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29 Free Nonprofit Webinars for December 2019

Sonia Khosla 27 November 2019 5 comments

free nonprofit webinars


Every month, I compile the internet's biggest list of free nonprofit webinars.
What better way to start December than with a cup of hot chocolate, curled up to attend free, educational nonprofit webinars?


Topics this month includes volunteer engagement, nonprofit storytelling, tech tools, #givingtuesday, nonprofit board members, google ad grants, fundraising ideas, cyber security, and LOTS more!


Without further ado, here are all the free nonprofit webinars happening in with times indicated in EST.

1. Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages


December 3, 2:30PM 


With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are 10 times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit. In this session, we’ll share real-world landing page examples that increase conversions and what we’ve learned from studying hundreds of nonprofits and their landing page designs, including:


  • What a landing page is and why we should care.

  • The biggest landing page mistakes and how to avoid them.

  • How to build the best landing pages and landing page templates.

  • 13 ideas for landing pages every nonprofit should have.

2. Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

December 3, 2:00PM

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

What You'll Learn: 


  • What social media is and why it matters

  • How to use social media to recruit and engage volunteers

  • The Do’s and Don’ts of managing social media tools

  • Where to go to get resources and help

3. Start Your 2020 Grant Strategy Off Right!

December 3, 1:00PM

As the calendar year begins to wind down and you think about the new year, are you also thinking about how to strengthen your grant seeking strategy in the upcoming year?

Starting your year off with a strong plan and clear goals in place will ensure that you secure the funding necessary to achieve your goals for grant revenue.

Participating in “Start Your 2020 Grant Seeking Off Right!” will provide you with a strong understanding of your success in 2019 and how to set goals for 2020 that will help expand your grant seeking strategy and revenue.  We will also discuss how to increase the engagement of your colleagues in being part of the grant planning process to further increase your success.

What You Will Learn from this Free Nonprofit Webinar:

  • How to define your success in current year beyond dollars awarded

  • How to set goals for your success in the upcoming year to include measurements beyond dollars awarded

  • How to engage your colleagues in being ready for the upcoming year

4. Getting Ready for an Audit: Everything You Need to Know

December 3, 2:00PM

Does the prospect of going through a financial statement audit scare the heck out of you? Wouldn't it be nice to know exactly what auditors will be asking and expecting from you — BEFORE they arrive — and be ready with everything they need? Wouldn't it be cool if you could easily give them everything right from within your QuickBooks file?  

We are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in auditing nonprofits and president of QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits, present this one-of-a-kind and highly requested webinar! Gregg's firm audits over 30 nonprofits a year!

In this must-see session, we will cover:

  • A complete list of what your auditor will need — beyond the list they initially give you

  • How to generate audit items quickly and easily right from QuickBooks

  • How to attach copies of grant agreements and bills from vendors right into QuickBooks

  • Understanding what an auditor typically asks and what answers we are looking for

  • Best practices for internal controls

  • Any questions you've always wanted to ask your auditor but were afraid to for fear of creating a problem

5. Board Governance and Board Fundraising: Start Out Right…or Catch Up Fast with Brian Saber

December 4, 3:00PM

Board governance and board fundraising are completely intertwined. One doesn’t happen without the other.  

Most organizations start with a “founder’s” board and evolve, over time, to a “governing” or “sustaining” board.  As the organization grows and the board evolves, so does the board’s fundraising role, and this often causes bumps in the road.

At every stage of your organization’s development, there are steps to take to support the board in doing the best fundraising.  The earlier you take these steps the smoother the transition will be and the more your board will fundraise.

Join Brian Saber, whose book on boards and fundraising will come out this spring, to learn:


  • How and why boards evolve, and the impact on fundraising

  • How to ensure that your governance supports strategic board-assisted fundraising

  • The top three ways to assure your board becomes a fundraising board

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

December 4, 2:00PM

How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

What You'll Learn: 


  • How to advance your volunteers' interest in your organization. 

  • Transition great volunteers into leaders. 

7. Introduction to Proposal Writing

December 4, 2:00PM

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

  • 30-minute hands-on exercise to develop a proposal outline (in-person classes only)

Self-paced Learning qualifies for 1.5 CFRE credits and Live Webinar versions qualify for 1 CFRE credit.



  • Understand how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

  • Know how and when to follow up with funders after submitting a proposal.

8. Is the Leadership Accelerator right for me? Q&A and Sneak Peek

December 5, 3:00PM

If you’re facing critical strategy or leadership challenges in your organization, you know you can’t tackle them alone. You need your entire executive team on board, but it can be difficult to organize busy executives around complex conversations without structure.

The Bridgespan Leadership Accelerator is a flexible, self-paced program that blends online lessons, individual pre-work, and guided team meetings to help your executive team engage in talent development and strategic planning.

Your team will learn individually and then come together as a more cohesive executive unit as they work to reach the answers you need to create more impact in the world – all with the support of Bridgespan expert consultants.

Curious to learn more? Join us for a conversation with two Bridgespan specialists to talk about whether Investing in Future Leaders and Achieving Strategic Clarity can help your organization.

We’ll cover:


  • Program basics: timing, what you’ll learn in each program, scholarships and talking to funders

  • Platform demo: what the online lessons and pre-work look like, how the in-person team summits are structured

  • Q&A with coaches: is this program right for you? Get the answers you’re looking for

9. Citywide Volunteer Engagement – Why, How, and Where to Begin

December 5, 2:00PM

Engaging volunteers is a powerful strategy to strengthen communities. Yet, many city staff and residents encounter challenges when seeking leadership support for citywide engagement strategies, plus they lack convincing case studies from other cities. In this webinar, be introduced to research and pathways to help you build a case and support for citywide volunteer engagement, Then, through a panel of peers from cities that have successfully instituted citywide engagement strategies, gain advice and ask questions of these professionals from such cities as Flint, MI, Fort Collins, CO, Plano, TX, and New York City.

Participants will also have access to a new free and downloadable Citywide Volunteer Engagement Guide.

Who Should Attend:


  • Volunteer Engagement Leaders

  • City Volunteer Coordinators

  • Community Based Organization Staff

10. So Many Generations, So Little Time!

December 5, 1:00PM

Did you know that, for the first time, there are five generations in the workforce? Think about it, that means there are also five generations of staff and donors with whom your nonprofit is interfacing.


In this webinar, you'll  learn about what makes each generation tick and how you can connect in ways that THEY seek. 


Participants will discover that common beliefs about fundraising are deeply damaging to relationships with donors and ultimately their fundraising bottom line.


Learning objectives:


  • Name the five different generations of employees/donors and one stereotype particular to each one.

  • Identify one special, positive characteristic of each generation.

  • Learn one tip and one technique for collaborating with employees or donors from different generations. 

11. Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World

December 5, 2:30PM

Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits. Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs. With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online. Join us to learn how to plan your next event with digital in mind from day one, including: 

  • The importance of integrating digital into your event. 

  • 3 key goals to help you measure success. 

  • 5 digital must-haves to keep your event running smoothly.

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

December 10, 11:00AM

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.

13. #GivingTuesday: Stewarding the Donor to a Healthy Retention Rate

December 10, 2:00PM

What happens after #GivingTuesday? The Season of Giving has just begun and 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 Tanya Fitzgerald, senior product marketer at Blackbaud, in this webinar for tips on how keep reoccurring donors involved and turning your first-time givers into sustained donors.

14. Social Media 101 for Nonprofits with Adobe Spark

December 10, 2:00PM

In the ever-changing world of social media, navigating online marketing for your nonprofit can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to. Join us for a crash course in social media marketing with the team from Adobe Spark. Learn how to create a cost-effective and engaging social strategy that is sure to increase visibility and impact. 

In this webinar, you’ll learn the following:

  • Learn to create beautifully branded content (no design skills required), including eye-catching social campaigns, colorful annual reports, flyers, and much more. 

  • Learn design theory basics, including pro tips for applying type and color to your content. 

  • Curate a feed that feels authentic and consistent with your brand.

  • Discover the power of hashtags, learn how to maximize impact with the right copy, learn what to share across social platforms, and much more!

15. Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers

December 11, 2:00PM

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

16. How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

December 11, 2:30PM

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.

17. Last Minute Strategies to Boost Year-End Giving

December 11, 2:00PM

Whether you’re just getting started with a year-end campaign or you’re far-along in the planning of it, our live webinar, Last Minute Strategies to Boost Year-End Giving will bring you the best, most effective tools for amplifying your mission in the last weeks of 2019.

Our fundraising experts will be sharing the seven ways you can quickly focus and optimize your Year-End Giving efforts, the essentials for a successful campaign and how to create a thank you email that inspires long-term loyalty and giving.

What You’ll Learn: 

  • 7 easy-to-use strategies to quickly optimize your campaign

  • Last minute communication plans that deliver big results

  • How your ‘thank you’ emails can significantly boost giving

  • Building a bond with donors that encourages future support

If the date and time doesn't work for you, register anyways to receive the webinar recording and slides.  

18. Google Ad Grants 101

December 11, 1:00PM

Have you heard of Google’s Ad Grant program, where they give $10,000 a month in free advertising to nonprofits?

Join us for a crash course on how Google Ad Grants can benefit your nonprofit by bringing thousands of new visitors to your website every month.

Presenter Jason Jensen will also cover how to get started, how to use it successfully, and how to choose a grants management agency.

If you attend, you’ll learn:

  • What Google Ad Grants is

  • How Google Ads works

  • Real examples of how other nonprofits used it effectively

  • The costs and benefits of management services vs. DIY

  • Our recommended grants management agency

  • How to get started immediately!

19. How to Recruit and Manage Amazing Event Committees

December 11, 3:00PM

It’s a fact - committees can help with almost every aspect of fundraising events, including getting auction donations, soliciting sponsorships and selling tickets. What’s not to love about a group of volunteers working as a team to make sure your organization’s event is profitable!?!

This free 60-minute webinar will take you through the process of identifying candidates for your chair position, discuss how to recruit committee members, and show you how to effectively manage your team and maximize the resources they bring to your event.

What You Will Learn from this Free Nonprofit Webinar:

  • The Queen Bee Theory of Event Committees

  • How your event committee is similar to a Bee Hive

  • How to identify and recruit effective committees

  • How to find and properly recruit your Queen Bees

  • How to identify and recruit your Worker Bees

  • How to turn your committee into a team

  • How to Be an Effective Committee Leader

  • How to use Organization, Communication & Appreciation for effective leadership

  • How efficiently run your committee meetings

  • How to use the right words when the wrong ideas pop up

  • How to Find the Hidden Assets in Your Committee

  • How to help committee members identify  assets they can bring to your event

  • How to give your committee the proper mindset to Ask

  • How to Manage Committee Issues and Interpersonal Committee Problems

  • How to identify and manage problematic personalities

  • How to deal with troublesome committee  situations  

20. Drive Engagement Using Ancient Myth, Social Media and User Generated Video

December 12, 2:00PM

In 1949, Joseph Campbell published the book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In it, Campbell reveals his discovery that myths from around the world and for all of recorded history with powerful influence all followed a similar pattern - The Hero's Journey. Today, The Hero's Journey powers your favorite movies and books, and has become a key to modern marketing. In a world of intense technology change this ancient story framework can guide us to effective fundraising and communications. Join Michael Hoffman, founder of See3, a digital marketing agency based in Chicago, and the CEO of Gather Voices, a technology start-up. 

In this session you will learn:


  • Where technology is going and why it matters for your organization. 

  • What is the Hero's Journey and how it applies to companies, products, brands, and nonprofit fundraising and engagement.

  • How video content is dominating the online landscape and how that changes your strategy.

  • How state-of-the-art tools and technology can give you access to the kinds of stories that move people to action.

21. Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program

December 12, 2:00PM

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? 

22. Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna!

December 12, 3:00PM


Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine. If it runs more like a college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you.


Join Kelly in this fundraising webinar to:


  • Assess your board’s fundraising personality.

  • Motivate your board members to fundraise.

  • Set goals and kick off campaigns.

  • Create individual plans they’ll rock.

  • Track without nagging.

  • Use goal attainment as board engagement.

  • Webinar host Kelly Medwick serves as chief business development officer for Firespring and is a former chief of staff, marketer and fundraiser who has seen it, done it and wrote the webinar. Join her and make a friend who can give you fundraising ideas and supercharge your nonprofit’s fundraising momentum.


23. 3 Ways Starting a Podcast Can Help Your Nonprofit Grow


December 17, 2:00PM


You've likely heard of podcasts or have a few of your own that you subscribe to. But how are nonprofits using podcasts? Podcasts aren't just about growing an audience, they serve many other purposes. 


In this talk, we will discuss:


  • How starting a podcast is a surprising way to create deep content

  • How to use podcasting to connect with dedicated supporters and meet new audiences

  • How you can get your podcast started and what resources you will need 


24. Best Face Forward: A Discussion About Donors and Courtesy with Etiquetteer, Robert B. Dimmick


December 17, 1:00PM


Social and business behaviors evolve, but not everyone is comfortable with the directions they take. The results range from simple misunderstandings to unintended slights and unhappy relationships. Join a discussion with Etiquetteer, Robert B. Dimmick, to talk about using once-universal courtesies to create comfortable interactions with donors and prospects.


25. The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits


December 18, 11:00AM


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.

  • 4 ways to promote your blog.

  • Tips for measuring your blog’s performance.


26. An Inside Look at Firespring’s Nonprofit Websites


December 18, 2:30PM


Finding the best nonprofit website and online tools can be daunting. We often end up juggling multiple platforms, working harder to achieve less. Wouldn’t it be better if you had just one effective nonprofit fundraising website with a content management system that does it all? Learn how to master your online presence and leverage the power of your nonprofit website. Join us for insight into technology trends and best practices, plus see firsthand why Firespring offers the best nonprofit websites.

Attend this webinar on nonprofit websites and discover:


  • Why nonprofits struggle with their web presence.

  • The ABCs of creating a killer nonprofit website.

  • An inside look at how the content management system and tools work.

  • Answers to your questions during live Q&A




27. Developing Effective Dashboards and Key Performance Indicators

December 18, 11:30AM

Do you have a dashboard and know what your key performance indicators (KPI’s) are for your organization?  Please bring your questions so we can have a candid conversation regarding dashboards and KPI’s.

We will cover the critical aspects of Effective Dashboards and Key Performance Indicators including:


Nonprofits are complex organizations that are built around mission and outcomes, which must be supported by the right revenue and expense models.


Dashboards are one way to simply communicate and give an overview of the organization by using a graphical summary of important information. It is an easy way for decision-makers to see where and whether the organization is on the planned financial path, and additionally can be used with funders and stakeholders to transparently show progress towards desired goals.

But a dashboard without metrics is useless to the organization, it is important to develop the associated metrics and constantly review to ensure you are measuring success for the organization.

A properly designed dashboard allows a nonprofit to monitor its effectiveness as evidenced by the financial health along with the impact of the programs and services provided.  Board and staff should develop strategy and goals to create dashboards with focused conversation and collaboration.

When you select the dashboard elements, you should understand the data you will track and how that data will influence decision making.  Questions to ask include: Are the metrics for the organization or function? Is the tool for the board, staff, or funders?

28. Where Does Governance Stop and Management Begin?

December 18, 12:00PM

A nonprofit’s board and the staff need to be collaborative partners in order to achieve the mission of the organization. However, there are times where roles and responsibilities become blurred. Join us as we clarify where governance stops and management begins.


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


December 19, 2:00PM

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

Sonia Khosla

Posted by Sonia Khosla

Published Wednesday, 27 November 2019 at 4:01 PM


  • Shweta Shah said:

    Monday, 15 July 2019 at 7:43 AM
    Hi. Thank you so much for such an informative blog about the free non-profit charity organization webinar. It was really great to know about these webinars happening online that help us in gaining insightful knowledge. Kindly posting such articles for awareness!
  • Tatiana Morand

    Tatiana Morand said:

    Monday, 15 July 2019 at 9:10 AM
    Hi Shweta,

    Thanks for your kind words! Glad you find it helpful. Keep an eye out for the next one in a month! ;)

  • Chuck Spidell said:

    Wednesday, 31 July 2019 at 8:12 PM
    Thanks for adding my WordPress security webinar to your list, much appreciated. I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge with comms leaders.
  • Manish Pahuja said:

    Friday, 23 August 2019 at 1:19 AM
    Loved reading your practical tips!!

    We at Don Bosco India started our volunteer tourism program fairly recently.

    I will be pleased if you can read and post your suggestions here:
  • Hammad said:

    Monday, 02 September 2019 at 11:46 PM
    Great blog worth to read this thanks for sharing


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