Expert Snapshots for June

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.

Volunteers and the Quest for Innovation

Our society today seems somewhat fixated on the idea of innovation – constantly producing something new, regardless of whether the programs already in place are successful or not. Where do volunteers fit into this quest for innovation, and what does any of this mean to volunteer resources managers? In her monthly “Hot Topic” column, Susan J. Ellis of Energize, Inc. proposes that volunteers are already vital in a number of ways, with great potential for even more impact.

The Difference Between One-Time and Lifelong Volunteers: A Short Case Study

Some volunteers don’t come to you wanting to fulfill a specific volunteer need. Instead, they’re just looking to find a way to help a cause about which they’re passionate. How do you respond to these folks to effectively draw them in and keep them engaged with your organization for the long haul? This article on Nonprofit Hub provides some practical insight.

The Next Generation of American Giving

Blackbaud’s latest release of its annual report “The Next Generation of American Giving” comes with this fun, meaty infographic to help you learn the multichannel preferences and charitable habits of Generation X, Generation Y, Baby Boomers, and Matures, so you can optimize your outreach and fundraising to connect with each group.

Lack of Women in Top Roles Hinders Nonprofits, Female Nonprofit Workers Say

According to a new poll commissioned by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and New York University’s George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, nonprofits are missing out on donations from women and hurting their missions by not putting more females in board and leadership job. Check out this report and infographic to see some of the stats and insights gleaned from the poll.

Expert Snapshots for May

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.

Building a Resilient Volunteer Organization

Peggy Fan, a doctoral fellow at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, volunteered in Japan in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. When she reconnected with the community a couple years later, she found that only one of the volunteer-based relief organizations was still going strong. Read her lessons for how to develop a flexible, strong and sustainable volunteer organization.

13 Paths to Productivity & Satisfaction

For April’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival Round-Up, nonprofit marketing consultant Nancy Schwartz presents thoughts about the methods and tools your peers use to stay focused, productive and happy on the job (or the barriers that keep us from getting there).

Internet-Mediated Volunteering in the EU

Undisputed virtual volunteering expert Jayne Cravens spent much of 2013 conducting comprehensive research of the state of virtual volunteering in EU countries. Her newly released report and its companion resources will prove useful for organizations, companies and governments all over the world looking to do a better job of engaging online volunteers.

What Nonprofits Should Know About VolunteerMatch’s Global Expansion

Recently we announced that we’re beginning to expand our services to create a global volunteer engagement network. We’ve partnered with TechSoup Global to leverage their technology and help build the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. This post contains some top FAQ’s for nonprofits that will help your organization, no matter where you’re located, make the most of the growing global VolunteerMatch network.

The Obvious Reason Volunteering is at a 10-Year Low

Editor’s Note: There’s been a lot of hoopla lately about a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the volunteer rate in the U.S. to be lower than it’s been in a decade. With our 16-year relationship with the nonprofit, corporate and volunteering sectors, VolunteerMatch is in a unique position to clearly view what’s really going on. To help everyone understand this phenomenon better, VolunteerMatch president Greg Baldwin published this post on LinkedIn.

The Obvious Reason Volunteering is at a 10-Year Low

It is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate the irrepressible spirit of goodwill, generosity and hustle that is as much a part of American culture as the 4th of July, Mount Rushmore and our aversion to the metric system.

It is a time to be reminded that America is the place where we celebrate our freedom to come together to get things done, to fight injustice and to invest in our future. It is also a good time to point out that in 2013 volunteering hit a 10-year low, and try to explain how it is that so few people seem to understand why.

Click here to read the rest of Greg’s article and discover the obvious explanation for this recent volunteering trend…

Expert Snapshots for March

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.

Putting Strategic Engagement at the Core

Beth Steinhorn of JFFixler Group introduces us to the new Strategic Volunteer Engagement Track making its debut at the Conference on Volunteering and Service this year. This development places volunteer engagement at the core of the conference, and with experts like Beth and our own Jennifer Bennett contributing, it’s bound to be enlightening and valuable.

A Better Board Will Make You Better

Most nonprofit boards are ineffective, state Kim Jonker and William F. Meehan III right at the beginning of their SSIR article. If you agree (and also if you don’t, actually,) read their post for comprehensive strategies to make your board a bigger and better influence for your organization. (And for more about nonprofit board engagement, check out our upcoming Nonprofit Insights webinar, “Building a Future-Friendly Nonprofit Board.”)

It’s Red Cross Month

Each year, the president of the United States proclaims March “Red Cross Month.” With stats like “every nine minutes, the American Red Cross brings help and hope to people in need,” it’s easy to understand why. Check out how the Red Cross is engaging people to get involved – and perhaps get some ideas for how your own organization can expand engagement.

5 Nonprofits that Newsjacked Facebook During the Oscars

This one’s mainly just for fun. Still, “newsjacking” – art and science of injecting your ideas into a breaking news story – can be very effective for nonprofits. Here are some examples of Oscars newsjacking that Facebook marketing expert John Haydon called out on his blog.

Expert Snapshots for February

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.

World’s Best Intern: Advice from Nonprofits to Interns

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.

Web 3.0 Means Mobile Volunteering

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.

It’s Time to Discuss the Complex Relationship of Volunteering and Money

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.

First Do No Harm

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…