Put on Your Smarty Pants and Thinking Cap - It's Webinar Time

5716455975_404c0c61ec_m.jpgWebinars are a convenient, affordable way to learn new stuff and connect with other experts in your field. Here's a list of webinars offered in December, so grab a cup of coffee and start learning!

Free Tour of the GrantStation Website

Presented by Jeremy Smith and StreamLink Software

Date: Tuesday December 6, 2011

Time: 2:00pm EST

Cost: Free

Description: Join Dave Carpenter, EVP of Business Development for Streamlink Software and Jeremy Smith, GrantStation's Communications and Technology Director, to learn how to use the tools GrantStation provides to help you identify the right grantmaker for any program or project. During this webinar GrantStation will introduce their new, interactive Grants2020 visioning tool. If you've just joined GrantStation, this tour will help you determine the most effective way to use the valuable resources the website provides. If you haven't joined yet, this tour will help you determine if a GrantStation Membership fits your needs.

 How to Secure Funding From Foundations

Presented by Judith Margolin and GrantStation

Date: Thursday December 8, 2011

Time: 2:00pm EST

Cost: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site

Description: The webinar provides a thorough grounding in what foundations are all about, including how many there are, who runs them, and trends in foundation giving. The focus is on what motivates foundations to give and how you can determine why they might or might not support your organization. Topics include types of foundations and styles of approach, determining your organization's funding needs, finding the best prospect, what makes a winning grant proposal, introducing your agency to a foundation, and proposal submission techniques.

The Fundamentals of Conducting Focus Groups

Presented by: Susan Eliot and GrantStation

Date: Monday December 12, 2011

Time: 2:00pm EST

Cost: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site

Description: In this webinar Susan Eliot will discuss when to use a focus group, how to design good questions, how to recruit and screen participants, how many participants and groups are needed, what to look for in a facilitator, what type of incentives to provide, how to analyze findings, and how to structure the report. Participants will receive samples of the following: question guide, recruitment flyer, participant tracking form, scheduling matrix, consent form, data analysis sheet, and focus group reports. A 15-page do-it-yourself guide to conducting focus groups will also be provided. This course is designed for those with minimum knowledge about conducting focus groups.

Webinar 101: Board Basics

Presented by: Vernetta Walker, vice president of consulting and training, BoardSource

Date: Tuesday December 13, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
Cost: Free to BoardSource members, $35 for non-members

Description: This webinar will introduce nonprofit leaders to the fundamentals of effective governance by defining the basic roles and responsibilities of the board and examining strategies for building effective board structures. It will cover

  • board roles
  • legal obligations of board members
  • characteristics of effective boards
  • performance and accountability

Involving Youth in Grantmaking/Philanthropy

Presented by: Diane Leonard and Grant Professionals Association

Date: Tuesday December 13, 2011
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Cost: $38.50 for GPA members and $77.00 for non-members

Description: Involving Youth in Philanthropy provides in-depth information and discussion about the how organizations can involve youth in philanthropy, how organizations can secure funds distributed by youth involved in philanthropy, and what the benefit is to those involved in youth philanthropy.

Blended Fundraising - Building a Major Gifts Program through Integrated Solicitations

Presented by Adam Burk and Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Date: Wednesday December 14, 2011

Time: 1:00pm EST

Cost: $159 for AFP members, $295 for non-members

Description: Donors can easily become confused and burned out by uncoordinated and “competing” solicitations for memberships, special event sponsorships, auxiliary dues, capital campaigns, annual fund, planned giving society, etc.  One of the greatest challenges, and therefore opportunities, in establishing or growing a major gifts program is to integrate, or "blend," these solicitations into one coherent donor strategy and solicitation.  In this webinar we will discuss how to do so, which will result in more meaningful philanthropic discussions with our major gift donors and prospects, and greater support for our organizations’ mission.

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