November’s Must See List of Free Nonprofit Webinars!

This list has been adapted from Wild Apricot’s 56 Free Nonprofit Webinars for November 2017

Collaborating with Partners for Program Sustainability

November 1, 11:00 AM (PT)

Interns, VISTAs, Fellows, and volunteers can all play a large role in developing and supporting new programs in nonprofit and educational organizations. While this work is often invaluable to an organization, it can be challenging to keep programs going after those people leave the organization.

This webinar will address key points to help to create long-term and sustainable programs with community partner organizations. We will talk about some of the challenges organizations face continuing programs after key players have moved on and ways short term staff/volunteers can plan for sustainability of their programs after their term ends.


Understanding Risk Management for Nonprofit Organizations

November 1, 10:00 AM (ET)

This session will focus on three areas: identifying and assessing organizational risk, financial risk management, and the Board’s role in risk management. In particular, the training will discuss how to identify and understand common areas of risk such as governance and oversight, contract, financial, regulatory compliance, physical and other injuries, reputational risks intellectual property, personnel management, and data security. It will also discuss what risks are transferable, through insurance or otherwise, and what risks are not, such as loss of funding. It will also explore how to mitigate risk by developing a mitigation and response plan, including prevention; training and emergency response; establishing reserves against loss; and the purchase of insurance. Finally, the session will delve into the Board of Director’s duties in ensuring a proper risk management plan is in place.


Introduction to Corporate Giving

November 1, 2:00 PM (ET)

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

Developing Your Case for Support: The Foundation For Your Fundraising Success

November 2, 1:00 PM (ET)

The Case for Support is the foundation of your fundraising program. It is the basis for all your communications with donors. Done right, it calls donors to take action in support of your mission. How can you make your Case for Support powerful, provocative and successful? Robin L. Cabral, MA, CFRE, will highlight best practices in preparing and using your case for support.

Here is what you will learn by participating in this webinar:

  • What are the key case for support elements that you need to define
  • The definition of an external case and internal case for support
  • How to put the case to work for you
  • The difference between a marketing brief and a case expression
  • What not to lead with in your case for support.

Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow

November 6, 1:00 PM (ET)

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

Raise More Money With “Win-Win” Partnerships

November 7, 11:30 AM (ET)

Is your nonprofit raising as much money as it wants from businesses? Most nonprofits aren’t because they either don’t know how or they target the least lucrative part of the business: the company checkbook. In this webinar, business giving expert Joe Waters will reveal the strategies he’s used and taught nonprofits how to raise six-figures with businesses.

You’ll learn:

  • The business case for targeting businesses
  • Which businesses are the best prospects
  • How to recruit your first – or next – partner
  • Tactics for raising the most money

Introduction to Project Budgets

November 8, 2:00 PM (ET)

Learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence!

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, 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

Turning Data into Results

November 9, 2:00 PM (ET)

There is so much hidden potential in your data, but many organizations struggle to use it. We’re going to review proven best practices and ways to turn your data into actions and results. Along the way, we’ll look at how you can start small and grow your data-driven skills over time. You’ll be able to take the knowledge you gained from our first session and apply it using the tips and tricks you learn from this one.


Salesforce Fundamentals for Nonprofits

November 13, 3:00 PM (ET)

Please join us for the Salesforce Fundamentals for Nonprofits Webinar.  Our goal is to help you learn the basics of Salesforce and understand the resources available to help you get started.  We’re going to focus on steps to start your journey, from basic navigation in Salesforce, understanding the terminology, and additional training we suggest you take.


Advanced Event Planning Success: Using Checklists to Stay On Track

November 14, 1:00 PM (ET)

We’ll cover the best tips for planning a fundraiser event successfully. What to make sure you do and what you have to avoid! And stick around until the end for a live Q&A!


How to Successfully Participate in Cause Awareness and Giving Days

November 14, 9:00 AM (ET)

The rise of social media has also given rise to online giving on cause awareness and giving days. The urgency of a campaign occurring on a certain day inspires individuals to donate, but only if your nonprofit prepares in advance and creates an online campaign that taps into the impulsivity of cause awareness and giving day donors. To help your nonprofit prepare and launch a successful cause  awareness day and/or giving day online campaign, this webinar will discuss:

  • How to create and launch a 5-week cause awareness and giving day campaign.
  • How to successfully follow-up with donors and supporters in the days after the campaign.
  • The importance of having a landing page or microsite for your campaign.
  • The role of social media graphics and infographics in your campaign.
  • How to build a team of ambassadors and influencers to help promote your campaign.

It’s a New World—How to Cultivate Your Community Online Between Fundraising Events

November 14, 1:00 PM (ET)

How do you keep supporters engaged between major fundraising events? This webinar will help you change your thinking about that precious time in between! Many organizations don’t make use of this time because they are in “task mode.” They are not thinking about leveraging this time to cultivate relationships online. Use this time wisely and your community will be primed and ready to support your next event. This webinar will focus on the following:

  • Why a consistent communications plan is essential.
  • What donor stewardship means in an online world.
  • 10 vital actions to cultivate a network eager to support you.
  • How to fire up board members, volunteers, donors and staff to fundraise every day.
  • How to generate loyal support beyond your event.
  • We guarantee you’ll walk away confident in the steps you need to take to earn the trust and vigorous support of your community online.

Virtual Conference: Get Ready for Year-End

November 14, 12:00 PM (ET)

Join this free virtual conference packed with information to help you rally your supporters and crush your fundraising goals this year. You’ll come away with the tips and strategy you need to create better campaigns, get your board involved and energized, learn about Network for Good tools, and write your best-ever appeal.

Check out the sessions:

  • Power-Up Year-End Fundraising: Content that Ignites Giving
  • Network for Good Software Preview and Year-End Fundraising Q&A
  • How to Create a Fundraising Offer Your Donor Can’t Refuse
  • Getting Your Board on Board for End-of-Year Fundraising

Digital Fundraising Fundamentals

November 15, 11:00 AM (PT)

Your organization has compelling stories to share—but to reach potential donors, you need a strategy to reach your supporters on all communications channels.

Using what you and your colleagues have already created, you’ll learn how to design, launch, and execute comprehensive digital fundraising campaigns that speak to your organization’s priorities and make a compelling case for support.

This course will show you how to improve upon what you already do, plan your next comprehensive digital campaign, and get results that you will want to share with the entire development office.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to…
  • Improve upon what your organization already does.
  • Create campaigns the leverage more of your organization’s resources.
  • Develop processes to help you build and execute successful campaigns more effectively.

Building a Sponsorship Proposal That Works

November 16, 1:00 PM (ET)

Are you sending out sponsorship packages every week and hearing nothing back? Gold, Silver, Bronze doesn’t work…but what do you use instead? Simply throwing together a bunch of facts about your cause along with a chart with predefined levels is not going to cut it in the highly competitive sponsorship space. Building a sponsorship deck is a process and it requires your organization to ask some tough questions. In this session, sponsorship expert Chris Baylis of The Sponsorship Collective will show you exactly what you need to do to build a business case that sponsors will want to read.


Navigating Nonprofit Marketing

November 16, 2:00 PM (ET)

Let’s get one thing straight: marketing is just as applicable to .orgs as it is to .coms, and a nonprofit can and should approach marketing the same way as (if not better than) a for-profit. But, with limited resources it can be hard for nonprofits to market effectively. In this webinar, David Mundy, nonprofit marketing expert and Director of Marketing at GuideStar, the world’s largest database of nonprofit information, will give you the blueprints you need to build a solid marketing plan for your organization… even with limited resources.


The Future of Data, Analytics, and AI

November 30, 2:00 PM (ET)

Where is all this data stuff going? How will data, analytics, and artificial intelligence shape the nonprofit sector in the future? In this final session, we’re going to take everything you’ve learned and push it even further. We’ll explore how using data over the next few years will transform you, your staff, and your nonprofit.


Data Maturity: How to Keep Improving Your Approach to Data

November 30, 1:00 PM (ET)

Data can feel confusing or intimidating because the examples we see are often very advanced. It’s like watching Wimbledon and expecting to become a world class tennis player the next day. Even if you’re young and expectionally athletic, it will take time and a lot of practice to get good—you can’t become a star overnight.

Data is no different. We all have to start somewhere. The good news is, if you keep working to improve, you can become more sophisticated at using data to inform and improve our work. At Idealware, we look at data sophistication as a continuum or a spectrum. Wherever you are on the spectrum, small steps and regular progress can make a big difference.

Join us for a free webinar that will help you see your potential with data. We’ll introduce our data maturity model—the five stages for developing a successful approach to data—and help you identify where your nonprofit is currently on the data spectrum and how to move up to the next level. We’ll also discuss the importance of a data-driven culture and how you can nuture data champions across your organization.



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