Schedule of Upcoming Webinars

Advocacy 101: Making the case for nonprofit advocacy

Tuesday, October 18
12:00-1:00 pm MT

Register for Advocacy 101 Here

Join us for this informative webinar that “makes the case” for nonprofits to be active in policy advocacy. We will cover the basics including a definition of terms such as public policy, advocacy, lobbying, grassroots lobbying, and more. We will also discuss the need for advocacy at the local, state and national levels and explain the differences.

Please note: this first webinar in a 5 part series will be held on a Tuesday. The remainder of the webinars in the series will be held on Wednesdays.


Children’s Savings Accounts: Developing CSA Programs to Meet the Needs of Idaho Communities

Thursday, October 20, 2016
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (MT)

Register for Children’s Savings Accounts Here

Join the Idaho Asset Building Network and CFED for an interactive webinar focused on developing Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) programs in Idaho cities.

Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) are long-term savings or investment accounts that help children build savings for postsecondary education. Savings are built by contributions from family, friends and the children themselves, as well as incentives provided by the program. Over the past several years, CSA programs have started across the country. By the end of 2016, 42 CSA programs will be serving more than 310,000 children in 29 states. CFED has supported CSA programs for more than a decade and has deep expertise in the design and implementation of successful CSA programs.

This webinar will cover the basics of CSAs, potential impacts of CSAs and how to get started in developing a new CSA program.

Topics covered will include:

  • An introduction to what CSAs are and how they work
  • How CSA programs could benefit Idaho’s children, families and communities
  • Examples of successful CSA programs in other cities and states
  • The initial steps in designing a CSA program


  • Jessica Sotelo, Co-Chair, Idaho Asset Building Network
  • Christine Tiddens, Co-Chair, Idaho Asset Building Network
  • Shira Markoff, Associate Director for Children’s Savings, CFED


Advocacy 201: The Legal Parameters of Nonprofit Advocacy and Lobbying

Wednesday, October 26
12:00-1:00 pm MT

Register for The Legal Parameters of Nonprofit Advocacy Here

In part 2 of our advocacy series we will cover the legal “nuts and bolts” of advocacy and lobbying (yes, it’s legal!) we will discuss the 501h election, the limits on direct versus grassroots lobbying, the “freebies”, how to track your expenditures and more.


Advocacy 202: Building Individual and Organizational Capacity

Wednesday, November 2
12:00-1:00 pm MT

Register for Building Individual and Organizational Capacity Here

Capacity is critical when it comes to successful advocacy campaigns. In this webinar we will cover specific steps to build capacity including relationship building, methods of communications, learning the territory and more. We will also cover the 6-step planning process for organizations to build capacity.


Advocacy 301: Coalition Building, Aligned Activity and Impact

Wednesday, November 9
12:00-1:00 pm MT

Register for Coalition Building Here

In part 4 of our webinar series we will explore the need for coalition building and define terms such as alignment, cooperation, and collaboration. We will cover the factors to consider for collaboration and how to prepare to be a good partner.


Advocacy 401: Building a Campaign and Shared Strategy

Wednesday, November 16
12:00-1:00 pm MT

Register for Building a Campaign Here

In our final webinar we will use all of the tools we’ve learned so far to build a successful advocacy campaign. We will cover media strategies, timelines, grassroots organizing and more. We will also look at some Idaho policy case studies to learn success, failure and mid-course corrections.


Train the Trainer: Your Money Your Goals

Wednesday, November 30
12:00-1:30 pm MT

Register for Train the Trainer Here

Join us for this webinar on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “Your Money Your Goal” financial education program. This webinar is for front line staff who work with clients to provide financial capabilities. We will cover the program modules and include tips for program delivery.

Note: Participants will receive a free hard copy of the training manual.


Integrating Financial Capabilities into Service Programs

Wednesday, December 7
12:00-1:00 pm MT

Register for Integrating Financial Capabilities Here

In this webinar we will introduce Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services, a new tool developed in partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Corporation for Enterprise Development. This tool is meant to help service organizations build financial capability programs into housing, workforce development, WIC, health care, food programs and other service programs. We will cover the 3 main components of the tool: in-house services, forming partnerships and developing a referral system. Participants will learn how to navigate the online tool.


Tax Time Opportunities to Introduce Savings Products and Financial Capabilities

Wednesday, December 14
12:00-1:00 pm MT

Register for Tax Time Opportunities Here

Tax time provides a unique once a year opportunity to introduce clients to various savings programs as well as financial education opportunities. In this webinar we will explore successful models such as “Doorways to Dreams”, “America Saves” and “Refund to Savings.” We will cover challenges as well as tools for success.


Idaho Asset Building Network 2017 Policy Priorities

Wednesday, January 11
12:00-1:00 pm MT

Register for 2017 Policy Priorities Here

Join our network co-chairs as we discuss the 2017 policy priorities and how your organization can get involved. We will discuss the state of current policy work including issues already on the table and issues we will bring to the table. We will also discuss Idaho’s participation in a National Week of Action on Asset Building from January 23-27 and our plans for the week.


Strategies for Maximizing Social Media Impact

Wednesday, January 18
12:00-1:00 pm MT

Register for Maximizing Social Media Impact Here

There is an art and science to using social media effectively. Join us for a discussion of how to use social media in a way that maximizes the value of the time you invest in it.