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.


JANUARY 2023

Using the TechSoup Digital Assessment Tool for Your Nonprofit Planning
January 24, 2023 | 1:00pm ET

In this webinar, Mona Raina, Senior Director of New Services Development, will share with nonprofits TechSoup’s Digital Assessment Tool. The DAT is a free tool that helps nonprofits assess their digital capabilities and provides recommendations for how they can improve them. In this webinar, Mona will provide an introduction to the tool, a live demo of how to use it, and an introduction to guides that you can use to build your digital transformation road map using the DAT.


Creating Value and Saving Money on Nonprofit Tech
Jan 24, 2023 | 12:00 pm ET

Start-up and small nonprofits can usually manage their own IT using free and low-cost tools for email, cybersecurity, file sharing, and online marketing. But as you grow, you will need to think about the role IT can play in the success of your nonprofit and the IT staff you will need to keep your nonprofit functioning. Join an expert with 20+ years of experience supporting nonprofit IT to learn how to save money on tech and still plan for your nonprofit’s future. You will learn how to grow your internal staff skills, how to write job descriptions and hire for IT positions, and when to save money by outsourcing your IT. With new cybersecurity threats able to force you out of business, it is never too early to build your IT roadmap and learn what tech expertise you can’t live without.


Sharing Our Stories: What Impacts Of Ongoing Budget Cuts Do You See?
January 25, 7:00 PM ET

*We want to hear from all Friends groups!!! We are offering multiple sharing sessions. Catch one session or all sessions. We hope to hear from you!
Has your Friends organization, refuge or hatchery, and community been impacted by the ongoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget shortfalls? Has the lack of national wildlife refuge or hatchery staffing impacted whether your friend’s organization can meet its mission? What are you experiencing? 

Let’s tell our stories. Please share your thoughts and observations during a series of upcoming virtual sharing sessions created to hear your concerns and brainstorm actions. 

It is our hope that by gaining an understanding of what you are seeing in your refuge or hatchery, we can work together to help build messages to send to our local, regional, and national representatives that will support the need for adequate funding and staffing for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs. 

Homework: Participants should be prepared with information to discuss the following questions:
1) What are the greatest impacts to Friends’ organizations resulting from ongoing budget cuts? Share with us what you are seeing in any or all aspects of the refuge and hatchery systems that effect your friend’s group and the local community: land and water conservation, management, recreation, and public use (i.e.., hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, interpretation).

2)What is the one issue that you want your federal legislative representative to know?

Together, we all become stronger advocates for our beloved national wildlife refuges and hatcheries. So, let’s start by sharing our stories.


How to Write the World’s Greatest Fundraising Letter
January 25, 1:00 PM

Engaging your donors and securing gifts is nothing new to fundraisers of all levels, and it all starts with meaningful outreach. If you want to increase your gifts, you might need to reconsider your email strategy. Luckily, you can join this “How to” session to take your fundraising letters to the next level! It will divulge the key steps to building the perfect letter, including eight actionable takeaways so that your team is empowered to raise more.


Google Ad Grants 101
January 25, 1:00 PM

Would you benefit from boosting your online awareness, raising more money, or getting more event attendees? You can achieve all that and more through the Google Ad Grant: a program that gives nonprofits $10,000 PER month in free advertising. This information-packed Google Ad Grant training will tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the actual process of applying for the grant. 


Tech Soup: Marketing Your Mission: App Demos for Nonprofits
January 25, 1:00 pm eastern

Join us for a demo-style event showcasing the latest marketing tools for nonprofits. Our expert presenters will share apps that enable you to be more nimble, creative, and thrifty. Whether you are a seasoned marketing professional or new to the field, this event will provide valuable insights and practical advice for growing your nonprofit’s impact. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the experts and take your marketing efforts to the next level.


Planning Your 2023 Advocacy Agenda: What 501(c)(3)s Can Do
January 25, 2:00 pm eastern

A nonprofit’s legislative advocacy is a critical aspect of creating thriving communities for those they serve. Today’s political environment may make some nonprofits reluctant to engage in cause-based lobbying. Other nonprofits may need clarification on which advocacy activities are allowable and which they must avoid.

Join us to discuss how nonprofits can properly and effectively engage in advocacy.  Get language and tools to help make your nonprofit an effective advocate. 

Take-aways include a better understanding of:

  • The building blocks of a nonprofit advocacy program
  • Relationship-building in the public arena
  • Using data and coalitions to make your case

Grant Agreements: What to Include and What to Look out For
January 26, 12:30 pm eastern

As charitable grant making becomes more sophisticated and program oriented, granting organizations are employing increasingly complex and comprehensive grant agreements.  In addition to standard terms describing grant amounts and purposes, agreements also include provisions regarding intellectual property rights, reporting requirements, and indemnification, among other subjects.  Special provisions are included that deal with international philanthropy.  This program will review when grant agreements are appropriate, provisions to be included in the agreement, and “right sizing” the grant agreement for the situation, along with a discussion, from the grantee’s perspective, of the issues presented by various clauses contained in a grant agreement.  Practical examples based on recent experiences will be discussed.

This program should be of interest both to donors, including charitable foundations and individual donors, and to nonprofit organizations that are the recipients of charitable grants.


Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0
January 26, 2pm ET

Join SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute for a webinar on January 26, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. ET to learn about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program and what the new CMMC 2.0 requirements are for those looking to demonstrate a sound cyber hygiene in order to qualify for work on government contracts. The federal government requires those that develop products, provide services or manufacture parts as part of the Department of Defense supply chain to protect any sensitive information related to their work.


Citizen Advocacy Academy
January 30, 11:00am ET

Please join the Congressional Management Foundation staff for an overview of the first online, on-demand learning management software for training advocates in the US: the Citizen Advocacy Academy.

The courses cover topics including: building relationships with lawmakers; setting up and conducting meetings; and effective strategies for in-district advocacy. The software can be customized with logos, branding, and content, and are available in every format (desktop, tablet, and mobile).

The Citizen Advocacy Academy is based on exclusive and private research on Congress conducted by CMF.

The webinar will be conducted by Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of CMF.


5 Social Media Tips that Will Help You Turn heads and Raise Funds for Your Nonprofit
January 31, 1:00 PM

Does social media feel like a big ticket item on your to-do list for engaging the modern donor, but you are not sure what to do or how to manage it all?  Social media is a great way to add in additional opportunities for engagement in your annual marketing plans and campaigns. Join to learn how to create social media posts that will engage your audience, recommendations and strategies to keep your social media presence active and relevant and more.


Annual Reports: Simplifying the Process for Maximum Donor Engagement
January 31, 1:00 PM

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on simplifying the process of creating a nonprofit annual report.  Chad will review the evolution of annual reports over the last 20+ years and provide multiple real life examples of what is working today.  The focus of the session is on designing an annual report that donors actually want to read.  Participants will leave the workshop with templates and samples to make implementing the best practices a breeze at their nonprofit organization.


Cut Costs and Get Creative with Nonprofit Appeals
January 31, 3:00 PM

Fundraising, as we know it, has shifted in these uncertain times. But that doesn’t mean we should stop asking for support. As nonprofits, we’re no stranger to cutting costs and finding ways to be creative. If you’re in crisis mode, join for this informative session.


February 2023

Citizen Advocacy Academy
February 1, 2:30pm ET

Please join the Congressional Management Foundation staff for an overview of the first online, on-demand learning management software for training advocates in the US: the Citizen Advocacy Academy. The courses cover topics including: building relationships with lawmakers; setting up and conducting meetings; and effective strategies for in-district advocacy. The software can be customized with logos, branding, and content, and are available in every format (desktop, tablet, and mobile). The Citizen Advocacy Academy is based on exclusive and private research on Congress conducted by CMF. The webinar will be conducted by Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of CMF.


Sharing Our Stories: What Impacts Of Ongoing Budget Cuts Do You See?
February 2, 2:00 PM ET


Turning your Strategic Plan into an Action Plan
Feb 7, 2023 | 11:00 am ET

Turn your nonprofit’s strategic plan into an action plan that guides, inspires, and empowers. In this webinar, attendees will learn realistic approaches to sustain a dynamic planning process. Attendees will also learn strategies to create shorter-term objectives, continue to engage your stakeholders and staff, and create a culture of shared accountability through transparency and progress sharing. Go from strategic plan to action plan and successfully implement your nonprofit’s strategic goals!


HR for Public Lands Nonprofits: The Power of a People-First Culture on Employee Retention and Engagement
February 7, 2pm ET

This interactive discussion will focus on best practices for establishing and maintaining a people-first culture that promotes a high level of employee engagement. Presenters will share insights into how employee engagement can be measured and leveraged to retain top talent. Participants will be asked to share their own stories of how they approach employee engagement and retention. A toolkit of samples, templates, and other resources will be shared including employee engagement surveys that can be administered and evaluated on any budget or no budget.

Cost:$30.00 for NonMembers of PLA


Sharing Our Stories: What Impacts Of Ongoing Budget Cuts Do You See?
February 9, 5:00 PM ET


Introduction to Finding Grants
February 15, 3:00pm ET

Are you new to the field of grantseeking?

Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.