For local history organizations to move forward, the board, volunteers and staff need to continually learn new skills. Our Local History Services staff has crafted workshops and webinars to help you succeed by developing new expertise and learning best practices. We also offer workshops upon request at your site.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, all Local History Services in-person workshops and meetings are postponed through 2020, but we have a full slate of live webinars and virtual meetings scheduled for this fall. Staff are working remotely and are available via email. Learn more about our Health Advisory on COVID-19 here.
These free live webinars will be held on Zoom. All times listed are in Eastern time zone.
Fundraising Tips and Tricks: Things You Can Do Right Now
Aug. 27, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Nonprofits have faced unexpected challenges and rapidly changing situations that have impacted their fundraising. During the discussion, we’ll explore solicitation strategies that your organization can implement right away in 2020. 1 LEU available.
Developing an Online Fundraising Program that Works for You
Sept. 18, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
This year, nonprofits have had to transition many of their programs and activities from in person to virtual. Fundraising has been no different. In this webinar, you’ll learn about online giving options and effective ways to raise funds digitally for organizations of any size. 1 LEU available.
Collecting Current History
Oct. 21, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Many museums focus on collecting the “past” but find it more difficult to collect the present. Join us as we discuss ways to increase collecting of current topics and speak with other museums who have done so successfully. 1 LEU available.
Engaging Your Community with Participatory Exhibits
Nov. 5, 2 to 3 p.m.
In this overview of participatory exhibits, we’ll talk about the basics of how you can invite your community to participate in the exhibit development process and ways to engage audiences, with tips for planning, co-creation, collaboration and interactive elements. 1 LEU available.
Interpreting Difficult History
Nov. 11, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
One of the most important jobs of heritage organizations is to thoughtfully and intentionally interpret history, even when that history is hard. In this webinar, you’ll learn some of the ways that you can help your staff and volunteers learn to tell difficult stories as well as to understand why visitors may not want to hear them. 1 LEU available.
Heritage Support Grant Overview
Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to noon
This virtual workshop will provide an overview of Heritage Support Grants, as well as a tour of the online grant portal.
NOTE: Recorded webinars are free to view.
Understanding Audiences and Visitors (60 minutes)
Explore how to use visitor information and demographic research to make your organization more relevant. Then get up close and personal as we dive into how to provide excellent customer service and create a great experience for each visitor. Recorded August 2019.
Dissecting Digitization (61 minutes)
Digitization can be a complex project to tackle. Learn about the pieces of a digitization project and how to ready yourself for success. Recorded June 2018.
The Ethics of Deaccessioning (52 minutes)
There are so many ethical issues to consider when embarking on a deaccessioning endeavor at your organization. This webinar will help you understand the different issues involved in deaccessioning so you can take on the task with confidence. Recorded December 2019.
Annual Fund: Building a Program that Fits Your Organization (60 minutes)
A strong annual fund program provides vital support to an organization, but the first steps can feel daunting. This webinar covers ways to create an efficient and effective annual program that goes beyond the year-end letter. Recorded October 2019.
Case for Support (9 minutes)
This webinar explains the process for building an organization’s case for support and using that case to make an elevator pitch. Recorded June 2019.
Constituent Record Management (9 minutes)
This webinar describes how an organization can create a donor relationship database, including necessary data and potential systems for nonprofits of all sizes. Recorded June 2019.
Cultivation (8 minutes)
This webinar will detail relationship-building strategies an organization can implement in the fundraising program. Recorded November 2019.
Donor Visits (11 minutes)
This webinar will provide ways to structure donor meetings to build strong relationships and successful solicitation strategies. Recorded June 2019.
Finding Your Best Donors (11 minutes)
This webinar looks at the ways to qualify your donors in order to find your organization’s best donors. Recorded November 2019.
The Fundraising Cycle (11 minutes)
This webinar details the five-step relationship cycle that is inherent in fundraising. Recorded November 2019.
Members as Donors (60 minutes)
Learn how to think of your members as donors in order to strengthen their connections to your organization and streamline your fundraising process. Recorded September 2018.
Building a Strong Board (56 minutes)
Good board training is the foundation for a strong board. In this webinar, you’ll learn some of the basics of board service. Whether you’re a current board member or are responsible for board training, this webinar will provide you with valuable insight and information. Recorded November 2019.
Ethics and Standards for Heritage Organizations (13 minutes)
This webinar provides an overview of the ethics and standards that heritage organizations are expected to follow as they carry out their work. Recorded February 2020.
Long-Range Planning for Heritage Organizations (41 minutes)
A long-range plan is one of the best ways you can show stakeholders and potential funders that your organization is working towards sustainability. This webinar outlines the steps and provides a road map for the planning process. Recorded March 2020.
Planning and Implementing Successful Building Projects (50 minutes)
Is a building project in your future? Do you want to learn more about best practices and working with contractors? Join us for an informative and interesting webinar focused on the basics of planning and implementing successful building projects. Recorded March 2020.
Great (E)News! How to Create an Outstanding E-Newsletter (60 minutes)
Thinking about starting an e-newsletter, or wondering how to spice up your content? This webinar is packed with useful tips you can use to get your news out. We’ll cover e-newsletter service providers, content, formats, design tips and analytics. Recorded September 2019.
Social Media for Museums and Nonprofits (56 minutes)
Learn about social media, e-newsletters, blogs and other forms of digital content marketing, as well as what steps to take to create a strategy that works for your organization. Recorded May 2018.
Local History Services staff will come to your location to present a workshop just for your organization – or you can include other groups in your area. The workshops are casual, interactive and filled with information. Workshop topics include collections, governance, audience, management and more.
Cost: $150 per workshop; $125 for Local History Partner organizations. No limit on number of attendees.
To learn more or to schedule a workshop, email email@example.com or call (317) 232-4591.
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