Welcome to CORFA’s digest of free and low-cost webinars designed to help you build a strong nonprofit and Friends organization. We generally update the list weekly. If you have a webinar you’d like added, send us a note through our Contact page. Most listings are free unless specifically noted.

Looking for the recorded webinars sponsored by CORFA/NWRA? Please visit the Resource Center Webinar Category.


NWRA Quarterly Legislative Call with Friends
September 22, 2:00 pm ET

The National Wildlife Refuge Association hopes you can join their Refuge Friends Quarterly Call where Caroline Brouwer, VP of Government Affairs, will got into major legislation on Capitol Hill, from reconciliation to infrastructure to appropriations, wth explanations of how these bills will impact Refuge Friends and national wildlife refuges.

6 Financial Pitfalls Every Nonprofit Should Avoid
September 22, 10:00 am CT

Donors and individuals receiving services and employee data all contain information that could prove devastating if stolen. Should your organization be locked out of your data in a ransomware attack, it could be paralyzing and very costly. In this webinar, Nathan Waddell of Lockton Kansas City’s Cyber Technology Practice will share, in layman terms, what a cyber-insurance policy will do for your organization in the event of a loss or ransomware attack.

Tech Planning and Budgeting for Nonprofits
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Et

For many nonprofits, this is a busy time of budgeting for the coming Fiscal Year. We want to help you with the arduous task of technology planning and budgeting for your nonprofit. We all know that the effective use of technology can improve efficiencies, help better deliver on your mission, and spawn innovation.  As technology advances, so should your IT budget.  

In this session, we will discuss:

  • Alignment of your IT budget to the organization’s strategy
  • Assessment of your current technologies
  • Prioritizing expenditures
  • Leveraging resources
  • Walk through a sample budget worksheet that explores key buckets of tech spending

Dashboards: Making Your Data Work for You
September 22, 12:00 pm

Learn how to make your data – from community impact to financial information – more digestible and useful for making decisions. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the purpose and use of dashboard reports, learn the components of useful dashboard reports, and share some examples.  

Small Shop Stewardship: Tools for Nonprofit Staff, Leaders, and Board Members 
September 23, 10:00PT / 1:00 ET

Many staff members of small teams have the responsibility of wearing multiple hats within their organization. So how do we manage to adequately develop, and maintain relationships with donors with a lack of time and resources? This webinar discusses the fundamentals of donor stewardship, with a focus on strategies to efficiently use staff time. It will present practical guidance and tips that your small team can implement immediately.

How to Get a Return on Your Nonprofit Technology Investment
September 23, 2:00pm ET

Every nonprofit organization invests in technology. We use CRMs, fundraising tools, and email marketing systems as tools to help us reach more people and raise support.

But just bringing systems into our organization isn’t enough! Using them effectively takes additional investments of time, money, and brainpower.

If you’re looking at your technology budget and wondering whether you’re getting your money’s worth, join Digital Strategist & Technology Coach Maureen Wallbeoff and learn exactly how to harness the power of your technology to help your organization grow.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the elements that contribute to return on technology investment.
2. Learn how to assess your current technology mix.
3. Explore tips for change management & user adoption.
4. Review opportunities to level up your use of data.

Why Aren’t Donors Engaging with Your Emails?
September 23, 2:00 pm

Are your emails falling flat? Do they inspire your audience to act? Nonprofit professionals are always looking for ways to improve email engagement. Join us for tips and easy-to-implement best practices to help your emails rise above the noise and inspire action! Earn 1 CFRE credit for attending.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • The dos and don’ts of setting up an email
  • What the heck an A/B test is
  • How to craft a standout subject line
  • How to use your data to optimize delivery
  • Analytics beyond open and clicks
  • How to improve your results

Discovering the Value of Your Nonprofit IT Budget
September 27, 2021 | 4:00pm ET

We all approach information technology, or IT, from different angles. In this free webinar, get everyone in your organization on the same page about the importance of strategic IT budgeting. Watch your nonprofit thrive after learning how to properly budget for IT, integrate these budgeting decisions at all levels of management, and take to heart how important these strategic decisions are. Better connect with the communities you hope to serve as you learn to tackle data in-take, risk analysis, and user experience. We hope to see you in the virtual format soon!

How to Conduct Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps
September 28, 3:00 pm

With the advent of board term limits, one thing is for sure, the nonprofit board generally completely turns over about every four to six years. Keeping this in mind, both board members and executive leadership need to be on the lookout for potential directors who are competent to tackle the sometimes-unpredictable challenges of the future. 

If your current recruitment process involves having past directors take off their obligatory year between terms then coming back on to the board. Or you place friends or relatives on your board because it’s convenient.  I encourage you to look at your board recruitment process. 

Board recruitment should be strategic in nature and when done correctly you will get the right people to say yes.

How to Build a Recurring Gift Program from Scratch
September 30 | 3:00pm ET

The benefits of monthly recurring gift programs are numerous. Automated monthly giving is great for donors and for the organization. But as staff members, the thought of launching a brand-new program can be very daunting. In this webinar, fundraising expert Jessica Cloud, will show you how to build a practical, step-by-step process for building a recurring gift program from scratch. You will learn how to create a thriving group of loyal and steadfast donors who provide your organization with much-needed, regular, unrestricted revenue.

October 2021

The Keys to Monthly Giving Magic
October 7, 1:00 pm ET

Nearly every nonprofit struggles with the ups and downs of cash flow.

  • The gaps between grants
  • Successful year-end fundraising, followed by the start-of-the-year slowdown
  • Spending lots to produce your annual fundraising event – and then praying for a big turnout

If you want to even out your cash flow, one solution beats all others: monthly giving. Yes, this money appears automatically in your bank account every month – a kind of modern magic.

Presenters: Andy Robinson, Harvey McKinnon
Fee: $35 CAN

The Ins and Outs of Board Self-Assessment
October 15, 2:30pm ET

Any board of directors – no matter how healthy or high performing – can take a major leap forward by conducting a board self-assessment of its governance function. In this webinar, The Board Doctor will cover the basics of board self-assessment from choosing a tool to conducting the assessment to using the results. We will learn the difference between a whole board self-evaluation and an individual board member self-evaluation and see samples of each. Finally, we will walk through the sections of The Board Doctor’s Annual Checkup and hear real-world examples of how boards used the information they gathered in the process to improve the governance of the organization.