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Social Media Makeover @ Webinar
Nov 13 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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During this life-changing session, we’ll not just talk, but actually DO a mind-blowing demonstration of at least 25 killer tools to get tons of online traffic and revenue for your nonprofit. They are virtually all quick and easy (they better be or there’s no way we’ll get through them all!) and free. See how to instantly transform your nonprofit into a powerhouse!

“Content is king!” That’s the key to success on the web today. To remain relevant, you must create dynamic, compelling content. This can not only drive far more online visitors your way, but entice them to do all kinds of things you want them to do: stay on your site, return to your site, donate and support you in other ways, and refer your organization to their friends and family – initiating exactly the sort of viral marketing that can exponentially expand your fundraising and other outreach efforts.

We’ll explore how to decide which content to create, how to create it (even without typing a single keystroke!), create eye-catching headlines, post your content to blogs, social media, and websites, tweet about it, Facebook, develop irresistible free offers, create landing pages for people to sign up for those offers, use search engines to drive boost traffic, launch campaigns to gain more leads and increase the quality of those leads, and much more! For each of the 25+ steps, we’ll discuss what to do, why to do it, and what tangible and intangible benefits you should expect. More importantly, for each step we’ll actually demo a cool tool enabling you to quickly, easily, and in most cases for free, implement that tool. Each tool may blow your mind. Altogether… well, you might want to wear a hat!

Master the right language for:

•     Understand how social media can help them raise more money, drive more traffic, and produce other desirable outcomes
•     Identify specific social media tools to achieve these objectives
•     Know how they can implement and exploit each of these tools easily and without technical skills

Introduction to Finding Funders @ Webinar
Nov 14 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center’s comprehensive funding research tool.

This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center’s comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your nonprofit organization’s funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and PubHub reports.

Note: The webinar assumes no previous experience with Foundation Directory Online Professional.

Proposal Writing Basics @ Webinar
Nov 28 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.

For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover:

•    How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process
•    What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
•    Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
•    What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
•    Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
•    Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

Proposal Budgeting Basics @ Webinar
Nov 29 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal.

This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:

•     What is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it?
•     What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
•     How do you determine reasonable costs?
•     What types of expenses are considered “overhead”?
•     What other financial documents will funders want to see?

Make Volunteer Engagement Everyone’s Job @ Webinar
Dec 4 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Too often engaging volunteers falls to the volunteer program manager, and it’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “your volunteers” used in organizations. How do you make volunteer engagement everyone’s job?

This webinar will provide you with the tools to become an advocate for volunteer engagement. Learn how to create a step by step communication plan to reinforce the importance of volunteer engagement to important stakeholders within your organization.

Engage Volunteers in Your Nonprofit @ Webinar
Dec 5 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Are you modeling the volunteer engagement you want for your organization in your own program? 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.”

We’ll discuss evaluating your program for volunteer engagement, determining how best to use volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting, retention and recognition plans. Sample VolunteerMatch listings and position descriptions for key positions will be provided.

Choose a Low-Cost Donor Management System @ webinar
Dec 6 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Donors are the lifeblood of your small organization, volunteers the strong backs upon which it is built. You rely on them, and on the partners and other constituents who interact with your nonprofit on a daily basis. Tracking them all involves creating and maintaining a lot of data.

But that data also needs to be accessible. A database is like a First Aid kit—it doesn’t matter what’s in it if you can’t get to it when you need to. For example, if a donor calls, you want to be able to instantly access their donation history, their personal information and any other relevant data. Good luck doing all that with an Excel spreadsheet.

The right donor management database makes it easy to see the relationships between data and donors and other constituents, and more importantly, keeps that information accessible and reportable so that you can find and use it the moment you need to. The good news is, there’s a number of options on the market. That’s the bad news, too—if you’re a small organization on a tight budget, how do you distinguish between the systems and their features? How do you know which will best meet your nonprofit’s particular needs? What’s important to consider when choosing?

Join Idealware’s Andrea Berry for a one-and-a-half-hour session built upon our comprehensive Low-Cost Donor Management Report, newly updated in 2011, for a closer look at GiftWorks, Common Ground, CiviCRM, eTapestry, DonorPro, Donor Perfect Online, and other popular systems being used by small organizations on tight budgets.

We’ll walk through everything you need to know to choose the right database for your organization, starting with overviews of the most commonly used, affordable databases on the market that give the pros and cons of each. We’ll also talk about good data management practices and planning, and how to best assess your needs before you commit to a system—the best time to do so.

By the end of the session, you’ll have everything you need to guide your organization through the process of selecting a low-cost donor management system that puts all the critical information your nonprofit counts on right where you need it—at your fingertips.

Evolve Your Volunteer Program @ Webinar
Dec 6 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? 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 program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

Create a Comprehensive Volunteer Program @ Webinar
Dec 11 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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What do you volunteers need to know to be successful? This webinar will start with the basics and help you understand how to determine what information you should be sharing with your volunteers, and how that can be used to create a curriculum.

We’ll then discuss how to present this information in a variety of ways using different delivery methods that appeal to adult learners. Assessing what your volunteers have learned, and creating ongoing training and professional development training for your volunteers will also be covered.

Build An Effective Email List @ Webinar
Dec 13 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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Successful online fundraising, actions, and outreach all start with a solid and substantial list of email addresses. But how do you build a list of the addresses of constituents that are interested in your cause? We’ll discuss a wide variety of tools and techniques to gather solid email addresses, from direct mail and list appending techniques, to online registration methods, to PR and marketing tactics, to social media and viral marketing list building efforts – and how all of those things fit together.

The agenda includes:
•    The Importance of a Good Email List
•    Recruiting Your Current Supporters
•    Making Online Friends
•    Renting and Using Other People’s Lists
•    Being a Good Correspondent
•    Tracking Your Metrics

By the end of the session, you will understand:

•    The types of information that you can provide via email that will make being on your list desirable to your constituents
•    When it’s appropriate to add someone to your email list
•    Methods – like mail appeals, website forms, tabling, and email appends – that can encourage your current supporters to join your email list
•    Ways to reach people online – like Google Ads, social networking sites, pledges, petitions, videos, and other compelling content
•    What’s possible (and what’s not) in terms of buying, renting, or trading lists
•    How to try to keep your subscribers interested in your emails once they’re on your list
•    How to track the success of your email efforts

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