5 Great Free Upcoming Webinars for Nonprofits

A few weeks ago we updated our schedule of free online webinar trainings for nonprofit professionals who work with volunteers and I wanted to share with you some highlights for the next month.

New for this year is a curriculum of skills and experience that ranges from Introductory level thorough Core Volunteer Program Components to Advanced skills in volunteer recruitment and management. Over the next year we’ll be deepening this program, too, so stay tuned!

VolunteerMatch 101
New to VolunteerMatch or need a refresher? Join this free webinar to learn how to post volunteer opportunities to attract the volunteers you need. You’ll also learn how to manage and maintain your account and receive a coupon good for three free months of our enhanced organization account known as Community Leader.

Wednesday, 4/20, 2011 — 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/948595816

Best Practices for Recruiting Online
Learn how to make the most of your VolunteerMatch account by creating your volunteer opportunities using best practices. This webinar will cover the eight simple steps to making your opportunities stand out on VolunteerMatch.

Tuesday, 5/3, 2011 — 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/542756224

Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions
A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities. Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program. Templates and sample position descriptions will be provided.

Tuesday, 5/5, 2011 — 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PM PT
Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/655372521

Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions
What do you do when it’s time to ask a volunteer to leave your organization? This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. And, the role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

Tuesday, 5/17, 2011 — 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/348778328

Boomer Volunteers Building Capacity: Sustaining a Culture of Volunteer Engagement
Collaborative volunteer engagement positions organizations to survive and thrive through changing times. This webinar will address key steps to sustaining a collaborative culture of volunteer engagement with Baby Boomers, focusing on strategic interviewing, negotiating results, and supporting your volunteers. Join Jill Friedman Fixler, author of the Boomer Volunteer Engagement series, and co-author/editor Beth Steinhorn as they also share an evaluation tool and process to help your organization leverage the success of one pilot project towards organization-wide change. The series is designed as a collection of four separate webinars and can be taken in any order.

Wednesday, 4/20, 2011 — 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PM
Register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/319824137

Not seeing the training you’re looking for? We have a lot more! You can see the entire list of trainings for 2011 here:
http://www.volunteermatch.org/nonprofits/learningcenter/