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. 

Volunteer Engagement Roundup

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.

December Food For Thought: What Are the Experts Saying?

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 get you through your December.

Volunteer Engagement RoundupWarm Bodies, Cold, Hard Facts
From Volunteer Plain Talk:
What to say when you’re asked the inevitable… “Why don’t we have enough volunteers for (insert volunteer role here)?”

5 Lessons from Volunteering
From Third Sector:
Rob Jackson recently spent a day volunteering, and was impressed by his exceptional experience. What can volunteer managers learn from what went right for Rob?

Volunteerism Rate Inches Downward to New Low
From Chronicle of Philanthropy:
Volunteer rates are down again in the U.S. (although, not by much). What can we do as volunteer leaders to get more Americans involved in their communities? This article has some suggestions.

What’s Cooking? A Recipe for Building an Online Community for Volunteers
From VolunteerPro:
Would creating an online community for your volunteers be beneficial? According to this post, it’s a great way to strengthen relationships and increase commitment from volunteers.

8 Goals of “People Mobilizers”
From The Nonprofit Times
Check out this short and sweet list of the “must-haves” when managing volunteers.

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

Add Your Voice to the 2016 Volunteer Management Progress Survey & Report

Take the Survey!If you manage volunteers or lead a volunteer program or organization (as a volunteer or paid staff), don’t miss your chance to take the Volunteer Management Progress Survey – by our good friends over at VolunteerPro – and be the first to learn the results.

This “state of the industry” survey includes questions related to volunteer management practices, challenges, and needs. Researchers hope to paint a more complete picture of today’s volunteer management pros while taking into account their organizational characteristics, resources, locations, etc.

  • Curious about how your volunteer engagement practices compare with other professionals like you?
  • Wondering how you salary compares with your peers at similar organizations?
  • Interested in what the average ratio of volunteers to volunteer managers is for nonprofits of various sizes?
  • Wonder what the biggest pinch points are for the field of volunteerism?

Answers to questions like these and more will be reported in the 2016 Volunteer Management Progress Report. Everyone who completes the survey will get an invite to a free webinar presented by the researchers in January.

Take the survey.

The deadline to complete the survey is December 15, 2015 (midnight EST) and the survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete.