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37 Free Nonprofit Webinars for June 2017

Terry Ibele 29 May 2017 2 comments

free nonprofit webinars

(note: I found a few more, so now this list has 40 webinars for June)

Every month I compile the internet's biggest list of nonprofit webinars (this month we hit a record of 37!).

As usual, there are lots of great topics to choose from, including how to create a communications plan, online fundraising best practices, and how to grow a nonprofit membership.

Also as usual, Wild Apricot has a great free webinar this month too. If you get anxious when it comes to raising funds for your organization, join us on June 20 with one of the world's most renowned fundraising experts, Larry Johnson, who will present on The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising®. If you attend the webinar, you're also eligible for one CAE credit.

Now, without further ado, here are 36 free nonprofit webinars for June 2017:


1) 3 Easy Ways to Retain More Members Using Software

June 1st, 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


2) IT Staffing: Who are You Gonna Call?

June 1st, 11:00 AM (PT)

This free webinar discusses when having in-house IT does and does not work. Sam Chenkin from Tech Impact will share handy tips on how to work with external vendors. He will also share methods to realign IT away from operational needs and to strategic change.

Supporting your organization is no longer just about keeping your computers running. In the modern world nonprofits need to be able to manage and implement databases, cloud technologies, and reporting systems. IT staffing is as much about helping nonprofits get the most out of the tools they have available as it is about servers and networking.

In this webinar we will discuss the roles nonprofits should consider including Database Administration, Infrastructure Support, Helpdesk, CIO, and more. We’ll discuss strategies for accessing this expertise regardless of your size through various strategies including volunteer, hiring, contractor, and outsourcing. And we’ll discuss how you can try to align your existing IT staff with the new world order. 


3) Fundraising 101: Fundraising Metrics - How Do You Measure Up?

June 1st, 3:00 PM (ET)

In the rush of the day-to-day at your nonprofit, it’s hard to make time to reflect and assess your performance against your goals. With the advent of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project--supported by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Bloomerang, and others--organizations that measure will thrive. Those that don’t will not be as competitive, because they will lack vital data to make informed decisions.

The measurement of key performance indicators in fundraising has become a best practice, and you don’t want your organization to fall behind. Be a data-driven organization, know your fundraising health, and measure the work you do every day. If you have a spreadsheet and can do simple math, you can use fundraising metrics to improve your operations and help your organization grow.

You can do it! Join Heather to learn how.

What we will cover during the live webinar:

  • The top eight areas of fundraising performance measurement
  • How the amount of money you raise is the not the most important metric you’ll assess
  • How to measure fundraising performance over time
  • How to use fundraising metrics to improve the quality and result of your fundraising efforts

Key Benefits of this Webinar:

  • Your development plan is more likely to succeed if it is built upon data.
  • You will be able to better target your fundraising activities on those with the highest return on investment.
  • You will have the metrics to assess your organization’s fundraising health and long-term (potential) sustainability.
  • You will better understand how you’re doing against the goals you’ve set.


4) Need to Create a Communications Plan? Here's What It Should Look Like

June 1st, 1:00 PM (ET)

You've been asked to create a communications plan, but aren't sure what it should look like. Google is no help, because you'll get a hundred different answers. 

No worries . . . Kivi Leroux Miller will give you the straight answer for what your communications plan should look like.

You won't get a sample plan (Kivi will explain why using a sample is a terrible idea.) But you will get something even better: everything you need to know to create a communications plan of your own that meets the needs of your organization.

You'll even be able to use the plan to make a case for more communications resources from your executive team and your funders.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about three specific documents that are most often referred to as a "communications plan."
  • Learn how to figure out if you need just one of the three, or all of them.
  • Get tips on how to create each document quickly and painlessly.


5) Nonprofit Insights: Stories & Solutions Shaping the Future of Volunteer Screening

June 1st, 11:00 AM (PT)

It’s undeniable: vetting volunteers is essential in securing your nonprofit’s work. 

The way in which you vet volunteers is equally as important. It could make all the difference as to whether a volunteer is mistakenly screened or not. It’s one reason why on Thursday, June 1, we’re sharing positive volunteer screening experiences and other stories of how crises happened or were averted from peers in the field.

We’re also turning the mic over to you: how do you screen volunteers, and what are your stories?

This is your chance to share your experiences with other volunteer leaders in the space! Not to worry, we’ll ensure your name and organization’s anonymity if you prefer. We’ll then introduce a new solution that helps volunteer managers rightfully avert future “bad actors”, securing the future of your organization.

Simply email engage@volunteermatch.org to submit your story for your chance to be featured, or register to attend the webinar here.

What You'll Learn: 

  • Stories from your peers' experiences — of how crises happened or were successfully averted.
    Stories in the news of properly or improperly vetted volunteers and their impact on our communities.
  • Why verifying identity is important and how to spot negative attitudes and common tactics of dishonest volunteer applicants.
  • Introducing a new solution that helps properly screen and vet your future volunteers.

Who Should Attend: 

  • Leaders of Volunteers
  • Nonprofit Professionals
  • Volunteer Program Managers


6) Beyond Marriage Equality: What’s Next in Funding LGBTQ Issues?

June 1st, 5:00 PM (ET)

In 2015, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. This decision indicated that the country was moving towards more progressive and inclusive outcomes. Indeed, trends show that societal norms are shifting towards equality, but there remains a long journey for LGBTQ people and communities. Persistent hurdles exist around housing, workplace discrimination and trans justice. Meanwhile, violence and poverty still disproportionately affect LGBTQ youth. What role are funders playing to address the gaps that still exist?

Join Foundation Center West and a panel of funders as we address how philanthropy is working to address persisting challenges for LGBTQ people and communities.


7) Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in the Field with Brian Saber

June 1st, 1:00 PM (ET)

There is no one right way to ask for a donation. Some people take great care preparing well-organized and complete presentations. Others prepare just a few talking points and 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 a case for support in your own words and style. 
  • What to watch out for along the way. 
  • As a bonus, all attendees will get a handout on how to support each Asking Style.


8) Nonprofit 911: The Key to Inspiring & Engaging Your Mid-Level Donors

June 6th, 1:00 PM (ET)

We pay lip service to mid-level donors. We know they exist, but we have virtually ignored them for 10+ years. The truth is that they are a unique donor pool within our programs. They have different needs and different giving behaviors, and they aren't inspired by or engaged in our work. It's time to change that! In this free webinar, you'll discover how a dedicated mid-level fundraising program will help you ultimately raise more.

In this webinar, you will: 

  • Learn seven actions you can take NOW to start seeing growth in your fundraising program.
  • Learn the indicators of capacity and engagement-related behaviors that mid-level donors are showing you every day.
  • Learn about the hybrid approach you need to implement to maximize revenue growth among mid-level donors.


9) Secrets of the Best (and Worst) Fundraisers in US and Canada: 2017 Nonprofit Fundraising Survey Findings Revealed

June 6th, 1:00 PM (ET)

The Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) just released The 2017 Nonprofit Fundraising Survey. The 56-page report provides an illustration of the state of fundraising in the United States and Canada. The survey found a “… statistically significant year-over-year decrease ” in the percent of organizations reporting increased funds raised over the prior year. The report shares the results of a survey of 900 nonprofit organizations.


10) The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits

June 6th, 11:30 AM (PT)

Most nonprofits who have tried to blog have failed miserably. In this session, we will share the collective wisdom we’ve gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community.

Join us to discover:

  • 3 keys to becoming a thought leader.
  • Who should blog? It’s not who you’d expect.
  • 7 components of the best nonprofit blogs.
  • Tips to optimize your blog’s effectiveness.
  • 4 ways to promote your blog.
  • Tips for measuring your blog’s performance.


11) Introduction to Proposal Writing

June 7th, 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


12) So You Want to Write a Grant?

June 7th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Grants are a key part of launching new programs and projects for many tax-exempt organizations and even for-profit businesses. But where to begin? Federal grants? Family foundations? State agencies? Corporate foundations?

Participating in “So You Want to Write a Grant?” will help you understand how to get started with the grant writing process.

In this live, interactive webinar we will discuss how grants can help your organization implement new programs or projects to best achieve its mission. We will also address the common pitfalls encountered by many organizations seeking grants for the first time as well as common challenges for new grant writers. 

What You Will Learn from this Live Webinar:

  • What grant funding *can* do for your organization
  • What grant funding can *not* do for your organization
  • What you can do to become successful at writing a grant  

This Webinar is Perfect For You If…

  • You are new to grant writing;
  • You are trying to figure out how to get started with getting grant funding; or
  • You believe that your program/project is a great idea that *should* be receiving grant funding. 


13) Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact

June 7th, 11:00 AM (PT)

You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn’t help you tell that story. This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You'll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You'll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.

What You'll Learn: 

  • What type of information is compelling to prospective volunteers, existing volunteers, organizational leaders, and supporters, donors and clients.
  • How to use this information to create a powerful story about the impact of volunteers in your organization.
  • How to create a plan for gathering and compiling information about your volunteer engagement program and using that to tell a compelling story about volunteer impact.

Supplemental Materials: 

  • Not applicable

Who Should Attend: 

  • VolunteerMatch nonprofit account members
  • Nonprofit volunteer managers
  • Anyone interested in learning more about measuring and sharing volunteer impact


14) How to Access TechSoup Donations and Resources

June 8th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Find out about how your organization can access TechSoup's wide variety of product donation programs. We'll show you how to access our many learning resources to help you optimize technology for your organization.

During this tour and Q&A session, we will highlight the ways you can make the most of the donation and discount programs for hardware, software, cloud applications, and services available to eligible organizations. 


15) 12 Nonprofit Thank You Mistakes to Avoid

June 8th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Thanking donors is the one thing most nonprofits do not spend enough time thinking about. They focus more on the gift than the giver. It’s the Pareto 80/20 rule in reverse: 80% of the time is spent in acquisition mode -- crafting the fundraising appeal, getting embroiled in design, layout, printing, postage, and project management. Only 20% of the time goes towards a focus on building the relationship that will cause that donor to give again. As a result of this short-sighted approach nonprofits, on average, are losing 81% of first-time donors and 54% of ongoing donors. It’s a time-sucking, resource-wasting treadmill. Appeals are duly sent. Gifts arrive. But then what?!

After you’ve sent out your appeal is too late to start thinking about what your thank you letter or email will say. Or who will sign it. Or whether someone who donates online will also receive an actual letter. Or thank you call. Or who will make the call. Everything must be well thought-out in advance. You must be ready to go, with different templates and strategies for different target audiences, well before you’ve asked for your first donation.

This webinar will help you think through your thank you process, put some procedures in writing, and get others on board.

Participants will learn:

  • How to thank promptly
  • How to thank personally
  • How to thank meaningfully
  • How to establish trust
  • How to establish connection
  • How to set yourself up for your next gift


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

June 8th, 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. 


17) Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

June 8th, 2:30 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.


18) Advanced Crowdfunding Strategies

June 13th, 12:00 PM (CT)

“I created a crowdfunding campaign, but why isn’t anyone giving to it?” This may be the most frequently asked question among crowdfunders today. The reality is, crowdfunding is more than just launching a page and waiting for the internet to 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 a game-changing workshop that takes you beyond the basics and into the nitty-gritty of successful donation-based crowdfunding. You’ll learn how to optimize your campaigns and how to “work your network” to launch strong and market them successfully, plus:

  • 5 effective planning strategies.
  • How to recruit and manage your online street team.
  • Why it’s important to include your staff.
  • How to execute a soft launch.
  • The importance of an appreciation strategy.
  • Action steps you can take today.


19) How to Report Live from Nonprofit Conferences and Events

June 13th, 1:00 PM (ET)

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

June 13th, 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


21) Introduction to Project Budgets

June 14th, 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


22) Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program

June 14th, 11:00 AM (PT)

What do your volunteers need to know to be successful? This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

What You'll Learn: 

  • What information should you share with new volunteers?
  • How can you turn regularly shared new volunteer info into a curriculum? 
  • How is adult learning different from child learning?
  • How can you tell how much training new volunteers are absorbing?

Who Should Attend: 

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


23) Crowdfunding 101

June 14th, 12:00 PM (CT)

Crowdfunding has quickly become a new tool in the fundraising toolbox. It allows nonprofits to leverage their networks to raise more money, faster, from a larger audience and is changing the face of nonprofit fundraising as donors welcome a more engaged approached to giving. Forbes reported that 30% of the $5 billion crowdfunded went to social causes, and this trend will continue to rise.

Learn how your organization can use crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives. Dana Ostomel, Firespring’s authority on crowdfunding, will walk you through the lifecycle of a campaign, from creation through appreciation, emphasizing how to engage new audiences. Come ready to ask about the campaigns you have in mind so we can answer all your questions. You’ll discover:

  • Why crowdfunding is a must-do for your nonprofit.
  • How to incorporate crowdfunding into your existing fundraising mix.
  • What role strangers play in crowdfunding.
  • What types of campaigns are most effective.
  • The power of crowdfunding beyond increased revenue.
  • Concrete steps you can implement immediately.


24) Top 7 Fundraising Tips from Darian Rodriguez Heyman

June 15th, 1:00 PM (ET)

You dream of a strong, vibrant community and have a sense of how to make it real. But how can you rally the funds you need to connect your vision to action? Join the former Craigslist Foundation E.D. and author of the newly-released, best-selling handbook Nonprofit Fundraising 101, as he shares practical, tactical solutions from his book that can and will help you get dollars in the door.

Heyman will provide concrete tips and tools for individual giving, foundation grants, corporate sponsorship, and online campaigns, plus point you in the right direction for more information.


25) Difficult Clients: Dealing with Responsive Behaviours

June 15th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Workers remain vulnerable to the effects of workplace violence, with nearly 1 in 5 incidents of violence occurring at work. Our upcoming free webinar can help you better understand how to prevent workplace violence.

The nonprofit sector is not immune to workplace violence. In fact, research shows that workplace violence is three times more likely to occur among healthcare workers than any other occupation, including police officers and prison guards. Legislative changes have broadened our awareness of the issue, and have strengthened our understanding that it cannot ever be considered "just part of the job". This session will provide you with a better understanding of client aggression and responsive behaviours and will show you how to develop a sustainable violence prevention program.


26) Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine

June 15th, 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


27) Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages

June 15th, 2:30 PM (ET)

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.


28) The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising®

June 20th, 2:00 PM (ET)

If you get anxious when it comes to raising funds for your organization, we have the perfect remedy for you. On June 20, we are hosting a free webinar with Larry Johnson, one of the world’s most renowned experts on fundraising and the author of The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising®.

In this free webinar, Larry will show you how to:

  • Overcome the biggest obstacle to fundraising most organizations ignore
  • Create the mental framework that inspires donors to give
  • Build a pool of philanthropic investors who will support you through thick and thin


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

June 21st, 1:00 PM (ET)

In the last year, Facebook launched an entirely new set of tools to help nonprofits raise funds on the platform. Did you know that your nonprofit can now collect donations with these tools on your page, via Facebook ads, and even in individual posts?

In this free 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn how to successfully register your nonprofit to use Facebook’s powerful new Fundraising Tools, and a brief step-by-step guide to using these free tools to raise money using Facebook!

Key Takeaways

  • An up-to-date overview of Facebook’s Free Fundraising Tools
  • 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


30) Capital Campaigns, Capacity, and Communications: Ramping Up for the Future

June 21st, 3:00 PM (ET)

Capital campaigns signal big changes are coming and align your team round a set of ambitious future goals. While most people think of capital campaigns as fundraising and planning for capital projects they can also be a catalyst to radically advance your organization in other ways, too.  Join Sarah Durham, CEO of Big Duck, and Andrea Kihlstedt, founder of Capital Campaign Masters, to explore how you can leverage your capital campaign to boost your organization’s capacity, strategy, and brand.


31) How to Engage Employer-Supported Volunteers

June 22nd, 1:00 PM (ET)

Are you interested in new opportunities to engage corporate and employer-supported volunteers? Find out what you need to know to get started and to keep your employer-supported volunteers coming back for more at our free webinar presented in partnership with Volunteer Canada.

Of the 12.7 million Canadians who volunteer, over 1/3 are supported to do so through their employer. For companies, employer-supported volunteering (ESV) is an increasingly important part of their community investment mix and helps with engaging and motivating employees, attracting talent, increasing visibility in the community and improving relationships with clients, customers and other stakeholders. For community organizations, it can be an opportunity for growing labour and skilled resources while engaging new audiences in their mission. Is your organization ready to manage requests for corporate volunteering opportunities?

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

June 22nd, 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


33) Getting Beyond the Board: Engaging Your Community as Donors and Champions

June 22nd, 1:00 PM (ET)

Maybe it’s time to stop trying to change your board or hope that all board members will jump in to help with fundraising. 

Let’s talk about how to move past the board and deeply engage individuals in the broader community who can in turn engage others and perhaps become your next board members!

What we'll cover:

  • Determining your board’s baseline level of engagement
  • 5 tips for staying sane about your board and fundraising
  • A step-by-step process for engaging new individual donors
  • 3 roles for board members that do not require them to ask anyone for money.


34) Beyond the RSVP: Crowdfunding for Special Events

June 22nd, 3:00 PM (ET)

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. 


35) Book Talk: Fundraising for Social Change

June 27th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Join Kim Klein, internationally known fundraising trainer and author of Fundraising for Social Change for an engaging conversation on the latest edition. Kim will share tips on asking, strategies for donor acquisition and retention, as well as common sense approaches to many fundraising challenges.

Now in its 7th Edition, Fundraising for Social Change continues as the preeminent guide to securing organizational funding. The book focuses on fundraising for small progressive nonprofit organizations with budgets under $5 million. Chock full of wit, humor, and nuggets of wisdom, Fundraising for Social Change is heralded as the bible of grassroots fundraising.


36) Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

June 27th, 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


37) Outside the Lines: Shifting Perceptions of Libraries

June 28th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Libraries are dynamic centers for engagement that help everyone in your community be their best. To shift perceptions, let’s not just tell people how libraries have changed; let’s show them.

Join this free webinar to learn about Outside the Lines, a weeklong international celebration of the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Whether your organization is large or small, academic or public, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that gets people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a different way. Discover how you can use social media to help support your efforts with examples from participants. Gain a deeper understanding of grassroots library marketing and inspiration for your next social media campaign.

During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn more about Outside the Lines as an initiative and how participating can benefit your organization or library;
  • Gain an understanding of how social media can play an important role in participating in Outside the Lines;
  • Gain inspiration from examples that can help spark new ideas for telling your own organization’s story.


38) Boost Fundraising and Engagement with Personalized Video

June 28th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Looking for a proven way to boost your organization's fundraising, donor retention, email signups, and more? With Personalized Video, one compelling video becomes thousands of personalized ones - leading to greater viewer engagement.

Join See3 and the Alzheimer’s Association to learn the science behind why personalization markedly increases donations and engagement through individual viewer connection. We'll also take a look at how the Alzheimer's Association successfully uses Personalized Video for two annual events, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day, leading to substantial increases in fundraising success. 


39) Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program

June 29th, 11:00 AM (PT)

Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you're doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.

What You'll Learn: 

  • What are the criteria for success for your volunteer program?
  • How can you work with others to create a culture of measurement for volunteer engagement? 

Who Should Attend: 

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


40) 7 Keys to Successful & Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit

Just 29th, 1:00 PM (ET)

Volunteers are more than simply an extra pair of hands. They bring special skills, are trusted service delivery partners, and can extend your connections with diverse communities far beyond your agency’s doors.  They are also key financial contributors, donating ten times more than non-volunteers.  

The value of volunteers can’t be ignored.  But, effective volunteer engagement requires a focus on the right tactics at the right time to fully realize the power of volunteer time and talent.  

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
  • A key to inspiring better staff-volunteer relations and teamwork
  • A key to acknowledging volunteers that keeps them coming back
  • And more!
Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Posted by Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Published Monday, 29 May 2017 at 4:20 PM


  • MarthaW said:

    Saturday, 24 June 2017 at 9:49 PM
    Why is this stellar listed buried under "Academy"? I spent 20 minutes with Google TRYing to locate this, then more wasted time at your dead end page at Facebook. Why not the much more intuitive Webinars or Learning? Why no sitemap on the main page? Why no link to this page? Why no hint where the July listing will appear? And you want me to recommend your "expertise" for "easy" web platforms? The proof is in the pudding, and this fails ... miserably.
  • Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

    Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot] said:

    Monday, 26 June 2017 at 9:29 AM
    Hi MarthaW,

    You're right, it is hard to find. I publish these lists as blog posts, which can get buried quickly. But your comment makes me wonder if these nonprofit webinars should have their own section. Thanks for the comments!
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