38 Free Nonprofit Webinars for January 2018

Terry Ibele 28 December 2017 2 comments

Every month I compile the internet's biggest list of free nonprofit webinars.

Do you want to raise more funds, engage more volunteers, and stay on top of the latest online tools in 2018?

If so, there's a free nonprofit webinar in January on each of these topics and more. 

And if you're a membership-based organization, there's one special webinar to look out for on January 30 (hosted by yours truly): 21 Tech Tools Membership Managers Use to Save Lots and Lots of Time. I hope to see you there!

Now, here are the rest of this month's webinars:

 

1) Online Tools that Help Nonprofits Learn, Listen & Engage

January 4, 11:00 PM (ET)

Every day you learn about a new mobile app or piece of software that will “change your life.” There’s so much coming at you, it sometimes feels like you’re drinking through a firehose. In this session, we will help you make technology your friend. In his most revealing session, Jay takes you behind the curtain to show, in real-time, which tools he uses to manage his online presence and why. You’ll learn:

  • Which social media platforms you should care about.
  • 5 online tools that will help you master your online world.
  • Listening tools.
  • Engagement tools.
  • How to master your online presence in less than 15 minutes per day.

 

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

January 4, 2:00 PM (ET)

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

In this free 1-hour 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. 

 

3) Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow

January 8, 1:00 PM (ET)

How are nonprofit professionals jumpstarting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where:

  • Every Monday we share your wins
  • Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right
  • And close with a Q&A session

 

4) Salesforce Fundamentals for Nonprofits

January 8, 3:00 PM (ET)

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

 

5) Crowdfunding 101

January 9, 1:00 PM (ET)

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.

 

6) The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit

January 9, 2:00 PM (ET)

New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs - recruitment, retention and recognition. We'll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we'll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

What You'll Learn: 

  • The basics of volunteer engagement.
  • What are the 3 Rs of volunteer engagement?
  • What are the components of a successful volunteer program?

 

7) Legal Rules for Digital Advocacy You Need to Know (but probably don't)

January 9, 2:00 PM (ET)

Advocacy is the backbone of people powered policy changes and social media is a fantastic tool to help accomplish this. But there are rules and regulations that we need to keep in mind while engaging in social media advocacy. 

Join our webinar with Alliance for Justice who will cover:

  • How your nonprofit can take advantage of social media, while still staying in compliance with laws that regulate advocacy
  • How to treat social media and other communications in the context of lobbying limits for 501(c)(3) organizations
  • How 501(c)(3) organizations can avoid campaign intervention in an election year.

We’ll review what to keep in mind when using social media to lobby, and what you should know if you’re responding via social media to elected officials or candidates for public office. We’ll also talk about how using social media in your personal capacity differs from using it in your professional capacity. 

Dive into the rules around online advocacy, while also brushing up on some topics you may already know!

 

8) Introduction to Finding Grants

January 10, 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.

 

Free Membership Website Builder

 

9) How To Be A Great Manager & Fundraiser Too!

January 11, 1:00 PM (ET)

Does this sound like you? You have a team that needs your input, support and leadership; but you also have ambitious fundraising goals you need to meet. You're always on-the-go and there doesn't seem to be enough time to focus on your team AND your goals. You hate feeling like you have to make a choice between your staff and your individual needs. Well you don't have to anymore!

By participating in this webinar, you will:

  • Understand common pitfalls stopping you from managing effectively and how to avoid them
  • Gain strategies to help you manage your team effectively and keep your sanity
  • Focus on structuring your time so that the work gets done
  • Learn how to hit your goals while staying connected to your team

 

10) Now is the Time for Mobile Bidding

January 11, 2:00 PM (ET)

Find out How Mobile Bidding Can Transform Your Event.

If you’re trying to decide if mobile bidding might be right for your auction event, this webinar is for you. We’ll show you:

  • How it works
  • How it makes bidding easier for everyone
  • How it lets guests enjoy the big party you’re throwing for them
  • How it streamlines checkout for everyone – your guests and you!
  • You will learn why so many smart, forward-thinking organizations are bringing mobile bidding to their auction events and liberating themselves from clipboards forever.

 

11) Engaging the Volunteer of the Future

January 11, 11:00 AM (PT)

At VolunteerMatch we have a unique view into what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

What You'll Learn: 

  • The trends that are influencing volunteer engagement and what that means for your program.
  • How to create volunteer opportunities that match what volunteers are looking for now.
    How to take advantage of "word of mouth" recruitment by understanding what types of volunteers are right for your program.
  • The role that social media can play in engaging the volunteer of the future.

 

12) Configure and Customize Salesforce for Fundraising

January 15, 3:00 PM (ET)

Please join us for the Configure and Customize Salesforce for Fundraising Webinar. Our goal is to help you configure your organization's fundraising processes in Salesforce. We will focus on using the core Salesforce and NPSP objects to track donations from start to finish through simple customizations. 

 

13) Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow

January 15, 1:00 PM (ET)

How are nonprofit professionals jumpstarting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where:

  • Every Monday we share your wins
  • Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right
  • And close with a Q&A session

 

14) Fundraising Master Class with Cindy Wagman

 January 16, 1:00 PM (ET)

Cindy teaches small nonprofits how to love fundraising. Have fun funding your mission.

Don’t worry about what your fundraising program looks like today. Start from wherever you are right now. Cindy will guide you every step of the way and is here to help you be successful.

 

15) Introduction to Proposal Writing

January 17, 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!

This class will provide you with 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

 

16) Online Fundraising in 2018 - Everything You Need for Success

January 17, 1a:00 AM (CT)

The new year is the perfect time to reboot your non-profit's online fundraising strategy to meet 2018's more informed and connected audience. In this webinar hosted by 501 Strategy, non-profit expert Estrella Rosenberg gives you an in-depth look at everything you need for success with more than 100 robust slides filled with examples and useful information to help you implement these tools and best practices right away in your organization.

  • Learn why your website is still your most valuable asset online and how to optimize it to increase donations.
  • Learn about new social tools and updates to the tried and true that will help you increase engagement and donations.
  • Learn how and why to put together a fundraising campaign that utilizes the best online and social tools to create the most impact and how to measure its success.

 

17) Bridging the Gap - Staying Productive Inbetween Development Directors

January 18, 1:00 PM (ET)

The average tenure of Development Directors is 18 months. For so many non-profit leaders, this means they could be challenged with overseeing fundraising activities in the absence of a Development Director. This webinar will provide strategies for non-profit leaders to ensure that critical fundraising activities continue until a new Development Director is hired.

Participants will learn:

  • Participants will learn to identify the key metrics and information necessary to monitor the status of fundraising activities.
  • Participants will gain the tools to prioritize fundraising activities.
  • Participants will learn strategies for implementing priority development activities

 

18) Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine

January 18, 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

 

19) 5 Trends Shaping a New Reality for Nonprofits

January 18, 2:30 PM (ET)

Advancing technology, social enterprise and shifting demographics are changing how nonprofits communicate, engage, operate and serve. While these shifts are creating unprecedented opportunities for nonprofits, they also present new challenges as we learn to navigate this new and ever-evolving landscape.

Join Jay Wilkinson as he reviews five major trends that are shaping a new reality for nonprofits: 

  • Shifting demographics. 
  • Greater interest in service. Blurred
  • lines between nonprofit and for-profit. 
  • Advancing technology. 
  • New ways to engage and collaborate.

 

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20) 10 Stats You Should Know About Nonprofit Websites in 2018

January 18, 10:00 AM (PT)

Learn the 10 stats about nonprofit websites that you should keep in mind for the coming year, along with ideas that you can implement immediately!

Join me for an information-packed webinar specifically created for nonprofit website managers.

 

21) Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow

January 22, 1:00 PM (ET)

How are nonprofit professionals jumpstarting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where:

  • Every Monday we share your wins
  • Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right
  • And close with a Q&A session

 

22) Salesforce Training: Importing Data for Fundraising

January 22, 3:00 PM (ET)

Please join us for the Importing Data for Fundraising Webinar. We will focus on using the NPSP Data Import template, prepping and cleaning your data prior to import, and understanding the different tools available for importing data into Salesforce. By the end of the webinar, you should be comfortable using the NPSP Data Import guide to get your donor data into Salesforce. 

 

23) Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

January 23, 2:00 PM (ET)

Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You'll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You'll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.

What You'll Learn: 

  • What social media is and why it matters
  • How to use social media to recruit and engage volunteers
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of managing social media tools
  • Where to go to get resources and help

 

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

January 24, 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

 

25) How to Create New Funding for Your Nonprofit

January 24, 1:00 PM (MST)

Did your organization feel constrained by your budget last year? Have you noticed that funding your organization has become much harder? After the economic crash in 2008, giving started to dry up and grants became more competitive.

With traditional funding sources becoming scarcer, innovative nonprofits started to create new ways to fund their mission. That doesn't even count the potential implications created by the new tax bill.

This webinar will is for nonprofits yearning for a bigger budget to achieve their mission.

  • It will dive into three nonprofit case studies covering: 
  • Innovative ways organizations are creating new funding sources;
  • How they discovered untapped opportunities within their nonprofit;
  • How these funding sources are strengthening their impact;
  • And more!

 

26) Introduction to Corporate Giving

January 24, 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

 

27) How to Create New Funding for Your Nonprofit

January 25, 1:00 PM (MST)

Did your organization feel constrained by your budget last year? Have you noticed that funding your organization has become much harder? After the economic crash in 2008, giving started to dry up and grants became more competitive.

With traditional funding sources becoming scarcer, innovative nonprofits started to create new ways to fund their mission. That doesn't even count the potential implications created by the new tax bill.

This webinar will is for nonprofits yearning for a bigger budget to achieve their mission.

  • It will dive into three nonprofit case studies covering: 
  • Innovative ways organizations are creating new funding sources;
  • How they discovered untapped opportunities within their nonprofit;
  • How these funding sources are strengthening their impact;
  • And more!

 

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

January 25, 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 45-minute 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

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.

 

29) Inspire Your Board to Give and Get

 January 25, 1:00 PM (ET)

No organization can fulfill its vision and have its greatest impact without strong board participation as both donors and fundraisers. But what does that mean and how do you inspire your board to reach their potential so you can reach yours? 

Join Asking Matters President Brian Saber to learn how to work more strategically with your board to get them past the soul-deadening board minimums and quid-pro-quo fundraising they're used to.

Learning objectives:

  • learn best practices in board giving and how to help board members set their sights higher
  • improve how you work with your board to put in place more strategic policies for board fundraising
  • develop a system for soliciting board gifts and building board fundraising plans

 

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

January 25, 11:00 AM (ET)

More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. The political and social climate is further emphasizing this trend. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers? This webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement.

What You'll Learn: 

  • Trends driving the desire for single day volunteer events
  • How to create real impact opportunities for groups to do in a single day
  • What systems and structures can help you manage single day events
  • Tips for recognition and relationship building for single day volunteers

Who Should Attend: 

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

 

31) Community Call: Data

January 25, 10:00 AM (PT)

Join the NTEN’s Data group for a community call about data integration.

Online fundraising…offline donations…email signups…petition signatures…program data…and more! If you have multiple data sources, you’ve probably encountered the nightmare of data integration. We’ll discuss:

  • How to understand the relationships between your databases
  • How to manage duplicates and record merging without screwing up your integrations
  • How to troubleshoot when each vendor says integration issues are the other vendor’s problem
  • Additional integration topics of your choice

Bring your questions and experiences. Or feel free to just listen in. We can’t promise to turn your nightmare into a dream–but we can all help each other out!

 

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

January 25, 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 45-minute 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

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.

 

33) Google for Nonprofits 101

January 25, 1:00 PM (ET)

Did you know you're missing out on $10,000 a month? 

Thanks to the Google for Nonprofits program, your organization is likely eligible for $10,000 a month in advertising grants, unlimited G Suite accounts, and exclusive features for collecting fee-free donations.

Taking advantage of these free tools is a quick way to boost your online presence. For example, it's not uncommon to increase your web traffic by 2k visits per month after spending an hour implementing Ad Grants.

In this special training, you'll learn if Google for Nonprofits is right for you, and everything you'll need to get started. We'll cover:

  • What Google for Nonprofits is
  • The program's features & benefits
  • Who's really eligible
  • How to apply
  • How to stay eligible & maximize your benefits

 

34) How to Create New Funding for Your Nonprofit

January 26, 1:00 PM (MST)

Did your organization feel constrained by your budget last year? Have you noticed that funding your organization has become much harder? After the economic crash in 2008, giving started to dry up and grants became more competitive.

With traditional funding sources becoming scarcer, innovative nonprofits started to create new ways to fund their mission. That doesn't even count the potential implications created by the new tax bill.

This webinar will is for nonprofits yearning for a bigger budget to achieve their mission.

  • It will dive into three nonprofit case studies covering: 
  • Innovative ways organizations are creating new funding sources;
  • How they discovered untapped opportunities within their nonprofit;
  • How these funding sources are strengthening their impact;
  • And more!

 

35) Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow

January 29, 1:00 PM (ET)

How are nonprofit professionals jumpstarting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where:

  • Every Monday we share your wins
  • Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right
  • And close with a Q&A session

 

36) 21 Tech Tools Membership Managers Use to Save Lots and Lots of Time

January 30, 2:00 PM (ET)

How are some membership managers able to get everything done and still have a life? The quick answer is that they use tech tools to do as much of their work as possible. In this webinar, nonprofit tech expert Terry Ibele will show you 21 tech tools to save you hours and hours each week.

In this free webinar, Terry will show you:

  • 9 tech tools the most productive people use to save time working with others
  • 7 tools to cut down the time you spend creating website and social media content
  • 5 tools you can use each day to save an hour in administrative work

 

37) Is Consulting Your Next Calling?

January 30, 2:00 PM (ET)

As the nonprofit sector moves toward increased levels of outsourcing, many nonprofit professionals consider a career in consulting.  If you are thinking about consulting part-time, full-time or sometime in the future, join two veterans in this field as they share stories of this dynamic career choice.  Susan Schaefer (co-editor of the Nonprofit Consulting Playbook) and Don Tebbe have facilitated workshops nationwide to help budding consultants bypass the pitfalls and get on a fast track to success.  With candor and a wide range of experience, they will guide participants through the crucial questions to ask as aspiring or novice consultants.  

After this webinar you will:

  • Understand and capitalize on your motivations for consulting
  • Recognize the most important traits consultants possess
  • Identify the four major components of a consultant’s work
  • Review the five critical skills for consulting success (you already have two of them!)
  • Chart your professional development steps prior to setting up shop

Intended audience:  

  • Senior nonprofit executives
  • Novice consultants,
  • Aspiring consultants

 

38) Introduction to Project Budgets

January 31, 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

 

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Published Thursday, 28 December 2017 at 11:07 AM

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Comments

  • Jason said:

    Monday, 08 January 2018 at 3:38 PM
    Hey Terry, I'm hosting a webinar on 1/25 @ 1pm EST called "Google for Nonprofits 101". Google changed the terms of eligibility over the new year, so I thought it would be helpful to quell some confusion. I'm condensing the presentation to allow for more Q&A afterwards!

    Anyone interested can sign up here: https://jasonjensen.co/google-nonprofits-webinar/

    Thanks!
    Jason
  • Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

    Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 09 January 2018 at 9:36 AM
    Thanks for mentions, Jason. I've included your webinar in the roundup!
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