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Beth Kanter reflects on the challenges and opportunities of being an intern, as well as providing advice from some of her nonprofit colleagues who have managed interns in all areas (including yours truly!) Read the post to learn some great lessons for not only interns, but also those training and supervising them.
Volunteer engagement guru and self-proclaimed social media geek Nicolette Winner points out the rapid pace of technological change, and how it’s causing us all to adapt to new lifestyles (how did we live without smartphones??) Now nonprofits must adapt, as well, and tailor our volunteer engagement strategies to the new “Web 3.0″ world.
For her “Hot Topics” column, Susan Ellis of Energize, Inc. highlights the mistaken belief that volunteering and money are always separate – in fact they are inextricably linked. Not only does volunteer engagement cost the organization, but there are costs incurred by volunteers themselves, as well. Susan delineates what those costs might be for specific types of volunteers, and how organizations can account for them in our engagement strategies.
In this post on her inspiring and intelligent blog “Volunteer Plain Talk,” Meridian Swift tells the story of a volunteer coordinator who had to make a tough decision while screening a potential volunteer – because after all, the community and clients of the organization have to come first…