a compelling ask)
  • What types of events donors actually want to attend
  • How to follow up with donors, sponsors, and volunteers effectively.

This Is How Our Most Successful Clients Fill Their Events

Presenter: Wild Apricot’s Growth Specialist, Terry Ibele (that's me!)

You will 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

Revolutionize Your Meetings And Events

Presenter: Jeff Hurt, Executive Vice President at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting

You will learn:

  • The right way to design an experience for event attendees
  • Why attendees need to be “co-creators” of your event
  • How to use social media to increase attendee engagement


Best Free Nonprofit Software


5) Social Media Webinars

How Facebook Can Boost Your Member Engagement 

Presenter: Nonprofit Digital Marketing Expert, John Haydon

You will learn:

  • The differences between Facebook Pages and Groups and when to use each
  • How to promote your organization and increase reach via Facebook Pages
  • Best practices for moderating and hosting Facebook Groups

How to Use Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations

Presenter: Nonprofit Social Media Guru, Julia Campbell

You will learn:

  • How to sign up, register, and get started right away  
  • Simple and easy ways to use Facebook’s Fundraising Tools  
  • Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Facebook’s Fundraising Tools

Fundraising With Social Media

Presenter: Darian Rodriguez Heyman, Chief Development Officer of BetterWorld Wireless

You will learn:

  • Why crowdfunding with social media is your best bet
  • The best way to launch your fundraising campaign
  • How to create a plan for success on social media


6) Volunteer Management Webinars

How to Build an Amazing Volunteer Recruitment Strategy

Presenter: Author and Speaker, Barry Altland

You will learn:

  • The difference between traditional “recruitment” strategies and volunteer “attraction”
  • How to make volunteering irresistible to new and existing members
  • How to create the perfect mix of Appreciation, Recognition, Incentive and Reward, to push volunteers to the “next level”

Maximizing the Strategic Impact of your Volunteer Program

Presenter: Volunteer Management Expert, Stacy Ashton

You will learn:

  • How to benchmark and track the full impact of your volunteers
  • How to build a strategy that connects volunteers to fulfilling your mission
  • How to empower your volunteer leaders

7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit

Presenter: Volunteer Management Consultant, Tobi Johnson, MA, CVA

You will learn:

  • 7 fundamentals to successful volunteer coordination throughout the volunteer life cycle
  • A key best practice for attracting high-quality volunteers
  • A key to onboarding that will convert newcomers to reliable supporters


7) Leadership Webinars

Salary Negotiation for Nonprofit Professionals

Presenter: Author, Mazarine Treyz

You will learn:

  • The tools you need for more successful salary negotiation
  • Tips to better answer questions in the interview
  • Strategies to help you get a raise in the next three months

Build a Culture of Leadership in 6 Steps

Presenter: One of the World’s Leading Authorities on Leadership, John Mattone

You will learn:

  • How to acquire the leadership “mindset” required by all leaders to drive positive transformation efforts across your organization
  • The key attributes that increase a leader's effectiveness
  • Your own leadership strengths and development needs

How Top Nonprofit Leaders Avoid Burnout

Presenters: Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman

You will 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


8) Website, Data, & Analytics Webinars

Learn How Google Analytics can Attract More Visitors to Your Website

Presenter: Google Analytics expert, Eric Squair

You will learn:

  • The basic concepts of Google Analytics and how it applies to your membership website
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to setup Google Analytics on your membership website
  • How Google Analytics can track your highest value visitors and what to do with that information

How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Presenter: CEO of FireSpring, Jay Wilkinson

You will learn:

  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their website.
  • The 4 attributes of an engaging web presence.
  • 3 proven methods for promoting your website.

How Nonprofits Can Get $10,000 Per Month In Free Google Advertising (Instant-Access Webinar Video)

Presenter: Simon Choy, founder of ConnectAd

You will learn:

  • Everything you need to know about the program
  • The process of applying for the $10,000 grant
  • Tips on how to succeed with your Google Grant


These 8Organizations Launch New Free Nonprofit Webinars Every Month

If you’re looking for more expert learning, here are seven organizations committed to launching new, free webinars for nonprofits each month:

wild apricot nonprofit webinars1) Wild Apricot (that's us!): a membership management software company 

Webinar Topics:

  • Engaging, Retaining, and Growing Members
  • Events
  • Website Best Practices
  • Leadership
  • Volunteering
  • And many more

firespring nonprofit webinars

2) Firespring: a nonprofit website design company

Webinar Topics:

  • Online Fundraising
  • Website Engagement
  • Crowdfunding

4good nonprofit webinars3) 4Good: a company that connects nonprofits with industry leaders

Webinar Topics: 

  • Leadership
  • Fundraising
  • Mission and Strategy
  • Grants
  • Finding Donors
  • And many more

charity how to nonprofit webinars4) CharityHowToA company offering free and premium nonprofit webinars

Webinar Topics:

  • Fundraising
  • Monthly Giving
  • Management
  • Social Media
  • Grants
  • And many more

techsoup nonprofit webinars5) TechSoup: A company that equips nonprofits with software

Webinar Topics:

  • Software Training (ex. Photoshop, Quickbooks, etc.)
  • Security Best Practices
  • Donations
  • Brand Building
  • Grant Writing
  • And many more
network for good nonprofit webinars

6) Network for Gooda fundraising software company

Webinar Topics:

  • Major Gifts
  • Fundraising
  • Donor Engagement and Retention
volunteer match nonprofit webinars

7) VolunteerMatch: a company that connects volunteers to organizations

Webinar Topics:

  • Everything to do with Volunteer Management
Nonprofit Webinars Fundraising Fox

8) Fundraising Fox: a website service for fundraising groups also compiles a monthly webinar roundup list for nonprofits. You can find their list of free webinars here.


Look Out for This Monthly Webinar Roundup!

Every month I compile the biggest list of webinar roundups on the web. You can find it by going to our blog and scrolling through the posts.


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Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Posted by Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Published Thursday, 13 April 2017 at 8:39 PM
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