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54 Free Nonprofit Webinars for May 2018

Terry Ibele 26 April 2018 2 comments

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

Do you want more traffic to your nonprofit’s website? I’m presenting a webinar on May 29 on how I’ve been able to grow our website traffic by over 400%. If you attend, you’ll learn the simple playbook I use to rank at the top of Google’s search results without spending a dime.

Some other interesting webinars happening this month are on how to prepare for the nonprofit tax deadline, what happens after you submit a grant proposal, and advanced crowdfunding strategies.

So, without further ado, here are 48 free nonprofit webinars for May 2018.


1) Why Nonprofits Should Be Using Online Surveying (and Best Practices)

May 1, 11:00 AM (PT)

Data can offer valuable insights and inform important decisions, but how do you know what type of data to collect and the best way to collect it? Learn how to thoughtfully collect survey data and gain insights from your constituents, stakeholders and employees.  

QuestionPro CEO, Vivek Bhaskaran and Shafer Leadership Academy Executive Director, Mitch Isaacs will provide their expertise on creating surveys, collecting responses, and analyzing the results. Join us for this free, 60-minute webinar that will focus on a host of survey topics including:

  • Intro to Online Surveying
  • Survey Types & Purposes
  • Survey Questions & Formats
  • Atypical ways Surveys can be used
  • Shafer Leadership Academy: Survey Practices, Insights & Impact
  • Next Steps for your Organization


2) School Security and Crisis Communication 101

May 1, 2:00 PM (ET)

Security in schools has always been a top priority, but with the rise of acts of violence on school campuses, parents, teachers, and communities are looking for more ways to ensure the safety of our students and faculty. We’ve assembled a panel of experts from our K–12 Partner Network who provide technology to schools to help them leverage communication and student location solutions. Join us for a live webinar and Q&A to learn tips from our expert panel you can implement to help keep your school safe.

We're excited to add Dr. Joseph Erardi, former Newtown, CT Superintendent, to our panel of experts. He'll share insight into how he was able to recapture trust, dignity, and pride in a district that experienced the worst school tragedy in public school history.

Our expert panel includes:

  • Duncan Moss, Head of Marketing, SchoolPass
  • Joey Nutinski, CEO, Ruvna
  • Raymond Bily, CEO, BrightArrow Technologies
  • Stacey Sisk, VP Business Development, CrisisGo


3) Introduction to Project Budgets

May 2, 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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4) It's a New World: How to Cultivate Your Community Online

May 2, 1:00 PM (ET)

One of the biggest challenges facing organizations is changing the culture of giving and engagement, and our futures depend on it. Often we get so caught up in ‘the ask’ that we forget what motivates people to support us in the first place: relationships. Join Dana Ostomel, Firespring’s vice president of nonprofit industry development, to discover the secret sauce of cultivating a community primed and ready to support you. You’ll learn:

  • What donor stewardship means in an online world. 
  • How to fire up board members, volunteers, donors and staff to fundraise every day. 
  • 10 vital actions to cultivate a network eager to support you. 
  • How to generate loyal support long past a specific campaign. 
  • Why a consistent communications plan is essential. 

Although campaigns serve their purpose and give donors an exciting event to rally around, the time in between initiatives can make all the difference. We guarantee you’ll walk away confident in the steps you need to earn the trust and vigorous support of your community online.


5) Use Social Media to Engage Your Donors

May 2, 2:00 PM (ET)

As online giving and social media donations like Facebook fundraisers continue to grow in importance, it’s critical for organizations to use these methods of increasing growth. In this presentation by Erika Serrano, Director of Email and Digital Marketing Solutions, and Jennifer Cole, Director of Sales, you’ll learn the following key information for engaging donors on social media:

  • The importance of donor engagement on social media and how to create successful engagements
  • Visual story-telling strategies to create greater awareness and drive donations
  • Social media advertising fundamentals and best practices
  • How the online giving landscape continues to transform and impact fundraising 

This Flash Class qualifies for 1 CFRE CE point.


6) 5 Ways To Prepare For This Nonprofit Deadline

May 3, 3:00 PM (ET)

May 15th serves as the biggest tax filing deadline for nonprofit organizations. Preparing to file your organization's 990 Form is an important factor in the existence and effectiveness of your organization. In this webinar, we will share with you the top 5 ways to prepare for this nonprofit deadline. 


7) Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine

May 3, 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 45-minute webinar, you’ll learn:

  • 3 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


8) Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World

May 3, 1:00 PM (ET)

Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits.

Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs!

With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online.

Join Dana Ostomel to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind from day one.

Learning objectives:

  • the importance of integrating digital into your event
  • 3 key goals to help you measure success
  • 5 digital must-haves to keep your event running smoothly


9) Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World

May 3, 1:00 PM (ET)

Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits.

Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs!

With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online.

Join Dana Ostomel to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind from day one.

Learning objectives:

  • the importance of integrating digital into your event
  • 3 key goals to help you measure success
  • 5 digital must-haves to keep your event running smoothly


10) How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

May 3, 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 home base of your brand. Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and mission statement? In this session, we will share more than a decade of focus group research that reveals:

  • The 5 elements of an engaging website.
  • The one thing every nonprofit should be thinking about, but isn’t.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.


11) How to Successfully Fundraise Internationally

May 3, 3:00 PM (ET)

International Fundraising can be a rewarding experience, producing both new friends and new funds. It can also be an expensive and time-consuming exercise in futility if entered into without sufficient planning, resources, and understanding. This Flash Class will help you determine if your organisation needs to establish an international presence, and the different options available as well as the strategies & guidelines to adopt to ensure it’s a rewarding experience rather than a disappointing exercise.


12) Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow

May 7, 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


13) Design and Storytelling: A Match Made in Website Heaven

May 8, 1:00 PM (ET)

Your website is the center of your digital ecosystem. It’s where people come to learn about your mission, engage with your brand, and hopefully, give their support. What does your website say about your organization? Are you telling a cohesive, compelling story across your digital ecosystem?

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the state of nonprofit websites today and reveal why strong design and storytelling are key to connecting with your audiences. Join us to hear frank and honest advice, including how to:

  • Map the audience’s journey online
  • Build your story across channels, starting with your website
  • Plan a digital campaign with your website as the foundation
  • Keep content fresh all year long


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14) Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement

May 8, 11:00 AM (PT)

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.


15) Develop a Winning Nonprofit Culture with Minimal Resources

May 9, 2:30 PM (ET)

Is your nonprofit’s culture determined by design or default? Join lifelong entrepreneur Jay Wilkinson, founder of Firespring, to discover how to create an award-winning nonprofit culture with minimal resources. By taking simple, actionable steps toward improving the culture within your nonprofit, your organization can grow by leaps and bounds internally and externally.

Jay Wilkinson has been focused on-and continues fine-tuning-many aspects of company culture for decades, applying it to both his own company and the various nonprofits he is involved with. This is a can’t-miss presentation every nonprofit can learn from regardless of size or available resources.

  • Discover 3 steps to creating a healthy nonprofit culture.
  • Self-assess your nonprofit’s culture.
  • Learn from 5 revealing stats about employee engagement.
  • See nonprofit culture in action with real world examples.

This Flash Class qualifies for 1 CFRE CE point.


16) Put Volunteer Groups to Work

May 9, 11:00 AM (PT)

So many volunteer managers depend on groups of volunteers to meet the needs of their programs. Different types of groups can come with their own challenges. We’ll discuss ideas for working with corporate groups, youth groups, and other groups. Effective practices for engagement, ideas for diversifying the work and commitment level of volunteer groups, the importance of creating opportunities with measurable impacts, and communicating those impacts will be discussed.


17) Introduction to Corporate Giving

May 9, 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


18) 'Best Of' Digital Fundraising Examples: 45 Slides In 45 minutes

May 10, 1:00 PM (ET)

That’s right, we’re firing up 45 slides of the very best digital fundraising examples from nonprofits like yours.

This session will inspire and equip you with concrete tactics you can implement in your next digital fundraising campaign. We’ll explore great content, unique thinking and delightful design through emails, websites, online advertising, donation pages, videos—and anything else that increases online donations.

And of course, you’ll be able to walk away with the presentation itself as a resource for future brainstorming.

This session is best for those organizations that have an in-house communications team or the ability to outsource at least part of the work.

By the end of this presentation, you’ll know:

  • How nonprofits are using creativity and interactivity to engage donors and supporters
  • What makes these “best of” examples successful
  • How to take inspiration from these examples and turn them into real change at your organization


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

May 10, 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


20) Advanced Crowdfunding Strategies

May 10, 1:00 PM (ET)

“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.


21) Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes

May 10, 11:00 AM (PT)

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


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

May 10, 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!


23) Work Smarter, Not Harder - Practical Solutions for Managers and Executives 

May 10, 11:00 (MDT)

Managers have the single largest impact on your organization. They are the unsung heroes who play an integral role in employee productivity, retention, and organizational culture.

As a leader of your organization, do you lie awake at night worrying about how to keep your talented managers happy and engaged? Are you concerned they are stressed out and on the verge of leaving? It doesn’t have to be that hard.

Are you a manager that can relate? Do you feel overworked, are you spinning your wheels, and squeezed in the middle without the resources and support you need? It doesn’t have to be that hard.

Join our interactive webcast to learn:

  • The true power and impact managers have on your organization’s success
  • Core skills and abilities managers need to thrive and stay sane
  • Practical training and solutions for you and your organization


24) Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow

May 14, 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


25) 5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses

May 15, 2:30 PM (ET)

There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right. In this educational session, we will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses, including: 

  • The 5 types of nonprofit emails.
  • The anatomy of an email marketing campaign.
  • 6 email marketing mistakes to avoid.
  • 5 secrets of email marketing geniuses.


26) Corporate Partnership Fundamentals

May 15, 1:00 PM (ET)

Join small nonprofit fundraising expert Cindy Wagman and guest Heather Nelson, MBA, CFRE, for 45 minutes of tips and tools to successfully use stories to raise more money.


27) Swiping Right: Courting New Constituents

May 15, 1:00 PM (ET)

Organizations are often so focused on spreading awareness of their missions and acquiring new supporters that they fail to implement a comprehensive game plan for their newly acquired email addresses. During this session, Tammy Radencic, senior consultant at Blackbaud, will show you how to court constituents for the long haul by forming a pipeline of support for newly acquired donors and creating a welcome series to further engage them. Join us to learn how to convert your newest donors into lifelong supporters.


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

May 15, 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. 


29) Coffee with AJ: How to Create an Irresistible Sponsorship Deck

May 15, 3:00 PM (ET)

Sponsors, sponsors, sponsors - every nonprofit is chasing those event sponsors!

Unfortunately, most organizations fall short of their monetary goals because they fail to attract those much-desired sponsorship dollars. Often this is because organizations don’t have a sponsorship brochure, commonly known as a “sponsorship deck”. Most nonprofits just don’t know how to put together an effective deck that seals the deal with potential sponsors.

That’s all about to change, because in this FREE WEBINAR event planning guru A.J. Steinberg is going to share her secret formula for creating sponsorship decks that prospects will find irresistible.

This webinar will lead you step-by-step through an easy-to-replicate template that can be used for any kind of sponsorship package. Not only is this type of deck a powerful tool for selling sponsorships, but it can also serve as beautiful marketing brochure for your organization itself.

In this 45-minute FREE webinar you’ll learn…

Step 1: How to use graphic design for maximum impact

  • How to get a professional look for your deck
  • How to sync your deck’s graphic design to your overall event motif
  • How to set up page templates
  • How to work with a graphic designer without busting the bank

Step 2: How to determine the elements your deck needs

  • How to lay out your deck sections
  • How to highlight your organization’s mission and programs
  • How to use quotes to gain legitimacy

Step 3: How to determine your sponsorship levels

  • How to assess your event’s assets
  • How to determine your sponsorship levels
  • How to use creativity to boost sponsorship levels’ appeal  


30) Leveraging Analytics to Boost Engagement

May 15, 3:00 PM (ET)

Join Josh Birkholz, author of Fundraising Analytics, as he unpacks new applications of data science to boost giving among your base for support. In this dynamic session you will learn techniques such as constituency analysis, engagement scoring methods, and prescriptive diagnostics.

This Flash Class qualifies for 1 CFRE CE point.


31) Introduction to Fundraising Planning

May 16, 2:00 PM (ET)

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

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

  • Making your case for support
  • Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base
  • Creating a plan of action
  • Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies!


32) Becoming a Lean Nonprofit

May 16, 1:00 PM (ET)

This not-to-be-missed webinar will cover everything you need to know to incorporate lean management principles into the financial function of your organization.


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33) 4 Secrets to Supercharge Your Major Gift Program in 20 Minutes a Day or Less

May 16, 2:00 PM (ET)

This session is for busy executive directors and development professionals who want to raise significantly more money by making the leap into major gift fundraising, but haven’t had the courage or know-how to get started, or are ready to seriously grow fundraising results. If you want to start or grow your major gifts program, this session is for you. Whether a major gift for your organization is $1,000 or $10,000, join Amy Eisenstein, author of Mastering Major Gifts, as you will learn how to ask and receive more major gifts this year.

This Flash Class qualifies for 1 CFRE CE point.


34) The Importance of Self Care

May 17, 1:00 PM (ET)

Are you feeling burnt out, maybe even that your work is taking a toll on your physical and mental health? Our free webinar will help you better understand the role of self care in a healthy nonprofit career.

It’s easy to burn out in the nonprofit sector. To accomplish our missions, we need to care a lot about people and the world itself. We need to be passionate about our causes in order to get up every morning and do a job that we may not be paid well for but gives us meaning. That caring and passion requires energy. But sometimes we run out of energy because we fail to look after ourselves first. We work long hours, don’t take our holidays or develop habits that give us comfort but may not be healthy. And, this is not just happening for individuals. We have created a culture of personal and employee neglect in the sector that is now the new ‘normal’. We are expected to give more than we have, do more than we are paid for and care more for others than we do for ourselves. But it doesn’t have to be this way. And in fact, we can’t sustain it. As a sector, we cannot continually run on empty and still have the energy to create social change.

This session will focus on individual and organizational self care in the nonprofit sector. It will include tips and tricks for building a healthier organization and investing time and effort in a healthier YOU.


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

May 17, 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


36) How St. Paul's Episcopal School Increased Revenue by 26%

May 17, 2:00 PM (ET)

St. Paul's Episcopal School uses Blackbaud's Total School Solution—a school management solution designed specifically to enable K-12 independent schools to operate more efficiently and raise more support for their missions.

In this Total Economic Impact™ Report, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Blackbaud, see how St. Paul's Episcopal achieved a return on investment of 63% over three years, increased revenue by 26%, reduced delinquent payments by 50%, and cut manual labor costs by $228,000. Since implementing their School Management Solution they've seen drastic differences:

  • Improved parent experience due to better communications
  • Improved student access to school resources
  • Improved teacher productivity and effectiveness
  • Increased school competitiveness with a faster, more agile admissions process
  • Improved data security by reducing the number of separate technologies


37) Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities

May 17, 11:00 AM (PT)

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:

  • Design impact first opportunities
  • Recognize the role of language in designing and building buy-in for volunteer opportunities
  • Illustrate impact in your volunteer opportunities


38) Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow

May 21, 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


39) How to Think Like a Big Nonprofit

May 22, 2:00 PM (ET)

Are you worried that your nonprofit is too small for sustainable fundraising strategies? Join us for a one-hour webinar to learn how your nonprofit can think like a bigger organization and build a best-practice fundraising program that will help your development strategies thrive.

You’ll learn:

  • How to know when it's the right time to hire full-time fundraisers
  • How to get your board more involved with fund development
  • How to systemize fundraising so you can raise more with less stress and hassle
  • Don't miss this opportunity to learn better tactics for fundraising big at your nonprofit!


40) Simple Development Fundraising Systems with Pamela Grow

May 22, 1:00 PM (ET)

Are you dizzily reeling from golf outings to 5K runs to galas to holiday concerts to … Casino Night? Does your fundraising consist of Amazon Smile, local restaurant nights and a “dear friend” year-end fundraising letter? Are you constantly engaged in “spray and pray” fundraising to see what sticks? Join us for Simple Development Fundraising Systems where you’ll discover a roadmap to creating sustainable fundraising revenue throughout the year. 

You’ll discover: 

  • The most important fundraising systems to build for your organization. 
  • How to create your organization’s storytelling structure. 
  • Tips and strategies for successfully implementing rinse and repeat simple development systems at your organization.


41) What Really Happens After You Push “Submit” on Your Grant Proposal

May 22, 9:00 AM (PT)

You know that feeling on Deadline Day ... 

... when you finally push the SUBMIT button and say goodbye to your lovingly-crafted, mission-critical grant proposal as it disappears ... vanishing entirely for weeks, sometimes months, sometimes even forever ... while you wait to find out whether it's going to be funded or not …

That space between "submit" on one side - and "notification" on the other - is what we call The Grantmaker's Black Box.

Together we’ll navigate the obstacle course through the 8 typical "Checkpoints" your proposal has to clear on its way from It's Deadline Day to You Got the Grant!

We'll eavesdrop on reviewers' behind-the-scenes conversations about what they look at first when they sit down to read their proposals ... what makes them fall in love in 30 seconds flat ... and what makes them really, really grumpy. 

You'll put on your Grantmaker's Cap as we pull back the curtain on the final decision-making ... what that process has in common with an audition ... and why, in the end, the points almost never matter. 


42) Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers

May 22, 11:00 AM (PT)

Integrating skills-based 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: 

  • How to design successful skills-based volunteer projects
  • Strategies for managing skills-based volunteers


43) Raising More Faith-Focused Gifts Online: A Step-by-Step Guide

May 23, 2:00 PM (ET)

The Internet is a powerful tool for your faith, so be sure you’re using it in the most effective way. Join us to learn how—without having to master new technology or log long hours online! In this session, we’ll cover each step it takes to build an online fundraising system that grows your mission, including:

  • How to use your website the right way to inspire givers
  • The best ways to raise support via email
  • An easy (and quick) way to increase gifts via social media
  • And much more


44) Second Gifts: Why They Are So Important and How to Drive Your Strategy

May 23, 2:00 PM (ET)

True donor acquisition involves far more than simply getting the initial gift. This is only the first (and in many ways, the simplest) step. Meaningful acquisition requires not only calculating, but also understanding why the extra effort and investment are worth it. 

With the retention rate for second-time donors being nearly three times that of first-time donors, nonprofits need to fully understand the potential life-time value of different donor types and tailor their thank you, welcome, and their second gift strategy plans to make the most out of those differences. Join Roger Craver from the Agitator to learn:

  • How the pros wow first-time donors and keep them coming back
  • How to target those donors who are most likely to make a second gift
  • Why meeting the donors’ needs will help them meet yours


45) The Six Key Elements for Successful Fundraising

May 23, 3:00 PM (ET)

From non-profit organization CEOs to board members to fundraising staff, I’ve seen and felt the deep, visceral pain that asking for money causes. In hundreds of consulting engagements, I have witnessed the terror that even the word “fundraising” foments in people: “You’ve joined our board and now you will have to… FUNDRAISE!”

Fundraising is difficult, but people make it harder than it needs to be. Fundraising done well is joyful, and donors giving millions of dollars to the causes they care about are exhilarated by the experience.

Would you consider changing the way you currently fundraise if I could show you how to make it easier?

In this webinar, I will teach you how to be a much more effective fundraiser. You will learn about the six key elements that impact an organization’s ability to fundraise successfully. I will walk you through each of these important components and explain how to apply them to your fundraising practice in ways that will be effective

This Flash Class qualifies for 1 CFRE CE point.


46) 3 Easy Ways to Retain More Members Using Software

May 24, 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 45-minute 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


47) Peer-to-Peer Fundraising When Disaster Strikes

May 24, 1:00 PM (ET)

When disaster strikes, people want to give, volunteer, and help in massive numbers. But the window to organize and respond effectively is narrow, because we’ve found that donors tend to give within three days of the disaster. In this session, we’ll review how to prepare your organization to raise funds and get support to the affected as quickly as possible.


48) How to Find Major Donor Prospects for Your School

May 24, 3:00 PM (ET)

Where do you find major donors who might be interested in giving to your school? In this webinar, you’ll learn how to create a major donor treasure map to find supporters who are interested in and capable of making large gifts to your school. You’ll also learn how to earn referrals to new major donors, as well as how to activate your board to help you build a steady stream of major donor prospects.


Best Free Nonprofit Software


49) Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow

May 28, 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


Free Nonprofit Webinar50) How to Grow Your Organization by Getting Lots and Lots of Traffic to Your Website

(This is the webinar I'm doing!)

May 29, 2:00 PM (ET)

Every single day people are joining organizations because they stumble across them while searching for something online. If you want to tap into this powerful growth channel, I strongly encourage you to join our webinar on May 29 with our resident nonprofit tech expert, Terry Ibele. In this webinar, Terry will show you how to attract new members, volunteers, and donors by getting your website pages to the top of Google’s search results. 

In the free webinar, Terry will show you:

  • The 9 simple changes that will bump your articles to the top of Google’s search results
  • A simple playbook you can use to drastically improve your traffic this week
  • The seven best practices that create the perfect article


51) Introduction to Finding Grants

May 30, 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.


52) 7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops)

May 30, 1:00 PM (ET)

This 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!


53) Impact Investing in the Creative Economy

May 31, 2:00 PM (ET)

Arts and cultural production represents 4.2 percent of the US economy, or $760 billion. Socially responsible investing in the United States has reached $8.7 trillion. Yet when looking at the thematic areas targeted by impact investing across the country, arts and culture is 0%.

There is an opportunity today to engage capital that values diversity, equity, and inclusion to help shape a creative economy that reflects the culture and heritage of diverse communities and creatives across the U.S. A creative economy shaped by these values can contribute to building social cohesion, resiliency and sustainability for the future. The creative economy in communities across the United States is ripe for impact investment—but where to start?

This webinar will feature Laura Callanan, founding partner of Upstart Co-Lab and Eddie Torres, President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) in conversation with Ellen Friedman, Executive Director at the Compton Foundation, and Gary Steuer, President and CEO of Bonfils-Stanton Foundation,to talk about examining and implementing mission-related investment (MRI) strategies within their foundations. They will discuss how MRI has the potential to advance their organizational missions and work toward a creative economy that is sustainable, equitable, and inclusive—before it’s too late - while also exploring impact investing as an innovative opportunity to invest in the arts and unlock resources specifically for ALAANA communities.

Outcomes: Upon completion of this webinar you should be able to:

  • Explain why impact investing is important to the arts and culture sector, and how impact investing is another lever for funders to use to advance their missions.
  • Explain how racial equity is a key factor to consider when investing in communities.
  • Identify  an array of opportunities that can help align a funder’s investment portfolio with the creative economy.
  • Describe the issues confronted by foundations when exploring MRI


54) The Whys and Ways of Assertiveness at Work

May 31, 1:00 PM (ET)

Do you occasionally (or often) feel held back in your career because you haven't appropriately asserted yourself? Our free webinar will give you new tools and techniques to be more assertive at work.

Do you find it challenging to promote yourself, your views, and your opinions? Do you feel uncomfortable and/or hesitate to speak up, especially on issues that you perceive might involve differences of opinion and maybe conflict? Do you find yourself frequently saying yes when you'd rather say no? If these questions resonate, then our free webinar can help. Whether you have an outgoing or a shy disposition, there are skills you can develop to help you more effectively and authentically express yourself in a variety of work and life situations.


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Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Posted by Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

Published Thursday, 26 April 2018 at 12:53 PM


  • Yabsera said:

    Monday, 30 April 2018 at 11:04 AM
    The Communications Network is having a webinar May 1st on resurfacing content to maximize engagement. https://www.comnetwork.org/events/timing-it-right-resurfacing-content-to-maximize-engagement/
  • Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot]

    Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 01 May 2018 at 2:34 PM
    Hi Yabsera, thanks for letting me know about your webinar. It looks like it's too late to add it now, but if you have any others coming up, please let me know! Send me an email at tibele @ wildapricot.com :)
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