We know that this is a challenging and uncertain time for everyone, including small to mid-sized nonprofits. To support these organizations, we are making our webinars available for free to anyone interested in taking advantage of the tools we have to offer. This includes webinars, virtual workshops, and virtual expert panels. You can view a more-detailed listing of some upcoming opportunities below. Recordings of select past webinars can be found at the bottom of the page.
Avoiding Burnout: Both for You and Your Team
Wednesday, April 21, from 11:00-12:00 pm EST
Game Genius is hosting a series of 1-hour gamification workshops to address different ways to leverage play as a tool for nonprofit success. Join Peter Williamson, game designer and creative philanthropist, for an interactive session about Staff and Self Engagement. Learn how games and play can re-energize and re-center your team around a strong, collective vision. Sign up here!
Analyzing Your Audience to Tailor Your Message
Wednesday, April 21, from 1:00-1:30 pm EST
Nonprofits are challenged to reach a variety of audiences on a daily basis: existing clients, potential funders, new volunteers, service recipients, and the community at large. How can you tailor your message and use the tools at your disposal to reach each of these groups? This webinar will provide you with tips and tricks to analyze your audience at a high level to ensure your message hits. Sign up here!
Make Your Virtual Event Stand Out
Tuesday, May 4, from 1:00-1:30 pm EST
How can you make folks excited about attending your virtual event? During this webinar, we will discuss various strategies and options your nonprofit can explore to creatively engage your supporters and key stakeholders. Sign up here!
Coffee Chat: Data Visualization and Showing Your Impact
Tuesday, May 4, from 2:00-3:00 pm EST
Today more than ever before, folks are inundated by information. 24 hours news, social media, online articles--the flow of information never stops. And within this busy and crowded field, we, as nonprofits, need to find a way to get our message out in a meaningful and memorable way. Bring your coffee (or tea) and join a facilitated conversation with your nonprofit peers about what has worked well (and not!) when sharing and visualizing your impact. Sign up here!
Donor Identities and Donor Centric Language
Thursday, May 6, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Putting your donors first has always been important, and it continues to be crucial during these times. How can you make your donors feel a sense of connection to your organization? Join this webinar to learn about how to tailor your approach to different kinds of donors and make sure they feel welcome and included how they want. Sign up here!
All About DAFs: What they are, benefits, and how to best tap into them
Tuesday, April 20, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
In 2019, donor-advised funds made up 12.7% of individual giving in the U.S. How do you go about tapping into this black box of money? Join us to learn all about donor-advised funds and how they can help your organizational health in the long-haul. View video here!
Making Your Message Stick
Thursday, April 15, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Internet users are flooded with information-overload. So how can your nonprofit cut through the noise to make your message stick? Join us to learn innovative yet practical ways to capture people's attention online and make them remember your organization's message. View video here!
Change Management for Nonprofits
Wednesday, April 14, from 2:00-2:30 pm EST
We know that our teams, clients, and organizations as a whole are still facing ongoing uncertainty. Change will be a constant across 2021, so join us to talk through tips and tricks on how to continue planning, goal setting, and engaging your team during this shifting time. View video here!
Reviewing Strategic Partnerships in Times of Uncertainty
Tuesday, April 13, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
How are you keeping up and communicating with key stakeholders? What partnerships are worth your while? Join us as we go over how you can check in on your partnerships and keep relations going during uncertain times. View video here!
Encouraging Accountability Remotely
Thursday, April 8, from 1:00-1:30 pm EST
As a manager, how can you be sure that the people you oversee are working when everything is remote? How do you strike a balance between flexibility and accountability? Learn best practices in keeping employees both motivated and moving forward on assigned tasks and projects. View video here!
How to Implement the Best Board Committees
Tuesday, April 6, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Your board can be a great asset, especially in smaller groups--like committees. However, running these committees effectively and so that they help your organization efficiently can be tricky. Watch this webinar to learn how to navigate and achieve great committees. View video here!
Finding New Supporters
Thursday, April 1, from 2:00-2:30 pm EST
It's hard to find new supporters during a time when people tend to gravitate to known entities. We have seen organizations successfully foster new relationships during this time though. This webinar shares some of the methods that have worked well in gaining new advocates and donors. View video here!
How to Work With Your Local Media
Tuesday, March 30, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Engaging the media can feel like a daunting task if you don't have much experience. Watch this webinar to build confidence in how you approach local media, tips to frame your messaging, and more. View video here!
Building Strong Relationships with Funders
Thursday, March 25, from 1:00 pm-1:30 pm EST
Your foundation funders are truly partners in your work, so now is a good time to be communicating MORE with them. They have information that might be helpful and they want to know that you have a plan for how to continue to weather the crisis. We'll discuss the various steps to foster a strong relationship and make your organization top of mind. View video here!
Finding Your Brand Persona
Wednesday, March 24, from 1:00 pm-1:30 pm EST
Brand is something that sounds corporate, and expensive. But in reality, every organization (and person) has a brand. If you don't know what your organization's brand is, it could be telling a story you don't want it to. Join us to talk about how to identify and direct your brand, and to make it an asset to your work. View video here!
Gamify Your Fundraising and Donor Stewardship
Wednesday, March 24, from 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST
Game Genius is hosting a series of 1-hour gamification workshops to address different ways to leverage play as a tool for nonprofit success. Join Peter Williamson, game designer, and creative philanthropist, for an interactive session about Fundraising and Donor Stewardship. Learn how games and play can be effective storytelling vehicles to attract and engage supporters of all sizes. View video here!
Cash Flow Analysis
Tuesday, March 23, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
How do you plan for revenue in an uncertain time? How do you make cash flow analysis work when you are making multiple scenarios for your organization? Tune in to this webinar to find out more about how you can make your analysis work for you during this time. View video here!
Managing Staff Burnout and Uncertainty
Thursday, March 18, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
These past several months have been a marathon for nonprofit staff. With dwindling resources, increasing client needs, and isolating home-office work-spaces, it's no wonder that people are experiencing emotional burnout. In this webinar, we'll discuss helpful and compassionate ways for nonprofit managers to address their team's exhaustion and keep staff motivated in a remote workplace. View video here!
Expert Panel: Virtual Events
Tuesday, March 16, from 2:00-3:30 pm EST
Are you having trouble coming up with a new and creative idea for your virtual event? You are not alone, and now, one-year since COVID hit the U.S., more are struggling to come up with new ideas. During this question and answer panel, experts and nonprofit peers will discuss various strategies and options your nonprofit can explore to make your virtual event reach its highest potential. View video here!
Onboarding Your New Board Members for Maximum Engagement Over Time
Wednesday, March 10, from 1:00-1:30 pm EST
The onboarding process for board members is often overlooked, but perhaps the most important way to engage new members from the start of their term. Watch this webinar to learn about the best practices for onboarding your members in an online world and making them feel welcome. View video here!
Making the Ask during COVID-19
Tuesday, March 9, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Asking for money is usually the part of fundraising that causes the most fear, dread, and anxiety. However, in the proper context, it should be the quickest and easiest part of the job! We will take a deep dive specifically on making the ask. Through best practices formed from a combination of development, psychology, and communication, participants will leave prepared to ask for support with less dread and more excitement. View video here!
Effective Stewardship Events During COVID-19
Wednesday, March 3, from 2:00-2:30 pm EST
It's key that our donors know we care. Pre-COVID, one great way to steward donors was to have an event solely focused on the thank you without any ask. How do you replicate this kind of event when people are isolated at home? Join us to learn more about creating a successful stewardship event during COVID-19. View video here!
How to Turn One-Time Donors into Recurring Donors
Thursday, Feb 25, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
We know donor retention really matters and we only keep 50% of the donors we have. It's important to think about what makes a donor stick around and continue to support us. Watch this webinar to learn more about how to keep your donors engaged and invested as well as tips for gaining and keeping monthly donors. View video here!
Choosing the Right Grants
Tuesday, Feb 23, from 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST
Are you deliberate and selective about which grant opportunities you pursue, and which you forgo? If not, you should be! Grant research and writing is energy-intensive, and applying for every single foundation funding opportunity that comes your way is rarely the best or most effective use of your team's time. In this workshop, Thread Strategies will introduce an easy-to-follow and easy-to-use framework for researching and evaluating whether a grant opportunity is really worth the effort and potential revenue. You'll leave this session with new knowledge and confidence that the grants you do choose to write are truly worth all that time at the keyboard. View video here!
Crafting and Conducting Effective Performance Reviews
Thursday, Feb 18, from 1:00-1:30 pm EST
Performance reviews can be tricky for both employees and managers alike. How do you make this process as painless and seamless as possible? View this webinar to learn the best practices that will help your employees with their work and professional development. View video here!
Recruiting the Best Fit Board Members for Your Org
Wednesday, Feb 17, from 2:00-2:30 pm EST
Not everyone will be a perfect fit for your organization's board, and that is okay! What is important is recruiting board members that fit in with your organizational culture. Watch this webinar to better understand how to identify who fits best and then recruit them to join your nonprofit's board. View video here!
How to Prepare a Grants Strategy During Uncertain Times
Tuesday, Feb 16, from 11:00-11:45 am EST
As 2021 begins, it has become increasingly clear that there is no clear path forward in philanthropy and fundraising. How can nonprofits set themselves us for success when there are many unknown impacts? During this session, we’ll discuss how to prepare a clear grants strategy that sets the course for success, even during a time of uncertainty. View video here!
Craft a Creative and Different Stewardship Plan
Thursday, Feb 11, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Stewarding your donors has always been important but is increasingly crucial during COVID times. Personal touches go a long way, but how do you keep your stewardship methods feeling fresh? Watch this webinar to learn more about creating a stewardship plan both you and your supporters will love. View video here!
Running a Successful Cultivation Event in an Online World
Tuesday, Feb 2, from 1:00-1:30 pm EST
Cultivation and relationship building is the most important piece of donor and supporter engagement. Therefore, we must plan when building relationships--especially with new supporters during times of disconnection. We will discuss how to create and plan a cultivation event online. View video here!
Planning Your Social Media in 2021
Tuesday, Jan 26, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
What is the best way to communicate during a crisis? Watch this webinar to find out how to continue to share updates and plan for 2021 from your nonprofit on social media platforms without sounding "tone deaf" or getting lost in the noise. View video here!
Virtual Volunteer Engagement
Thursday, Jan 21, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Volunteers are vital assets for many nonprofits, providing both free labor and community engagement. But during the pandemic, many traditional volunteer programs have fallen dormant due to safety concerns. In this webinar, we'll share innovative and practical ways that you can re-engage your latent volunteer-base to support your organization's work. View video here!
Creating Strategy During Uncertain Times
Tuesday, Jan 19, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Planning in 2020 was a rollercoaster, but 2021 could get even more difficult navigating some people having the vaccine, and others not having access to it yet. How do you plan for the uncertainty? Watch this webinar to help form contingency plans around the year. View video here!
What to Expect in 2021
Thursday, Jan 14, from 1:00-1:30 pm EST
While it's hard to predict next year, we know from disaster fundraising some of the typical trends to expect after a major economic downturn. Tune in to learn what the year could bring, and how to navigate the uncertainty. View video here!
Managing and Engaging Virtual Board Meetings
Tuesday, Jan 12, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
It's hard now that we're nearing on month 10 to keep your board engaged online. How can you ensure a productive, efficient, and technical-snafu-free meeting online? We'll discuss some helpful advice and how to keep your board up-to-date on your latest organizational decisions. View video here!
Keeping Your Teams Engaged
Thursday, Jan 7, from 2:00-2:30 pm EST
How do you maintain your team's cohesion, focus, and productivity when everybody is scattered in their respective homes? How do you keep people on task and motivated when everybody is experiencing their own unique challenges? Watch this webinar to learn about how to set up structures and policies to effectively make the most of a teleworking workplace. View video here!
Thanking Your Donors Effectively
Tuesday, Jan 5, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Properly thanking your donors has always been important, but during this time of increasing loneliness, people will appreciate hearing from you more than ever. This webinar discusses best practices in conducting stewardship and making real human connections during COVID-19. View video here!
Strategic Planning for 2021
Tuesday, Dec 22, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
How can nonprofits plan ahead when nobody knows exactly what the future holds? In this webinar, we went over practical tips on strategic planning for small nonprofits during the pandemic and beyond. View video here!
Application Tips and Tricks
Friday, Dec 18, from 11:00-12:00 pm EST
This webinar walks through the main parts of the application process, including the narrative, financials, and review. We introduced the basics of a Catalogue partnership, important dates, and tips to help you create a great application! Time was allotted to answer questions. View video here!
Engaging Grassroots and Younger Donors
Wednesday, Dec 16, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
We know that our grassroots and younger donors are the most likely to fall through the cracks during the pandemic. This webinar discussed the best ways to engage a younger demographic and get them involved with philanthropy early. View video here!
Engaging Your Board at End of Year
Thursday, Dec 10, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
An active board was a positive for nonprofits even during the best of times, but since the pandemic, they have become indispensable. This webinar discusses practical ways to engage and activate the strengths of your board members during a busy holiday season. View video here!
End of Year Appeal During a Busy Time
Tuesday, Dec 8, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Did you know that many nonprofits raise 40% of their annual revenue during the holiday fundraising season? This webinar shares tips on executing an engaging and strong end-of-year campaign to close out the year 2020. View video here!
Keeping Staff Engaged
Tuesday, Nov 24, from 1:00-1:30 pm EST
How do you maintain your team's cohesion, focus, and productivity when everybody is scattered in their respective homes? How do you keep people on task and motivated when everybody is experiencing their own unique challenges? Join this webinar to learn about how to set up structures and policies to effectively make the most of a teleworking workplace. View video here!
Leveraging Your Peer-to-Peer Giving
Thursday, Nov 19, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Throughout this past year of instability and uncertainty, we've found that people find comfort with what's familiar. Consequently, donors are more likely to support organizations, friends, and family that they already know and trust -- making peer-to-peer fundraising more vital than ever. This webinar will discuss ways that your nonprofit can activate current supporters and cultivate new donors through social networks. View video here!
Final Tips for GivingTuesday
Wednesday, Nov 18, from 1:00-1:45 pm EST
#GivingTuesday is the biggest philanthropic day of the year! It's time to start preparing. In this webinar, we will cover how to make a social media plan for day-of, engaging donors via email, and how to incorporate GivingTuesday into your broader end-of-year fundraising strategy. View video here!
Effective Email Campaigns for End of Year
Wednesday, Nov 18, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
Do you have trouble getting folks to open your emails? Are you not sure how often you should be sending them out? Do you struggle coming up with an interesting subject line? If so, join us for this webinar to learn the best ways to dynamically, yet authentically captivate your nonprofit's target audience during the end of year season. View video here!
Social Media Engagement During End of Year
Tuesday, Nov 10, from 1:00-2:30 pm EST
When planning your nonprofit's end-of-year strategy, don't forget about social media! Not only can it be a great space to engage your current audience, but it can also cultivate new (and often younger) donors. Join us for this webinar to discuss how to make social media work for your organization's EOY needs and goals. View video here!
Engaging Distracted and Tired Donors
Thursday, Nov 5, from 11:00-11:30 am EST
After nearly a year of political uncertainty, economic downturn, and a global pandemic, it's understandable if people are feeling distracted and tired. Your nonprofit's 2020 end-of-year fundraising may be more difficult than usual! In this webinar, we'll discuss ways to strategize your communications effectively in order to engage your donors. View video here!