Upcoming Webinars

    • Fri, February 01, 2019
    • (EST)
    • Tue, December 31, 2019
    • (EST)
    • At your desk or on your device!


    Are you getting ready to write your annual report? 
    Have you just been thrown into it without anyone to guide you?
    Would you like to use your annual report for fundraising? 
    We can help you! 

    Making a Better Annual Report Will:

    Make you look professional in the community,  
    Make your donors trust you more, 
    Make donors want to give more, and 
    Make your sponsors and foundations proud to be a part of your mission! 

    This is a 3-part online course and will NOT be placed in STACKS (DSAIA Resource Library) so don't miss it! This course is valued at $800...but DSAIA is making this incredible course available for a limited time for only $149! Register before January 31, 2019 for this incredible value because after that, it rises to $199! 

    DSAIA MEMBER RATE:  Register before January 31, 2019 for an incredible $49!  Then it rises to $99.

    Not a member of DSAIA? Contact info@dsaia.org for details on how to join!

    MasterClass One - Annual Report Basics:

    In the first masterclass you will learn:
     --Typography and what it says about your nonprofit
     --Graphic design tips to help you look like you hired a designer (even if you didn’t!)
     --Designing annual reports from a fundraising perspective
     --What to include and what to leave out in your annual report 
     --Graphic design resources and inspiration

    MasterClass Two - Supercharge Your Fundraising With Your Annual Report

    In the second masterclass you’ll learn:

    -- How can you make your annual report work for your fundraising?
    -- Getting more major donors through making financial transparency fun 
    --Helping donors see themselves in your story with your annual report
    -- Where should you put your online report?
    -- Design essentials for your online annual report
    -- Resources for creating snazzy pictures and infographics for your nonprofit 
    --How to get more event sponsorships through your annual report
    -- How to get your annual report printed for cheap or free    

    MasterClass Three - New Advanced Annual Report Design Trends for 2018

    In the third and final presentation you will learn:

    -- 2018 Typography Trends
    -- 2018 Fascinating Pattern Trends
    -- 2018 Unusual Photograph Trends
    -- Fundraising Campaign Timeline for Annual Reports (How to plan your fundraising around your annual report)
    -- Advanced: What to include and what to leave out in your appeal after sending an annual report
    -- Online Nonprofit Annual Report Trends for 2018
    -- PLUS MORE Annual Report Design inspiration 

    • Tue, March 12, 2019
    • (EDT)
    • Tue, March 19, 2019
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • At your desk or on your device!

    Special MasterClass Offer!

    Get ready to plan your way to excellent donor communications and a bigger better walk in 2019!

    This is a 3-part LIVE course and will NOT be placed in STACKS (DSAIA Resource Library) so don't miss it! This course is valued at $800...but DSAIA is making this incredible course available for a limited time for only $199! Register before Feb 19th for this incredible value because after that, it rises to $299! 

    DSAIA MEMBER RATE:  Register before February 19th for an incredible $49!  Then it rises to $99.

    Not a member of DSAIA? Contact info@dsaia.org for details on how to join!

    Class 1: How to make a seriously fun communications plan

    How do you keep your donors? You need a communications and stewardship plan for the year. 
    You need systems to focus on your donors. You need a way to track how people interact with your organization, how to move a newcomer into an event attendee, into a volunteer, into a donor, and into monthly gifts and major gifts.
    You need time to make donors feel special, to surprise and delight your donors.
    You need the time and resources to make your donor stewardship a success! This first masterclass will help you get there.

    Webinar Outline:

    In this presentation, in an easy-to-follow process, we’ll go into the elements of a comprehensive communications stewardship plan. We’ll talk about campaigns, thank you letters, enewsletters, e-appeals, good databases, and so much more!

    Specifically, we’ll delve into these issues:
        --The key elements of a communications plan
        --How to analyze if your communications are currently working for your donors-or if you could do better
        --What is stewardship and why should you care?
        --Elements of a good stewardship plan
        --How can you build stewardship into every aspect of your fundraising?
        --Starting with current donors: Who are your most loyal?
        --Making Better Donor Relationships through communications
        --E-newsletters that help you keep your donors
        --Annual reports that help you keep your donors
        --Thanking Donors: A Quick System that Works
        --Creating a Campaign to Get Old Donors Engaged
        --How to Give Offline Experiences for your donors
        --Evaluating Your Stewardship Over Time

    NEW! Your Bonus materials will include:
        Offline Experience Ideas for Keeping Your Donors
        A Sample stewardship plan
        A Sample communications plan to keep your donors
        Presentation Slides
        Webinar Recording
        A sample series of email communications to engage your current donors

    Class 2: How to write a better e-newsletter that gets you donations

    Have you ever been frustrated by your nonprofit’s e-newsletter?
    Is it that you’re not allowed to write it without a committee?
    Is it that no one opens it?
    Or you don’t know if anyone does?
    Are you frustrated that few people give through your e-newsletter?
    Do you want to solve your problems and help your e-newsletter make money for your nonprofit?
    Naturally, you want the best for your cause, and you want to figure out how to get more people to give
    In this 60 minute webinar you will learn:
       --How to analyze what is working and not working about your current emails
        --Get class feedback on the best email subject lines or emails they have sent so far in the last year
        -- How to get MORE people to sign up for your emails
        --Potent Calls to Action for your E-newsletter
        --16 kinds of headlines to help your donors give
        --Joking around: How to avoid getting too serious about your cause
        --The 5 reasons people share your e-newsletter
        --Even More Subject Lines to get people to Open
        --Getting Donors to Click Donate or Buy
        --Sample Surveys to help you segment your subscribers
        --Example welcome emails to keep your subscribers happy
        --4 Simple emails that lead people to take action

    New! Bonus Materials:
        Headline checklist of some potent openers to get donors to open your nonprofit e-newsletters
        Photo checklist to help you convince more donors to give with better photographs of your cause.
        Webinar Slides

    Class 3: Communicating around your Down Syndrome walk event- Get a jump on it NOW! 

    Your walk can be your biggest fundraising event of the year. Each year, this is our chance to make sure we are engaging all of our supporters, and getting new ones. It can be the biggest day to identify, cultivate, and ask new donors. You don't want to waste this important opportunity. SO, how do you communicate early enough and clearly enough to ensure your walk's success? THAT'S what we're going to work on in this masterclass.

    Participants will learn: 
    --How to analyze what you did last year, what worked and didn't work
    --Get class feedback about their best techniques
    --How to grab people’s attention about your walk
    --Where to put banners and flyers
    --How to get more people involved
    --Online fundraising for your walk
    --5 ways to get people to share your walk
    --How to show people you’re ready to partner with sponsors and have fun together!
    --Real life examples of walk communications that WORK

    About your presenter:

    Mazarine Treyz is one of DSAIA's most popular speakers and we're excited to bring her back again in 2019 for this masterclass! She is the author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising, and CEO of Wild Woman Fundraising, a national fundraising training company. Her organization runs two virtual conferences per year, one on nonprofit leadership and one on fundraising careers. In addition, she trains people with webinars, in-person workshops, and 10+ e-courses.

    Mazarine Treyz has been featured on national syndicated media, including Fundraising Success Magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Philanthropy.com’s Fundraising Fundamentals podcast, Fundraising Success Magazine,Tony Martignetti’s Nonprofit Radio show, and the Career Clinic with Maureen Anderson.

    • Thu, March 28, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • At your desk!

    What do you think when you hear the term “brand” or “branding”? A corporate logo, an advertising campaign or an elevator speech may come to mind. While all of these touchpoints are a part of an organization’s brand or identity, the concept of branding goes much deeper. But we’re NOT going to focus on that.

    In this webinar, we’re going to take a practical approach to branding your organization. Afterward, you will take away ideas and practices that you can put into action immediately, without a board vote or hiring a consultant. In this webinar you will:

    • Understand your brand
    • What is a brand and what isn’t a brand.
    • What is your brand - the 3 levels.
    • Who decides what your brand is.
    • What does your brand say about you?
    • Hone your brand
      • Who’s your audience?
      • Get some brand standards
      • KISS
    • Communicate your brand
      • 50+ touchpoints you can use now
      • 7 elements of storytelling
      • Examples of great nonprofit branding

     About your presenter:

    Courtney Dunevant is a communications and branding specialist with nearly 20 years in the field. On her own, she likes to dive deep in the whys and the hows of organizational communication, but is mostly seen at the surface as a hands-on, soup-to-nuts practitioner. No stranger to DSAIA, many know Courtney as the former jack-of-all-trades #2 at the national Down syndrome trade association. Courtney’s enduring passion for Down syndrome prospers today as the parent of Elaina (9) who has Down syndrome, and as past president of the Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group. She also stumps for CDSPG’s fundraising and nominating committees and chairs the organization’s newly formed branding committee. Professionally, she is known for her PR outcomes, pitching stories and delivering sources for the American Gaming Association, Bon Secours Healthcare System, Concorso D’Italia, The Children’s Guild, and United Cerebral Palsy. Courtney lives with her family in the Baltimore/Washington metro area, where she has lived nearly all her life.

    Want to view the webinar but can't make it during the live presentation? Be sure and register to receive a link to view the recording for up to 14 days. (Most webinars are placed in STACKS - the DSAIA Member Resource Library - within 6 months.)

    • Mon, April 08, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online Webinar

    DSAIA Affiliate-Presented Webinar!

    Only $25

    Special pricing for MDSC & DSAIA Members: $15

    Special discounted rate of $15 for MDSC & DSAIA members! See below for more information.

    College-based transition services for students with intellectual disabilities continue to grow, but more needs to be known about how to include inclusive postsecondary education in transition services that are high quality and lead to positive post-school outcomes for students. This webinar offers participants an overview of national data on college-based transition services as well as information on what we have discovered in Massachusetts to be critical components of the services, including planning, supports, inclusive academic access and career development services as well as applied strategies and resources to support necessary training and evaluation.

    Presenter: Maria Paiewonsky, Ed.D.

    Maria Paiewonsky, Ed.D., is a program manager and transition specialist at the Institute for Community Inclusion. She also serves as Director of the Massachusetts Transition Leadership Initiative, a personnel preparation program that prepares teachers for the MA transition specialists endorsement at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Maria has coordinated numerous secondary and transition related projects and works with teachers, interdisciplinary team members, students and families to develop positive and inclusive college, work and community outcomes. Maria has most recently coordinated a research and training project for ICI called Think College Transition. Working with a team at ICI and partners at three Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment partnerships, they are working to answer this question: Does college make a difference for students with intellectual disability or autism who are pursuing postsecondary goals and if so, what difference is it making?

    Presented by Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress in partnership with Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Trade Association.

    MDSC members are eligible for a $10 discount or a scholarship - contact ktenglin@mdsc.org for more information.

    DSAIA members are eligible for a $10 discount. View the MDSC Webinar Page under the Members Resources tab to retrieve your code and find images to help you market it to your families!

Past events (available in STACKS)

Thu, February 07, 2019 Wait, Don’t Fire Your Board Members (Yet) Because They Don’t Give!
Tue, January 22, 2019 Happy Hour - Brian Donovan
Thu, January 17, 2019 How Your Nonprofit Organization Can – and Why It Should – Engage in Grassroots Advocacy
Wed, December 26, 2018 Who Helps the Helpers? Self-Care for Affiliate Leaders
Wed, December 19, 2018 Building Your Board: New Ways To Develop Board Leaders
Wed, December 12, 2018 E-Newsletters That Make Your Donors Give
Wed, December 05, 2018 Year-End Checklist From a Nonprofit Accountant
Tue, December 04, 2018 Utilizing iMovie To Create Compelling Stories for Your DSA
Wed, November 28, 2018 Happy Hour - 2018 Walk Season, The Autopsy
Thu, October 18, 2018 Behavior and Down Syndrome
Thu, September 13, 2018 Fall Fundraising Series
Wed, August 22, 2018 Building Relationships with Medical Organizations
Tue, July 24, 2018 Go Beyond the New Parent Packet
Tue, June 26, 2018 Building Resiliency for Transition-Age Youth and Adults with Down Syndrome
Wed, June 13, 2018 Inclusion within Community Recreation Programs
Tue, June 12, 2018 Annual Report MasterClass
Tue, May 29, 2018 Building Resiliency for Transition-Age Youth and Adults with Down Syndrome
Mon, May 14, 2018 Statewide Collaboration: Everybody Wins!
Tue, April 24, 2018 Tons of Money in the Mail: A Step by Step Guide to Getting Checks Rolling into Your Nonprofit Mailbox!
Thu, March 08, 2018 Onboarding Volunteers: Converting Joiners to Stayers
Tue, January 23, 2018 To Gala or Not To Gala (201)
Mon, January 08, 2018 Educational Inclusive Best Practices
Thu, December 07, 2017 Medical Concerns in Individuals with DS-ASD
Wed, December 06, 2017 Webinar Wednesdays: Holiday Edition
Tue, December 05, 2017 Designing Educational Programs for Students with DS-ASD
Tue, November 14, 2017 Reconnect. Relationship Tools for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Wed, November 08, 2017 What Are Your True Program Costs?
Wed, October 11, 2017 The Key to Inspiring & Engaging Your Mid-Level Donors
Tue, October 10, 2017 Multi-Cultural Considerations: Co-Occurring Down Syndrome and Autism
Thu, September 14, 2017 ABLE Accounts: People with Down Syndrome are Finally #ABLEtoSave for the Future!
Tue, September 12, 2017 Addressing Problem Behaviors in Individuals with DS-ASD
Thu, August 24, 2017 Software Safari: Wild Apricot
Wed, August 16, 2017 Calm Down! It's Really Not a Crisis: Planning for and Managing Major Issues, What to Do and What to Say
Wed, July 12, 2017 Frame That Smile: Tips for Creating and Using Facebook Frames to Reach Further
Thu, June 22, 2017 Potty Time! A Journey to Successful Toilet Training
Wed, June 07, 2017 Creating a Monthly Giving Program: A Solution to Donor Retention and Financial Sustainability
Wed, May 17, 2017 Planning for Meaningful Inclusion – A Protocol Driven Process (An MDSC Education Series Webinar)
Wed, May 10, 2017 Advanced Crowdfunding (201)
Tue, April 25, 2017 Crowdfunding 101
Tue, April 04, 2017 Time to Play! Using Play-Based Learning Opportunities to Support Younger Children
Thu, March 16, 2017 Supporting Positive Behavior in Children and Teens with Down syndrome: A neurodevelopmental perspective
Thu, March 09, 2017 Down Syndrome Cognition Research: A Dad's Perspective
Tue, March 07, 2017 5 Qualities of a "Rock Star" Board
Thu, February 16, 2017 UDL Toolbox for Teachers and Parents: Empowering Learning for ALL
Tue, February 07, 2017 World Down Syndrome Day: Random Acts of Kindness 2.0
Wed, January 25, 2017 Developing Independence: Strategies for the Classroom
Thu, January 19, 2017 Who Helps the Helpers? Self-Care for Affiliate Leaders
Thu, January 12, 2017 Every Student Succeeds Act: A 3-Part Complete Series
Wed, November 16, 2016 Leading More Effective Board Meetings
Mon, November 07, 2016 Software Safari
Thu, November 03, 2016 The Art and Science of Retaining Digital Donors
Mon, October 31, 2016 Moving Up to Executive Director
Mon, October 31, 2016 How To Lose A Board Member
Mon, October 31, 2016 E-Newsletters That Make Your Donors Give
Mon, October 31, 2016 10 Steps to a Successful Fundraising Campaign
Wed, September 21, 2016 Let’s Get on The Same Page! – Designing Effective Home/School Communication Systems
Thu, August 18, 2016 Cash Is King: Managing Cash Flow For Nonprofits
Tue, August 09, 2016 Postponed! Tech Tuesdays: Video Apps
Tue, July 19, 2016 The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Board and Staff Roles
Tue, July 12, 2016 Tech Tuesdays: Fundraising Apps
Wed, June 22, 2016 An Inclusive Initiative: How One High School Created a Mentor Class
Tue, June 07, 2016 Tech Tuesdays: Social Media-Friendly Images
Thu, May 26, 2016 Designing and Executing a 5 Star Board Retreat
Tue, May 17, 2016 Tech Tuesdays
Tue, May 03, 2016 Sharing Knowledge: Donor & Event Registration Software
Wed, April 20, 2016 Fundraising the SMART Way
Thu, March 31, 2016 Let's Get Productive! Sharing Technology Ideas To Help Your DSA
Wed, February 24, 2016 Grant Writing Like a Boy Scout
Tue, January 26, 2016 Creating a "Buddy" Program at Your Local Junior High
Thu, December 17, 2015 10 Steps to a Successful Fundraising Campaign
Wed, December 16, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Adding Top Level Staff
Wed, December 09, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Building a More Productive Board
Wed, December 02, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: The "Likeable" Organization
Wed, November 25, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Teen & Young Adult Programming That Works!
Wed, November 18, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Firing Lousy Board Members (And Helping Others to Succeed)
Tue, November 17, 2015 Bodies & Boundaries: How To Address Questions About Sexuality from Your Membership
Wed, November 11, 2015 DSAIA Cafe: Wildly Successful Events
Thu, September 17, 2015 Teen & Young Adult Programming That Works!
Thu, August 20, 2015 Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?
Thu, September 26, 2013 Law Enforcement, First Responders & People With Disabilities: The Training Curriculum and Engaging Local Law Enforcement & First Responders for Affiliate Organizations
Tue, September 24, 2013 Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits
Thu, September 05, 2013 eCivis Online Training
Thu, September 05, 2013 Customer Service: Why It's The Most Important Investment You'll Make In Your DS Organization
Tue, August 13, 2013 Interactive Peer Presentations and Disability Awareness: Common Expectations
Thu, August 08, 2013 The "Likeable" Organization
Tue, July 30, 2013 How To Present a 'Back To School' Workshop
Thu, July 25, 2013 Direct Educational Support - Is The Learning Program™ Right For Your Organization?
Sun, June 30, 2013 How To Build or Enhance Your Parents First Call Program
Sun, June 30, 2013 How To Lose An Executive Director
Thu, June 27, 2013 How To Lose A Board Member
Tue, June 11, 2013 How To Build or Enhance Your Parents First Call Program
Tue, May 21, 2013 How To Lose An Executive Director
Thu, May 16, 2013 What Your Sponsors Really Want
Tue, May 14, 2013 Latest Update: New Prenatal Testing Recommendations
Wed, May 08, 2013 What Your Sponsors Really Want
Tue, April 16, 2013 Facebook Q & A
Mon, April 15, 2013 Monthly Giving E-Course
Wed, March 20, 2013 How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website
Tue, March 05, 2013 How To Read Nonprofit Financial Statements: What Executives & Leaders Need To Know About the Numbers
Thu, February 28, 2013 Zero to Sixty: Fast Track Your Young Group to Look Like A Seasoned Professional
Thu, February 07, 2013 E-Newsletters That Make Your Donors Give
Tue, January 15, 2013 Donor Development Series
Tue, January 15, 2013 ManDatE VIP Webinar
Tue, January 08, 2013 LegalShield RSVP Webinar
Mon, December 31, 2012 The Urgency of Medical Outreach
Mon, December 31, 2012 A Healthier Life: Health & Wellness Program for Adults with Down Syndrome
Mon, December 31, 2012 Growing Grassroots Advocacy at the State Level
Mon, December 31, 2012 Budgeting for the Small Nonprofit
Mon, December 31, 2012 Building Bridges: Schools, Affiliates and Families Working Together
Mon, December 31, 2012 Divide & Conquer: Time Management for the Small Ds Organization
Mon, December 31, 2012 Holiday Party Planning Made Easy
Thu, December 20, 2012 Technology Series: Event Registration Software
Tue, December 11, 2012 Setting Your Fundraising Goals (And Creating a Plan To Make Them A Reality)
Tue, December 11, 2012 imATHLETE VIP Demo
Tue, December 04, 2012 Crowdrise VIP Offer Demo
Thu, November 29, 2012 Six in Sixty: November 2012
Tue, November 13, 2012 5 Technology Trends that Will Shape a New Reality for Nonprofits
Sat, November 10, 2012 Run for Your Money: Organizing a 5K
Thu, October 25, 2012 Run for Your Money: Organizing a 5K
Mon, October 22, 2012 Down Syndrome Awareness Month Ideas
Tue, October 09, 2012 Harmonic Treatment: Promote Healing, Health & Wellness
Thu, October 04, 2012 How You Can Help Pass a Down Syndrome Prenatal Testing Information Law in Your State
Tue, September 18, 2012 Crowdrise VIP Offer Demo
Wed, September 12, 2012 Next Chapter Book Club: Literacy & Learning for Adults with DS
Thu, August 30, 2012 Improving Your Fundraiser: Easy Steps To Increase Your Efforts
Thu, August 23, 2012 Building Bridges: Schools, Affiliates and Families Working Together
Tue, August 21, 2012 DSAIA Town Hall Meeting
Tue, July 31, 2012 Marketing Your Walk: Learn from a Pro!
Thu, July 26, 2012 Internal Control & Segregation of Duties for the Small to Medium-Size Organization
Tue, June 26, 2012 Board Development Series
Wed, June 13, 2012 Planning a Successful Conference (From Start To Finish)
Wed, May 09, 2012 Six in Sixty: May 2012
Thu, April 26, 2012 Volunteer Management
Thu, April 19, 2012 Special Webinar with imATHLETE

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We are incredibly proud of our growth and results in 2017.  However, none of this could have been possible without support from DSAIA....the membership has been necessary for past successes, and will continue to prove vital for future growth.

-Dawn Neuffer, Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin


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