Expert Snapshots for January: Starting 2015 Off Right

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 round-up of some news to keep you inspired for the year ahead…

What Did You and Volunteers Do Well This Year?

The first step in planning a stellar 2015 is to reflect on the successes and failures of 2014. Be honest, be merciless, learn from your mistakes, celebrate how awesome your were, then move on. To help your process, Susan Ellis of Energize, Inc. provides a bunch of great questions to ask yourself related to your work as a leader of volunteers, as a volunteer program generally, and more.

Why you *don’t* have to keep up with everything in #nptech

Yesenia Sotelo, a nonprofit website expert, lays out this cold, hard truth: it’s impossible to keep up with everything going on in the nonprofit digital space. Instead, identify the 3-4 things that are most important for your work, and that are most immediately actionable. Follow those things. She provides examples from her own arsenal to help make her point.

Case Study: Get Involved: Powered by Your Library

An amazing story published recently by Reimagining Service chronicles the work of California State Library to engage constituents on a deeper level via volunteering, and the partnership with VolunteerMatch that made it possible. It’s as inspiring as it is practical.

Mark Your Calendars! 2015 Cause Awareness Days

Cause awareness days can be a powerful engagement tool, as you can tap into the buzz already happening to get people excited about your organization’s work. Nonprofit Tech for Good lists the biggest and best coming in 2015 to help you plan ahead, strategically.

Bonus: 2015 Editorial Calendar from Lightbox Collaborative

Speaking of planning ahead, we couldn’t NOT include this amazing resource: a fully-formed editorial calendar from Lightbox Collaborative that you can download for free and customize for your organization’s communications needs. This is a great template for building a robust, effective communications calendar to help your organization really step it up in 2015.

Expert Snapshots for December – International Volunteer Day Edition!

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. And since today is International Volunteer Day, here’s a round-up of some news to keep you inspired…

In pictures: International Volunteering Day

This slideshow published by the BBC features an inspiring collection of photos highlighting local volunteers in developing countries. Putting faces and places to the abstract ideas of international development work can inspire us all to “make change happen.”

Volunteering in the ‘red zone’ of West Africa’s Ebola crisis

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has identified a special focus for this year’s International Volunteer Day on the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. This article in the International Business Times some of the work that’s going on and the organizations on the ground (and their volunteers) making it happen.

Community Service Volunteers Tackle Billion Dollar Burnout Crisis

Volunteering can be exhausting – physically, mentally and emotionally. Expert Dr. ck Andrade is spending her International Volunteer Day (in partnership with organizations like VolunteerMatch), educating nonprofits and volunteers about how to prevent stress and burnout.

Make change happen, volunteer!

For more inspiring stories about all the great stuff happening today and every day around the world, check out the International Volunteer Day website.

 

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.