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.

JULY 2024

Help! We’re in the Middle of a Strategic Plan but We Were Thrown Off-Track: Tips & Tricks to Plan Your Strategic Plan
Jul 2, 2024, 11:00 am ET

It’s funny how strategic planning isn’t really part of your team/organization’s everyday work. Strategic planning can feel like “just another high-priority task.” It’s crazy to think… strategic planning requires a plan! But who has time to plan?! In this 30-minute webinar, your team will be equipped to pick up where your strategic plan left off or get started on a new planning adventure.

Breaking down Peer-To-Peer Fundraising
July 8, 11:00 AM

This webinar will help you unlock the secrets of leveraging personal networks for maximum impact! Learn how to set clear goals, use storytelling to connect emotionally, provide essential fundraising tools, and encourage healthy competition. Discover how personalized gratitude can transform your supporters into passionate fundraisers.

Build the board you need
July 9, 2:00 PM

Join this webinar to learn practical strategies for creating a board that will move your organization forward. This course will cover the board’s role, and what your organization needs from its board members. It will explore ways to find the right board members to serve your nonprofit at its current stage. It will also discuss how to create positive relationships with and within the board, and how to navigate the common challenges that arise with boards.

Nonprofit Budget Management
Jul 10, 2024, 11:00 am ET

Review the 5 steps for effective budget management including: connection to the strategic plan, assigning roles & responsibilities, preparation, the budget timeline, and budget implementation. Effective and efficient planning for the annual budget contributes to strong financial management foundation as well as long term financial sustainability.

Stakeholder Engagement in an Election Year
July 10, 12:00pm

This session divides election-year stakeholder strategies into two branches: stakeholder engagement related to moving the needle on issues for the remainder of 2024, and stakeholder engagement related to laying the groundwork for success after the election. When it comes to moving the needle on issues this year, we’ll discuss mapping your stakeholders, coalition building, crisis communications, and more. With regards to laying the foundation for a successful post-election period, we’ll discuss planning for multiple outcomes, and how to start off on the right foot with lawmakers. For both branches,, we’ll discuss strategies for setting effective goals and how to measure your impact.

Navigating the extra challenges of an election year requires a strategic and thoughtful approach to stakeholder engagement. With a plan in place, you can capitalize on the momentum of the election to achieve your goals before November—and be ready with a robust post-election strategy, no matter the outcome.

  • Pre-election preparedness: Strategies to build and prioritize relationships before the election rush.
  • Planning for election outcomes: How to make a plan for every electoral outcome, plus how to leave a positive first impression with new lawmakers.
  • Setting effective goals & measuring your impact: Effective ways to use meeting tracking tools to gauge (and boost) your influence.

Using an Engagement Pyramid to Refine Your Website Strategy
July 10, 12:00pm

Ever feel like your website is trying to be all things to all people? Crafting a digital strategy that balances your goals with those of your audience is both an art and a science. This is where an “Engagement Pyramid” can be a useful tool. It helps almost any organization to map out the complexities of website priorities to find a good balance. Creating a pyramid can also be a very useful thinking tool to bring diverse stakeholders together to make important decisions about your strategy. Over the course of our hour together, we’ll walk through: – What an engagement pyramid is (spoiler: it was not built by aliens!), and how it applies to digital strategies – The inputs you’ll need to create one – Defining a pyramid on your own, or in a workshop with colleagues – How to use it to prioritize information and features for your website

Small Changes, Big Impact: Giving Form Optimization Tactic
July 10, 2:00 PM

This webinar will unpack practical ways that you can enhance your giving form experience. It delves into more advanced strategies for personalizing the donation experience, testing your form effectively, and seamlessly incorporating matching gifts. It will discuss how data-driven insights can help refine your donation form, making it a dynamic tool for increasing donations and engaging your donors.

Get your nonprofit ready for fall
July 11, 1:00pm

For many, summer is an important time for relaxation — and for nonprofits, it’s a stellar opportunity for preparation.

Join us for a comprehensive webinar where we’ll provide a detailed summer checklist to ensure your systems, strategies, and donor data are in top shape for year-end.

By the end, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Refresh your processes (and potentially find some extra capacity)
  • Expand into new communication channels
  • Enhance your compliance efforts
  • Make an even bigger impact during the busy end-of-year season

Seize the moment, check off those to-do list items, and prepare for a high-impact year-end fundraising season.

Beyond the Numbers: A Community-Centric Approach to Volunteer Impact Data
July 11, 2:00 PM

We often select volunteer data based on the “industry standards” of numbers and hours rather than what matters to those closest to the mission. Join us to shift that trend by working through a sample exercise that prioritizes community interests. This session includes a template to support your team in completing the exercise for your agency and recommendations for how to put this new volunteer impact data to work.

Identity, Affinity, and Access: The Makings of Membership
July 11, 2:00pm

In today’s Connection Economy, how does a membership program survive and thrive when there is so much competition for time and attention? The answer lies in the caring, generous humans who join causes and organizations that say something about themselves.

In this discussion, we’ll look a how membership programs can create a loyal community, give people a sense of belonging, provide predictable revenue, and foster deeper engagement with your supporters. Learn from real-world examples and expert insights on structuring membership tiers, offering exclusive benefits, and utilizing technology for seamless management of your membership program.

Learning Objectives:

• List the key elements of a membership program and how they foster engagement and community with supporters
• Develop a basic plan tailored to their organization’s needs and experiences that maximize membership engagement
• Analyze the effectiveness of their program and apply key performance indicators of success and involvement

Avoiding Buyer’s Remorse with Fund Accounting Software: Smart Strategies for Confidence During Selection and Implementation
July 16, 1:00 PM

Avoid the buyer’s remorse blues and join Andrew Horrow of Forvis Mazars as he shares general tips and points out what to watch out for during the system selection process—and also implementation—to ensure your organization runs smoothly from day 1 on. 

An Inside Look at Nonprofit Websites
July 16, 1:00 PM

Finding the best nonprofit website and online tools can be daunting. We often end up juggling multiple platforms, working harder to achieve less. Wouldn’t it be better if you had just one effective nonprofit fundraising website with a content management system that does it all? Learn how to master your online presence and leverage the power of your nonprofit website.

Dashboards: Making Your Data Work for You
July 17, 1:00 PM

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

A Super Simple Year-End Campaign for Small Shops
July 18, 2:00pm

Join us to discover a simple year-end campaign model that produces results for small nonprofits. This multichannel campaign repurposes content to tell a cohesive story throughout Q4 that motivates donors to give. It is both economical and time-saving for that busy season when time is short and budgets are spent.

Learning Objectives:

• Understand a Multichannel Fundraising Approach: Learn how to implement a simple effective, multichannel end-of-year fundraising campaign that leverages repurposed content, creating a cohesive and compelling narrative to ensure maximum donor engagement.

• Maximize Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness: Discover strategies for conducting a fundraising campaign that saves time and resources, making it ideal for the busy year-end season.

• Create Impactful Donor Communications: Gain insights into crafting donor communications that resonate and inspire action, utilizing storytelling techniques and repurposing content to maintain a consistent, persuasive message throughout the quarter.

Growth-Driven Website Design for Nonprofits
July 23, 1:00 PM

In today’s digital age, your website is more than just a virtual brochure — it’s a powerful tool for connecting with your audience, driving engagement, and achieving your mission. This webinar will explore the principles, strategies, and best practices of growth-driven website design tailored specifically for nonprofit organizations. Whether you’re looking to launch a new website or revamp your existing one, this webinar will equip you with the knowledge and insights you need to create a dynamic and impactful online presence that drives growth and advances your cause.

Service Enterprise: Transform Your Organization with Strategic Volunteer Engagement
July 23, 2:00 PM

Join AL!VE for a high-energy session of collaborative learning and driving change to more strategically engage the community and volunteers to deliver an organization’s mission. Attendees will quickly hang the mirror and assess how their organization stacks up against a researched-backed framework of proven organizational characteristics for strategic volunteer engagement. Once attendees have identified where they are strong and where improvement is needed, they will dive into facilitated small-group networking to make connections and barter.

AI Essentials for Nonprofits: Understanding Bias
Jul 24, 2024, 12:00 pm ET

In the rapidly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), it’s crucial for nonprofit organizations to stay informed and prepared. This foundational session is designed for nonprofit professionals to demystify AI, with a particular focus on understanding biases in AI and a framework for assessing your organization’s readiness to embrace AI technologies. Learning outcomes include understanding what the collective challenge with AI is and understanding what can be done when we intend to center the community at the core of the design. Promise of the session: You will work through an exercise to explore how you can design your AI values.

When Fundraising and Marketing Work in Tandem, It’s a Beautiful Thing!
July 25, 12:00 PM

If everything is about a cash grab, your marketing efforts won’t succeed. If your email and social media strategy is spray and pray, your fundraising efforts won’t succeed. Your fundraising and marketing MUST work together so your organization can go from surviving to thriving!  In this workshop, nonprofit expert Ephraim Gopin will teach you?how to engage your target audience so you’re in the best position possible to fundraise from your constituents. You’ll dive into email, websites, social media and more to learn how your organization can use each channel effectively to encourage people to take action. 

Mastering Fundraising Metrics: Achieving Your Nonprofit’s Revenue Goals
July 30, 1:00pm

Are you tired of grappling with fundraising metrics that seem disconnected from your nonprofit’s goals? Join us to revolutionize your approach to fundraising metrics! Discover how to design, implement, and manage metrics that are not only meaningful but also practical in enhancing your fundraising strategies and hitting your organization’s revenue goals.

In this session, we dive deep into the art of crafting fundraising metrics that matter. Shift from messy metrics tracking to focused, purposeful data tailored to your organization’s objectives. Through real-world examples and hands-on exercises, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) aligned with your nonprofit’s mission.
  • Implement straightforward tracking tools to monitor progress effectively.
  • Refine metrics to drive tangible improvements in your fundraising strategies and ensure you’re on track to meet your revenue goals.

No more guesswork or vague insights. Gain the skills you need to build metrics that provide clear guidance and drive impactful decision-making. Whether you’re a seasoned fundraiser or just starting out, this webinar equips you with the tools to build and refine fundraising metrics that truly make a difference.

Introduction to proposal writing
July 30, 1:00 PM

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss this popular class! 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, and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.

Harness the Power of Generative AI for Good
July 31, 1:00 PM

With the rise of ChatGPT, every organization is thinking about how to leverage generative AI to transform how they work. This session will delve into practical use cases of generative AI that demonstrate how nonprofits can leverage these tools to more effectively achieve impact, enhance their operations, and drive engagement. In addition, you’ll receive an overview of key generative AI technologies that have emerged, including agents, retrieval-augmented generation, and fine tuning. You’ll learn the types of problems each of these technologies allows you to solve and when to consider using them in your own practice.

Who Are We Really Keeping “Safe” by Over-Screening?
July 31, 2:00 PM

Volunteer engagement professionals strive to provide environments that are safe for community members and volunteers. Yet, the tools often deployed by organizations can also exclude talented potential volunteers in the name of risk. It is essential to break down barriers to volunteering for all, while also maintaining public trust and being accountable to stakeholders. While it may seem easier to over-screen volunteers for the benefit of protection, it’s more valuable to uphold the ethical values of fairness and respect by creating a culture of belonging for everyone.