Webinar Sneak Peek: Communicating and Innovating

Check out upcoming from webinars this month from the VolunteerMatch Learning Center.Have you checked out the VolunteerMatch Learning Center lately? We’ve got a line-up of valuable and practical webinars about volunteer engagement happening every week – all for free.

This month we’re focusing on two extremely important themes: communicating about your volunteer program (both internally at your organization and externally), and thinking about new models of volunteer engagement in order to plan for the future and constantly be improving.

Check out some of the highlights below, and then head to the Learning Center to register. Don’t miss this chance to get free professional training!

Communicating

Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact

This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work.

Innovating

Engaging the Volunteer of the Future

The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your program. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement

Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.

Challenging the Status Quo: Rethinking the Value of Volunteers

What if the way nonprofits and companies are currently engaging volunteers is all wrong? How can we make sure we’re strategically involving the core value of volunteers to provide maximum impact? Join VolunteerMatch and special guests from Gap Inc., Points of Light and California Volunteers for a lively conversation about strategic volunteer engagement. Whether you’re a nonprofit professional, a company program coordinator or a dedicated volunteer yourself, you’ll learn more about the research, the implications and the opportunities of strategic volunteer engagement for maximizing impact.

Head to the VolunteerMatch Learning Center now to find more great webinars on volunteer engagement – all for free.

Nonprofit Insights: Challenging the Status Quo – Rethinking the Value of Volunteers

The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good.

Join the free webinar about Challenging the Status Quo: Rethinking the Value of VolunteersWhat if the way nonprofits and companies are currently engaging volunteers is all wrong? How can we make sure we’re strategically involving the core value of volunteers to provide maximum impact?

Research shows that organizations that strategically leverage volunteers outperform peer organizations on all measures of organizational capacity, AND have greater impact. However, less than 15% of nonprofits currently operate this way, and this obstacle stands in the way of success for the causes that so many nonprofits, companies and individuals care about.

Challenging the Status Quo: Rethinking the Value of Volunteers

Register for this free event.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
10am – 11am PT (1-2pm ET)

Follow along with the conversation on Twitter: @VolunteerMatch and #vmlearn.

Join Bobbi Silten, Gap Inc.; Amy Smith, Points of Light; Karen Baker, California Volunteers; & Greg Baldwin, VolunteerMatch, for a lively conversation about strategic volunteer engagement. Whether you’re a nonprofit professional, a company program coordinator or a dedicated volunteer yourself, you’ll learn more about the research, the implications and the opportunities of strategic volunteer engagement for maximizing impact.

Register for this free Nonprofit Insights webinar now.

Nonprofit Insights: A 360-Degree View of Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships, Part II

The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good.

Join VolunteerMatch for part 2 of a special joint webinar about corporate nonprofit partnerships.In September, 2013, VolunteerMatch hosted a webinar that covered the key ingredients for a successful corporate-nonprofit volunteer partnership. The session was so popular, we’re bringing you back for round two!

In this special session we’ll dive into how nonprofits and businesses can increase both the breadth and depth of these cross-sector relationships.

A 360-Degree View of Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships, Part II

Register for this free event.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
11am – 12pm PT (1-2pm ET)

Follow along with the conversation on Twitter: @VolunteerMatch and #vmlearn.

Join VolunteerMatch for a special joint edition of the Nonprofit Insights and Best Practice Network webinar series, as we welcome back three experts in corporate-nonprofit partnerships who will present from multiple perspectives: Nonprofit consultant Mazarine Treyz will represent the small nonprofit viewpoint, Desiree Adaway of The Adaway Group will provide the voice of large organizations, and Amanda Lenaghan from the Charles Schwab Foundation will present the corporate angle.

Registrants will walk away with new knowledge, practical strategies and tactics, as well as concrete resources and handouts. Whether you work at a nonprofit or a corporation, this webinar will enable you to move your program to the next level through successful partnerships.

Register for this free Nonprofit Insights webinar now.

Get Even More of a Good Thing: Sign Up for Free Access to Cutting-Edge On-Demand Training

Get free access to nonprofit training from VolunteerMatch and the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation.We promised we’d be back with more opportunities to get free access to cutting-edge on-demand trainings, and we always keep our promises!

So today we re-launch our awesome partnership with the Cornerstone OnDemand FoundationWe formed this partnership to provide VolunteerMatch training content to nonprofits through the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation’s Gift of Learning program.

And now, once again, we are giving 500 nonprofits the key to a training treasure trove absolutely free.

The Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed by global cloud-based talent management leader Cornerstone OnDemand. The Gift of Learning program leverages Cornerstone OnDemand’s state-of-the-art learning technology to create an online career development tool that provides nonprofit employees and volunteers with access to a free collection of e-learning and other training resources provided by industry experts.

Through this portal you can have access to a customized curriculum that supports the most common job families in the nonprofit sector: Fundraising, Leadership, Accounting and Finance, Operations, Marketing and Communications, Volunteer Engagement, and Program Management.

All you have to do is fill out the form below. If your nonprofit is among the first 500 to respond, you can choose up to ten employees to access the online library of trainings and resources for three months, absolutely free. (If you can’t see the form below, click here to fill out the form on the web.)

Once 500 organizations respond, the offer is closed – so don’t procrastinate! If your organization is chosen to participate, you will receive a welcome email directly from the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation within a few weeks.

Some fine print: Your organization must have 501(c )(3) tax exempt status to qualify. Once 500 nonprofits have responded to this offer, requests for additional access may be considered.

(If you can’t see the form below, click here to fill out the form on the web.)

Giving You Free Access to Cutting-Edge On-Demand Trainings Was a Huge Hit

Giving You Free Access to Cutting-Edge On-Demand Trainings Was a Huge HitEarlier this year, we partnered with the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation to provide 500 nonprofit members of VolunteerMatch with free access to the Foundation’s Gift of Learning program, which also includes VolunteerMatch training content. The slots were filled in less than two days!

Not that we’re surprised. As a nonprofit ourselves, we know that when someone offers free training, we all say, “Yes, please!”

What gets us really excited at VolunteerMatch, however, is seeing how wonderfully all of you took advantage of this opportunity. You didn’t just let it languish in your inboxes, to be dealt with when you reach that mythical time of empty to-do lists. Instead, you jumped right on it, registering for close to 4,500 courses so far, completing over 850 of them.

The most popular categories of trainings among VolunteerMatch nonprofits are Development, Management and Volunteer Engagement. Check out some of the other trainings your fellow nonprofit professionals have been accessing from the Gift of Learning platform:

VolunteerMatch nonprofit members took advantage of free trainings from Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation

In the end, though, it’s the value that each of you has found from the program that really matters. Here are some examples of ways in which this on-demand access has helped people:

“The GOL (Gift of Learning) has helped tremendously with my ability to tune up my professional development skills and share what I have learned with others (board members, office staff, etc.).”
-Executive Director of Community Development Organization

“As someone who is in the midst of starting their own nonprofit organization, I’ve been focusing on the project management and effective leadership courses. I’ve found them complete, and filled with relevant information to do my duties and mobilize others to get things done.”
-Camilo Forero, Project Manager, Sembrando Sueños

“We gained not only from the training, but also from the consideration of how to best roll-out this learning opportunity to our personnel. Thank you, not only for the GOL training, but also for helping us to look inward and learn new things about ourselves!”
-Jim Musslewhite, Training Coordinator, STEM Pals

Jealous yet? Don’t worry – VolunteerMatch and the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation both recognize that it shouldn’t end here. So we’ve decided to offer the opportunity again, to 500 more nonprofit organizations!

Stay tuned for the announcement…