Upcoming Webinars and Information Sessions


There are many webinars and online resources available to support your work in the cultural sector. The list below is not all-inclusive but does highlight some relevant virtual resources. These are not SJCA programs, please address any questions with the host of each webinar.

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Title Description Date
Discovering the Value of Your Nonprofit IT Budget We all approach information technology, or IT, from different angles. In this free webinar, get everyone in your organization on the same page about the importance of strategic IT budgeting. Watch your nonprofit thrive after learning how to properly budget for IT, integrate these budgeting decisions at all levels of management, and take to heart how important these strategic decisions are. Better connect with the communities you hope to serve as you learn to tackle data in-take, risk analysis, and user experience. We hope to see you in the virtual format soon! Monday, September 27, 2021
Office of Appointments: Information Session This is your chance to learn more about the process of appointments to State commissions, boards, authorities, and other entities, including the Arts Council’s board. Officials from the Governor’s Office will explain the appointments process, types of appointments, and more. Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine. If it runs more like a college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you. Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Lights, Camera, Take Action Can you tell your nonprofit’s story in one minute? TechSoup’s Lights, Camera, Take Action! digital storytelling campaign will help you build your skills and help you stand out from the crowd! Over three days of online workshops we will guide you through strategy development, feature the best tools to use, and give you the opportunity to practice your own story creation skills. Tuesday, September 28; Wednesday, September 29; Thursday, September 30
Nonprofit Governance and Compliance 101: What You Need to Know There are many state and federal regulations and compliance matters that apply to nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. In today’s world, keeping current with changes to compliance matters is as important as ever. For example, did you know that in 2021, New York’s audit threshold changed? Join us to learn more about nonprofit governance, compliance issues, and best practices for your organization’s board. Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Building Hope: Fundraising Best Practices for Community Development We'll walk you through some great success stories and share ideas from community development organizations on how to create a diversified giving program with compelling donation forms, text appeals, auctions, and virtual fundraising event ideas and best practices. Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Nonprofit ROI Q&A Session Join Firespring's Director of Strategic Marketing, Alex McChesney as he answers questions from clients: 1.) How important is ROI when it comes to nonprofit marketing? 2.) My board only cares about ROI. 3.) How do we balance that? 4.) Are there certain tactics that have better ROI? and much more! Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Archiving Series: Career Documentation and Your Legacy as an Artist Career documentation and preserving one’s legacy are essential components of an artist’s life and practice–even early on in their careers. This online workshop will provide a summary of, and rationale for,  entering into the career documentation process. It will take into consideration that each artist will have their own style, approach, and affinities in how they go about this work. This workshop is for artists of all disciplines. Wednesday, September 29, 2021
How to Build a Recurring Gift Program from Scratch The benefits of monthly recurring gift programs are numerous. Automated monthly giving is great for donors and for the organization. But as staff members, the thought of launching a brand-new program can be very daunting. In this webinar, fundraising expert Jessica Cloud, will show you how to build a practical, step-by-step process for building a recurring gift program from scratch. You will learn how to create a thriving group of loyal and steadfast donors who provide your organization with much-needed, regular, unrestricted revenue. Thursday, September 30, 2021
Demystifying the Grants Lifecycle: Grant Seeking Lessons and Pro-tips from the Field Grants are an integral piece of many nonprofit budgets. Yet finding, acquiring, and maintaining grants can often feel challenging and mysterious, especially when you have more limited grant writing experience. This session will help demystify all five phases of the grants lifecycle: identifying well-aligned prospects, cultivating funder relationships, preparing compelling submissions, maintaining grants through stewarding and reporting, and submitting renewals Thursday, September 30, 2021
Virtual Events Q&A Session Join Firespring's Director of Strategic Marketing, Alex McChesney in this interactive Q&A and learn about the best ways to support and host successful virtual events of all types! Thursday, September 30, 2021
Work of Art: Career Planning Where do you want to be both artistically and professionally? Learn how to define your values, identify key choices and develop a plan to achieve your career goals. Saturday, October 2, 2021
How to Manage Difficult Volunteers: Key Strategies and Action Steps to Implement Every nonprofit leader deals with difficult committee members, volunteers, or board members. Difficult volunteers can prevent nonprofits leaders from effectively pursuing their mission and programs and can negatively impact staff and other volunteers. In This training, we will review common issues that arise and offer step-by-step solutions to mitigate these issues. Volunteer issues covered in the workshop will include social media policies, interpersonal conflicts among volunteers and with staff, alignment of volunteer expectations, volunteer engagement, and volunteer retention. Participants in this workshop will leave with strategies and tools to immediately implement in their own organizations to more effectively manage their volunteer force. Monday, October 4, 2021
National Conference on Cultural Property Protection Join colleagues from around the world for two days to explore the future of cultural heritage protection and preservation, all from the safety of your own screen! Through easily accessible presentations, group panels, interviews, and Q&A’s, NCCPP will teach the strategies you need to turn challenges into opportunities during a time of crisis. Monday, October 4 & Tuesday, October 5, 2021
How to Create a Case Statement for Funding Support: Templates & Methods to Develop a Case Statement A fully developed case statement is crucial to a grant proposal, capital campaign, end-of-year campaign, or one-on-one donor solicitation. A case statement illustrates the work of a nonprofit. The core components of a case statement should serve as an inspiration to funders whether during a 1:1 solicitation or a grant application. Staff, board members, and volunteers can use information from a case statement to convey important information to the community, funders, foundations, and key stakeholders. Do you have an old case statement that needs to up be updated? Or have never created a case statement that makes grant writing a challenge? Join us for this workshop to review the core components of a case statement using a template provided and get started writing, updating, or revising your organization's case statement. Tuesday, October 5, 2021 & Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Archiving Series: Career Documentation for Visual Artists This workshop, following up on the Career Documentation overview workshop in September, will provide visual artists with practical recommendations to support their individual situations and needs in developing their own archiving systems. Participants will be provided with a brief questionnaire in advance of the workshop to assess their needs. Breakout groups will be used as peer support to address issues brought up in the questionnaire, and those will be shared with the entire group and workshop leader for discussion. Participants will be provided with additional worksheets to use as tools in their career documentation process. Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Why You Need Peer-to-Peer Fundraising and the Best Ways to Implement It Peer-to-peer fundraising allows you to raise exponentially more fundraising revenue when you do it right. With peer-to-peer in your fundraising strategy, your community will raise money for you. Yet, you need to pick the right platform for your cause and set it up in a way that is easy-to-use for your fundraisers. Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Disaster Response for Performing Arts Organizations Emergency response can be a daunting prospect for performing arts organizations. This webinar will lay out the basic tenets of responding to an emergency including support organizations, working with vendors, and helpful resources for organization and planning. There will also be a brief introduction to the Incident Command System so that performing arts centers can work more seamlessly with their local first responders. Thursday, October 7, 2021
Get More Grants with Donor Cultivation NOW and Post-Pandemic Sometimes even the strongest grant applications get denied while others receive funding. The difference could be the extent to which donors/funders were engaged early in the process. This presentation will focus on donor cultivation, an essential step to getting the grant. Join Margit Brazda Poirier who will go over how engaging with funders can make the grant seeking process much more easier. Thursday, October 7, 2021
Work of Art: Time Management Discover analytical and tool-based approaches to manage your time. These tools will help you tackle hurdles related to efficiency, flexibility, and structure to help you reach your artistic goals. Saturday, October 9, 2021
They're Not A Frill If You're Using Them Right: How to Save Money and Get More Done Using High-Skill Volunteers In this webinar, you will discover how to make the most of high-skill volunteers--those lawyers, public-relations specialists, accountants and other professionals who are increasingly interested in donating their expertise.  Explore how to identify major projects on which volunteers can be helpful, how to integrate them into those projects, how to smooth relations between staff and volunteers, and how to make paid personnel more effective in deploying and supervising their unpaid counterparts. Monday, October 11, 2021
Managing Your Nonprofit’s Online Presence with Legal Best Practices You have spent weeks developing your nonprofit’s website – everything looks amazing and today is the day you go to publish. But have you considered the legal ramifications of the website? Do you have permission to use the images you’re using? Should you have a Privacy Policy? Today, virtually all nonprofits maintain a website and have a presence on social media. Please join us to learn about important legal considerations in creating and maintaining your organization’s website and in using other social media platforms. Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Changes to Data Privacy Laws & Your Nonprofit Recent announcements from Apple and Google surrounding app pixel tracking and third-party cookies have caused considerable hand-wringing among marketers and fundraisers alike. While the changes will require shifts in basic business practices, they’re perfectly manageable and, when done right, may improve your fundraising, engagement, and overall numbers. We’ll show you how in this webinar. Wednesday, October 13, 2021
How to Get Your Audience Back: Marketing Performance Arts During the Pandemic This webinar will address the need for Performing Arts organizations to acknowledge the Covid-related anxieties of returning audiences. Organizations that present live lectures, concerts, dance, and theater have found ways forward during the pandemic to minimize risk to their performers, presenters, and in-house staff. Now is the time to welcome back cautious audiences and demonstrate the steps taken to make their safety and comfort a top priority. Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Demonstrate Impact, Be Transparent, Retain and Attract Donors:  The New Fundraising Paradigm In this workshop, we will take the attendees through the cycle of fundraising which is based on "demonstrating impact to the donors".  How do we show or prove to donors the impact they have been able to make with their donations?  We will talk about the psychological and the consumer behavior aspects which are often neglected in fundraising, the notion of "completing the story", the benefits, and the tools that are now available to automate and help with demonstrating impact to donors. Attendees will understand how the fundraising landscape is changing, what the new generation requires, and how to bring the individual donors back. Thursday, October 14, 2021
Safety and Security for Performing Arts With the ever-changing nature of events, are you prepared for the unexpected? With audiences and Local Government agencies expecting more from you as an organizer, do you have plans in place to not only try and prevent, but also respond should any incident happen? Safety and Security are more important now than ever and more questions will be asked of you and what plans you have in place. This class will help event organizers and venues establish the key elements for prevention and responding to incidents of any shape or size. It will provide a background of what happens when things don’t go as planned, and show that it doesn’t matter what size or type of event you have, the basic principles are the same Thursday, October 14, 2021
Work of Art: Portfolio Kit Your portfolio is the core of your promotional material and professional calling card. Focus on the essential elements: sharpening your artist statement, tailoring your artistic resume, and curating and formatting your work samples. Saturday, October 16, 2021
Start with Listening: Transform Your Fundraising Feedback One of the most important skills in nonprofit management is the ability to listen.  Despite powerful benefits, listening is often rare and difficult to translate into action.  With the right tools, listening well to your donors can provide valuable organizational insights, and help to generate significant resources for your nonprofit. Monday, October 18, 2021
Grant Writing Bootcamp for Advanced Writers This grant writing class will teach individuals how to write a compelling grant proposal of $100,000 and up for submission to a private foundation. The class covers everything from the grant cover letter to reconciliation but focuses primarily on the statement of need, project/program narrative, outcome measurements, and reconciliation. We discuss how to make those sections compelling, accurate, and tailored to your organization. Tuesday, October 19, 2021
How to Build & Scale New and Existing Programs to Reach Your Goals Creating and expanding programs and services in a nonprofit helps lead to growth, innovation and delivery of services. Are you looking to expand or scale a program in your organization, agency or nonprofit? Need some guidance before dedicating a lot of resources, capacity and staff time? Program development, expansion and scaling is a process and takes time for staff, board members and volunteers. This workshop will explore methods and strategies to brainstorm and create ideas for the purpose of program development, scalability, sustainability and expansion. Tuesday, October 19, 2021 & Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Crisis Communication and Reputation Management for Performing Arts Organizations As professionals rise through the ranks, they will face issues that thrust them into the spotlight and threaten organizational reputation. A recent study found that 9 in 10 business leaders (94%) admit that the executives in their organizations need more training in core communication disciplines, such as reputation management and strategic communication. Are you prepared? This class reviews elements of strategic communication that are essential before, during and after crisis events. It examines how your organization can best prepare to respond to crisis and restore organizational reputation Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Lessons From 2020 How might the transformative events of the last 18 months impact the arts sector? Join experts from Capacity Interactive as they discuss a wide variety of topics such as addressing historical inequities,optimizing storytelling to engage crowds, adapting your hybrid digital marketing strategy, and adjusting to virtual programming. Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Fiscal Sponsorship: An Alternative Path for Nonprofits Fiscal sponsorship is an alternative path for nonprofits to establish their mission and programming and enjoy the benefits of being a tax-exempt organization, without necessarily having to become an independent 501(c)(3) entity. This webinar will cover the legal basics of a fiscal sponsorship relationship, factors to consider when structuring and negotiating a fiscal sponsorship agreement, and tips on how to find the right fiscal sponsor. Thursday, October 21, 2021
Work of Art: Marketing Define your product, discover your target audience, make decisions about how you sell your work, and identify a budget and strategy for your artistic business. Saturday, October 23, 2021
Road to Recovery – Performing Arts During COVID This webinar will focus on reopening planning in 2021/22. It discusses the steps required to prepare and new developments for reopening, as well as case studies on venues which have managed their own reopening. The webinar will also discuss the “new normal” in a post-Covid-19 world, and the impact to future events and gatherings. Tuesday, October 26, 2021
ArtPride's Annual Meeting Each fall, ArtPride convenes arts professionals from across the state to engage existing and potential members in advocacy work, review the impact of programs and services, and connect with one another. Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Volunteer Management Tips You Need to Know Many nonprofit organizations thrive because of their wonderful volunteers, but we all know managing volunteers is no easy task. The overall management of a volunteer program is the most effective way to reduce or eliminate financial risk to nonprofit organizations and requires a combination of efforts. This webinar provides an overview of significant issues nonprofits should consider and address when working with volunteers. Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Fire and Emergency Protection Plan Development Participants in this webinar will be presented with the components of a Protection Plan and the process to follow for the development of a plan following guidelines provided by the National Fire Protection Association’s Code for Protection of Cultural Resource Properties. Grounded in a vulnerability assessment, the planning process covers fire safety, security, construction considerations, prevention, special events, and recovery strategies. Thursday, October 28, 2021
Work of Art: Promotions Craft persuasive messaging and create a strategy for how you will get the word out about your work, events, and news. Saturday, October 30, 2021
Grantwriting For Artists (Four-Part Workshop) This workshop, led by filmmaker Tracie Holder, is open to artists working across all disciplines who have a project in development and are ready to start the grant application process. Over four weeks, you will gain confidence in your fundraising and proposal writing abilities and develop a solid road map to begin the process. We’ll review the specific components of a proposal, how to convey ideas visually, and strike a balance between the big broad brushstroke ideas and small details that make your project come alive on the page. We’ll also cover the most common mistakes made when writing grant fundraising proposals and how to avoid them. A central goal of the workshop is to gain an understanding of how to incorporate fundraising and proposal writing into your artistic practice so that it becomes an organic step in moving your current and future projects forward. Tuesday, November 2,9,16, & 30, 2021
Confused by Employee Classification? We've Got Answers Many Pro Bono Partnership nonprofit clients question how to classify a worker: independent contractor, employee, or volunteer. Accurate employee classification is a critical aspect of hiring, and penalties for misclassification can be severe! Attending this webinar is the first step to ensuring you have the information your nonprofit organization needs about classification. Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Measure of Success: Creating Tools and Process to Report Impact Building donor relations is crucial in generating income. Many donors will invest in the overall impact of nonprofit work. Join us to learn what donors want to know, why it is crucial, and how to share your past achievements, so donors contribute to your future goals. Thursday, November 4th, 2021
Work of Art: Pricing This analytical approach isn’t intended to be the only way to price your work. It’s intended to show you the factors of product production that apply to everything in the marketplace. Once you understand what each of the variables are you’ll be able to customize a formula that fits your business model. Saturday, November 6, 2021
How to Go From Zero to Hero with Your Grant Strategy During this webinar, you will learn the fundamentals of effective grant strategy and how to better prepare your nonprofit for scaling grant success. Every attendee will leave with grant opportunities for their nonprofit by the end of this session. Expect to learn why grants are so powerful, especially in 2021. We'll talk about what is prospect research and why is it important. Explore 5 clear steps you can take to prepare your nonprofit for grant success as well as how to start finding good-fit funders fast using Instrumentl Tuesday, November 9, 2021
We’re Still Here: Indigenous History and Persistence in New Jersey The 2021 New Jersey Conference will explore the history, cultural heritage, and contemporary issues facing diverse Native American communities through the lens of New Jersey studies. Friday, November 12 & Saturday November 13, 2021
Protecting Your Assets: Managing Legacy Materials for Performing Arts Organizations Is your organization’s history in a basement, under water pipes, or next to the furnace and unorganized? Performing Arts Organizations often keep a variety of legacy materials, including business records, programs from performances, posters, props, and other artifacts. Using a series of case studies, this class will examine how to collect and organize both physical and digital arts-related materials so you can access these materials for future use. Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Using Survey Feedbackto Raise Thousands for Your Cause Are you searching for a new way to generate funding for your nonprofit? A single 30-day feedback campaign allows your organization to create financial resources by simply asking your supporters to provide feedback on leading companies and brands. Make your supporters feel heard while using their knowledge to better tailor your programs to suit their needs. Join this webinar to tap into new financial pools resulting in better fundraising, better feedback, and better communication across the board. Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Business Continuity for Performing Arts Organizations Does your organization have a Business Continuity Plan? What is missing from your plan? This free webinar will equip your organization to take stock of your Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery plan to make sure that it is complete, usable, and audit-ready. Learn how to streamline the process of developing a plan so that a disaster does not become a complex recovery. Thursday, November 18, 2021
Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit: Infrastructure for Better Well-Being As our communities recover from the economic effects of the COVID pandemic, we should expect to see more money put into roads, streetscapes, bus stops and other infrastructure.   How can creative placemakers work best with planners, designers and engineers to promote better infrastructure? Register ASAP for a discounted price. Tuesday, November 30 - Thursday, December 2
Understanding Cybersecurity for Performing Arts Organizations Performing Arts Organizations are at risk of losing funding, audiences, and information due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities. We all know we should use good passwords, keep software updated, and follow other basic precautions online; however, understanding the reasons behind these rules is critical to help us convince ourselves and others that the extra work is indeed worth it. This session will cover securing your data, network, website, and computers. Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Health and Safety in the Performing Arts Safety in the theater extends to crews, casts, and audience members as well as the venue. This includes performance and rehearsal spaces, shops, and other work spaces. It requires awareness, common sense, and perseverance to eliminate hazards and guard against carelessness. The goal of this free webinar is to ensure that a safe, healthy environment is maintained at all times. This includes the control and minimization of all known and potential hazards associated within creative, artistic, and performance development. Thursday, December 2, 2021
Networking for Disaster Management in the Performing Arts Emergency response and preparedness for performing arts organizations can be a difficult task for individual organizations. This free 2 hour webinar will demonstrate how working with multiple organizations in a network for disaster management can be accomplished. The history of networking for improved emergency preparedness in the cultural heritage, arts, and government sectors will be examined, with an exploration of existing networks. Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Creative Placemaking  Leadership Summit:Growing Cultural Economies in Hispanic/Latino Communities All communities have rich cultural ecosystems. How can creative placemakers help grow local cultural economies that respect community members and promote shared prosperity? This online Summit will focus on 1.) Partnerships, 2.) Projects, 3.) Programs, 4.) Policies, 5.) Permanence. Register ASAP for a discounted price. Tuesday, December 7 - Thursday, December 9
Our Shared Future: Imagining a New Landscape for Teaching Artists Are you interested in teaching artistry and its crucial role in strengthening learning as we begin to think about pandemic recovery? In these sessions, you will focus on the learning from and with teaching artists and hear their stories. Each participant will leave with action steps designed to strengthen teaching artistry. Tuesday, December 7 - Thursday, December 9
Creative Capital Artist Resources, Workshops, and Articles: May-June, 2021 As part of our commitment to help artists find the resources they need to build thriving and sustainable practices, starting this month, every month we will collect a list of links, workshops, and other information to help artists develop their artistic career. This month’s links include workshops by Creative Capital Awardees The Team on producing work collaboratively and a national conference convening artists impacted by criminal legal systems. Multiple Dates/Multiple Topics
Creative Placemaking Communities New webinars and opportunities to connect.  Three new Creative Placemaking Leadership summits this fall.  Opportunities to get involved with CPC's programs.  Interesting stories about creative placemaking  New job and grant opportunities.  Another cool creative placemaking image You can get a lot from Creative Placemaking Communities.  Members get even more. Multiple Dates/Multiple Topics
ARTSU Support Program Through complimentary registration, the ArtsU Support program provides learners the opportunity to expand their knowledge on timely topics pertaining to the arts and culture field such as arts advocacy, cultural equity and leadership, arts management, public art and civic design, arts marketing, and more. The program is designed to create access for anyone to participate in any public ArtsU digital activity, including, but not limited to, standard webinars, Intensives, and coffee chats.* On Demand and Multiple Dates/Multiple Topics
Museum Hub Webinars on Demand The Museum Learning Hub (MLH) is a nationwide initiative organized by the six U.S. regional museum associations and dedicated to providing free, self-paced training resources for small museums. Part of the Digital Empowerment Project, the Hub provides digital media and technology capacity-building programs and resources. This inaugural series of online training and resource toolkits is funded by a National Leadership Grant for Museums award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. On Demand and Multiple Dates/Multiple Topics
NonProfit Learning Lab Our professionally curated library has recorded webinars plus downloadable resources.  Our resources offer best practices and strategies that can be utilized at any organization. Start browsing and learning today! On Demand and Multiple Dates/Multiple Topics