Motivate Monday with Pamela Grow
Monday, March 25, 1:00 PM ET

Every Monday at 1:00 pm ET nonprofit professionals gather from around the world to share their most recent successes, learn from the top professionals in the sector, grab an easily implemented tip for the week, and get inspired!

Motivate Monday’s guest list reads like a “Who’s Who” of the nonprofit sector, with participants ranging from Ken Burnett to Tom Ahern to Gail Perry to John Haydon to Kivi Leroux Miller to Jay Love to Joan Garry…and YOU.

Everything We Know About Fundraising Is (Mostly) Wrong
March 25, 1:00PM

We often hear about concepts like the fundraising pyramid, donor prospecting, or the funnel approach to donor cultivation. But do these philosophical beliefs match up with reality? Join Steve MacLaughlin, vice president of data and analytics at Blackbaud and bestselling author of Data Driven Nonprofits, as he explores if what we think we know about fundraising is really true. This session will explore some of the most common myths about fundraising and how nonprofits can adjust to the new normal in giving.

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions
March 26, 2:00PM

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.

Skills for Overcoming Burnout
March 26, 2:00PM

Too often, the fire that fuels those of us working in the social sector ends up becoming the fire that burns us out. Across the nonprofit world, organizations are perpetuating unhealthy work cultures, getting mired in conflict and divisions, and struggling to respond to systemic issues proactively instead of reactively. Nonprofit staff often end up feeling anxiety and hopelessness, working ineffectively in their teams, and traveling on the path to burnout. This live, online training will enable you to cultivate resilience-based practices in your own lives and in your organizations, to create a culture of sustainable activism. In the session, you will be guided through an assessment of your individual, team, and organizational resilience. You will learn how to develop effective methods of self and collective care, understand how stress and trauma impact individuals and teams, and learn strategies to cultivate stronger team communication to address conflicts and resolve tensions.

Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify and address the causes and impacts of stress and burnout for yourself and your organization
  • Evaluate your communication and conflict styles
  • Explain how team dynamics are affected by stress
  • Assess areas in which you and your organization can implement more resilient practices and select the relevant practices to apply

Monarchs in a Web of Life: Predators, Parasites, and Disease
March 26, 2:00 PM ET

Drs. Karen Oberhauser and Sonia Altizer will describe how monarchs interact with dozens of other species in diverse ecological communities through pollination, herbivory, competition, and as hosts or as prey to natural enemies. Monarchs are famous for sequestering toxins from their milkweed host plants, which protects them against some natural enemies. Despite this protection, monarchs can fall prey to predators, parasites, and pathogens at all stages of their life cycle. In fact, scientists estimate that only 5% of monarchs survive from egg to the adult stage in natural populations, in large part due to natural enemies. In this webinar, we tour the incredible diversity of animals and microbes that interact with monarchs in the wild. These agents can exert significant pressure on wild monarch populations, and have shaped monarch morphology, chemical defense, and possibly even their amazing migration. Human rearing of monarchs can protect them from some enemy attacks, but captive conditions and crowding can also expose monarchs to new threats. Because many predators and parasites are part of monarch’s natural ecology, it is important to protect and restore the diverse ecological communities that monarchs are a part of. Finally, this webinar will provide ideas for how you can think beyond monarchs as a single species, and engage with and conserve their remarkable community.


  • Dr. Karen Oberhauser, University of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum, Monarch Butterfly Fund, Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
  • Dr. Sonia Altizer, University of Georgia Athens, Project Monarch Health


So You’re Thinking of Planning a Capital Campaign? An Introduction to the First Steps
March 27, 11:00AM

Many organizations consider a Capital Campaign, but don’t know where to begin. This free, 45 minute webinar hosted by Diane M. Carlson, Chairman of Catapult Fundraising, will discuss what to do and where to begin when planning for your Capital Campaign.

This webinar will discuss the importance of a feasibility study, setting an appropriate Campaign dollar goal, building a gift chart, and determining a Campaign timeline that will work best for your institution.

Overlooked Benefits of Outsourcing Nonprofit Accounting
March 27, 11:30AM

Has your organization ever looked at outsourcing all or a portion of its accounting? If not, it is because you’re not sure how the organization would benefit from this decision. Since it is not a common practice for nonprofits to outsource its accounting, we will discuss the process and discuss the overlooked benefits of outsourcing your Nonprofit Accounting.

In the nonprofit community, outsourcing typically means long-term delegation of key operation to outside experts.  The accompanying expectation is improvement of the quality, strengthening effectiveness, and lowering or controlling costs.

A key difference in the nonprofit sector is not only controlling costs, but becoming a more effective organization.

Outsourcing accounting provides nonprofit organizations with a team of experts who have multiple client experiences which benefits its clients and the nonprofit organization’s it serves.

We will review six overlooked, and sometimes unknown, benefits of outsourcing nonprofit accounting.

This webinar will help Executive Directors, Finance Directors, and finance staff to develop and use a financial policies and procedures manual.  Savvy nonprofit leaders know that effective financial policies and procedures that lead to effective processes can be the difference between go.

What’s My Role as a Nonprofit Board Member
March 27, 12:00 PM ET

You’re at the table – now what? Learn to participate in board meetings and other engagements with more confidence and knowledge about your role as a board member. We’ll cover board responsibilities and how you can be a strong resource for a nonprofit organization.

Wednesday, March 27 | 1:00 PM ET
The traditional two-phased approach to campaign planning results in an over-emphasis on the two book-end categories of donors – those giving very large gifts and those giving comparatively smaller ones. This tendency often neglects to make the necessary investment in developing the two middle categories of donors which is also where we tend to see the campaign later lag in performance. This lag in the middle categories can easily account for a 20-30% shortfall in achieving your goal. We have also observed that the two-phased process is overly-reliant on paid professionals in the first half and, in contrast, overly reliant on volunteers in the second half. Our goal is to balance the contributions of professional staff with volunteers throughout the entire campaign.
Join the webinar and you’ll learn:
  • Tips for effective campaign planning 
  • How to identify the tension inherent in the campaign success curve
  • When to “got o the press” with the case for campaign support 

Introduction to Proposal Writing
March 27, 2:00PM

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2:00 PM EDT

Technology only benefits your mission when it’s used widely and deeply across your organization.  Join us for insights on how a cross organizational team focused on leveraging technology can improve adoption, innovation and satisfaction across your staff.   They can also unlock the real purpose of your data: using it in daily work to make better decisions and take smarter actions for your community.  You don’t need a CIO to use technology for your mission.

Ready for the Redesign: Best Practices for Nonprofit Website Redesigns in 2019
March 28, 11:00AM

Launch a successful website redesign project by incorporating the features and strategies that will make the most difference for your nonprofit website in 2019. In this training, you’ll learn about 10 important strategies, along with explanations and examples of each, that you can and should include in your next website. Bring your questions to this interactive training session taught by nonprofit website expert Yesenia Sotelo.

This training is especially created for nonprofit communications, fundraising and executive professionals who are planning a website redesign project within the next 12 months. The materials are appropriate for organizations of any size, focus area, website budget and technology capacity.

Measuring Success: How to Evaluate your Volunteer Program
March 28, 2:00PM

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.

3 Ways to STAND OUT and Win the Grant!
March 28, 2:00 PM ET

Nonprofits are constantly faced with the challenge of finding and receiving grants. However, most grant proposals end up being rejected.

One of the main reasons nonprofits skip the important opportunity to apply for grants is the concern about the time required to prepare grant proposals…and the competitive nature of grants.

Learning objectives:

  • The #1 strategy EVERY nonprofit MUST use in order to get funding.
  • How your nonprofit can stand out from the competition so they are eager to fund you!
  • A CRITICAL step overlooked by most nonprofits when writing grant proposals

Direct Mail Marketing for Your Nonprofit Organization
March 28th, 2:30 PM ET

Is direct mail dead? Far from it. Businesses and non-profits send billions of direct mail pieces each year–to get noticed, communicate ideas, create transactions and retain their hard-earned audiences. Many now use a hybrid strategy that combines direct mail with online, digital response mechanisms.

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Stop Losing Donors – How to Retain More First-Time Donors with Email, Social Media and Your Board Members
March 28, 1:00 PM ET

Did you know, according to Blackbaud, 75% of your first-time donors don’t make a second gift? This means you’re losing more donors than you’re gaining. Don’t be a sufferer of this statistic any longer! Join us as guide you through proven steps for making first-time donors happy, dramatically improving your donor retention rates. We will teach you how to nurture new donor relationships with email and social media, how to boost retention with monthly giving and even how to get your board members involved. 

You’ll learn from this Live Webinar:

  • How to easily calculate your nonprofit’s donor retention rate
  • Understand the surprising psychology behind why people give (it’s not about the cause OR your nonprofit)
  • Learn the 7 key factors that encourage donors to give again and again
  • How to write a first-time donor email series that encourages that second gift
  • Top 10 mistakes that cause first-time donors to leave
  • And MORE!


Motivate Monday with Pamela Grow
Monday, April 1, 1:00 PM ET

Every Monday at 1:00 pm ET nonprofit professionals gather from around the world to share their most recent successes, learn from the top professionals in the sector, grab an easily implemented tip for the week, and get inspired!

Motivate Monday’s guest list reads like a “Who’s Who” of the nonprofit sector, with participants ranging from Ken Burnett to Tom Ahern to Gail Perry to John Haydon to Kivi Leroux Miller to Jay Love to Joan Garry…and YOU.

Generational Trends in Volunteer Engagement
Thu, Apr 4, 2019 11:00 2:00 PM EDT

Generational differences affect everything from recruitment to how we support volunteers and acknowledge their contributions. Learn how you can create and maintain a diverse volunteer corps that leverages the skills and talents of Boomers, Gen X, Millennial’s and beyond.

Key Takeaways:

  • Generational experiences shape volunteer motivations and expectations.
  • Understanding the characteristics, expectations, and motivations of each generation can inform your engagement strategies and enhance your success – especially as a “gen-mix manager.”
  • Leveraging the skills and talents of each generation can strengthen your volunteer corps.


Motivate Monday with Pamela Grow
Monday, April 8th, 1:00 PM ET

Every Monday at 1:00 pm ET nonprofit professionals gather from around the world to share their most recent successes, learn from the top professionals in the sector, grab an easily implemented tip for the week, and get inspired!

Motivate Monday’s guest list reads like a “Who’s Who” of the nonprofit sector, with participants ranging from Ken Burnett to Tom Ahern to Gail Perry to John Haydon to Kivi Leroux Miller to Jay Love to Joan Garry…and YOU.

Small AND Mighty
April 11, 2:00 PM ET

Talk with peers from other small public land nonprofits and focus on things that matter to you. This is YOUR forum — you will help guide the facilitated discussion by providing input on topics or current challenges you’re experiencing that others from similar sized organizations can relate to and help provide potential solutions for.

How Nonprofits Can Raise More Money Through Crowdfunding
April 16,  1:00 PM ET

This webinar will walk through the basics of crowdfunding so that your nonprofit can utilize this growing fundraising method to bring in more money for your cause. In addition to covering crowdfunding best practices, additional topics include:

  • The difference between peer-to-peer fundraising and crowdfunding – and how you can use both in your fundraising campaign simultaneously
  • How to set up your nonprofit crowdfunding page
  • The power of social media to increase crowdfunding for your cause
  • How to thank your crowdfunding donors and fundraisers and inspire them to continue to give and fundraise for your cause

How to Turn Event Guests Into Donors
April 16th, 1:00 PM (EDT)

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy-to-follow strategy that helped organizations engage event guests and turn them into donors?  

In this free 45-minute live webinar, event planning expert A.J. Steinberg will show you how to make guests feel the love at your event and turn that into long-term supporters.


  • How to pivot from “us” to “you”

  • How to use appreciation in all of your event elements

  • How to get “up close and personal” with the art of appreciation

  • How to switch from “mobile phone mentality” to real time engagement

  • How to use mingle-time to build community

  • How to use AJ’s awesome post-event protocol to turn guests into donors

Start A Nonprofit Class
April 17th & 24th, 1:00 PM ET

It’s not easy to start a nonprofit, we get that. That’s why we started this live webinar series to get your feet off the ground. Join Randy Hawthorne, executive director and co-founder of Nonprofit Hub, as he guides you through the process of launching a nonprofit. He’s started four of his own, so, yeah, he knows what he’s doing.

Death by board meeting is no way to go. Traditional models like parliamentary procedure aren’t always practical or useful for nonprofit organizations and their meetings. Join this webinar to learn about alternative strategies for effective board meeting facilitation that leverage engagement, accountability, and greater consensus. From planning to follow up, we will cover facilitation techniques and tools to transform your nonprofit meeting practices from every day to exceptional.

Retail for Rangers (and Other Non-Retail Folks)
April 23rd, 2:00 PM ET
Free for PLA members, $25 for non-members

One of the most popular sessions at this year’s convention! By overwhelming request, we’re reprising our look at retail operations for all public lands folks who, well, are not particularly retail-oriented—nonprofits and agencies alike!


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