51 Free Nonprofit Webinars for October 2018

Tatiana Morand 25 September 2018 0 comments

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

Want to grow your membership faster than ever before? Join our five-day Membership Growth Online Summit from November 12th to 16th to learn strategies that will help you grow like top organizations from a variety of experts . 

Other topics this month include getting started with major gifts, how to engage Muslims in your mission, and how you can create effective gift acknowledgements. 

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

 

1. Motivate Monday

October 1, 1:00 PM

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

 

2. How to Get Donor Visits & Knock Them Out of the Park

October 2, 11:00 AM

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a session focused on figuring out who you should talk to, getting the meeting, figuring out what questions to ask and following up afterward.  Chad will walk you step by step through the process he has successfully used for years as he works to raise support for a charity.

 

3. Building a Successful Grants Program 101

October 2, 12:00 PM

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.

 

4. Introduction to Project Budgets

October 3, 2:00 PM  

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, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

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

 

5. Getting Ready for #GivingTuesday

October 3, 2:00 PM  

Approaching its seventh year on November 27, 2018, #GivingTuesday has become a great way to attract new donors or get special gifts from donors who already support you. In this webinar, Farra Trompeter, Vice President at Big Duck, Bhavik Lathia, Digital Director at Color of Change, and Jessica Schneider, Director of Strategy and Collaboration at 92Y (creator of #GivingTuesday), will provide an overview as well as some practical examples, tips, and tactics you can use to leverage this international day of giving. From online fundraising and social media promotion to board engagement and volunteer/staff participation, we’ll help you jumpstart your planning and leave time to answer your burning questions.

You’ll learn:

  • Why your nonprofit should participate in #GivingTuesday
  • How other nonprofits have used #GivingTuesday to raise money and get people involved
  • Steps you can take before, during, and after #GivingTuesday to engage your community

 

6. How Do I Prepare My Organisation For Corporate Sponsorship? 

October 3, 8:00 PM

Is the lack of support for sponsorship in your organisation making it hard to move forward with partnerships?

Do you feel overwhelmed about the amount that needs to be done in the little time you have available to dedicate to sponsorship?

Are you struggling to work out what benefits a sponsor might be interested in?

Not sure who to approach within a company to speak about sponsorship, or how to go about it?

There is one common element missing in every failed corporate fundraising strategy: a plan. And if you answered yes to any of the above, then you are in the right place to join this free webinar!

As a sector we are flat out saving lives, researching cures, protecting the environment and making our world a better place.  AND we are trying to do all that on a shoestring budget, with increasing demands on our time, and ever diminishing resources.  It’s no wonder that we feel like developing a plan is superfluous to needs! With everything that we’re juggling, surely it’s a better use of our time to just start developing a list of prospects and sending out proposals, so we can connect with sponsors now?

Luckily, we are living in a time where the sponsorship landscape is quickly shifting in our favour.  Consumers are demanding that their favourite brands stop operating from a place of ‘profit at all costs’, and start becoming part of the conversation that helps relieve our social, environmental and animal welfare problems.

With all this change, our approach to corporates needs to change. The ways companies are marketing to their customers is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Now is NOT the time to stay with the same old bronze, silver and gold proposals, we have to create a smart plan for using our limited resources to maximum benefit!

Now, more than ever before, your organisation, charity or association is in a position to be a valuable marketing partner to the right brand and create transformational partnerships that actually propel you towards your mission (rather than help keep your head above water for one more event.)

 

7. Volunteering & the Sustainable Development Goals

October 4, 1:00 PM

When we look at the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that Canada and others committed to achieving by 2030, there is not a single goal that does not involve volunteers. Volunteers contribute to eliminating poverty, advocating for human rights, protecting the planet, and creating thriving and resilient communities. In 2017, Volunteer Canada began to collaborate with Employment and Social Development Canada to explore the link between volunteer activities of Canadians and the SDGs. This webinar will provide an overview of our early findings and support organizations and those who engage volunteers in examining the relevance to their missions.

The learning objectives for this webinar include:

  • To gain insight into the relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the Canadian context
  • To increase awareness of how volunteers are contributing to these goals
  • To explore the concept of promoting volunteering within the framework of the SDGs

 

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

October 4, 2:00 PM

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

 

9. Motivate Monday

October 8, 1:00 PM

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 Your Nonprofit Can Get $10K Per Month In Free Google Advertising

October 9, 1:00 PM

As a nonprofit, have you ever wanted a six-figure marketing budget without the six-figure price tag?

Google Grants gives nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google search results. If you think it would be valuable for your nonprofit to be listed at the top of the search results, this webinar is for you!

During this information-packed webinar, Simon Choy, founder of ConnectAd - who manages over $2M in annual Google Grants funding - will tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the actual process of applying for the grant.

Simon will also highlight a few best practices and inside tips when using Google Grants and tell you about a professional service that is proven to help nonprofits effectively maximize the value of their Ad Grant.

Attendees can expect to learn:

Informational

  • What is Google Ad Grants?
  • How do Google Ads work?
  • Why is Google Grants an essential nonprofit marketing tool?
  • Case studies: How other nonprofits have benefited.

Instructional

  • Step-by-step details of the application process.
  • What is required to succeed with Google Grants?
  • Details about a professional service that manages Google Grants to save you time and provide an amazing ROI.

Nonprofits big and small have a lot to gain from Google Grants, and we’ve been told by many organizations that it’s like leaving free money on the table when they don’t take advantage of the opportunity. Donors, volunteers, and supporters alike who use Google to search online can now be reached and engaged using your Google ads, and Google Grants can be used to tackle marketing problems such as raising awareness, growing online donations, building email lists, increasing volunteer registration, selling event tickets and much more.

 

11. Inside the Mind of a Major Donor

October 9, 2:00 PM  

Everybody knows that relationships are the key when it comes to major donor success. However, most fundraisers are missing the boat by not working from the donor's perspective. Schuyler Lehman will lead this session with the aim of understanding how to cultivate deep and trusting relationships with your biggest donors. He will share the five important insights he's learned from closing hundreds  of seven- and eight-figure commitments for organizations of all sizes.

 

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

October 9, 2:00 PM

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.

 

13. 7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops)

October 10, 1:00 PM

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

 

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14. Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers

October 10, 2:00 PM

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

 

15. Introduction to Corporate Giving

October 10, 2:00 PM

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

 

16. Motorcycle Ride to Impact

October 10, 3:00 PM

So what is it you want for your nonprofit cause? I suspect it’s “more impact”.  You’re looking to be truly transformative. That’s terrific. I applaud you!

There’s good news and bad news. First the good news: You can do it!

Now the bad news: You probably won’t.

Why? Because you’re going about your fundraising in ways that won’t deliver the resource required for success. Sustained and scaling income.

Join us as Larry Johnson, Founder of The Eight Principles takes you on a whirlwind motorcycle ride to the Land Of Impact. He’ll show you how you build a fundraising machine that is simple, powerful and lasting.

Warning: This session WILL challenge many of your closest held assumptions.  You should only attend IF:

  • You REALLY want success
  • You’re READY to take the actions required to achieve it
  • You want to be wildly successful in putting a dent in the universe

 

17. What it Takes to Be a Thought Leader

October 10, 3:00 PM

We often get asked: "What does it really take to be a thought leader?" In this webinar, Wakeman Agency CEO and She Roars Founder, Vanessa Wakeman, is giving you the answers!

This is your opportunity to gain an understanding of thought leadership and assess your readiness to begin your journey as a thought leader. 

During the free 45-minute webinar, you'll learn:

- an overview of thought leadership
- the responsibilities of a thought leader
- the dollars and sense of thought leadership (yes, it can help you with fundraising)
- the value of thought leadership for social change
- why you might be resisting beginning a thought leadership journey

We will also have some time for some Q&A so get your questions ready. 

If you feel even the slightest tug toward building a thought leadership platform, then this webinar is for you. 

 

18. The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit

October 11, 2:00 PM

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?

 

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

October 11, 2:00 PM

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

 

20. Technology and Scale in Microenterprise: Lessons Learned from Grameen America

October 11, 2:00 PM

In its 10th anniversary year, Grameen America is reaching the milestone of investing $1 billion in the businesses of more than 100,000 low-income women entrepreneurs. The microfinance organization is on an upward and continued trajectory of growth, and they have been able to expand due to a number of factors that include investing in strong leadership, highly-skilled human capital, a culture of innovation, and, not least of all, technological platforms and tools that facilitate efficiency and financial sustainability. Join us for a conversation with Grameen America, funders, and microenterprise leaders as we discuss technology and growth in the microfinance sector. We’ll discuss:

  • Partnering for scale
  • Technology platforms that enable product delivery, digitization of operations, and a seamless customer experience
  • Lessons learned on a journey to expansion

 

21. Motivate Monday

October 15, 1:00 PM

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. How Your Nonprofit Can Get $10K Per Month In Free Google Advertising

October 16, 1:00 PM

As a nonprofit, have you ever wanted a six-figure marketing budget without the six-figure price tag?

Google Grants gives nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google search results. If you think it would be valuable for your nonprofit to be listed at the top of the search results, this webinar is for you!

During this information-packed webinar, Simon Choy, founder of ConnectAd - who manages over $2M in annual Google Grants funding - will tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the actual process of applying for the grant.

Simon will also highlight a few best practices and inside tips when using Google Grants and tell you about a professional service that is proven to help nonprofits effectively maximize the value of their Ad Grant.

Attendees can expect to learn:

Informational

  • What is Google Ad Grants?
  • How do Google Ads work?
  • Why is Google Grants an essential nonprofit marketing tool?
  • Case studies: How other nonprofits have benefited.

Instructional

  • Step-by-step details of the application process.
  • What is required to succeed with Google Grants?
  • Details about a professional service that manages Google Grants to save you time and provide an amazing ROI.

Nonprofits big and small have a lot to gain from Google Grants, and we’ve been told by many organizations that it’s like leaving free money on the table when they don’t take advantage of the opportunity. Donors, volunteers, and supporters alike who use Google to search online can now be reached and engaged using your Google ads, and Google Grants can be used to tackle marketing problems such as raising awareness, growing online donations, building email lists, increasing volunteer registration, selling event tickets and much more.

 

23. Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions

October 16, 2:00 PM

A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used.

This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.

Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program.

What You'll Learn:

  • What should go into a good position description.
  • Why should you have a position description for all of your volunteer opportunities
  • How can a position description help you recruit and train volunteers?

 

24. How to Attract, Cultivate and Wow Sponsors

October 16, 11:00 AM

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 webinar!

Joanna Hogan specializes in fundraising and sponsor development and is presenting this webinar to help you do just that. She will walk you through her step-by-step process to identify, attract and wow your sponsors so the process is fun for you and for them, as well as 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.
  • You will gain a new perspective, additional skills and more confidence.

 

25. Stewarding the #GivingTuesday Donor

October 16, 12:00 PM

What happens after #GivingTuesday? Sustaining your annual donors and engaging your first-time donors can be a challenge. Organizations, of all sizes, should have an effective stewardship plan that keeps the two-way conversation going. A healthy retention rate relies on communication, personalization and motivation. Join this webinar for tips on how keep reoccurring donors involved and turning your first-time givers into sustained donors.

 

26. 12 Steps to Stay Safer Online

October 16, 2:00 PM

Proper digital security is an essential piece of building a trustworthy organization. Nonprofits and charities rely on the goodwill of their donors and constituents to support them and their missions, so it’s crucial that they have access to tools that will protect their data and infrastructure. In this webinar, Michael Enos, Senior Director of Community and Platforms at TechSoup, will teach you practical tools that your organization can use to ensure online security. We’ll cover several major areas of digital security, including:

  • Social Media Safety
  • Maintaining Security In and Out Of the Office
  • Safety on the Cloud
  • Data Privacy and Protection

 

27. Now What? A Look at Post-Screening Projects to Squeeze Value

October 16, 3:00 PM

Often, after a screening, the Research team dives into the records one by one.Though this follow up is essential, there is a lot of information in a screening that can be reviewed right away and used in a variety of ways to forward an organization's fundraising efforts, including:

  1. Re-assessing an organization's capacity ratings using asset details from the screening;
  2. Getting an overview of  the asset and income make up of an organization's constituents
  3. Segmenting the prospect pool based on overall results.

Join Marianne Pelletier of Staupell, a DonorSearch partner company, to discover ways to reduce time spent reviewing records, re-use screening results for segmentation and constituency assessment, and recycle capacity ratings for better gift planning.

 

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28. Decoding Grant Management: Advice from a Federal Grant Insider

October 17, 1:00 PM

Bestselling author Lucy Morgan will lead a talk about the latest and greatest information surrounding the management of federal grants. Lucy will outline key concepts from her novel, Decoding Grant Management, which has helped hundreds of nonprofits thrive in a challenging federal funding environment.

This webinar will cover:

  • The new age of accountability
  • Performance measurements for your grant office
  • Grant application best practices

...and more!

 

29. Introduction to Fundraising Planning

October 17, 3:00 PM

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

 

30. 5 Steps to a Wildly Successful Bequest Fundraising Program

October 18, 10:00 AM

Maybe you've been told "planned giving" is so complex you need highly trained specialists to create a working program -- NOT TRUE!  
 
Getting a profitable bequest program up and running is surprisingly easy! You can have a crazily profitable program up and running in 60 days (or less) with what you'll learn in this webinar. Everything here is 100% doable by non-experts. Your intelligence and energy will get the job done!
 
Beat the Guilt! Be a Legend! 

Ever thought that you should already have a bequest program, but don't know how to start, and don't have the time or budget to figure it out? Everyone knows how important bequests can be for nonprofits like yours. Just a handful of average-sized bequests can be a game-changer for your organization. But how do you make it happen? This webinar will show you exactly how! It's not difficult, and it won't eat up all your time. It will turn you into a fundraising superhero when the bequests start coming in! 

It's not about death! Bequests are about life... and donors love talking about them!  

Tap into the psychological truth that leads donors to joyfully leave a gift to you in their wills. You'll be amazed how easy it is to start conversations about bequests. 

Don't be overwhelmed -- be successful! 
 
If you've been afraid that creating a bequest fundraising program is a bigger job than you can handle, think again! This webinar will give you the steps (just 5 of them!) that will have you up and running in a matter of weeks. And you'll be able to do the rest of your job at the same time!    

 

31. The Value of Volunteering

October 18, 1:00 PM  

When placing a value on volunteering, it has become common place to use a wage replacement formula, multiplying the number of volunteer hours by an hourly wage (using minimum wage or industry pay rate scales) and to come up with a dollar value for the volunteer time. Others have tried to calculate the fair market value for the service provided (a tutoring session, a meal delivered, a strategic planning session facilitated). While talking about the thousands, millions, or billions of dollars worth of time or service given captures people's’ attention, it still falls short of capturing the full story. This webinar will provide an overview of the models and tools available to measure impact, provide highlights from the Conference Board of Canada’s recent discussion paper, The Value of Volunteering, and introduce participants to the Value of Volunteering Wheel, launched during National Volunteer Week 2018.

At this webinar we will:

  • Explore different types of value generated from volunteering
  • Describe challenges in calculating the value and impact of volunteering
  • Identify models and tools available to help measure the impact of volunteering

 

32. Capital Campaign Communications: Creating a Powerful Case for Support

October 18, 1:00 PM   

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 how to communicate with your donors 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.

Learning objectives:

  1. What all communications around a capital campaign must do
  2. Three core ingredients needed to engage major donors
  3. Most essential tools you'll want during quiet and public phases of your campaign

 

33. 3 Easy Ways to Retain More Members Using Software

October 18, 2:00 PM  

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

 

34. Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program

October 18, 2:00 PM

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

What You'll Learn:

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

 

35. How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition

October 18, 2:30 PM  

In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10% increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors. Jay is ready to teach you:

  • How to establish a powerful and engaging web presence that retains donors.
  • What we can learn from the annual Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report from AFP.
  • Why donors leave and what to do about it.
  • 6 key drivers that can double the lifetime value of your donors.
  • Methods for creating repeat donors.

 

36. 8 Anchors for a Successful Campaign

October 18, 3:00 PM   

It is what you do before you embark on a campaign that ensures success. That's why Jeff Jowdy from Lighthouse Counsel is here! In this Flash Class, we will be taking a look at eight different anchors in campaign planning that, when in place, set the stage for campaign success.

 

37. Motivate Monday

October 22, 1:00 PM

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

October 22, 2:00 PM

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

 

39. Muslim Philanthropy: An Act of Faith

October 23, 2:00 PM

Position your charity to be more diverse and take a lead in promoting cross cultural and interreligious avenues to enhance your outreach. Learn about religious philanthropic traditions and charitable practices in Islam. As one of the largest global religions, and most misunderstood, this timely discussion will provide insight into engaging Muslims in your mission.

Upon completion of this webinar you should be able to:

  • Describe the philanthropic traditions in Islam
  • Promote cross-cultural outreach within your organization
  • Develop a plan of action to engage your local Muslim community


40. Introduction to Finding Grants

October 24, 2:00 PM

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.

 

41. How to Turn Event Guests Into Donors

October 24, 3:00 PM

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy-to-follow strategy that helped organizations engage event guests and turn them into donors?  

In this free 45-minute live webinar, event planning expert A.J. Steinberg will show you how to make guests feel the love at your event and turn that into long-term supporters.

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

  • How to apply donor-centric messaging to your event
  • How to pivot from “us” to “you”
  • How to use appreciation in all of your event elements
  • How to get “up close and personal” with the art of appreciation
  • How face-to-face beats smart phones every time
  • How to switch from “mobile phone mentality” to real time engagement
  • How to use mingle-time to build community
  • How to use post-event engagement to keep the love flowing
  • How to use AJ’s awesome post-event protocol to turn guests into donors

 

42. Are Bigfoot and Major Gifts Mere Legends? Three Truths About Setting Up A Strong Individual Giving Program

October 24, 3:00 PM

Major gifts can often seem like Bigfoot—there is a legend that they exist, other organizations seem to get large gifts, but there’s just not enough evidence that it’s real to you. According to Giving USA, individual donors comprise 75% of all philanthropy each and every year.  Rarely do donors make major gifts as first-time contributions or to organizations they’ve just gotten to know. If potential major donors are right under your noses, who are they? How do you learn who your donors are and which ones have the potential for greater investment in your work?

Join Barbara O’Reilly, Principal, Windmill Hill Consulting, LLC, as she discusses:

  • what matters to donors and how that affects their giving decisions;
  • how to build an individual fundraising strategy that focuses on increasing donor retention;
  • creating greater engagement with your current donors so they are inspired to increase their giving.

We will explore three core truths to help you shape a multi-channel individual donor engagement plan that attracts, inspires, and retains donors at all levels from Annual Fund supporters to mid-level donors and ultimately major gifts investors.

 

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43. Joining the Crowd

October 25, 1:00 PM

This decade has seen huge growth in personal crowdfunding as a way for individuals to get help from their friends and families. Learn how organizations around the world are using personal crowdfunding to create new avenues for donor acquisition and revenue. No matter the campaign, from lemonade stands to giving days, crowdfunding campaigns can provide your supporters with endless ways to raise funds for your mission.

 

44. Data Enrichment 101: Best Practices to Optimize Your Donor Database

October 25, 1:00 PM

Your database is a gold mine of insight. It can help you understand your constituents, connect with them in meaningful ways, and optimize your fundraising programs.

Join us for this one-hour webinar, where you'll get tips and best practices for evaluating data hygiene, implementing a data clean-up plan, and performing regular database maintenance. With a comprehensive data clean-up plan in place, you'll be well on your way to joining the thousands of nonprofits that use data effectively to optimize their fundraising programs.

 

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

October 25, 1:00 PM

Online fundraising is the fasting growing segment of giving. Donors of all ages are using their smartphones, tablets, and computers to connect with causes and to give money to fundraising campaigns.

During this free nonprofit webinar, you'll learn the tactics to successfully raise money online for your nonprofit, even if you are a small or midsize organization.

This webinar will detail the basics of an online fundraising campaign;  how social media & online tools can be used to raise more money; ways you can fit online giving into your long-term strategy; and Julia Campbell’s 10 steps to online fundraising success!

If you want to be a part of the next generation of nonprofit fundraisers,  you need to register for this FREE webinar right now.

Key Takeaways:

  • The basic components of a successful online fundraising campaign
  • Tools to use for online fundraising
  • Ways to use your website, email, blog, and social media channels to promote the online fundraising campaign
  • Examples from small and mid-sized nonprofits who have successfully raised money online
  • Julia’s 10 steps to online fundraising success, including recruiting and energizing Social Media Ambassadors

 

46. Is The Cloud Safe? Ensuring Security on the Cloud

October 25, 2:00 PM

When switching to the cloud, many nonprofits wonder how cloud apps and services, such as Microsoft Office 365, G Suite, Box, and Amazon Web Services, will affect their organization's security. Cloud apps and software offer a multitude of benefits to nonprofits when it comes to keeping their devices and data safe. In this 60-minute webinar hosted by Deena Thomchick, senior director of cloud security at Symantec, we will cover the many security benefits of switching to the cloud. You will learn

  • Benefits of adopting cloud apps and services
  • What you are responsible for and what your cloud provider is responsible for when it comes to security
  • Risks to look out for when using cloud apps and services
  • How to mitigate risks with security best practices for email, endpoints (including laptops and mobile devices), content, and users

 

47. The Art & Science of Effective Gift Acknowledgements

October 25, 3:00 PM

We all know that thanking donors is important, but how and when should we be thanking donors? How do different approaches to acknowledgements make people feel, and how does that impact future engagement?

In this session, Jay Love explores the latest research into donor behavior and effective gift acknowledgements, with special attention given to the recent groundbreaking findings of Jen Shang  and Adrian Sergeant. You’ll come away with practical takeaways to help you craft thank you’s that are both impactful and memorable!

We’ll cover:

  • the connection between thanking and retaining donors
  • what donors want out of the communications we send them
  • the ways in which surveys can play a role in thanking donors
  • the enlightening results of several gift acknowledgement experiments

 

48. Motivate Monday

October 29, 1:00 PM

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

 

49. Turning Supporters into Fundraisers this #GivingTuesday

October 30, 1:00 PM

#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! On November 27, you’ll have a small window of time to make a big impact, so make the most of every minute. Join us for a review of quick-win strategies and campaign essentials. Discover how your organization can empower supporters and turn them into fundraisers on one of the biggest giving days of the year.

 

50. 5 Trends Shaping a New Reality for Nonprofits

October 31, 10:30 AM

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 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.

 

51. Building a Superior Budget

October 31, 11:30 AM

How should your evaluate your budget and planning process?  Please bring your questions so we can have  candid conversation regarding budgeting.

We will cover the critical aspects of budgeting including:

A strong budget is an essential element for any nonprofit organization to achieve financial leadership. Superior budgets, though, have written plans about the core activities to include strategic, organizational, and program goals and how they will be financed.

Most financial leaders focus too much time on budget variance analysis and not enough time to anticipating or planning for the future. By anticipating or planning, organizations can focus on what’s upcoming regardless of its budget cycle or fiscal year end.  A budget can be complemented with rolling forecasts to better anticipate upcoming financial results.

Budgets also need to include cash flow projections, which maybe outside of the finance departments capacity or capabilities.  Financial leaders must have a direct role in developing useful cash flow projections and assumptions with frequent, detailed analysis.

Any cash flow shortage needs to be further evaluated to determine if it is just a timing difference or an actual cash deficit.  Shortfalls created by deficits need to be solved by budget adjustments or strategic choices to absorb a shortfall. An organization can determine timing or actual deficits by reviewing the budget to see if it had planned for or not.

Financial sustainability can only be achieved with a well-prepared and continuously monitored budget.  Conversely, a poorly developed budget can diminish mission focused activities opportunities and threaten long-term success.

This webinar will help Executive Directors, Finance Directors, and finance staff to develop and use a financial policies and procedures manual.  Savvy nonprofit leaders know that effective budgets and projections can be the difference between good and great performance.

How should you evaluate your budgeting process?  We will share our expertise and candid advice to better prepare you for this important role to your organization.

3 Key Things you will learn include:

1. Financial sustainability can be achieved with well prepared and monitored budget
2. Budgets should include cash flow projections
3. Best practices for a superior budgeting process

Immediately following the presentation on building a superior budget, we will host a discussion on budget refresher.

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

 

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Published Tuesday, 25 September 2018 at 4:44 PM

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