Maximizing Civic Engagement

83 minutes / 1 Lesson / Free

This webinar brought to your FREE courtesy the Social Innovations Journal

Civic engagement and its ability to prevent risky behavior in youth has been explored for decades. One study of over 1,000 teenage youths revealed a direct inverse relationship between civic engagement and risky behavior. Engaged youth maximize their sense of community by transforming victims of social problems into social change agents in their communities. More than the qualitative, its impact is seen in numbers, they are 11% more likely to have a grade point average above B+, 24% more likely to vote, and 200% more likely to be civically engaged in adulthood. This is, however, far easier said than done.

This webinar brings together experts from around the world to explore how communities can continue to leverage their infrastructure to ensure a healthy culture of civic engagement. Attendees can expect to receive an inside look into how civic engagement programs are crafted, implemented and reviewed to ensure they’re meeting their goals. Attendees will also takeaway specific lessons and best practices for implementing new programs in communities across the country.


  • Anil Parmar, Director of Community Investment, United Way Mumbai
  • Neli Vazquez Rowland, Co-Founder & President, A Safe Haven Foundation
  • Eric Leslie, Lead Organizer, Union Capital Boston
  • Lauren Fine, Co-Director, Youth Sentencing & Re-Entry Project

Building a NonProfit Innovation Practice and Increasing Impact

75 minutes / 1 Lesson / Free

This webinar brought to your FREE courtesy the Social Innovations Journal

(NOTE: When viewing this – ignore the title slide mentioning “philanthropy.” You have the right video.)

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S. This number includes public charities, private foundations, and other types of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues.

Each of these entities is working diligently for a mission, driven by the promise of a better tomorrow. These missions are easier said than done. Learn from experts across the country about the best practices for achieving your organization’s mission, what new tools are available for support, and what lies on the horizon.

Disrupting Traditional Philanthropy

65 minutes / 1 Lesson / Free

This webinar brought to your FREE courtesy the Social Innovations Journal

More than 1.5 million non-profit organizations exist across the United States. The vast majority of these organizations do not succeed, but many more still play an enormous in role in helping to combat the many issues facing communities across the country. Finding the right non-profit and ensuring philanthropic dollars achieve the impact they are intended for, is an increasingly difficult task.

This webinar brings together experts from across the country to discuss how the philanthropy community is evolving. Attendees interested in supporting non-profits can expect a better understanding of best practices for ensuring your money reaches its mission. Attendees coming from the non-profit world can expect an inside look into what innovative practices investors are using to assess and invest non-profit. The philanthropic world is evolving quickly, this webinar seeks to give the most updated perspective on what to expect, and what to do to ensure sustainable funding and impact in the future.

Moderator: Nicholas Torres, CEO, Social Innovations Journal, Institute, and Lab


Eric Weinheimer, President and CEO, ForeFront

Andrea Dakin, Senior Director of Program Development, AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Diane Cornman-Levy, Executive Director, WOMEN’S WAY

Online Charitable Gift Planning eCourse

This FREE course brought to you courtesy of MarketSmart.

MarketSmart’s partner, Dr. Russell James (J.D., Ph.D., CFP®), recently put together a series of video lectures covering everything there is to know about the law and tax aspects of charitable gift planning. This online course was created for fundraisers and financial advisors seeking bite sized nuggets of wisdom to expand their knowledge about charitable gift law and taxation.


  • Tips to provide your donors with information about giving retirement assets
  • The special types of charitable remainder trusts that exist and their tax benefits
  • Ways to use life insurance in charitable planning
  • How to calculate estate taxes
  • Best practices for income tax planning
  • And much more!

The Leaky (Fundraising) Bucket What’s Wrong With Your Fundraising and How to Fix It

10 Video-based Lessons | Free Book | 8 CFRE Hours | Lifetime Access | $99

This course brought to you by Linda Lysakowski.

The Leaky (Fundraising) Bucket What’s Wrong With Your Fundraising and How to Fix It

Learn How to Fix Common Fundraising Problems and Make the Most of Your Time and Effort

Think before you answer this provocative question: Is your fundraising bucket leaking?

Linda LysakowskiIf there is one thing I’ve seen far too often in my decades as a fundraising practitioner and consultant, it’s that too many programs are falling short of their potential – by far.

It’s not that an organization’s staff members aren’t working very hard. It’s that their efforts could be far more effective.

The metaphor “leaky bucket” simply means that one or more aspects of a fundraising program are not managed optimally. And that results in diminished support for the organization.

Sometimes just a minor adjustment or tweak will plug a leak. Sometimes a revamp is called for. Either way, revenue increases. Sometimes dramatically.

So, how can you ensure your fundraising program is watertight?

Let me help you. In this course, we’ll look at nine critical aspects of managing the fundraising process, what too many nonprofits are doing wrong (including, maybe, yours), and how you can get back on track.

We’ll start with the Leaky Bucket Assessment Tool, which will reveal the leaks.

Then, we’ll cover how to fix them.

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. So we’ll talk about fundraising infrastructure metrics. You’ll see what you can measure versus what you should measure, and why.

We’ll start plugging those leaks in your bucket, starting with acquiring new donors. I’ll teach you the methods to attract new donors and how to think about the costs of doing so versus taking existing donors to the next level.

You will learn about staffing the development function and the roles of the development staff, nondevelopment staff, board, and volunteers. I will also show you how to diversify your revenue streams so that you are not dependent on one form of fundraising.

You will learn about the laws and ethical standards that are important in fundraising. I’ll tell you what you need to know about federal, state, and local regulations as well as ethical standards of conduct.

Most importantly, I’ll show you how to develop a plan that will fix your organization’s leaks so that it can move ahead, maximize its efforts, and realize more support.

Build a Dream Team of Fundraising Volunteers

Make Your Fundraising Magic Happen by Involving Volunteers in New and Creative Ways

This course brought to you by Linda Lysakowski

Do you need help but can’t afford to hire more staff? A Dream Team of volunteer fundraisers is the answer

Linda LysakowskiFar too many organizations engage volunteer fundraisers, if at all, in just special events and menial support tasks. Through this course, you will learn how to engage volunteers in all your fundraising activities, find the right volunteers for the right task, and orient, train, and educate them.

You will learn how to find and approach volunteers to get them to say yes to you. You will see what kind of materials to share with them. You will know how to keep good volunteers involved in your cause.

Once you understand how to keep volunteers coming back, you’ll realize fantastic results without adding to your existing staff. You’ll build credibility. You’ll garner much stronger community support.

So, are you ready to take your volunteer program to the next level?

Enroll in Build a Dream Team of Volunteer Fundraisers today.

4 Video-based Lessons | Free Book | 3.5 CFRE Hours | Lifetime Access | $99