Expert Snapshots for August

Expert SnapshotsAt VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Check back every month for snapshots of what experts in the field are talking about. This month we are focusing on the Olympics…

Going for the Gold – in Giving Back

Think all Olympic athletes do is train and compete? Think again. The TakePart Health blog has a profile of six Olympic athletes who dedicate time and money to helping others. Find out if your favorite is one of the ones profiled, and get inspired by how they go the extra mile.

Don’t Get Caught Olympics-washing

There are some great marketing campaigns out there tied to the Olympics. But there are many, many more, says Katya Andresen from Network for Good on her marketing blog, that are trying to just grab a piece of the buzz even though who they are and what they do have nothing to do with the Olympics. Katya provides advice – and a clarion call – to make sure our marketing is an extension of who we are, and not an inauthentic attempt to jump on the Olympics bandwagon.

What Medals are Your Volunteers Working For?

Volunteers have a lot in common with Olympic athletes, points out VolunteerSpot on their blog. After all, they are both groups of people united and dedicated to working hard for a common goal. So make sure to recognize your volunteers accordingly! VolunteerSpot gives five great, “Olympic-sized” tips for showing your volunteers you appreciate them.

The Importance of a Torch-Passing Plan

What’s your favorite Olympic memory? Lori Halley reminisces on the Wild Apricot blog about her favorite part of the Olympics: the torch relay. It’s a great metaphor, she says, for volunteer transitions. How do you make sure that when one volunteer leaves and another comes in to your organization, all that work and institutional memory is retained? What else do you need to make sure your volunteer transitions are as smooth as possible? Read Lori’s post to get the right resources.

Hail to the Game Makers

The HandsOn Blog provides a fitting tribute to the thousands of volunteers helping to make this year’s games happen. Did you know that recruitment of this year’s Olympic volunteers began way back in September of 2010? This article has this and more fun facts about the people behind the scenes at the biggest sporting event of the decade (so far).