Expert Snapshots for November

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. Here’s just a snapshot to get you started…

Five things I’d like to say about calculating the economic value of volunteering

There’s no question that the practice of assigning a monetary value to volunteer time is controversial. Many organizations find that it’s a useful way to measure impact – in fact, VolunteerMatch calculates social value using Independent Sector’s annual estimate of the value of volunteer time – but that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect system. In this article, Rob Jackson presents some important considerations for us all when applying economics to volunteering.

Four Elements to Successfully Manage Volunteers

Volunteers are always first to think of themselves last – especially event volunteers. By treating your volunteers right, you’ll have a more dedicated and productive team that can accomplish just about anything you place in their path. Check out these four tips on the Event360 blog.

Adding Mission to Your Volunteering: Webinar Presentation & Video

This first installment of a new webinar series from Wild Apricot focuses on dispelling myths about volunteering, and providing us with ideas and strategies for attracting a diverse range of volunteers who are passionate about getting stuff done and helping our organizations. You can access the summary article, the presentation slide deck and the full recorded video.

When someone says they don’t see what’s wrong with saying we “use” volunteers

And now for a bit of [snarky] fun from our friend over at VM Snark: this animated gif illustrates the importance of words (something we very recently addressed), and how your word choices could offend the very people we’re trying to engage and honor.Think about it!

A snarky image from VM Snark

Expert Snapshots for October

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. Here’s just a snapshot to get you started…

What All Nonprofits Should Know About Corporate Philanthropy

The relationship between nonprofits and companies is changing – we can all feel it. And so nonprofits now need to change the way they look at the support they can receive from companies. By doing so, nonprofits can build robust, mutually beneficial relationships with companies. This TechSoup article provides some first steps for doing just that. (Want to learn more about building strong relationships with companies? Check out this free webinar.)

30 People. 1 Question.

We can’t help it, we just love this simple, inspiring video from Greenslopes Private Hospital. Hearing about the connection and impact made directly from volunteers is more effective than the most expensive ad campaign. How can you easily and effectively showcase your volunteers and their dedication?

The First Ever Volunteer Impact Report

Check out this clean, easy-to-read, chart-heavy report we produced in partnership with volunteer technology review firm Software Advice that presents the metrics, indicators and data collection methods nonprofits use to measure volunteers’ impact on their organizations’ outcomes. In other words, check out this report to see how what YOU do compares to what everyone ELSE does to track volunteer impact at your organizations…

DonorsChoose.org Talks Flash-Funding, Secret to Successful Corporate Partnerships

On this episode of CauseTalk radio, Missy Sherburne of DonorsChoose.org talks about the organization’s fundraising success with flash-funding, crowdfunding and corporate partnerships. Listen in to learn about how your organization could be successful with these increasingly popular engagement strategies, too.

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…