FREE Non-profit Webinars Being Offered in April!

Ranging from grantwriting, leadership, and social media to volunteer management and the art of storytelling are among the various topics compiled in this list of free non-profit webinars being offered in the month of April. Here is Wild Apricot's list of webinars they researched and compiled (ps. thank you, Wild Apricot!):

Grantseeking Basics

Wednesday, April 3 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 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 Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party with a Purpose and Raise Money For Your Cause

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

A full description of the Fundraising Houseparty – one of the most powerful, flexible, and effective ways to raise money from individuals and highlight your cause.

Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session include:

  • How to prepare for a houseparty
  • Who can be Hosts and what you can expect from them
  • What should go in your invitation
  • The criteria for an effective presentation
  • Elements for an engaging and powerful “ask”
  • The importance of follow-up

Measuring the Networked Nonprofit - Simple Steps for Measuring Social Media Results

Thursday, April 4, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Nonprofits spend considerable time creating and curating content to share on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks. But most groups aren't properly measuring whether these efforts are worth the time and cost. And it can seem like a daunting task to put together an effective strategy for collecting and analyzing data about your social-media efforts.

How does one know where to begin? In this webinar, Beth Kanter, Co-author of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, will discuss how to measure the return on social-media investments. Attendees will learn how to do more than just count friends and followers. She will explore how to identify what data is available and how to collect and analyze these numbers so that you can make smart decisions about your social-media strategies.

Thank You, Thank You Very Much!

Thursday, April 4, 2013
3:00 PM (Eastern)

Before Elvis left the building, he always thanked his fans. Do you thank your donors enough? Here are some ways you can be sure you don’t leave your donors in Heartbreak Hotel because they don’t feel appreciated: board members can conduct a “thank-a-thon;” clients can join in the thanking; you can beef up your thank you letters. This webinar, offered by Linda Lysakowski, Dalya Massachi and GiftWorks, will offer plenty of ideas on how to implement these techniques.

Taming Your Communications Calendar Six Months at a Time

Thursday, April 4, 2013
3:30 PM (Eastern)

Do your website, newsletter, social media, PR and all other communications you produce feel like a racing treadmill that’s wearing you out but taking you nowhere fast?

You might be wondering if it is possible to get a grip on your communications plan, so that you can catch your breath, while still effectively engaging your community and without missing out on anything big. The answer is, “Yes it is, if you are willing to make some decisions and work smart, six months at a time.”

During this free GuideStar webinar, Kivi Leroux Miller of, will provide a nonprofit content strategy and communications planning system that is the basis of her now book Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Path to Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money.

The New Serial Storytelling Model for Nonprofits

Monday, April 8, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

See3 Communications and 31 year veteran global news correspondent Mike Lee (former ABC News) invite you to join this webinar on the fundamentals of serial storytelling for nonprofits and NGOs. This serial storytelling webinar will offer unique techniques for using real life drama, suspense and empathy to take viewer-donors on a journey into your world, where they are themselves heroes in your story. Serial storytelling is engineered to give viewer-donors attractive reasons to visit and engage with your organization beyond the video screen, repeatedly.

This session is designed for organizations familiar with the concept of online storytelling and now want to bring more stories to the public and get more long-term fundraising value from the stories they produce.

The Boot Camp Training Model for Maturing Your Field

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

Foundations, associations and “hub n’ spoke” organizations that support a community of smaller affiliated offices, independent chapters, or even volunteer groups face a shared challenge: how to mature the whole field. The organizations under their umbrella are often out of step with critical new technology, new best practices and organizational thinking and often out of step with each other. Community building organizations are looking to create programs to teach affiliate’s new skills and build shared capacity, but what is a model that works?

This Nonprofit Webinars session will outline a “Boot Camp” model for capacity building for any organizations that provide training, coaching and incentives to help their grantees/affiliates advance their fields. We’ll highlight the Boot Camp approach and focus on top tips for how to use gamification and incentives to get otherwise reluctant affiliates/umbrella organizations to learn and apply new thinking and technologies.

Effective Strategic Planning Part 2: Getting Results

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Strategic planning has a dicey reputation for any number of reasons:

  1. It often is tedious and time-consuming;
  2. The issues it identifies are either obvious or not critical to the mission (or both);
  3. The actions it specifies are vague and unmeasurable;
  4. It is ignored once the plan is written (or the written plan is never quite finished);
  5. It simply adds tasks to an already over-stretched staff;
  6. It has no results visible to stakeholders;
  7. It does not advance your mission.

These problems are not inherent to strategic planning; they are signs that it has been done badly. This Nonprofit Webinars session will look at how a nonprofit can infuse its mission into the daily activity of staff and board through a straightforward, rigorous, and even morale-building process. It will offer both a structure and tools for planning.

Introduction to Corporate Giving

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Explore the world of corporate support and tools and resources on corporate giving. Seeking to target companies that might fund your organization? Finding it hard to get information? Need to get beyond the Yellow Pages?

This Foundation Center webinar offers an introduction to the world of corporate support for nonprofits and funding research tools to help you identify corporate prospects. We'll answer such questions as:

  • What are the motivations behind corporate giving?
  • What is the difference between a direct corporate giving program and a company-sponsored foundation and how does it affect my approach to research?
  • What are the different pathways to partnership with a company?
  • How can I match my organization's needs with the interests of a corporation?

Make Better Nonprofit Annual Reports Now

Saturday, April 13, 2013
1:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you creating your annual report right now? Nonprofit annual reports don't have to be difficult, but so few of us ever get any real instruction on how to make a good one!

This webinar will help your nonprofit look better to current and potential donors. This webinar will help you visually convey your impact to your stakeholders, and answer that critical question: "WHY should I give to your nonprofit NOW?" In this webinar – led by graphic designer Danielle Bardgette and Mazarine Treyz, author of the Wild Woman's Guide to Fundraising – you will learn:

  • Typography and what it says about your nonprofit
  • Graphic design tips to help you look like you hired a designer (even if you didn't!)
  • Designing annual reports from a fundraising perspective
  • What to include and what to leave out in your annual report
  • Graphic design resources and inspiration

Powered by Pro Bono Webinar Tools

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

What would your organization look like if you had access to the same services and resources as a for-profit company? Could you use support in marketing, finance, HR, and strategic planning? Wouldn’t it be nice if someone you trusted could start chipping away at your organizational wish list?

In this Foundation Center webinar, Joel Bashevkin, Executive Director, Taproot Foundation – San Francisco, offers a free overview of how Pro Bono can be just the answer you are looking for. Pro Bono is a big step beyond traditional volunteering and organizations which leverage it regularly see huge returns.

The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit

Tuesday, April 16, 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.

18 Advanced Facebook Strategies for World Domination

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

We bet you already have a few hundred Facebook fans and are way beyond just knowing when to post updates, how to target updates, how to create awesome cover images, etc. In this Foundation Center webinar, presenter John Haydon, will take you beyond the basics! You will learn:

  • Three tactics to get more results from Promoted Posts
  • Three custom tab design tips to increase conversions
  • Four advanced ways to target Facebook Ads
  • Four powerful ways to acquire more email subscribers from Facebook
  • Four ninja tactics to increase comments, likes and shares on your page posts

Diversity Awareness for Effective Nonprofits

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

Today’s workforce and organizations are increasingly diverse. Effective non-profits need to be capable of welcoming, including, utilizing and working with diverse people, perspectives, styles, and experiences for overall success and capacity.

This Nonprofit Webinars session offers practical tools and concepts designed to resolve tensions, utilize strengths, support collaboration, and create more welcoming environments. Takeaways include:

  • How having an inclusive enough model of diversity is crucial
  • How role awareness helps integrate diverse people, views, styles, and experiences
  • How the roles of mainstream, minority, and marginal are important, apparently here to stay, and need to be related with each other
  • How outer representation of diversity is often not enough without the inner diversity awareness and relationship skills
  • How effective non-profits benefit from being inclusive and welcoming

Engaging Millennials As Donors, Volunteers and Constituents

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Eastern)

Whether you love ‘em or you’re getting tired of hearing about ‘em…the Millennial Generation (those 80 Million+ born between 1979-1995) are transforming the way we communicate, the way we govern, the way we socialize – and, they are shifting our political and social systems to a new level. Join us to learn how to build your organization’s Millennial engagement strategy, based on findings from “Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement.” Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session include:

  • Learn how to activate this generation by playing on their strengths: collaborative leadership, openness and transparency, diversity and tech-savviness
  • Uncover how Millennials communicate, volunteer, take action, influence their peers, and choose to give their time and money
  • Where to start when seeking data online
  • What to do if numbers terrify you or put you to sleep
  • How to measure local need

Proposal Writing Basics

Thursday, April 18, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 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

Is the Time You Spend on Social Media Worth It?

Thursday, April 18, 2013
3:00 PM (Eastern)

Nonprofits spend considerable time creating and curating content to share on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks. But most groups aren’t properly measuring whether these efforts are worth the time and cost. And it can seem like a daunting task to put together an effective strategy for collecting and analyzing data about your social-media efforts. How does one know where to begin? During this free webinar, you’ll learn how to: Do more than just count friends and followers. This webinar, offered by Beth Kanter and Giftworks, will explore how to identify what data is available. Collect and analyze these numbers so that you can make smart decisions about your social-media strategies.

Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program

Thursday, April 18, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

What do you volunteers need to know to be successful? This VolunteerMatch webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum. We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This Foundation Center webinar, 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?

Search Engine Optimization 101 for Nonprofits

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

What is SEO and what does it mean for your organization? SEO or Search Engine Optimization is simply the process of getting your website found more easily on the internet, and with more traffic from search engines you have an opportunity to get more clients, members, supporters, partners, volunteers and donors.

While SEO can be a powerful force, many nonprofits find it confusing and complicated. As you start to research the subject you may get overwhelmed with differing opinions and complicated technical explanations. This Nonprofit Webinars session will break down the basics of SEO and cover:

  • Search engines – how they really work and what they really want
  • Keywords – what they are, why they are important and how to use them in your campaigns
  • On-page optimization – how to build your webpages the right way
  • Off-page optimization – the right way to use link building to show your authority
  • How to stay on Google’s good side and avoid getting “Google slapped”

You Got the Grant! Now What?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Learn best practices in reporting and communicating to deepen relationships with foundations. This Foundation Center webinar is designed to help you successfully manage life after the grant. You will learn about the best practices in managing the reports and the communication required to build long term partnerships with foundations, ultimately leading to more opportunities for support. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the grant relationship
  • Managing the grant process
  • Tips for engaging the funder during the life of the grant
  • Reporting on the grant, and preparing for the next one

A Business Plan for Your Nonprofit

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

Nonprofit organizations that have developed a business plan are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities that present and overcome challenges that develop.

Participants will come to understand the value that business planning will bring to their organizations and learn how to proceed with the process. Takeaways for this Nonprofit Webinars session will include:

  • Gain organizational and executive board buy-in for initiating the development of the business plan.
  • Understand how a business plan ensures the alignment of your organization’s programs with its vision, mission and values.
  • Identify how fundraising strategies will be enhanced with proper business planning.
  • Understand how the process of writing a business plan will promote greater engagement between key staff and executive board members.

Making Shared Leadership Work: 5 Steps to Mastering Collaboration

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)

When you have no time for inefficiencies, internal competition, or the drama that easily crops up in groups – don’t leave it to chance. In this Nonprofit Webinars session, Deborah Pruitt, Ph.D. author of Group Alchemy: The Six Essential Elements for Successful Collaboration will outline how to apply the practical structures of collaboration to create a more energizing and productive work environment. Takeaways will include:

  • How to quickly establish the foundation for high-impact collaboration in any group or partnership.
  • Three simple things you can do instantly to improve communication and efficiency.
  • A powerful technique to eliminate the hidden stumbling blocks to your group’s (partnership, coalition) success.

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

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