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.
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits
October 4, 3:00pm ET
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We 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. Join us to learn:
- How to use Facebook to create awareness for your organization.
- How nonprofits are using Twitter to connect with constituents.
- Why nonprofits must be LinkedIn to be fully connected.
- Powerful no-cost or low-cost tools to manage your social media presence.
How to be More Important than Avocado Toast
October 4, 3:30pm ET
Dr. Holly Hull Miori has a nearly twenty-year career in fundraising and foundation work, where she has raised funds both locally and nationally in higher education, healthcare, arts and human rights and Holocaust education. She serves as a fundraiser, educator, researcher, an advocate for millennials, and promotor of best practices in the nonprofit sector.
The Year-End Fundraising Playbook
October 5th | 2:00 PM ET
The data shows that the year-end season is when nonprofits bring in the bulk of their revenue. But most organizations are missing out on even more donations. Often because they either won’t send more emails or don’t know the research-driven strategies to create higher converting donation appeals.
We reviewed the importance of year-end from the data itself to craft a better, more effective year-end email campaign.
In this session, you’ll discover key insights and takeaways providing strategies like:
● 3 different types of emails to use to build your year-end email campaign
● How to prime donors for forthcoming appeals using cultivation
● How to craft an effective donation appeal
● How to effectively remind donors to give as the year-end deadline approaches
Where do I go from here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways
October 5 2:00 PM ET
How long do volunteers usually stay with your organization? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement, and leadership positions in your organization. It’ll also discuss how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged.
Storytelling for Impact
October 6, 4:00pm ET
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 Firespring’s Kiersten Hill as she goes through tips, techniques and tools to help the modern marketer tell better and more impactful stories to activate their audiences around ideas and actions.
- An analysis of the Hero’s Journey and other storytelling frameworks.
- Tools to aid in the process of compiling and refining the most compelling stories.
- Using social media story tools to build community and motivate action.
- Exercises that your team can use in order to enhance and refine your storytelling process.
What Makes a Great Digital Annual Report
October 6, 1:00 PM ET
This webinar will cover how to engage stakeholders with storytelling, digital best practices, the integration of interactive elements you can’t do with PDF or print, and how to save time and money on creating and distributing reports. You will walk away with tangible tips, example reports created by nonprofit leaders, and ideas for making your next report more engaging.
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions
October 6 2:00 PM ET
A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a volunteer engagement strategy 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.
Grants Research Lab
October 6 2:00 PM
A roughly hour and a half virtual demonstration covering the basics you need to quickly start searching the Foundation Directory Online database to identify the best potential funders for your nonprofit organization. Free. Registration required.
Light Pollution Event
October 6, 11:00 AM ET
Join us for a special virtual event on the morning of Thursday, October 6th, when we will be hosting a global light pollution webinar for World Migratory Bird Day. Featured speakers include experts Dr. Travis Longcore and Dr. Jeffrey Buler. Register now to secure your spot!
Cut Costs and Get Creative with Nonprofit Appeals
October 11 3:00 PM
Fundraising, as we know it, has shifted in these uncertain times. But that doesn’t mean you should stop asking for support. As nonprofits, you’re no stranger to cutting costs and finding ways to be creative. You’ll discover secrets to cutting costs with printing and mailing, surefire ways to invigorate your direct mail and strategies to maximize your impact.
The Great Transfer of Wealth: How to Reach the Next Generation of Donors
Oct 12, 1:00PAM ET
With $50 trillion set to change hands in North America by 2050, the largest generational transfer of wealth is upon us. Millennials are projected to hold five times as much wealth in the next decade as they do now. This will significantly change the landscape of giving. Nonprofit organizations can proactively prepare for this shift by cultivating better relationships with the younger generations: millennials and Generation Z.
Millennials have surpassed other generations in their population size and generosity mindset. This signals the rise of microphilanthropy; where more frequent smaller donations match the occasional larger donations. In this session, we will discuss the trends that highlight current generational shifts in giving behaviors and how they directly impact your nonprofit organization. You will learn how to implement key donor cultivation and fundraising strategies to attract and retain younger donors.
- Understand the data and trends that show the generational shift in giving behaviors
- Learn how to cultivate better relationships with millennials and Generation Z cohorts
- Adopt new tools and adapt your fundraising strategies to target young donors
Stop just talking the talk and start walking the walk! Learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers so you have the opportunity to “think bigger.” It will discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, training, recognition, and relationship building plans.
End of Year Fundraising Made Easy
Thursday October 13, 2022 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
End-of-year fundraising is the most lucrative, high-stakes fundraising there is. Many organizations raise 30%, sometimes as high as 50%, of their individual giving in December. But is your appeal ready to win your donors’ hearts, minds, and wallets? Come learn how to boost your year-end fundraising revenue.
Does My Nonprofit Need to Worry about Ransomware?
October 18, 1:00pm ET
Ransomware is an ever-evolving form of malicious software designed to encrypt files, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Ransom is then demanded in exchange for decryption of the data. In this webinar we’ll learn:
- Common ransomware tactics to watch out for
- Ways to prevent and protect your organization
- The importance of data and cybersecurity policies
- What to do in case of an attack
Telling an Executive Level Story
Oct 18, 2022, 12:00 pm ET
Despite ever-changing technologies, one skill remains vital to master: the ability to tell a compelling, executive-level story. It is essential to understand the basic principles of how to tell an effective, audience-tailored story as well as create compelling visuals to support that story. This workshop will cover the essentials on how to deliver a powerful, audience-tailored presentation as well as the basics of creating a slide deck that supports your presentation and ensures that your message is actionable and impactful.
The Giving Tuesday Cheat Sheet for Nonprofits
Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 1 pm ET
In this free webinar, DonorPerfect will present a top-to-bottom Giving Tuesday Cheat Sheet with task recommendations for nonprofit strategists, administrators, communicators, and networkers. No more feeling like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew – we’ll approach the Giving Tuesday journey in three bite-sized pieces so you can plan accordingly:
- Phase 1: How to Set Giving Tuesday Goals & Plan Your Campaign
- Phase 2: How to Create & Schedule Your Giving Tuesday Communications
- Phase 3: How to Execute Your Giving Tuesday Strategy & Steward New Donors
The Online Community Advantage
October 18 12:30 PM
Is an online community a “nice-to-have” or a “need-to-have” for your association or nonprofit? Decide for yourself and dive into just a few advantages of online communities for associations
including the flexibility to meet the needs of small and large organizations, ability to reach & manage special interest groups, chapters, etc., power to connect members to your mission and each other on their terms, and opportunities to increase revenue and save operational costs.
Regardless of intent, words or phrases can express bias. Using the National Center on Disability and Journalism’s (NCDJ) disability language style guide and other practical information, receive tools on how to communicate in an effective and inclusive way. This session covers general terms and words on physical disabilities, hearing and visual disabilities, mental and cognitive disabilities, and seizure disorders. Beyond specific language, learn from communications and nonprofit experts on how to ensure overall storytelling is inclusive of people with disabilities.
Sunsetting Your Nonprofit with Grace
October 19 1:00 PM
Sunsetting can be a normal, mission-focused part of an organization’s life cycle and occurs when the work an organization set out to do has been done, capacity has been reached, or energy and resources are being directed elsewhere. Join to look at the strategic decisions needed in the sunsetting process – including determining the roles of the organization’s leaders and board, identifying the financial and legal logistics of sunsetting, and clarifying the decision’s impact on the organization’s staff.
Reframing the Overhead Narrative – From Cost to Resilience
October 20 1:00 PM
One of the ‘silver linings in the pandemic cloud’ has been the dramatic increase in contact between people and nonprofit organizations. The time has come to leverage this opportunity to reframe the narrative about our sector to one of organizational health, resilience, and preparedness. Join for a free webinar on reframing the conversation around overhead funding for charities and nonprofits, and what your organization can do to adjust its strategies for increased resiliency.
When was the last time someone referred to your strategic plan when making a decision? If you don’t remember, then you might need a new strategic plan! If you are an Executive Director or Board member thinking about strategic planning, join this webinar to learn if your nonprofit needs a strategic plan, if your nonprofit is ready for a strategic plan, what to expect from the strategic planning process and more.
Convert Supporters with Powerful Landing Pages
October 25, 11:00am ET
With great landing pages, your donors, volunteers and supporters are 10 times more likely to donate, sign up, register or engage with your nonprofit.
In this session, we’ll share real-world landing page examples that increase conversions and what we’ve learned from studying hundreds of nonprofits and their landing page designs, including:
- What a landing page is and why we should care.
- The biggest landing page mistakes and how to avoid them.
- How to build the best landing pages and landing page templates.
- 13 ideas for landing pages every nonprofit should have.
Social Media 101: How to Create the Perfect Content Calendar
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Are you overwhelmed trying to wear a dozen different hats at your organization while still finding time to regularly post engaging content on social media? This no-nonsense webinar will provide participants with a clear formula for creating content calendars that garner interest and ladder up to high level goals.
We will cover:
- How to identify content pillars and craft a social media content calendar that ladders up to their organizational goals.
- Where to find FREE content (including stock photos, videos, and user generated content).
- Why messaging should always come before design.
We all encounter ethical dilemmas in our daily work with and for community, but rarely do organizations focus on ethics related to volunteer engagement. This session provides an opportunity for practitioners to understand the difference between personal, organizational and professional ethics. Participants will learn a process for ethical decision-making that can be applied in any situation, and then practice this using real-life scenarios related to volunteers.
How to Get Donor Visits and Navigate the Asking Process
October 26 1:00 PM ET
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a session focused on figuring out who you should talk to, getting the meeting, figuring out what to talk about, making the ask and following up afterward. Chad will walk you step by step through the process he has successfully used for years as he works to raise support for a nonprofit organization. Attendees will leave the session with templates and scripts to implement this process in their shop.
Cyber Security 101 for Nonprofits – Live Q & A
October 27, 2:00 pm ET
Cyber security is an increasingly important issue for nonprofit organizations, but many organizations lack the resources and expertise to protect themselves. Nonprofit organizations are expected to secure critical data, including donor information, that can be exposed in an instant and devastate an organization if not protected properly and individuals within your organization have not been educated about cyber threats. With the number of attacks against nonprofit organizations having increased considerably over the past few years, many nonprofits are not prepared to deal with cyber threats.