FREE Non-profit Webinars Being Offered in July!

*This list is courtesy of Wild Apricot (thank you!)


Major Gifts: If You Don’t Ask, You’ll Never Know

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
2:00 PM (Eastern)

Join this GiftWorks webinar on why major gift fundraising is important for your nonprofit fundraising strategy and how to raise those dollars. Answer questions about whom your major donors are and why it is actually fun to ask for financial support! Learn about who to involve in “the ask” and the possible ways to ask. In the end, if you don’t ask you may never know where your next major donation will be.

Grantseeking Basics

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? Are you new to fundraising? Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available? Learn how to become a better grantseeker in this Foundation Center webinar. This session will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

New to volunteer management? Looking for a refresher on the basics? This VolunteerMatch 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.

How to Use Technology to Help Your Board Become More Effective

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

This session will help you to learn how to use technology to improve the overall effectiveness of your board. Takeaways:

  • Learn how to use a free board portal to increase your board effectiveness.
  • Learn how to take web-based evaluations to improve overall board governance.
  • Learn how to encourage board engagement and increase stakeholder value.

Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Integrating skilled 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 VolunteerMatch webinar 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.

How to Approach a Foundation

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn how to build relationships with foundation prospects and prepare for calls and meetings with funders. From initial contact to getting funded, following field-tested best practices will increase your chances of getting the grant. This Foundation Center webinar will teach you how to:

  • Initiate contact with potential funders
  • Plan calls and meetings, including site visits
  • Effectively communicate with funders during the grant process

Prior attendance at Grantseeking Basics is strongly recommended.

Leading Organizational Change

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

In a rapidly changing world, every leader needs to understand how to effectively guide organizational change. Change may be necessary for many reasons, such as meeting new customer demands; implementing a strategic plan; upgrading technology systems; or coping with challenges. Leaders often wonder how to promote buy-in and engagement during what is sometimes a difficult process. This session for staff and board members will focus on: principles of change; understanding how people react to change; common mistakes and how to avoid them; working with resistance; and maintaining open communication. You will learn practical tips and be introduced to resources for further reading.

Proposal Writing Basics

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this Foundation Center webinar will cover:

  • How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process
  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

A Fundraiser’s Guide to the App Store

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Mobile technology is transforming the way we interact with the world and one another. With over 1 million apps in Apple’s “App Store,” there are a plethora of free and low-cost tools that advancement offices can benefit from in their fundraising efforts. In this interactive session, get a taste of these tools and see how mobile is re-imaging the way we fundraise for important causes. Takeaways:

  • Learn trends and concepts in mobile as they relate to advancement.
  • Discover how your advancement team can use mobile to improve prospect research.
  • Witness how mobile solutions can better connect your community for networking.

Building Social Capital to Enhance Collaboration

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Typically when people think about social capital, it is associations, networks and relationships that result in a gain. I believe that organizations tend to build partners with those who are similar (bonding social capital) instead of bridging, another form of social capital with those who are different. In this session, participants will learn more about social capital and how to leverage networks that can increase program partners and potential funders. Takeaways:

  • The definition of social capital and the differences between bridging and bonding
  • Networks that can increase program partners and potential funders

e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Pacific)

This webinar, hosted by CharityFinders, shows how your nonprofit can develop and execute an Internet strategy to further its mission. We'll examine how nonprofits are using the Internet, how they'd like to be using the Internet, and how they should be using the Internet (but may be unaware of) – and how to bridge that significant gap easily and quickly. You’ll learn how to drive more traffic to and fundraising through your site. We'll give specific suggestions on how you can improve your website so it will offer lots for your website visitors to SEE and lots for them to DO.

Single Days of Service: Make It Work!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Volunteer engagement is changing. More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service. The political and social climate is further emphasizing this trend. How do you create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers? This VolunteerMatch webinar will walk you through the first steps for incorporating single days of service into your program, and help you begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement.

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This Nonprofit Webinars session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:

  • What is included under the "personnel" section and how to calculate it?
  • What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
  • How do you determine reasonable costs?
  • What types of expenses are considered "overhead"?
  • What other financial documents will funders want to see?

Prior attendance at Proposal Writing Basics is strongly recommended.

Accountable Fundraising: You Can Integrate Achievement, Long-term Success and Stewardship

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Suggested practices in this session, will significantly improve your bottom line as you gain better results for your cause, increases loyalty from staff and board, and deepens the level of appreciation from those who support your mission. Takeaways:

  • How to fulfill your promise to your constituents;
  • How to take better care of existing donors;
  • Become more responsible and accountable than ever before;
  • Improve upon the way you do what you always do;
  • Customizing programs to age and gender groups;
  • The critical elements of data collection and analysis in accountability;
  • How to use all of the available solutions available to you to become a more accountable fundraiser.

*Special thanks to Lori Halley & Wild Apricot for researching and providing a listing of free monthly webinars.

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