If you’re involved in the nonprofit world and haven’t been to any good webinars, you’re missing out—big. The webinar format embraces many of the things that make the internet such a great forum for education: Webinars are a low-cost, high-impact way to reach hundreds of individuals and provide education.
But what are webinars, exactly? Basically, webinars are detailed, hands-on video training from an acknowledged expert, engagingly delivered to you in the comfort of your own home or office space.
Ever wish you could relocate a course, meeting or presentation from the stuffy meeting room to the organization’s sofa? With webinars, you can do just that. Just make sure to bring your laptop.
The Best Free Nonprofit Webinars
Webinar providers constantly rotate the webinars they offer for free throughout a given month, as to provide fresh material and make the most of their existing recordings. So instead of giving you specific webinars, we’ll give you a list of the best free nonprofit webinars.
You’ll have to check into these pages every month or so if you want to stay up-to-date on the best free educational material available. The nice thing is that once you register for a webinar, you’ll typically receive updates as the webinar’s date approaches.
To actually register for the nonprofit webinar, you’ll need to provide some courtesy information about who you are and what your organization does. This is standard practice for free webinars; you don’t have to worry about being emailed or solicited without your approval.
Without further ado, our list of some of the best free nonprofit webinars available on the web:
We can vouch for the quality of these webinars, with topics ranging from your social media presence, how to optimize landing pages, and what the best online tools are for nonprofits. Every nonprofit webinar is free and available throughout the month. Highly recommended.
Firespring is home to a ton of free webinars to help with everything from email marketing to donor attrition. They have webinars available almost every day of the month, so you’re sure to find something good, no matter how busy your schedule is.
Frequent, high-quality educational material from a fundraising services provider. All webinars are free.
You can find a bunch of free nonprofit webinars here, as provided by the Foundation Center. Plenty of good content to check back for each month.
Wild Apricot not only hosts their own stellar webinars, but they also agregate webinars each month to highlight what you can’t miss. Nonprofit Hub is proud of being a regular featured webinar host.
The Power of Great Nonprofit Webinars
Webinars can run anywhere in the realm of 20 to 120 minutes but usually clock in at about an hour in length.
These days, finding information on any topic isn’t too difficult. Today’s nonprofits have a record glut of content available to them and a deficit of time, and attending a webinar takes a lot of time. What does a nonprofit webinar have to do to be worth the time investment?
A high-quality webinar does a few things well:
- Gives unprecedented access to a respected nonprofit authority.
- Demonstrates new, useful concepts in an easy-to-learn format.
- Compresses a complex and dense field of information quickly.
For a webinar to be worth your time, you need to evaluate it based on the above criteria.
Another reason you might choose to listen to a webinar would be if you want to jumpstart your learning with a quick, in-depth digest on a subject you’re interested in but haven’t invested much time yet.
Webinars have the benefits of being engaging and information-dense, meaning you will learn faster from a good webinar than you would by doing a Google search and reading articles at random.
Looking for a free nonprofit webinar just to see how these work?
Let us know in the comments below if you attend any of these webinars and learn any game-changers! Go sign up for one of our upcoming nonprofit webinars. It’ll give you a sense of how these webinar things function. Plus, you might even learn something new.
*Originally posted January 2013. Updated May 2017*