Volunteer Engagement Food for Thought: A Culture of Appreciation

Volunteer Engagement RoundupAt VolunteerMatch, we learn so much from other experts in the fields of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s some food for thought help you kick off your April. 

5 Hacks to Create a Culture of Volunteer Appreciation (Large Programs, Listen Up!)
From Twenty Hats:
This post asks the question: “How do you maintain a heart-centered culture of appreciation when the volunteers are no longer under your direct control?” To answer it, writer Elisa Kosarin spoke with the volunteer coordinator for a program with over 7,000 volunteers!

Want more on creating a culture of appreciation? Check out: Why You Shouldn’t Give Gifts to Volunteers.

3 Common Screening Practices That Might Be Barriers To Finding Great Volunteers
From Volunteer Toronto:
No, this article isn’t advocating for a leniency in volunteer screening. But it does advocate for flexibility, and a shift away from the, “But that’s the way we do it here!” mentality.

Volunteer Toronto also recently published this infographic showing that the way we thank volunteers and the way they want to be thanked aren’t lining up…

From Passion to Professionalism: How to Move Your Volunteer Program from One to the Other
From Charity Village:
In order to excel at managing your volunteer program, you need to know where your natural strengths align with your job responsibilities, according to this post. To help, the author spells out a long list of volunteer management job responsibilities, from marketer to mediator and everything in between.

Incorporate the Power of Live Web Calls into Volunteer Management
From Energize, Inc.:
Are volunteer managers using the enormous range of simple, and free, technology solutions available to them? In this post, Susan J. Ellis discusses how video calls can unlock potential in your volunteer program; potential that has not been available at any other point in history.

For more tips from experts, check out the VolunteerMatch book that brings together 35 experts.

Food for Thought: Does Screening Volunteers Save Money?

At VolunteerMatch, we learn so much from other experts in the fields of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s some food for thought help you kick off the upcoming month. 

Volunteers Donor Blog Pic5 Ways Screening Volunteers Saves Money
From JFFixler Group:
Does volunteer screening actually save you money in the long run? The answer is yes, according to this post, which also includes some interesting stats around volunteer screening practices.

Pro Bono Volunteer Programs: A Valuable Resource to Tap Into
From Nonprofit Information:
We see it all the time. Technology companies offer free or discounted products to nonprofits, but nonprofits end up using them haphazardly, or even not at all, because they don’t have the resources to set it up properly. This is where pro bono volunteers come in. Here’s how to think through the pro bono process.

Want more on pro bono? Check out these 6 fascinating and informative quotes we compiled for Pro Bono Week 2015.

2016 Volunteer Management Progress Report
From VolunteerPro:
How does your volunteer engagement role compare with others in the field? The Volunteer Management Progress Report is filled with both expected and surprising stats on the current state of volunteer management, including demographics, salary, top challenges, and more.

The Two Forks and Timing
From Volunteer Plain Talk:
Volunteer training is an opportunity to create bonds with your volunteers right from the start. But how? According to Meridian Swift, it’s a formula involving fun, the right timing, and… forks?

For more tips from experts, check out the VolunteerMatch book that brings together 35 experts.

Food for Thought: Technology and the Future of Volunteer Management

At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the fields of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s some food for thought to keep your February going strong. 

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What Does it Mean to Engage Tech Talent in Pro Bono?
From Taproot Foundation:
There’s a huge push for tech companies to “do good” and give back to their communities by volunteering. And by understanding the roles of employees within the tech industry, we can better understand the pro bono possibilities they can bring to our nonprofits.

Could a Robot Do the Job of a Volunteer Manager?
From e-Volunteerism:
Over the next 20 years, 35% of jobs in the UK will be taken over by robots, according to a study. What about volunteer managers? This article examines the difference between what tends to be in a volunteer manager’s job description vs. what they actually do.

Cost, Value, & Austerity: The Challenge for Volunteer Managers
From Third Sector:
When money is tight, is volunteer engagement training one of the first things to get cut? This article explores the unique issues volunteer managers face, and what you can do about it.

Looking to gather new volunteer management skills without spending money? Check out our free webinar series.

Great Mission. Bad Statement.
From Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR):
Are volunteers not engaging with your organization because of the words you use to communicate your mission? That is very likely, according to this article. Learn what you can do to increase the effectiveness of your language, and keep volunteers excited about your cause.

For more tips from experts, check out the VolunteerMatch book that brings together 35 experts.

The Faces of Volunteerism in the U.S. [Infographic]

You work with volunteers on a regular basis. Or perhaps you’re a volunteer yourself. But do you ever wonder what volunteerism looks like on a larger scale, throughout the United States?

Wonder no more! Our friends at OnlineMPHToday.com have answered that question with an infographic. Gathering statistics from sources such as Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, they summarize who is volunteering in the U.S. today:

2015 Volunteer Statistics Infographic by Online MPH Today
 

Thanks, OnlineMPHToday.com!

Volunteer Engagement Food for Thought: Be Strategic

At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the fields of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s some food for thought to launch your New Year. 

Volunteer Engagement RoundupLeading Volunteers: A Model That May Make a Difference
From Tobi Johnson:
Good leadership goes a long way. Step up your game in 2016 by following this proven method for leadership excellence – and understanding how it relates to leading volunteers.

7 Ways to Say No Without Actually Saying It
From Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog:
Does it seem like your coworkers keep putting more and more tasks on your plate – many of them not directly related to your job? Take a lesson from Kivi on how to politely decline those unnecessary time sucks and stay #CALMnotBUSY in 2016.

Want the Ultimate Endorsement of Your Volunteer Program? Find Yourself a Place at the Table
From Twenty Hats:
Does your organization have a strategic planning session coming up? You don’t have to be part of upper management to get your volunteer program the spot it deserves in this process. Here’s how.

The Domino Effect of Setting Goals for Volunteer Involvement
From Susan J. Ellis:
What happens when you don’t have clear strategic goals for your volunteer program? Not asking the right questions could bring your whole program down in a domino effect. But the right questions? Well, that’s your dominoes falling perfectly-timed and gracefully in a work of art.

For more tips from experts, check out the VolunteerMatch book that brings together 35 experts.