BlogOrganizational Management 31 Free Nonprofit Webinars for October 2023 Organizational Management 31 Free Nonprofit Webinars for October 2023 Author: WildApricot October 1, 2023 Contents 🕑 11 min read Every month, we compile the internet’s biggest list of free nonprofit webinars. Organizations are always looking for innovative ways to adapt to the challenges of working remotely, all while trying to find volunteers and lead successful teams. It’s more important than ever for us to come together and share our knowledge and resources. The webinars below cover everything your nonprofit needs to know about fundraising, events and all the tips and tricks for using GoogleAds. Topics include donor acquisition, fundraising, grant writing, Giving Tuesday strategy, social media, proposal writing and much more. Now onto this month’s webinars. Please note, all times are indicated in ET (unless otherwise noted). Unlocking the Potential: New Donor Acquisition Strategies for Success October 3, 2:00 PM Calling all champions for change! Are you a nonprofit leader or fundraiser? Are you constantly on the hunt for innovative and effective strategies to inspire and convert potential donors? Then this webinar is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss! In just one hour, you’ll get tips and best practices for defining your mission in a way that speaks to potential donors, take a deep dive into how to research, identify and connect with potential donors who align with your mission, and discover the top channels and techniques for reaching out to new donors. Social Media 101 for Nonprofits October 3, 3:00 PM This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. This free webinar will cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important. Sparking Board Member Engagement October 3, 3:30 PM Governance is essential, but the full potential of nonprofit boards depends on individual member engagement. The secret is to engage board members in a way that is mutually fulfilling for both board members and the organization they serve. Doing so can achieve more, develop lifelong advocates, and deepen individual commitment to lifelong philanthropy. Join to discuss the “Three I’s” of board member engagement that can transform board members AND the organizations they serve. From Inbox to Impact: How Email Marketing Drives Fundraising and Matching Gifts October 4, 1:00 PM Email marketing can take your fundraising and matching gift efforts to the next level. Whether you’re sending newsletters, fundraising appeals, or post-donation matching gift emails, you can send personalized emails to your donors and use those communications to strengthen the relationship. But, how can you get the most out of your email communications? Join this webinar to learn more about crafting effective, engaging email outreach. By the end of this session, you will feel equipped to use email outreach as a relationship-building and revenue-driving communication avenue. Build Your GivingTuesday Campaign October 4, 2:00 PM GivingTuesday (and end of year fundraising) will be here soon! But you already know that. Join this session to learn more about how to build your GivingTuesday campaign. It will start with why peer to peer fundraising should be part of your Giving Tuesday/end of year strategy. The session will end with live Q&A. Tackling Burnout: Could Supporting Working Parents Be the Secret? October 5, 2:00 PM With the continued rise of burnout, turnover, and recruitment challenges in our sector, how can we better support working parents to advance your organizational mission and create workplaces we love? Join this webinar to learn more about the benefits of supporting working parents and provides tangible examples and takeaways. Whether you are a working parent or a non-profit leader, this is a session you do not want to miss. Turning Interests into Investments: Best Practices in New Donor Conversion October 10, 2:00 PM Curious about how to transform your nonprofit’s non-donors into financial contributors? Then look no further! This game-changing session is designed to equip you with the essential skills and strategies to inspire and engage your supporters to contribute financially to your organization. This webinar will lead you through the new donor conversion lifecycle—from delivering the experience that prospective donors want to creating compelling calls to action. Storytelling for Impact October 10, 3:00 PM From the beginning of civilization, storytelling has maintained a uniquely impactful position in defining culture, motivating action and bringing people together. Today’s marketers need to be better storytellers than ever before as more and more stories are told all around us. Join this free webinar for tips, techniques and tools to help the modern marketer tell better and more impactful stories to activate their audiences around ideas and actions. Today’s Digital Fundraising Trends, and How to Apply Them to Your Nonprofit October 10, 3:00 PM Industry reports are great, but you must look beyond the metrics. It’s time to take a deep breath and dive into what’s really important about these reports. The fact of the matter is that your organization may be ahead of the game or trailing behind. This webinar will contain an overview of digital fundraising metrics including general online fundraising, email, social media, website, online advertising, and more. You’ll learn how to read beyond the metrics in online fundraising benchmark reports and how to improve different fundraising channels based on industry benchmarks. Be the Difference so Your Donors Can Make a Difference October 10, 3:30 PM Too many fundraisers today take their donors for granted. With just a few extra steps you can wow donors and create bonds that create deep, meaningful relationships between the donor and nonprofit. This free webinar will discuss the current state of donor relations and what you can do to stand out from the pack. Data-Driven Storytelling: How To Inspire More Giving for Your Nonprofit October 11, 1:00 PM In this session, you’ll learn key strategies to accurately gauge your organization’s social influence, articulate your impact persuasively to inspire potential donors, and ultimately raise unprecedented funds. By leveraging data-driven narratives, you’ll be empowered to secure larger donations and truly drive your mission forward. This presentation is a transformative guide for nonprofits eager to maximize their fundraising potential using the power of data and compelling storytelling. Make your mission count with a data-rich, story-driven approach to donor engagement and fundraising. Harness the Power of Your Data to Raise More for Your Mission October 11, 2:00 PM Engaging new audiences, delivering high impact programs, and executing a seamless ticket-buyer experience all while raising critical operating funds is challenging. More so now than ever before, the job is tough. For many cultural organizations, data does not reside in one system. Team members spend time on manual processes, duplicating data across siloed solutions instead of growing relationships and having a larger impact on their community. This leads to missed fundraising opportunities, poor stewardship efforts, and disjointed experiences for patrons—or more simply put, less dollars in the door. Introduction to Proposal Writing October 11, 2:00 PM Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of the 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, and more. Financial Statement Boot Camp: How to read, understand, and use financial statements to better run your nonprofit October 12, 1:00 PM What’s a balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows and why should you care? This webinar will do a detailed walkthrough of financial statements and talk through accounting fundamentals like cash-based accounting versus accrual accounting, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations. It will also cover different types of revenue recognition and why it’s important to NPOs. If you are running or working at a Not-for-Profit Organization and have been intimidated by financial statements, this is your opportunity to get up to speed. From Words to Action: Harnessing Community Stories for Social Change October 12, 1:00 PM Discover how involving donors and volunteers in decision-making processes, captivating audiences with real-life narratives, building trust through authenticity, and inspiring action can reshape your nonprofit’s impact in the digital age. Join to learn the four key elements of community storytelling: Inclusion, Attention, Reputation & Validation, and Action. Direct Marketing Trends in Annual Giving October 12, 2:00 PM The waters have been a little choppy over the last couple of years for annual giving shops with challenges surfacing from every direction. By thoroughly analyzing the data and trends in these areas, you’ll be better equipped to make informed decisions and steer your annual giving efforts in the right direction, whether that means course-correcting or doubling down on successful strategies. Creating a High-Performance Environment for Major Gifts October 12, 3:30 PM In this session, attendees will learn how emerging fundraising trends are impacting major gifts—and how to handle it. It will discuss recruiting and maintaining a high-performing major gifts team and how to practice strategies that will increase major gifts ROI and will promote inclusion and diversity The Final Push: Preparing for Giving Tuesday October 17, 12:00 PM Giving Tuesday is soon approaching – are you prepared? If you are looking to level up your Giving Tuesday game, look no further than this free webinar to get you through the final push. This webinar will dive deep into the strategies, trends, and innovative approaches, that will set your Giving Tuesday efforts up for success. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain invaluable insights and ensure your fundraising efforts reach their peak potential. Lots of LYBUNTS? Transforming Your New Donor Retention Strategy October 17, 2:00 PM You and your team work hard to attract and convert new donors—but that’s not the end of the story. Donor acquisition isn’t just about getting new donors…it’s about creating lasting relationships that amplify your mission, drive supporter action, and lead to sustainable growth. If you’re looking for effective, proven techniques to engage and retain your new donors, this webinar will put some pep in your step! Introduction to Individual Giving October 17, 2:00 PM A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams, and individual donors play an important role. If you or your organization is new to individual giving, this webinar is for you. This free webinar will provide you with an overview of the fundraising landscape and walk you through the key components of an individual giving program. Why Your Annual Report Should Be a Marketing Tool and Not a Snooze Fest October 17, 3:00 PM Is your annual report a real bore? A good annual report goes beyond pages of financial data and compels your audience to take action. You’ll walk away with all the tools you need to create an annual report that spotlights your organization and energizes your donors. In this session you will discover: what an annual report is and what it isn’t, how to determine whether you need one, the best way to write the report for your target audience, and more. Art of the Impact Pitch: How To Craft Your Narrative for Funders and Nonprofits October 18, 12:00 PM This webinar will detail the tried and tested ways of connecting with civil society organizations to realize your vision. This workshop will include storytelling, pitch-deck structure, customization, conversion, and stewardship. These skills will help you craft your next pitch and give your product or idea the greatest chance of success. After the workshop, you’ll receive a guide with a hands-on activity and a takeaway explainer that you can share with your organization. You’ll also have access to a live Q&A the following week to clarify any questions you have. Top Ten Compliance Issues For Canadian Registered Charities October 19, 1:00 PM A great deal has been written about legal compliance surrounding charities in Canada. Much of that material, however, is highly specialized, hard to understand and sometimes esoteric. As a result, it can be extremely difficult for charities, employees, and volunteers to focus on the issues that are most important for charities. This webinar provides plain language information and resources about the CRA compliance obligations of Canadian charities for 2023. Introduction to Project Budgets October 19, 2:00 PM 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, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence. This class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal. 3 Secrets to Sustainable and Successful Corporate Partnerships October 24, 2:00 PM Corporate partnerships provide vital financial support while establishing valuable relationships that amplify your organization’s reach and impact within your community. However, the time investment in building any corporate partnership can be significant, so making sure the partnership is long-term and successful is critical for charities and nonprofit organizations. But how? This free webinar will discuss how building successful partnerships takes intention and strategy at all stages of the corporate partnership sales cycle. Introduction to Corporate Giving October 24, 2:00 PM Is your organization ready to seek corporate support? 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, and how to find potential corporate partners. At the end of this webinar, you will be able to define different types of corporate philanthropy and their motivations and find information about different types of corporate philanthropy. Be Found: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits October 24, 3:00 PM Everyone wants to be found. Your website is no exception, and SEO is its best friend. In this session, learn from nonprofits who are experts at search engine optimization and driving traffic to their websites, plus review the SEO tools and techniques that maximize your findability. It’ll cover what SEO is and how it works, why search engines like Google matter and outline the six steps to mastering SEO Centering Intersectional Feminism in Philanthropy and Beyond October 25, 2:00 PM Women’s Funding Network empowers a deeply intersectional movement that fights for policies and standards across lines of race, class, and gender, and is the largest philanthropic alliance in the world dedicated to advancing the essential role of gender justice funders in the unwavering fight for equality and opportunity. In this webinar, you will hear from WFN members from the U.S. South and Puerto Rico, who will share their work and how an intersectional lens is critical to advancing gender equity as funders. Google Ad Grants 101 – Grow Your Nonprofit’s Online Presence With $10K/Month In Free Ads October 26, 1:00 PM Nonprofits! Would you benefit from boosting your online awareness, raising more money, or getting more event attendees? You can achieve all that and more through the Google Ad Grant: a program that gives nonprofits $10,000 PER month in free advertising. Yes, you read that right. This information-packed Google Ad Grant training will tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the actual process of applying for the grant. The AI Advantage: How Nonprofits Can Rise to the Top Using AI October 26, 1:00 PM This session will explore the incredible ways AI is transforming nonprofit operations, covering everything from fundraising to donor engagement, program optimization to impact measurement. It will dive into ChatGPT and how it can benefit your fundraising teams, automation that can free up time in your day, and more AI programs that can enhance the great work done by your fundraising team. But that’s not all—AI has a lot more tricks up its virtual sleeves! Learn how to uncover how AI-driven analytics can provide valuable insights into your database, empowering you to make informed decisions and maximize your impact on the communities you serve. Marketing Trends Nonprofits Need to Know (and Embrace) October 31, 3:00 PM Marketing trends come and go, but the top marketing trends are the ones worth adopting. Digital marketing, content marketing, social media marketing—each plays a role in a nonprofit’s strategy. Join us to discuss the 2023 marketing trends that’ll shape your nonprofit’s future and grow your impact. Some examples include: storytelling to impact your nonprofit, using influencer marketing to increase fundraising, creating digital experiences that create awareness, and more. 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