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37 Free Nonprofit Webinars for November 2018

Tatiana Morand 25 October 2018 0 comments

free nonprofit webinarsEvery 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 interesting topics this month include an introduction to funders who donate to capital expenses, preparing your website for #GivingTuesday, and how leadership styles can impact your nonprofit.

And now, here are all the free nonprofit webinars happening in November. Times are indicated in EST. 

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1. 10 Quick Tips to Supercharge Your Next Appeal Letter

November 1, 11:00 AM

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, to learn 10 quick tips that you can use to super charge your upcoming year end appeal. The tips will focus on both getting your donors to open your appeal and to respond to it.

2. Meet the Funders: Capital Funding

November 1, 1:00 PM

Finding funding for capital expenses is one of the most challenging fundraising efforts – in terms of time, scope and resources – an organization ever undertakes. So many funders say they don’t give for capital expenses or to capital campaigns. But a major gift from a foundation can be a life changer for your capital funding efforts, and can rally support from other lead donors towards your end goal.  Come meet three funders who make a concerted effort to provide grants for capital expenses, and find out why they give, and how you can identify and secure potential capital funding prospects for your own fundraising efforts.


3. Turn Your Website Into a Membership Growth Engine

November 1, 2:00 PM

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


4. Addressees and Salutations in a Nonbinary World

November 1, 3:00 PM

Correctly formatting names of donors and prospects is paramount to the success of your fundraising efforts. But what should those formats be? Melody McBeth discusses recommended formats, how to communicate this to your database staff, and what to do with special format requests.


5. Motivate Monday

November 5, 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

6. Building a Successful Grants Program 101

November 6, 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.

7. The Countdown Is On: A Procrastinator’s Guide to #GivingTuesday

November 6, 1:00 PM

#GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, will be here before you know it. In just a few short weeks on November 27, millions of people will support organizations they care about by giving some of their time, making a donation, using their voice to amplify a mission, etc.

The planning and execution of a successful #GivingTuesday awareness campaign can be daunting, especially if you are just getting started. But don’t worry, we’ve gathered experts from #GivingTuesday and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.  to share their experiences and help you make the most of the next few weeks to ensure your success.

Join us Tuesday, November 6 at 1pm ET for a crash course in executing a #GivingTuesday campaign on a tight timeline. 

On this webinar you’ll:
  • Review previous giving trends and a look at future of #GivingTuesday
  • Learn tangible strategies you can focus on today to maximize your #GivingTuesday success
  • Hear case studies from nonprofits that have seen success with planning a last-minute campaign

8. Missionizing Your Year-End Fundraising Events

November 6th, 2:00 PM

Are you already overwhelmed at the thought of the holiday season? Are you wondering how to juggle it all—year-end solicitation mailings, event invitations, grant proposal deadlines? Are you dreading having to put on another fundraising event?

Join Terry Axelrod, founder of Benevon, who will lead you through a step-by-step process for "missionizing" each of your events and designing a sustainable system of events that furthers your engagement of individual donors and grows major gifts.

By the end of this webinar, you will have learned:

  • An easy way to categorize the four basic types of nonprofit events
  • 17 soul-searching questions to ask about each event
  • Strategies for infusing your organization's unique mission into every event
  • How to design a year-round system of events that builds long-term donor relationships and decreases development staff burnout

Fundraising event checklist download


9. Your Capital Campaign: Are You Ready?

November 7th, 3:00 PM

Is your nonprofit on the cusp of a substantial building or renovation project? Do you need to grow your programs or your endowment (who doesn’t)?

Many nonprofit leaders facing these challenges are not prepared for the rigors of a capital campaign that can provide the funding. This one-hour webinar will help you analyze and prepare the 6 Key Ingredients for Capital Campaign success: Case for Support, Dollar Goal, Donors, Steering Committee, Systems, Timing.

These tools can be used for any size campaign.

Join Peter Heller for this webinar and you’ll be able to evaluate exactly how ready you are for your campaign and will return to your office knowing the next steps you need to take for success.

10. A Motorcycle Ride to the Land Of Nonprofit Impact

November 8th, 1:00 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


11. Picking the Perfect Volunteer Management System

November 8th, 2:00 PM

Managing volunteers is not just an essential need at any nonprofit, it’s also a highly complex one for any nonprofit. So, picking the perfect integrated volunteer management and tracking system to connect the dots between your volunteers, your organizational needs and your organizational goals is a wise consideration for any modern nonprofit to take seriously.

In this webinar we’ll take a thoughtful approach to preparing yourself and preparing a potential vendor to supply you with the perfect system... for your nonprofit.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

    • The 10 questions to ask your nonprofit before seeking a system
      • The 10 questions to ask a VMS vendor when vetting a system
        • The top features volunteers expect and you need when choosing a system for success


12. What Works on Giving Tuesday? Answers from 2017’s Website Analytics

November 8th, 3:00 PM

Prepare your strategy for this year’s Giving Tuesday with insight from last year’s Giving TuesdaY nonprofit website analytics.

Digital skills trainer and Google Analytics expert Yesenia Sotelo will review which marketing efforts drove the most website traffic on Giving Tuesday, and how that traffic performed.

Get answers and ideas based on nonprofit data to help you decide:

  • Whether to invest in email or social media, or both
  • What time of day to promote
  • What other marketing channels pay off on Giving Tuesday

(This training is suitable for nonprofit marketers, communicators and fundraisers with all levels of website analytics experience. Recording will be available.)


13. Motivate Monday

November 12, 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


14. 3 Ways to Grow Your Membership in a Changing World

November 12, 2:00 PM

If you ask a room full of membership leaders how their growth is going, you’ll likely hear mixed reviews. But most will agree that recruitment and retention feels tougher now than ever before. In this free webinar, membership expert and founder of ‘The Joy of Membership,’ Joy Duling will reveal the real reasons why many organizations find it difficult to hit their growth goals, and the practical steps you can take to increase your membership.

15. Giving Tuesday: How to use social media to fundraise for your cause

November 12, 12:00 PM 

Giving Tuesday is around the corner. Is your non-profit ready for November 27?

Last year, over 6 million Canadians joined the Giving Tuesday movement. The truth is, social media can be a game-changer when it comes to fundraising for your cause.

If you’re not sure where to start, or how to use social media to amplify your Giving Tuesday efforts, this webinar is for you. We’ll provide you with ready-to-use social media content and an easy implementation guide. Join Jennifer Paukman Social Media and Content Strategist at Ramp Communications Inc. as she walks you through your Giving Tuesday social media plan.


  • How to get your team aligned
  • Understanding your audience
  • How to create donor-centric content that makes a bigger impact
  • A plan to define and achieve your goals
  • How to integrate your social media efforts with other marketing tactics
  • Receive ready-to-post social media content that you can use immediately
  • Find out how to enhance your stewardship efforts

We'll help provide you with a powerful Giving Tuesday social media plan and ready-to-post content so that you can get back to doing what you do best, making a difference!


16. Engaging Your Patrons with the Right Message at the Right Time

November 13, 1:00 PM

It’s important to treat your audience how you’d want to be treated! That also means communicating to the right people with the right message and at the right time! And when you do it right, you’ll see a spike in online engagement! Join marketing and sales veteran David Shatz from Blackbaud for a webinar on Tuesday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. as he shares some best practices on how to engage different demographics and generations to increase their engagement with your organization.

17. Leadership Styles & Impact on Your Nonprofit

November 13, 1:00 PM

The latest nonprofit leadership research shows how specific leadership styles impact nonprofit outcomes. And it reveals the most common style of leadership in nonprofits right now.

Join us as leadership expert Marc A. Pitman shares which styles help nonprofits grow (and which may be harming your nonprofit).

You’ll also learn:

  • How leadership may impact the culture of philanthropy (or lack of one) at your nonprofit.
  • How nonprofits are planning for the massive imminent leadership changes coming to the sector.
  • Why having a strategic plan might not be the point.

18. 3 Ways to use Google to Grow your Membership

November 13, 2:00 PM

Have you ever wondered whether advertising on Google could help you grow your organization? Digital marketing expert Farhad Chikhliwala, draws on his many years of advertising success to show you 3 ways you can use Google to attract and engage more members. This session will show you how to use both free and paid tools to reach the people on Google most likely to join and support your organization, and how to create content that catches their attention.

19. Disaster Readiness: How Houston Food Bank® Thrived Through Tragedy

November 13, 2:00 PM

Is your organization ready to weather the next storm? Could your organization handle two years’ worth of donations in one month? Join Heather Icenogle, the director of annual giving and events at Houston Food Bank, to hear what her team did before, during, and after Hurricane Harvey to not only survive and assist the community, but also thrive! You’ll leave this webinar with key actions you can take today to help your organization prepare for whatever comes next—from a hurricane to a major PR event!

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20. How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

November 13, 2:30 PM

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.

21. 3 Instagram Tips Successful Nonprofits Use to Raise Awareness and Win Supporters

November 14, 2:00 PM

If you want to attract a larger audience of members, donors, fans and followers, please join our webinar on November 14 with digital marketing expert and social media specialist Lilach Bullock. Lilach will show you how some nonprofits are using Instagram to reach the young and socially-conscious generation, ensuring their organizations continue to grow well into the future.

22. Introduction to Proposal Writing

November 14, 2:00 PM

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


23. 5 Things Every Digital Marketing Plan Should Have

November 15, 2:00 PM

Are your digital marketing activities actually helping you grow your organization? Are you overwhelmed by the pressure to post on social media, pump out more emails, experiment with ads, and still not sure if anything is working? If so, please join our webinar on November 15 with digital marketing expert Amy Jacobus. Amy will walk through how to create a plan you can actually handle while delivering results.

24. Creative Ideas to Drive Corporate Donations of Time, Talent, and Treasure

November 15, 3:00 PM

Corporations and their employees can be some of your community’s strongest advocates.  In this session, Amy Neumann, author of “Simple Acts to Change the World: 500 Ways to Make a Difference,” will highlight creative ways to help corporate citizens feel more connected to your organization, and more inspired to help with your cause.  

You’ll learn:

  • Which types of volunteer projects employees get most excited about doing
  • What makes a giving or volunteering opportunity interesting and valuable to leaders in an organization
  • How to set up a social media outreach plan to develop and nurture corporate relationships

25. How to Use Data to Grow Your Membership in Just 1 Hour a Month

November 16, 2:00 PM

With just one hour of your time and a few free tools, you could be increasing your membership every month. To learn how, join our free webinar on November 16th with Jason Jensen, data-driven marketing evangelist and nonprofit consultant. Jason will show you the tried-and-tested process that any nonprofit can use to increase membership and donations using data-driven marketing. Even if you’ve never measured a single campaign, you’ll be able to implement these strategies.

26. Motivate Monday

November 19, 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

27. Online Tools that Help Nonprofits Learn, Listen & Engage

November 20, 10:30 AM

Every day you learn about a new mobile app or piece of software that will “change your life.” There’s so much coming at you, it sometimes feels like you’re drinking through a fire hose.

Learn how to make technology your friend. In his most revealing session, Jay takes you behind the curtain to show, in real-time, which tools he uses to manage his online presence and why. You’ll learn:

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

Free Member Application Forms

28. Using Storytelling to Boost Your Nonprofit's Communications

November 22, 1:00 PM

Do you struggle with storytelling? Need help getting a handle on planning, developing and sharing your nonprofit’s stories? Our upcoming free webinar can help!

Storytelling: you know it’s important and you know that it’s effective. But all of the buzz around storytelling in recent years (though it’s anything but new) can make it feel like yet another “latest thing” to pile on to your already full plate. Are you feeling the pressure?

And working in a nonprofit, there are so many stories you can tell. Stories about the people, creatures, places and spaces you are working to support, help and improve. Stories about the policies you are working to change or the communities you are mobilizing. And stories about all of your supporters – including volunteers, donors, partners, sponsors – that are making your work possible. Where do you even begin?

But storytelling is important. The research tells us that stories build empathy. Stories form connections. Stories even alter brain chemistry in a way that makes people more likely to take action in support of your nonprofit organization.

The truth is, rather than feeling like a new, separate tactic, you can leverage storytelling within your existing marketing communications mix. You can use stories to boosts the quality and impact of the content you already need to create.

In this webinar, we’ll look at how you can approach storytelling in a focused and strategic way. We’ll review steps that will help you to develop content that is compelling and that supports your organization's mission and goals.

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

November 22, 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

30. Motivate Monday

November 26, 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

31. Essential Nonprofit Financial Governance

November 28, 11:30 AM

Are financial governance duties clearly understood and performed by the board, finance committee, and executive committee(s)?

This webinar will help Executive Directors, Finance Directors, and your board members to define, document, and execute crucial responsibilities.  Avoid complacency and confusion by clearly defining and communicating expectations. Savvy nonprofit leaders know that a dynamic board can be the difference between good and great performance.

How would you answer the following questions:

  • What are the typical financial responsibilities and misunderstandings of board members?
  • What are the essential financial governance responsibilities for nonprofit board and its members?
  • What are the nonprofit financial governance basics and misperceptions that board and nonprofit leaders need to know?

We will answer this and more.  We will review and take a financial acumen quiz to reinforce leadership learning and address the confusions of financial governance.

32. The Value of Volunteers

November 28, 12:30 PM

They give the gift of time. And, as the old adage tells us, time is money.

Based on the total U.S. contribution of 7.8 billion volunteer hours, the most recent Corporation for National and Community Service data available, the 2017 value of volunteerism in the U.S. would have exceeded $192 billion. Understanding the monetary value of volunteers to your organization brings focus to the big picture. Volunteers remain a tremendous resource for both donor- and member-focused nonprofits. Absent volunteers, many organizations would be unable to deliver programs, raise funds, or serve clients.

Yet a recent survey of nonprofit professionals suggests 45 percent of organizations don’t measure the impact of volunteers – and they may be missing out on a huge opportunity. Are you?

Join Personify for a free webinar to learn more about the value of volunteers and how to:

  • Recognize the unique value volunteers bring to their roles to lay the groundwork for a rewarding experience

  • Create value for volunteers with variety of defined roles, ensuring they find fulfillment in their work and keep coming back for more.

  • Quantify the value of volunteers with a easy, hard-numbers approach to understanding the cost savings they provide

  • Ensure continued value from volunteers with a strong set of strategies to keep them engaged with your organization, and with each other


33. Running a Faith-Centered, Year-End Giving Campaign: Tips for Success

November 28, 2:00 PM

The last two months of the year are the most important for fundraising, and December 31 is the single largest giving day of for many organizations. Some nonprofits raise over 25% of their revenue during this time. Join this session and learn to make the most of the season! Get tips for crafting a campaign that inspires support from your faith community, including:

  • How to write successful year-end appeals
  • Digital strategies for raising more dollars
  • The best ways to identify faithful supporters with major gift capacity
  • How to develop a compelling year-end donor message

34. 10 Strategies for Success with Digital Fundraising

November 29, 1:00 PM

Digital fundraising is about using all the digital channels at your disposal in an integrated way to reach and expand your audiences, spark engagement, and grow your giving opportunities. Developing a digital fundraising strategy is particularly helpful to reach beyond your local community and engage a broader audience interested in supporting your cause.

In this webinar, we will learn how to make your website donor-ready, improve your donation pages, choose the right donor platform, create powerful email fundraising campaigns, promote monthly giving, use social media techniques to grow your email list, and invest in digital advertising to raise money online. We will also address organizational readiness and capacity as a factor in your success.

Upon completion of this webinar you should be able to:

  • Assess the best digital fundraising strategies for your organization
  • Ascertain your organization’s readiness to grow your digital fundraising program
  • Apply Proven digital strategies in your upcoming fundraising campaigns.
  • Advocate for digital fundraising within your organization

35. The Drivers of Greater Donor Behaviour

November 29, 1:00 PM

The research results are in! Come join us at our free webinar to learn about the key findings for how you can help strengthen your organization’s donor appeal.

Sector3Insights has recently completed a unique North American study, across hundreds of charities, to explore what drives donors to greater charitable behaviour. This webinar will present key findings from the study, which will highlight the most important characteristics for stronger donation motivation.

This one-hour webinar by the researchers presents “lessons learned” about:

  • The role and (limited) importance of the charity’s mission, and how well it performs.
  • The role of emotions, which types, and which ones in particular. – Not all emotions are equal.
  • The top, most important characteristic to drive behaviour (even more important than emotions!)
  • The role of direct solicitation; how much does it matter?
  • How charities generally perform (and under-perform) on key drivers.

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

November 29, 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

37. First Impressions: Revisiting Your Customer Journey (Post-Visit)

November 29, 4:00 PM

Riddle time! How is managing the visitor experience like hitting a golf ball? Follow-through is everything. How is your post-visit follow-up game? Setting the stage properly and earning visits is a huge mission accomplished, but the war for their loyalty isn't over yet.

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

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Tatiana Morand

Posted by Tatiana Morand

Published Thursday, 25 October 2018 at 9:20 AM
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