July Food for Thought: What Are the Experts Saying?

Food for Thought

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 your July going…

5 Ways to Recruit Passionate Fundraisers
From The Nonprofit Marketing Blog
Volunteers – and not just board members – can make the best fundraisers. Find out who else you should involve with your fundraising efforts

Millennials Respond Better to Peers than Bosses When Asked to Give
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Speaking of fundraising, new research in the form of The 2015 Millennial Impact Report shows co-worker relationships are very important to millennials. How will your inspire your corporate friends to spread the word to their work BFFs?

Beyond the Thank You Card: Meaningful Volunteer Appreciation
Liza Dyer explores an important question: How do we eliminate the disconnect between the ways we thank our volunteers, and the ways they want to be thanked?

What are Volunteers Saying About Your Organization?
From Twenty Hats
More from Liza: Your volunteers may be talking to you, just not to your face. Find out how to listen to what volunteers are saying online.

And for a little extra fun: 6 Reasons National Service Makes Us Feel Like Dancing
From Corporation for National & Community Service
Get into the service groove!

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

What Does Volunteerism Look Like Around the World?

If you’re like me, you know how easy it is to get wrapped up in your individual, day-to-day life. With so many pressing and immediate tasks to take care of at our nonprofits, it’s hard to step away from our micro-worlds and see things on a global, interconnected scale – at least for some of us.

State of VolunteerismYet, that’s exactly what the United Nations’ report Transforming Governance: 2015 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report does.

Hear how volunteers in Bangladesh, Chile and more are organizing and gaining momentum, correcting injustices and changing their communities for the better. Watch a video of volunteers in action around the world.

And if you have time – at just shy of 100 pages, you will need time -, check out the full report on global volunteerism today. Here’s just an overview of what you’ll learn:

  • How volunteerism empowers marginalized groups in local communities.
  • The ways in which technology is improving volunteerism, on a global scale.
  • How volunteers are working side by side with national governments.

Have you read, or skimmed, the report? What’s the one piece of knowledge you’d like to share? Let us know by tweeting to @VolunteerMatch or commenting below.

Expert Snapshots for June

Expert Snapshots

At VolunteerMatch, we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. 

Here’s just a snapshot to get your June going:


Challenging What’s Possible with Pro Bono Service
Pro bono = unlimited potential. In this post, Points of Light CEO Tracy Hoover discusses her recent visit to the White House for a “change-making expo,” where she brought attention to the current breakthroughs and future possibilities of pro bono volunteerism. Drawing on case studies, such as IBM employee’s role in fighting Ebola, she shows that there’s many ways to think outside the box when it comes to using specialized skills for social good.

How to Manage Virtual Pro Bono
Speaking of pro bono potential, what about virtual pro bono volunteering? In this post, Taproot Foundation discusses tools to help you take pro bono online. While written for a corporate audience, the concrete tips Taproot offers spans sectors. Is your nonprofit engaging virtual pro bono volunteers? Share your experience in the comments below.

Websites for Better Volunteer Recruitment
When someone considers volunteering for your organization, what is likely the first thing they do? They check out your website. In this post from Volunteer Engagement expert Tobi Johnson, learn how to make sure your website is telling the right story to potential volunteers.

Tapping Experience for Impact: Engaging Older Volunteers
Older Americans Month just ended. But that doesn’t mean we should forget the potential older volunteers have to move our missions forward. In this post on United Way’s blog, you’ll see examples of how United Way successfully engages older volunteers. Have a volunteer opportunity that would be great for seniors? Don’t forget to mark the 55+ box when posting your opportunity on VolunteerMatch!

Follow us on Twitter for volunteer engagement news and trends throughout the month: @VolunteerMatch.

Expert Snapshots for May

Expert SnapshotsAt VolunteerMatch, we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. 

Here’s just a snapshot to keep your May going strong:


Better Board Engagement Starts With Better Board Recruitment
Let’s face it. Even your best board members aren’t going to stick around forever. So what can you do? Start planning now. This article from Nonprofit Hub Magazine offers suggestions and concrete tips for better board recruitment, including long-term strategy. My favorite piece of advice? Start by looking to your existing volunteer pool.

The Future of Virtual Volunteering? Deeper Relationships, Higher Impact
Jayne Cravens of Coyote Communications proclaims that microvolunteering is NOT the future of virtual volunteering. While it’s great for some, many volunteers are looking for more. In this blog post, she summarizes her chapter in the upcoming book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, and explains why you shouldn’t dismiss virtual volunteers who are looking for more than a “quickie volunteering experience.”

Technology and Today’s Volunteers
Is your online communication with volunteers one way? In other words, do you have one primary communication channel, or email blasts without encouraging feedback? According to volunteer engagement expert Tobi Johnson, it’s time to get up to speed. Check out this post from her blog, where she discusses why the landscape is changing, and what you can do to keep up.

Crowdfunded Campaigns for Nepal are Huge. Is That a Good Way to Give?
Crowdfunding has many forms. After the recent earthquake in Nepal, many individuals reached out to their friends, family and acquaintances to raise money for disaster-relief charities. This NPR article interviews NTEN’s Amy Sample Ward and Charity Navigator’s Sandra Miniutti (among others) about why crowdfunding campaigns reached a new high after this recent disaster, and whether or not it’s a good method for getting involved.

Expert Snapshots for April: Prospective, Online, and Pro Bono Volunteers

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 a snapshot to get your April going:

Waiting but Not Idle: How to Keep Potential Volunteers Engaged in Your Organization
One of the worst things you can say when a potential volunteer contacts you is… nothing. While it sounds easy enough to respond to each volunteer request, there are some real challenges that come with engaging prospective volunteers. This article from Charity Village explores those issues and offers actionable suggestions.

Online Volunteers: Don’t Ever Call Them Virtual
By calling volunteers who don’t come into your office “virtual,” are you inadvertently making them feeling less important than “real” volunteers? Virtual volunteering is on the rise, and for some nonprofits and volunteers, it’s becoming a norm. This article from The NonProfit Times delves deep into the world of virtual volunteering, and politely reminds us that we shouldn’t call these volunteers “virtual.”

Pro Bono Can Help Fill Nonprofit Resource Gaps
Nonprofits put a lot of emphasis on fundraising. But what about “resource raising?” This is the question posed by Elizabeth Hamburg, President and CEO of Taproot Foundation. Pro bono volunteers can “fill in the resource gaps”. In other words, these highly skilled volunteers can complete projects that nonprofits would otherwise have to pay a lot of money for. Read this article for more about how your nonprofit can benefit from engaging pro bono volunteers… and how the volunteers benefit as well!

Volunteer Onboarding [Free Webinar]
Volunteer engagement expert Tobi Johnson is hosting a free webinar on April 16, 2015 all about volunteer onboarding. She’ll cover the 5 Things to Remember When Welcoming New Volunteers. And bring your questions! After the webinar, stick around for an informal Q&A discussion.

Follow us on Twitter for news and trends throughout the month: @VolunteerMatch.