5 Essential Free Online Courses for Nonprofit Professionals

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Alec Green , Chief Marketing Evangelist at NonprofitReady.org , an online hub of 400+ free online courses in topics ranging from fundraising to grant writing, leadership to program management. Justifying the price for a paid training course is never easy.

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Online Courses

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Online Courses November 6, 2007 I’ve been thinking a lot about giving online courses in the use of open source software. The course is a 12 week course, starting on November 19th (with time off for the holidaze.)

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100 Courses in 100 Days for Alzheimer’s


What could have been a short golf trip turned into 100 courses in 100 days, as the 57 year old Bostonian Dave Blakelock recognized the opportunity to do something big. On the third hole of the course, the three of them each played a purple golf ball, in honor of her.

NEW! Essentials of Online Community Management On-Demand Course


I’ve partnered with Ben Martin of Online Community Results to offer an on-demand, crash course on the Essentials on Online Community Management (EOCM). We designed this course for community managers (full or part-time) and the executives who oversee community management.

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New online course to create Fundraising Rockstars!

John Haydon

Following in an interview with my good friend, Pamela Grow who has just launched FundraisingRockstars.com : Four women – each with their own area of nonprofit expertise – who have created an amazing online course for fundraisers. Check out the Fundraising Rockstar Course here.

Social Media Marketing All-in-One Video Training Course


This 90 minute training course shows you how to build your strategy, tips for Twitter and Facebook, and how to measure your results. Take the Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies Video Training Course and reach more customers, make more sales, boost your bottom line today!

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Free New Mini-Course: Use Facebook Ads to Increase Your Membership

Wild Apricot

This Mini-Course will show you how to execute a successful Facebook Ad campaign sure to grow your membership. mini-courseYou probably sign into Facebook every day to see what your friends are up to, but are you using it to grow your organization?

Raise More Money: Incentive-Based Fundraising 202 — The Advanced Course

NonProfit Hub

Now that you’ve made it to the advanced course, we’ll get into the most technical aspects of this broad fundraising strategy. Of course, products aren’t the only perks that you can offer. Incentive-based fundraising puts your donors first.

Salesforce Charts Its Own Course in Tech Giving for Schools - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

AFP Blog

Salesforce Charts Its Own Course in Tech Giving for Schools - The Chronicle of Philanthropy : "Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is taking a different philanthropic tack than other tech moguls in backing public education, TechCrunch and Business Insider write in reporting on the company's latest, $6-million donation to the San Francisco school district." 'via

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Factors to consider for LMS courses online content release


Our LMS courses provide you with easy access to manage your training. GyrusAim goes right to step needs for your course content to work right on the other end

Quality massive open online courses MOOCs learning technology


Gyrusaim's massive open online courses MOOCs allow the student to react and practice before the next lecture who have a unique learning style can experience it

Philanthropy University Offers Amazing (Free!) Online Courses

Tech Soup Blog

There are seven free online courses available starting in mid-September by people like Paul Brest, former head of the Hewlett Foundation and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. This is an almost unbelievable offer for everyone in nonprofit-land.

[PODCAST] Donor Communications Crash Course | Ft. Tom Ahern

NonProfit Hub

The post [PODCAST] Donor Communications Crash Course | Ft. Donor communications guru, Tom Ahern is a copywriter by trade. He knows the ins and outs of donor-centric fundraising and gave us some great tips for nonprofits. People like having conversations, but hate being “talked at.”

Ecom Elites Reviews: The Ultimate Dropshipping Course Online

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Have ever played a video on YouTube and a person promoting their business course appeared as a commercial? There are so many courses trying to convince you to give them money and learn how to become an e-commerce entrepreneur. This, of course, will get you more customers.

Online philanthropy course eases access to grant funds | The News Desk

AFP Blog

Online philanthropy course eases access to grant funds | The News Desk : Rozek wanted to begin the course to distribute the foundation’s funds to as many localities as possible. After learning about online courses offered by colleges such as Stanford and Harvard he wanted to include the philanthropy courses already provided at universities by the foundation in the online-learning movement. This online course opens these classes up to an unlimited number of students

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Instructor Led Training courses and software program development


Instructor Led Training is still the preferred venue for learning organizations. GyrusAim simplifies tasks such as scheduling, conflict checking, and enrollments

Online giving course adds actor Patrick Dempsey - San Antonio Express-News

AFP Blog

Online giving course adds actor Patrick Dempsey - San Antonio Express-News : When the second edition of an online course on effective giving starts next month, students will have a chance to learn from actor Patrick Dempsey, billionaire Warren Buffett and other prominent philanthropists.

A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For the rest of the morning, we learned about design thinking by doing it through “ A Crash Course in Design Thinking.” Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community.

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Fall Facebook Bootcamp Training Course Starts Next Week

John Haydon

For the past two years, I’ve had the honor of leading a Facebook bootcamp training course in the Spring and Fall for 200 nonprofits (Thank you very much if you attended!). The post Fall Facebook Bootcamp Training Course Starts Next Week appeared first on John Haydon.

[You need this!!] Essentials of Online Community Management On-Demand Course


I’ve partnered with Ben Martin of Online Community Results to offer an on-demand, crash course on the Essentials on Online Community Management (EOCM). We designed this course for community managers (full or part-time) and the executives who oversee community management.

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Juicy Blogging E-Course: The Art and Play of Blogging

Have Fun - Do Good

The Juicy Blogging E-Course is back! I’ll be offering this ever popular e-course January 20-February 17, 2015. During the course, you’ll play with fun assignments on a private blog with your fellow juicy bloggers. Investment $99 FAQ Do I need a blog to take this course?

Juicy Blogging E-Course Starts January 25

Have Fun - Do Good

Just a quick reminder for folks interested in taking the Juicy Blogging e-Course that the early registration discount ends January 18th. You can join the e-course on brittbravo.com ( gift certificates are available! ), and find out about upcoming classes by subscribing to the Juicy Blogging eNews. Loving this course. Britt’s e-course was great. Wonderful course!” As a ‘non-blogger’ I found the Juicy Blogging E-Course to be of great value to me."

New at TechSoup: Online Courses from Atomic Training

Tech Soup Blog

These online training courses are Just-in-Time, meaning they're on-demand "atomic," with each lesson being broken down into small bites of no more than three minutes, so you can learn at your own pace, and on your own time.

What I Didn't Learn in School: Diane Ragsdale's Crash Course on Beauty and Aesthetic Values

Museum 2.0

I've been getting a taste of what I'm missing by devouring Diane Ragsdale's terrific series of blog posts about the course she is teaching on Approaching Beauty for business students at UW-Madison. Diane's course is teaching me how to build a wall. Diane's course is for business majors.

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Winter 2013 Juicy Blogging E-Course + Gift Certificates

Have Fun - Do Good

Just wanted to let you know that the Winter 2013 Juicy Blogging E-Course will be happening January 11-February 1, 2013. Hello Have Fun, Do Gooders!

Logic Models: Charting a Course for Success


Ananda Roberts. President. nFocus Solutions. Sometimes it's hard to see the little details that make up the big programs.

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Invisible Children's Web Strategist Gives A Crash Course In Going Viral | Fast Company

AFP Blog

Invisible Children's Web Strategist Gives A Crash Course In Going Viral | Fast Company : Fast Company recently had the opportunity to speak with Javan Van Gronigen, the San Diego-based digital strategist and web designer behind Invisible Children's viral new media campaign.

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Juicy Blogging E-Course (online) + Blogging for Writers (SF)

Have Fun - Do Good

During this 4-week Juicy Blogging e-course you will read and discuss lessons through a private blog from the comfort of home.

Juicy Blogging E-Course Special Ends September 15

Have Fun - Do Good

Just a quick note for those of you who've been thinking about taking my Juicy Blogging E-Course: The Art and Play of Blogging September 21-October 12th. Britt’s e-course was great. Wonderful course!” Loving this course.

Free Facebook Video Course At The Inbound Zombie Facebook Page

John Haydon

If you’re looking for one central location for a set of video tutorials on using a Facebook Page, check out the Inbound Zombie Facebook Page ( [link] ).

Free New Mini-Course: Convert Event Guests into Paying Members using Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot

Imagine you’ve just held your latest event--a swanky fundraiser that’s attracted thirty new guests. That’s great! What’s next

Blogging for Nonprofits + Juicy Blogging Circle and E-Course

Have Fun - Do Good

Hello Have Fun * Do Gooders! I wanted to let you know about 4 blogging workshops coming up, in case you're interested. Juicy Blogging Circle: Grow Your Blogging Habit May 16-June 6, 2012 Virtual A fun group blog coaching experience! Each week you'll: Check in with the Circle on a weekly conference call, and/or on the private class blog. Share your blogging goals for the week. Celebrate your successes. Ask for suggestions for how to move through challenges.

New Microsoft Office 2010 Courses from easyLearning

Tech Soup Blog

Self-paced online courses from easyLearning. easyLearning's Course Library includes 1,500 online courses in professional development, information technology and "desktop skills" such as Microsoft Office and Windows. Each course takes about 3 hours to complete.

Gift Certificates for the Juicy Blogging E-Course Are Here!

Have Fun - Do Good

A few weeks ago a Facebook pal asked if they could give the Juicy Blogging E-Course as a gift. The next Juicy Blogging E-Course runs from January 25-February 15, 2012. I asked the hubs if he would create a gift certificate for me, and here it is! Isn't it cute?

New E-Learning Communications Course From The Grossman Group

Eric Jacobsen Blog

The Grossman Group has launched its new Take5 ™ to Communicate Well three part e-learning course designed to teach managers at all levels how to plan and deliver effective communications to their employees.

Free Online Course Materials from MIT

Wild Apricot

Did you know that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers free online access to course materials? MIT's OpenCourseWare site is a remarkable resource for self-education — or for developing your own training programs for staff and volunteers, especially in the areas of management and communications.( read more ).

Adobe Absolute Beginners Courses: Go from Design Doldrums to Design Delights!

Tech Soup Blog

Free Online Design Courses for Nondesigners. Our new Adobe Absolute Beginners courses will help you build elementary, foundational design skills in Adobe's Creative Cloud programs. How to Get Started with TechSoup Courses. More design courses are coming later this month!

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Right Brain Business Plan e-Course Starts May 17th

Have Fun - Do Good

Just a quick shout out for my pal Jennifer Lee's Right Brain Business Plan e-course that is starting Monday, May 17th. Ironically, one of the things I took away for myself after completing the course was that I need to plan less, and play more. Hello Have Fun Do Gooders!

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Getting that E-learning Course to Work When SCORM isn’t the Problem


It is the reason you can get your e-learning course from one vendor and still launch and track it from the to be integrated with one another – to “talk” to each other. Students are successfully launching, consuming and completing courses and all of that activity is correctly recorded in the LMS. The easiest way to check this is to try launching the course from another computer. The course itself is a big factor.

How to Change the World: A Free Course on Social Good

Tech Soup Blog

92nd Street Y , a New York City-based nonprofit community and cultural center, is launching a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called How to Change the World through Wesleyan University and Coursera. Want to learn how to make positive change in the world through a top university?

7 minute crash course on environment,values and budget explained by SELP.

Network-Centric Advocacy

This is an interesting overview of the side-effects of cut without thinking about priorities and values. It is a good (mellow) overview answer to the hyper-argumentative coverage on cable news. Resonable people are willing to carry a fair portion of the reponsibility.".

Change (For Good, of Course!)


All for Good Logo On Friday, All for Good launched. Here's how Arianna Huffington describes it: This summer, the White House is planning to issue a national call to service. But already a group of individuals from the worlds of tech, marketing, academia, and public service, inspired by President Obama's vow to make service a "a central cause" of his presidency, have banded together to create a new website that aims to become a craigslist for service. It's called All For Good.

Idealware Email Fundraising Courses: Discount for TechSoup Readers!

Tech Soup Blog

Our friends at Idealware.org are conducting two courses on the ins and outs of email fundraising this fall, starting tomorrow. This first is a model they're really excited about — it's a five-part online seminar series over five weeks, where participants actually create their campaign through the course and end up with a vetted email fundraising campaign by the end. The online courses are each Tuesday for five weeks, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14 !