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49 Free Nonprofit Webinars for September 2018

Tatiana Morand 29 August 2018 0 comments

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

If you're a new executive director, you might be wondering: am I doing this right? Thankfully, Sean Kosofsky is here to help with a free webinar on September 25th on the six most common mistakes EDs make and how to fix them

Other topics this month include what to do if you face a harassment investigation, how to create a great culture at your nonprofit, and how nonprofit professionals can market effectively on LinkedIn. 

And now, here are all the free nonprofit webinars happening in September. 

1. Building a Successful Grants Program 101 for Nonprofits

September 4, 12:00 PM ET

For many nonprofits, grant writing is a critical piece of a larger fundraising strategy. But if your organization is new to grant writing, building a strong grants program can feel like an overwhelming task.

Join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar, where the grant writing experts from Elevate share some of the biggest lessons we’ve learned from building sustainable grants programs for our clients, including:

  • How to tell whether grant writing is right for your organization;
  • The pillars of a strong grants program;
  • Which tasks and pieces to focus on first; and
  • The systems we use to make sure our own grant writing processes run smoothly.

There will also be time for Q&A.

2. Free Webinar: 10 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Grant Seeking Strategy

September 5, 1:00 PM ET

Participating in “10 Tips for a Successful Grant Seeking Strategy” will provide you with insider knowledge about what funders are looking for and some specific tips you can use when reaching out to funders and crafting grant applications. Having served as a Program Officer for a statewide public foundation, Diane is uniquely qualified to help you best translate and understand the materials put out by funders.

In this live webinar, we will go through ten tips that all grant professionals can use to help implement a successful grant seeking strategy in their organization. We will look at specific examples of how these tips can and have been successfully used so you can consider how to best utilize the information within your own organization.

Participating in “10 Tips for a Successful Grant Seeking Strategy” will give you some “insider” tips and tricks from the funder’s perspective that will assist you when working on creating and implementing your grant seeking strategy. Use the tips discussed in this webinar to ensure that you are putting together highly competitive grant applications and ultimately achieving your desired grant funding success.

3. Introduction to Corporate Giving

September 5, 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

4. Five Things You Need to Know About Harassment Investigations

September 6, 1:00 PM ET

Improperly conducted workplace investigations can place you and your organization at considerable risk. Organizations are being sued for improperly conducted harassment investigations. You need to be sure that you handle all investigations in a way that doesn’t place your organization at risk. Learn how to handle workplace harassment investigations from the experts at our free webinar.

What if your organization is faced with a workplace harassment complaint? Having a solid harassment investigation process is vital — or you and your organization run the risk of being sued. Our free webinar, Five Things You Need to Know About Harassment Investigations, outlines everything you need to know to ensure your harassment investigation process meets current requirements.

In this one-hour webinar you will learn how to:

  • Identify the latest legislation with regard to harassment investigations
  • Understand your role as HR
  • Take a proper complaint
  • Ensure confidentiality
  • See it as a good thing

5. The State of Recurring Giving

September 6, 1:00 PM ET

Recurring donors are consistently worth 4 times more than one time donors (over a 5-year period), give more per year than one-time donors and are more likely to support your organization year over year than one time donors. So why don't we try to communicate, market, and attract more recurring donors? And when we do, how do we do that?

That's what we'll cover in this session based on our findings from the State Recurring Giving Study where we gave multiple gifts (one time and monthly) to 108 organizations in the US and tracked and scored the process. We looked at things like:

  • Value proposition and signup/donation process
  • Communications and messaging
  • Conversion and upgrade strategies
  • Cancellation and retention strategies
  • See how your program compares, how to get started with one, or where to improve your recurring gift program based on real research in the market today.

Learning objectives:

  • see the current 'best practices' - or lack thereof - when it comes to monthly and recurring giving programs
  • be able to see how their current programs and practices compare, where they can improve, and there they are doing well
  • understand the immense value of having a recurring giving program and get some ideas and tips on how to gain, keep, and convert more recurring giving donors with digital strategies

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6. This Is How Our Most Successful Clients Fill Their Events

September 6, 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


7. Free Tools to Create High Performing Nonprofit Content in Minutes

September 6, 2:00 PM ET

In a recent Academy survey of nonprofit leaders, 36% of respondents said they struggled with content strategy and creation. An additional 50% of respondents struggled with having the time and capacity to create valuable content.  When you are facing challenges like these, it’s hard to even know where to start.

In our next leadership webinar, we will show you how to expose the content marketing strategies of successful nonprofits. Then we will demonstrate what free technology is available to help you manage and create high performing content.

Who should attend? This session is designed for any nonprofit organization wanting to maximize resources and increase revenue with strategic use of content and free technology.

This webinar covers:

  • How to expose the content strategy of successful nonprofits in your sector and then create a customized strategy for your nonprofit.
  • How to create your unique donor journey and what content to use in each phase of the journey.
  • What free technology is available to help you manage and create content.

8. Culture Matters: How to Create a Fulfilling Workplace and Empower Employees in your Fundraising Efforts

September 6, 3:00 PM ET

Crouch and Associates will teach, whether in a profit-based or mission-based setting, the art of workplace bliss by a licensed developmental psychologist. Most organizations spend way too much time and resources focusing on the outcome -- the money (either from donors or through revenue). But if you take care of the culture (and we'd argue authentic leaders do it best), the net result is more  money. Most orgs have it backwards!

9. Motivate Monday

September 10, 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

10. How You Can Optimize Your Recurring Giving Program

September 11, 3:00 PM ET

Recurring donors can be 5.4x more valuable than one-time donors (or more) but do you spend 5.4x more time on your recurring giving program? If you’re like most nonprofits, the answer is probably not.

We wanted to better understand how recurring giving programs were being done but from a donor’s perspective so we made recurring donations to 115 organizations across 9 different verticals and  captured the process and analyzed the communications along the way.

  • In this webinar presented by Brady Josephson, you’ll get key findings in three key areas:
  • What does the donation process look like?
  • What does the communication with recurring donors look like?
  • How do organizations handle lost, stolen, and canceled credit cards?

You’ll get ideas to try for yourself and insights into real experiments that have worked for other organizations to grow their recurring giving program.

11. How to Make Event Volunteers Love You

September 12, 1:00 PM ET

During this free 45 minute live webinar with A.J. Steinberg you are going to learn how to create a volunteer experience that makes your event volunteers love your organization so they come back and help year-after-year and make your life easier.

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

How to turn volunteers into a volunteer TEAM!

  • How to be a cheerleader for your event
  • How to communicate with your volunteers

How to create a volunteer job matrix

  • How to set up a volunteer matrix spreadsheet
  • How to identify volunteer jobs
  • How to schedule volunteer jobs

How to use work with your volunteers the day of the event

  • How to create a comfort room
  • How to create a command center
  • How to show your appreciation to volunteers again and again


12. Align Your Work: Step 2 to Being A High Impact Manager and Leader

September 12, 1:00 PM ET

Feel like making progress should be easier? It could be that something within your organization is out of alignment. Join our webinar to learn why alignment is your secret weapon and how to use it to expand your influence!

13. Introduction to Fundraising Planning

September 12, 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

14. Creating a Powerful Case for Your Capital Campaign

September 12, 2:00 PM ET

How do you brand your capital (or other very large) campaign so it inspires donors to act, and without pilfering from annual giving? What printed or digital tools do you need in the quiet and public phases? How do you inspire major donors to become campaign ambassadors?

This session will focus on developing your case for support strategically to close big gifts with confidence, and will address these questions and more. It is appropriate for anyone who is new to capital campaign planning and management and anticipating working on a  campaign with a target of 5 to 500 million dollars.

You’ll learn:

  • How to approach branding your capital campaign so it aligns with your organization’s voice but doesn’t conflict with your annual giving
  • What collateral is most important during quiet and public phases
  • How to use the case for support to engage your lead donors and set them up to ask others with confidence


15. Building Trust to Skyrocket Fundraising Results

September 13, 1:00 PM ET

Want to build and strengthen trust with your donors quickly? Struggle to get client stories from your program staff? Are your board members reluctant to introduce you to others?

Tammy Zonker will teach you the fundamental process of building trust and watch your relationships and fundraising results soar.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the neuropsychology of trust.
  • Understand the relationship between trust and loyalty.
  • Reveal your most authentic self and develop true connections.
  • Receive strategies for strengthening relationships with staff, board and donors built on trust and partnership.
  • Create more robust partnership and collaboration within your organization.

16. The Great Divide: Bridging Intergenerational Gaps to Fully Engage Your Volunteers

September 13, 1:00 PM ET

Need to do a better job with volunteer succession planning? Do you struggle with bridging the gap between different generations of volunteers? Our free webinar will give you new strategies to help create a more engaging volunteer program for all ages.

This workshop will consider how to successfully implement volunteer succession planning by bridging the gap between millennial and boomer volunteers. By investigating and implementing innovative methods of engagement, your organization can facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience between the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow. We'll explore how to do this by creating desirable, value-added experiences to develop strong volunteer-centred engagement programs that are aligned with the Canadian Code of Volunteer standards (CCVI) best practices. In this webinar, we will also discuss ways to engage the growing population of millennial (and younger!) volunteers such as micro-volunteer opportunities, ambassador programs, and leaders of tomorrow programs, and learn how to connect these successes to the development of a fully engaged volunteer program.

17. 3 Easy Ways to Retain More Members Using Software

September 13, 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

18. Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement

September 13, 2:00 PM ET

Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization's overall strategic plan.

What You'll Learn:

  • Why a strategic plan for volunteer engagement is important.
  • How 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.


19. Reframing the Story: Investment in Black Men And Boys is Vital to Whole Community Health

September 13, 2:00 PM ET

The ecosystem of nonprofit organizations in the United States is growing at a rapid rate, and the assets of philanthropic institutions continue to grow as well. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested by philanthropy into many of these nonprofit institutions in the name of change and social justice.  Yet, a walk through any of the projects in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or any other major city of the United States will quickly reveal that not much has changed for the residents of these underrepresented communities. Why?

In their latest article, “Paid in Full”, published by Stanford Social Innovation Review, Dorian Burton and Brian C.B. Barnes argue that there is a lack of dimensionality, authentic community engagement, and a neglect to map out a comprehensive approach to change that is missing from the strategies set forth by our philanthropic and social sector institutions. In this webinar, Dorian Burton, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of TandemEd., and Assistant Executive Director at Keenen Charitable Trust, along with Shawn Dove, CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Dr. Brian Barnes, Co-Founder and CEO of TandemEd, Trabian Shorters, CEO of BMe Community, and Anthony Smith, CEO of Cities United, will come together to discuss the importance of redirecting philanthropic investments for justice-oriented collective action and impact, and how that translates in the real world.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the seven elements of the paid-in-full investment strategy, and how to apply this approach to your work, as a grantmaker, nonprofit, government, or community-based entity. Finally, they will also talk about why investing in black men and boys is a key component of justice-oriented collective action, and vital to whole community health.

Upon completion of this webinar you should be able to:

  • Describe tangible strategies for placemaking and building community health
  • Recognize how and why you should move to Asset Framing rather than Deficit-Based Narratives
  • Identify the barriers and opportunities to investing in building equitable communities
  • Plan how to reorient your institution for equitable change and investments in the field

20. LinkedIn Marketing Concepts for Nonprofit Professionals

September 13, 3:00 PM ET

You: One person making a difference: appear the best you can on LinkedIn: approachable, active as you achieve your personal career milestones.

Us: The power of the organization's message on LinkedIn: well-coordinated, inspiring, successful; its image to the business community: on-point, concise, everyone in the organization reflecting the mission in their own personal profiles.

Them: All people who have not yet contributed to your cause but are available to you to research, selectively market to; when inspired by your cause, they offer their expertise, time, and money.

Are the three compatible? Yes, if you use the smart LinkedIn concepts.

Cohesive? This will take work, but it is attainable. You must feed and cultivate it continually.

Collaborative? Ah, the best of all worlds, all of us rowing the boat in the same direction.

Presented by Marc Halpert, this talk will be based on his newest book, “You, Us, Them: LinkedIn Marketing Concepts for Nonprofit Professionals Who Really Want to Make a Difference,“ available in paper or Kindle on Amazon.

21. Motivate Monday

September 17, 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. Pave the Way for a Successful #GivingTuesday

September 18, 1:00 PM ET

#GivingTuesday is the biggest giving day of the year and just months away. We’re kicking off the countdown with a session to teach you how to maximize the next few months to lay the foundation for a successful day of giving. Join Dana Ostomel, founder of Deposit a Gift and Firespring’s leading authority on crowdfunding, to learn the 10 most important components to creating an empathetic, engaged and responsive community that is ready to help you knock it out of the park. We promise: You’ll walk away confident about getting started planning your #GivingTuesday campaign.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to get to know your donors and cultivate your network.
  • Why a consistent communication plan matters.
  • How to establish a brand your community connects to.
  • Steps to generate loyalty that pays dividends.
  • How to change your community’s relationship dynamics.
  • What to do tactically to set up the campaign early.

23. Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook

September 18, 2:00 PM ET

When was the last time you reviewed your Volunteer Handbook or Policies and Procedures Manual? It’s probably been too long. Learn how to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them. A good Volunteer Handbook can also help you better identify and deal with challenging volunteers. Whether you’re just starting to create a Handbook or if you’re looking for best practices on information to include, this webinar will evaluate the Handbook you have and help you create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to create a living document that can help both paid and volunteer staff be better informed and know what is expected of them.
  • How to deal with challenging volunteers.
  • How to evaluate the Handbook you have.
  • How to create a stronger framework for your volunteer engagement program.

24. How to Write Compelling Fundraising Letters

September 18, 2:00 PM ET

Many schools still send fundraising letters to parents and alumni via snail mail but have no way to know whether the letters are effective. In this webinar, you'll learn how to write fundraising letters that will compel parents and alumni to take action and donate to your school.

25. Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes

September 18, 2:00 PM ET

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

What You'll Learn:

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


26. Fundraising Innovation: A Practical Guide to Live Stream P2P Giving

September 18, 3:00 PM ET

Live video streaming, as a cultural phenomenon and industry is growing rapidly with the leading commercial site Twitch reaching 150 million monthly active users, and 2.2 million broadcasters. In parallel, organizations like Direct Relief, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, St Judes, and Save the Children are raising millions of dollars each year via their virtual P2P fundraising programs on  Twitch and other live video stream platforms.

In this session, we’ll explain Live Video Streaming, share fundraising best practices from nonprofit industry leaders, and explain why virtual event fundraising is cheaper and more scalable than traditional P2P event fundraising.


27. Introduction to Finding Grants

September 19, 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 in this introductory course.

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.


28. Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

September 19, 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

29. 10 "Magic Wand" Questions to Transform Your Good Ideas Into Great Grant-Funded Projects!

September 20, 12:00 PM ET

Have a good idea you'd love to turn into a great grant proposal ... but not sure how?

Join veteran grants pro and grantmaker Maryn Boess as she shares the 10 simple, powerful "Magic Wand" questions at the heart of every single grant proposal ... questions that will transform your good ideas into clear, compelling and fundable project plans - and jump-start your grants success

Whether you're a complete grants newbie or a long-time grants pro, The Quick-Start Guide to the One-Page Grant Proposal will show you the exact planning template to transform your good ideas into great project plans ... and A+ grant proposals! In this fast-paced, information-packed 90-minute training: 

You'll be introduced to the simple but incredibly powerful One-Page Magic Wand Worksheet that has won grants of $2,000 ... $30,000 ... $144,000 ... and more! ... for nonprofits like yours.

You'll learn the 7 questions that bring clarity ... depth ... and power ... to your own best thinking about a successful project or funding need.

We'll pull back the curtain on the 8 questions that give you "x-ray vision" into the minds of grantmakers, so you can deliver what they really want - every time.

You'll learn the one question that helps you zero in on the grantmakers most likely to say an enthusiastic "Yes!" to your request for funding.

You'll discover 6 surprising ways nonprofits have discovered (and you can borrow) to put this Magic Wand to work for your organization and your community.

Along the way we'll bust a few grantseeking myths: The Myth of the A+ Proposal ... the Myth of the Hard-Working Grantmaker ... and the Myth of It's-Just-Wrong-to-Be-Messy.

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

September 20, 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

31. How Wild Apricot's Membership Management Software Can Save You 20 Hours a Week

September 20, 2:00 PM ET

Are you the one who ends up staying late to get all the work done at your membership organization? Things like processing registrations, designing newsletters, and updating your website?

In this webinar, we'll show you how a typical membership manager uses Wild Apricot, the #1 rated membership management software, to automate 90% of these tasks to save 20 hours a week or more.

In this free 1-hour webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Completely automate payments for dues and events
  • Connect your website with your database so member records update automatically
  • Set up automated welcome emails and reminders for overdue payments
  • Create online registration forms and go completely paperless

32. Look Before You Leap: What You Need to Know Before You Write That Grant

September 20, 11:00 AM PT

Jumping into grant writing without an understanding of the process and obligations can be a costly mistake for many nonprofit organizations. During this webinar, Alice Ruhnke, Founder and Owner of The Grant Advantage, will discuss common misconceptions in the grant seeking process, requirements most funders expect nonprofit organizations will fulfill, and how to move from simply being eligible to apply to creating strong, competitive applications. During the 90-minutes, participants will not only gain knowledge, but also receive resources to help them in their grant seeking journey.

33. Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities

September 20, 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

34. Succeeding With Nonprofit Grants in 2018

September 20, 2:00 PM ET

Nonprofits of all sizes can turn to grant funding as a revenue stream to support service delivery. However, the grant application process is highly competitive and requires a significant investment of time and resources. As a nonprofit leader, you don’t have extra time or resources to spare, so it’s imperative that the process works.

Is your organization in the grant cycle?  Are you wondering how to even participate in grant funding?  There is a lot more to the process than filling out paperwork. In this leadership webinar, we will show you what today’s funders expect with grant applications and much more.

Who should attend? This session is designed for any nonprofit organization wanting to succeed with grant writing.

This webinar covers:

  • The process of researching available grants
  • Structures for writing grants including the time required to complete an application
  • Establishing relationships and determining the best fits for grantors and grantees
  • How to work with an outside consultant or bring the professional process of grant writing in-house
  • How grants are actually processed and managed by funders


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35. The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits

September 20, 2:30 PM ET

Most nonprofits that 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.
  • Tips for measuring your blog’s performance

36. Flash Class: Rose City Philanthropy

September 20, 3:00 PM ET

Jeri Alcock & Lara Miller, nonprofit consultants, share their expertise from 30 years of combined experience consulting to and working in mission-driven institutions.

37. Motivate Monday

September 24, 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


38.  The Power of Community: Why Social Media Isn’t Enough

September 25th, 11:30 AM CST

865 million fake news posts.

87 million accounts with their information sold.

User rates shrinking by 20 percent in key demographics.

Social media is an important part of any organization’s outreach and engagement strategy but if you’re relying on social alone for your online community it may be time to reconsider. Community is about building a loyal following, growing and cultivating a supportive environment while helping members and furthering your organization’s mission and strategic initiatives. It’s connecting your constituents to the causes they’re passionate about, creating opportunities to share information, learn from one another and deepen relationships.

And in a social media world overcrowded with messages and controversy, and where pay-to-play is increasingly important, creating that experience for your members can be hard to do.

Whether you’re heavily invested in hosting your online community on sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, feel increasingly uncomfortable putting all your eggs in the social media basket or already recognize a private community may be right for you, we’re here to help.

Join Personify as we:

  • Explore the differences between community and social media – and discuss which channel may be best for what activity
  • Investigate the limitations of a social-media-only approach to online community
  • Discover how to enjoy the best of both worlds, using a private community to drive action and social media to get people there


39. Fundraising 101: Fundraising Metrics - How Do You Measure Up?

September 25, 1:00 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.


40. 6 Biggest Mistakes Executive Directors Make (And How to Avoid Them)

September 25, 2:00 PM ET

Being an executive director is hard and isolating. There is usually no manual, no orientation and it feels like sink or swim. Also, sometimes it’s unclear who the ED reports to! No wonder EDs make mistakes. Luckily, you can avoid 6 of the most common ED mistakes by signing up for our free webinar on September 25 with nonprofit expert Sean Kosofsky.

In this free webinar, you will learn:

  • Concrete steps to prevent and fix the 6 common mistakes EDs make
  • A holistic approach to “tuning up” your organizations for better performance
  • Pro tips on how to reduce stress on the job

41. Creative and Innovative Recognition Strategies for Today's Volunteers

September 25, 2:00 PM ET

Are you doing the right things to recognize the work volunteers do for your organization? Are your recognition strategies and events stuck in the past? In this webinar we'll discuss what motivates today's volunteers and discuss strategies for matching recognition to motivation. We'll also share examples and ideas to incorporate creative and meaningful recognition into your volunteer engagement strategy

What You'll Learn:

  • Matching modern volunteer's motivation to recognition events
  • How to update and breathe new life into your recognition events

42. 7 Steps to a Written Fundraising Plan with Sandy Rees

September 25, 1:00 PM ET

Many nonprofits struggle to create a fundraising plan and put it in writing, yet the benefits are tremendous. A written plan shifts you from being reactive and dealing with the crisis of the day to being proactive and working purposefully toward the results you want.

In this session, you’ll learn how to follow 7 simple steps to put together a written plan for raising the money you need in the coming year without constantly selling something or begging online. We’ll cover goal setting, action plans and ways to keep your plan on track, plus you’ll get some worksheets and checklists that will make the process easy.

43. How to Attract, Cultivate, and Wow Sponsors

September 25, 3:00 PM ET

Do you dread finding sponsors for your next event? Are you tired of the standard "Gold, Silver and Bronze" packages and have a sneaking suspicion that your potential sponsors are too? There’s a better way, and you can learn it during this Flash Class!

Joanna Hogan specializes in fundraising and sponsor development and is presenting this Flash Class to help you do just that. She will walk you  through her step-by-step process to Identify, Attract, and Wow your sponsors so that the process is fun for you and for them, and gives you both the results you want.

You’ll learn how to:

Find and acquire new sponsors

Create an inventory of meaningful benefits

Write compelling proposals

Create sponsor loyalty

… and more!

You will gain a new perspective, additional skills, and more confidence.

44. The Non-Obvious Guide to Improving Employee Engagement

September 26, 12:00 PM ET

We spend nearly $1 billion every year trying to improve engagement, yet we haven’t moved the needle in decades, and here’s why—we’re trying to fix the wrong things. In this provocative session, author Jamie Notter will share a new model from his most recent book that blows past the existing (and way too obvious) thinking about engagement. We’ll tie in culture, success drivers, and a practical model for making lasting changes that produce results.


45. Use Your Superpowers: Step 3 to Being a High Impact Manager and Leader

September 26, 1:00 PM ET

"What can we do today to maximize our impact?"

Starting the day by asking questions like this is one way high impact managers and leaders use their superpowers to make a difference. Join our free webinar to learn:

  • The three things that make up high impact mindset
  • What tools need to be in your toolbox
  • How to diagnose which of your superpowers best fits a situation and take action


46. Introduction to Proposal Writing

September 26, 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


47. Free Tools to Create High Performing Nonprofit Content in Minutes

September 6, 2:00 PM ET

In a recent Academy survey of nonprofit leaders, 36% of respondents said they struggled with content strategy and creation. An additional 50% of respondents struggled with having the time and capacity to create valuable content.  When you are facing challenges like these, it’s hard to even know where to start.

In our next leadership webinar, we will show you how to expose the content marketing strategies of successful nonprofits. Then we will demonstrate what free technology is available to help you manage and create high performing content.

Who should attend? This session is designed for any nonprofit organization wanting to maximize resources and increase revenue with strategic use of content and free technology.

This webinar covers:

  • How to expose the content strategy of successful nonprofits in your sector and then create a customized strategy for your nonprofit.
  • How to create your unique donor journey and what content to use in each phase of the journey.
  • What free technology is available to help you manage and create content.

48. How to Design a No-Fail Capital Campaign and 3 Truths You Need to Know

September 27, 1:00 PM ET

Presented by Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt, this class will cover:

  • The real reasons why capital campaigns fail without a good plan in place… and how you can create a fail-proof plan
  • How to identify leadership level gifts and how you can train your board members to help
  • Why you don’t need a “money board” to lead a successful capital campaign
  • How our clients are completing  multi-million dollar capital campaigns and the secret to how they’re doing it even without much campaign experience

49. Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine

September 27, 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

And that's it, folks! If you know of any other free nonprofit webinars happening in September, feel free to shoot me an email at mtatiana [at] wildapricot.com and I'll add them to the list.

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Tatiana Morand

Posted by Tatiana Morand

Published Wednesday, 29 August 2018 at 10:32 AM
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