What’s Coming Up? Free Online Training in February

Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow

Every Monday, 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


Introduction to Project Budgets

February 7, 2:00 PM (ET)

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
  • Prior attendance at Introduction to Proposal Writing is strongly recommended.


Online Tools that Help Nonprofits Learn, Listen & Engage

February 7, 2:00 PM (ET)

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 firehose. In this session, we will help you make technology your friend. In his most revealing session, Jay Wilkson, Firespring CEO, 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 online tools that will help you master your online world.
  • Listening tools.
  • Engagement tools.
  • How to master your online presence in less than 15 minutes per day.


How to Find and Get Grants

February 8, 1:00 PM (ET)

Join Micki Vandeloo, GPC and Margit Brazda Poirier of Grants4Good for an introductory webinar for those new to grant writing.

The focus is on writing grants to support programs, capital projects and operations at nonprofit organizations and businesses. Workshop participants will learn about the basic elements common to foundation, corporate, and government grants.

Topics will include:

  • How to find grant opportunities
  • Preparing information commonly required in grant applications
  • Things you can do NOW to get ready to apply for grants.

Webinar participants will learn the ins and outs of finding and getting grants. They will more confidently be able to navigate the sometimes tangled web of grant opportunities to find the perfect fit and will be prepared to apply once that perfect opportunity presents itself.


Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program

February 8, 11:00 AM (PT)

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?

Inspire Your Staff to Reach Their Full Potential

February 8, 1:00 PM (ET)

ou hire employees who seem to have so much potential, however, you never seem to unearth it. Years later, they are ok, but not stellar in their job. Yet, if you want an incredible team that makes a significant impact, you need stellar employees. The question is: How do you get the best out of your staff?

What if you could unlock their inner greatness? What if you could help them uncover their key strengths, their budding skills or their unrealized potential? You can! The catch is, it takes leadership dexterity.

In this session you will learn the difference between inspiring, motivating, coaching and mentoring your employees, and when to do which. Leaving the webinar, you will have gained practical tools and a mindset shift about how you see your team members and what you are helping them to develop and grow. Yes, you will also discover how to help them reach their full potential!


Introduction to Fundraising Planning

February 14, 2:00 PM (ET)

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:

  • Making your case for support
  • Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base
  • Creating a plan of action
  • Start thinking about your organization’s fundraising strategies!
  • Prior attendance at Introduction to Finding Grants is strongly recommended.


The Happy Healthy Fundraiser: Strategies for Impact without Burnout with Beth Kanter

February 14, 1:00 PM (ET)

The passion that nonprofit professionals feel for their work is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, that fervor helps them keep going in the face of difficult challenges, especially in the early stages of their careers. On the other hand, they can be so driven they don’t stop to refuel or smell the proverbial roses or even notice they are experiencing symptoms of burnout. This interactive workshop is based on her new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.


  • Take a self-assessment to determine burnout symptoms and opportunities to create self-care habits
  • Discuss and share tips and methods for self-care activities that go beyond physical health
  • Learn about how to bring self-care into the workplace to create a culture of wellbeing


10 Ways to Improve Relationships with Your Grantmakers

February 14, 10:30 AM (ET)

Diane H. Leonard, GPC (Grant Professional Certified) is the President of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC, having personally secured more than $40 million to date in competitive grant funds. She is an active member of the Grant Professionals Association and an “Approved Trainer” through the Grant Professionals Association. She is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations. Diane loves to talk about all things #grants, #coffee, #running and #1000islands.

10 Ways to Improve Relationships with Your Grantmakers will provide you with detailed insight and examples to try in your own organization. We will look at successful ways to:

  • Enhance relationships via shared channels and networks;
  • Be creative in reporting and expressing gratitude to grantors;
  • Keep grantors abreast of program and be their primary source for information; and
  • Maintain seamless communication with grantors.


Donor-Delighting, Money-Raising Newsletters

February 15, 1:00 PM (ET)

Newsletter guru Steven Screen will teach what he’s learned from 25 years of creating money-raising newsletters! You’ll learn the tested, proven model for creating a printed newsletter that delights your donors, increases donor retention, and raises money! You’ll learn the best format to use, what types of stories to include, the most important elements on each page, and what to do on the all-important back page that causes your donors to give gifts (and love doing it)!

Learning objectives:

  • Why your newsletter is so important to your overall fundraising results
  • The ingredients to creating a newsletter that works
  • How to design/format your newsletter
  • How to cause your newsletter to raise money


Data Enrichment 101: Best Practices to Optimize Your Donor Database

February 15, 1:00 PM (ET)

Your database is a gold mine of insight. It can help you understand your constituents, connect with them in meaningful ways, and optimize your fundraising programs.

Join us for this one-hour webinar, where you’ll get tips and best practices for evaluating data hygiene, implementing a data clean-up plan, and performing regular database maintenance. With a comprehensive data clean-up plan in place, you’ll be well on your way to joining the thousands of nonprofits that use data effectively to optimize their fundraising programs.


Managing an Aging Volunteer Corps

February 15, 11:00 AM (PT)

So many programs and organizations depend on volunteers that have been with them for years. What happens when those volunteers start to get older? If your volunteers are aging, this session can help. Learn strategies for identifying the signs of aging in place – volunteers who continue to do the same work even though their capabilities have changes – and how to start a conversation about that change. Managing the transition as well as creating new options for aging volunteers will be covered, and we’ll discuss what to do when the situation can’t be solved amicably. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Understand how volunteers can age in place in programs, and identify some of the signs of a volunteer corps that is aging in place and the risk that aging volunteers can pose to your organization.
  • Create opportunities for aging volunteers to stay engaged in programs while mitigating risk to the volunteers, clients, or the organization.
  • Begin a strategy for discussing the aging in place transition with both volunteers and paid staff members, and learn best practices for diversifying your volunteer corps.


Five Hacks to Weave Constituent Experience Constituent Experience Into Your Organization

February 21, 4:00 PM (ET)

Constituents increasingly expect a rich, personalized experience when engaging with nonprofits. Fortunately, being an expert in constituent experience doesn’t mean that you’re an expert designer or programmer.

Constituent experience is about how constituents experience your organization and can have profound impacts on how your organization leverages technology. Learn five customer experience “hacks” that come before diving into any technology project and turn your organization into a constituent-centric one.

Community IT Innovators is pleased to collaborate with our partners at Build Consulting for this webinar. This webinar is appropriate for nonprofit executives, managers, and IT personnel.


Introduction to Finding Grants

February 21, 2:00 PM (ET)

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.

You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.


Amplifying Fundraising with Social Media Influencers

February 22, 2:00 PM (ET)

Radically boost fundraising by adding the one piece you’re missing from your fundraising campaign—a social influencer plan. Share Our Strength® and Attentive.ly will show you how to develop a strategy to engage your most socially active supporters and expand your reach.


Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions

February 22, 11:00 AM (PT)

A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used.

This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.

Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program.

What You’ll Learn:

  • What should go into a good position description.
  • Why should you have a position description for all of your volunteer opportunities
  • How can a position description help you recruit and train volunteers?


How to Give Feedback That Drives Engagement and Performance

February 22, 1:00 PM (ET)

According to Towers Watson, the single most important factor in employee engagement is whether employees feel their manager cares about their wellbeing. What better way to show you care than to create an environment of growth and appreciation that will inspire your team members and volunteers to want to give you their best. The good news is giving feedback doesn’t have to take a lot of time – and it’s free. This webinar will give you some simple, fast and practical tools to help you get more comfortable with giving feedback – appreciative and constructive.


How to Become a Multichannel Fundraising Rock Star

February 27, 1:00 PM (ET)

Did you know that when you connect with donors through multiple channels, they give at least 20% more than donors whom you connect with through only one channel?

In this webinar, we’ll reveal an effective multichannel fundraising approach that empowers constituent communications while boosting organizational results. You’ll walk away with expert knowledge on important industry benchmarks and trends and the top five best practices for successful multichannel communication. You’ll also hear from Mary Hendley from Workshops, Inc., as she discusses her positive results using an integrated set of fundraising tactics.


Introduction to Proposal Writing

February 28, 2:00 PM (ET)

Current supporters are one of your organization’s most precious assets. Yet, far too many faith-focused organizations spend all their time looking for new support, instead of first making sure that their current supporters keep giving—and giving more—every year. During this webinar, we’ll show you how to build a supporter stewardship system for your organization. You’ll learn:

  • A strategy for attaining a second gift from a new supporter
  • How to build strong and lasting relationships with your supporters
  • How to inspire supporters to upgrade their gifts every year
  • A referral strategy (asking supporters to open their networks)
  • How to engage supporters so that they make planned gifts, become monthly givers, and more

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


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