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.

JUNE 2022

Introduction to Proposal Writing
June 22, 12:00pm ET

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

Scenario Planning in Uncertain Times
June 22, 1:00 PM

We all have learned skills to build assumptions that reliably helped us predict the next year or two for our organizations. But do you find your carefully developed budgets, forecasts, and plans suddenly have been turned upside down? Join to assess your current and future financial positions by developing new scenario and contingency plans for your organizations. The webinar will provide techniques and approaches to having practical conversations critical to organizational decision making, while also providing analytical tools to assist in gauging the risks to your income and the flexibility of your expenses.

The Great Transfer of Wealth: How to Reach The Next Generation of Donors
June 23, 1:00pm 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 micro-philanthropy, 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 behaviours and how this directly impacts your nonprofit organization. You will learn how to implement key donor cultivation and fundraising strategies to attract and retain younger donors.

Messy Data In = Messy Data Out: How to Set Your Organization Up for Success
June 23, 3:30 PM

Data is the thread that weaves throughout the life of an organization. Staff come and go but the data that is in your CRM will be there for the long haul. Join for a conversation about the importance of tracking the best data points and taking time to make sure your data is clean and can be used to inform your fundraising efforts.

Workforce Crisis – Live Q&A
June 23, 2:00pm ET

With resignations and job openings near record highs, and the layoff rate near a historic low, many nonprofits are struggling to maintain headcounts to carry out their missions. While most sectors of the economy have been affected by the pandemic – nonprofits have felt that financial impact on their operations combined with chronic staffing shortages.

This webinar is meant to equip nonprofits with strategies for navigating the current workforce challenges to recruit and retain. Topics covered include:

  • Trends for open jobs & number of days for postings
  • Applicant traffic and top states with open jobs
  • Strategies recruiters are using
  • Insights about how to retain employees
  • How one nonprofit is overcoming their workforce shortages

This is your opportunity to ask questions and get answers that will assist your nonprofit in retaining and hiring employees.


When registering, please submit the questions that you would like the panel to address.

Online Fundraising Compliance: How to Stay Compliant While Building Trust and Increasing Giving
June 28, 1:00 PM

Your website and social media channels are remarkable tools that provide boundless opportunities to reach new donors to fuel your mission. Join this webinar to learn best practices and insightful strategies to help you use compliance to drive digital fundraising success, including: which online fundraising activities trigger fundraising registration obligations and what ongoing reports are required, how to develop digital campaign messaging that builds public trust while meeting the various state fundraising disclosure requirements, and what ongoing resources you’ll need in order to register, renew and report in multiple states.

Realty 101: What Is The Role Of Friends In Land Acquisition?
June 29, 2:00pm ET

Do you know how land acquisition priorities are determined for USFWS? Can Friends acquire lands? Do you wonder how Friends can influence funding decisions for land acquisition? These topics and more will be covered in this upcoming webinar on land acquisition. We will talk about the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Duck Stamp Programs as well as the 30×30 conservation initiative and its potential impact on Refuges. If you have questions about the role of Friends in land acquisition this webinar is for you. 

We are excited to have as our presenter Joe McCauley, who served for 32 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working within the National Wildlife Refuge System as a wildlife refuge manager, land protection planner, Atlantic Coast Joint Venture Coordinator, and Realty Officer and also a past National Wildlife Refuge Association Northeast Regional Representative.

How Nonprofits Are Using Digital Communications To Build The Future Of Program Delivery
June 29, 1:00pm ET

From text messaging to video chat, digital communications are central to the ways we live and work today. They are also reshaping the way nonprofit organizations help people around the world. In fact, 89% of nonprofits say digital communications are critical to achieving their organization’s mission.

In this webinar, we share the key insights from Twilio.org’s new report, The State of Nonprofit Digital Engagement. We’ll highlight:

  • How nonprofits are outpacing the private sector in digital engagement
  • What program participants and beneficiaries expect from nonprofit communications
  • The main ways nonprofits can get started building modern communications into their programs

Navigating Volunteer Background Screening Compliance
June 29, 2:00pm ET

Is your volunteer screening compliance program prepared to handle the latest regulatory requirements? Making your way through the constantly shifting landscape of federal, state, and local regulatory compliance can be challenging.
Join our webinar to learn how you can keep your organization compliant and spot opportunities to update your existing policies to help mitigate risk. Working to meet legal and compliance obligations while creating a safe and trustworthy volunteer force can be crucial to the success of your organization’s mission.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Why staying current on background screening compliance matters to your organization
  • How to maintain and update your existing policies that consider federal, state, and local laws and regulatory issues
  • Tips and tools to help mitigate risk and navigate complex compliance requirements

How to Defeat Fundraising’s Silent Enemy: Donor Attrition
June 29, 11:00 AM

Step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention. This webinar will cover how to establish a powerful and engaging web presence that retains donors, what we can learn from the annual Fundraising Effectiveness, why donors leave and what to do about it, 6 key drivers that can double the lifetime value of your donors and more.

Solving the Mid-Level Gift Mystery
June 29, 1:00 PM

Ask five different fundraisers what is a mid-level gift and you are likely to get five different answers. But the data and proven best practices will give a more informed response.This interactive session will break down all you need to know to start developing and succeeding with a mid-level gift program.

The Future of Fundraising: How To Host A Successful Virtual Gala
June 29, 2:00 PM

During the peak of the pandemic, nonprofit organizations unable to host in-person fundraising galas pivoted to virtual ones and incidentally found an innovative, modern way to execute successful peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns. Able to reach a wider audience and present a more diverse array of interactive features, many now see virtual galas, or a hybrid form of them, as a mainstay in their fundraising arsenal going forward. Learn more about livestreaming, virtual gala tables, hybrid event execution and more.

Charitable Giving: Who Gave and Who Received?
June 30, 2:00 PM ET

Each year since 1967, Giving USA ® releases The Annual Report on Philanthropy. Join Laura MacDonald, chair of the Giving USA ® Foundation (and speaker at PLA 2022) as she unpacks the data on charitable giving in America, discusses trends and the implications for our field, and answers questions about your fundraising strategies.

Presenter: Laura MacDonald, CFRE, Principal and Founder, Benefactor Group

  • FREE for PLA Members and Corporate Partners
  • $30 for Non-members and Government Agency Staff

Social Engineering and Credentials
Jun 30 2022, 8:00am PDT

Follow along as experts explain how social engineering breaches happen, and learn why credentials are now associated with 45% of the breaches.

JULY 2022

NWRS Rebranding Campaign, Quarterly Update
July 6, 4pm ET

The Public Lands Alliance (PLA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are launching a multi-year rebranding and activation campaign to invite new generations of Americans to fall in love with America’s national wildlife refuges and increase private support for the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS).

We invite you to join PLA and NWRS for the second in their series of virtual meetings where they will provide an update on ongoing campaign planning progress, an opportunity to provide input and ideas, and details on how to engage in an upcoming signature event of the campaign, Walk for the Wild, in October 2022.

The Top 5 Benefits of Adopting a CRM System at Your Nonprofit
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 | 1:00 pm ET 

The effective accounting, donor management, and data analysis of donor activity has become essential as nonprofits have embraced online fundraising, virtual events, and fundraising on social media in recent years. As a result, more and more nonprofits are adopting CRM systems to streamline operations, improve efficiency, and help your nonprofit raise more for your mission.

This free webinar will highlight how nonprofits can reap huge rewards by implementing a CRM system with tools to track revenue and expenses, manage donor relationships, and manage data across your organization. Implementing a CRM system can:

  1. Establish one system of record for all data
  2. Aggregate data from other fundraising platforms
  3. Track all sources of revenue like grants which require detailed reporting
  4. Track all interactions with donors across all staff and all locations
  5. Improve donor relationships which leads to better retention and higher donations

Maximize Your Nonprofits’s Profile & Fundraising Efficiency:
Making the Most of Cause-Related Marketing Collaborations with Donor Brands

July 20, 12:30 pm ET

Federal agencies, state charity regulators, and independent groups are not only closely monitoring developments in cause-related marketing, but are responding with new regulatory frameworks and best practices to address hybrid fundraising activities. At the same time, nonprofits strive to maximize their fundraising efficacy and visibility in the face of cutting-edge fundraising proposals from their corporate sponsors. Join us for this virtual webinar to learn more about the legal boundaries and practical considerations related to charitable sweepstakes, customer donation programs, CCV campaigns, online giving platforms, raffles, auctions, and more charitable fundraising efforts so that your nonprofit can maximize the benefit of corporate giving while protecting its reputation, tax-exempt status, and legally compliant standing.