September 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 your September going…

Food for ThoughtThe Top 10 Things Executive Directors Need to Know About Volunteer Services
From Volunteer Plain Talk:
Do you feel a disconnect between how you and your executive director view your volunteer program? Meridian Swift puts your feelings into words, topped with a dash of humor.

Transforming Volunteers into Strategic Messengers
From JFFixler Group:
Are your volunteers equipped with the knowledge to be ambassadors for your organization? Beth Steinhorn reflects on an experience she had that shows why this is so important.

Want more? We recently touched on this topic as well.

Don’t Forget the Why
From The Nonprofit Marketing Blog:
The “why” is one of the most important reasons people get involved. So why is it so often overlooked during asks?

8 Ways Volunteer ROI Builds Trust
From Tobi Johnson & Associations:
Not only does Tobi Johnson tell us why we should be tracking the ROI of our volunteer programs, she also gives us the tools to do it. Thank you, Tobi!

Rethinking the Status Quo: Volunteer Engagement 2.0
From United Way Blog:
Mei Cobb touches on her chapter in Volunteer Engagement 2.0, explaining how the United Way is shifting their approach to volunteerism.

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

August Food for Thought: What Are the Experts Saying?

Food for ThoughtAt 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 August going.

4 Reasons Volunteer Coordinators Should Care About Corporate Citizenship
From Tobi Johnson:
For many reasons, the corporate world wants to partner with nonprofits. In this post, Tobi answers the question, “What’s in it for volunteer orgs?”

Volunteer Hounded to Death by Fundraisers? Lessons to Learn
From e-Volunteerism:
While not as scary as the title may imply, this article is an in-depth look at why volunteers who give time and donors who give money should not exist in silos at your organization.

Want more? We recently touched on this topic as well.

In the Middle: The Leader of Volunteers as Intermediary
From Energize, Inc:
In her latest Hot Topic, Susan Ellis discusses how those who lead volunteers at an organization are often stuck in the middle, and how they can overcome the challenges this brings.

The Millennial Impact Report: Q&A with Derrick Feldmann
From The Nonprofit Marketing Blog:
Does your organization work with millennials, either as paid staff or volunteers? Based on research, Derreck advises how to best engage this young generation with your cause.

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

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
From NTEN
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.