This month VolunteerMatch presents a special joint edition of our Nonprofit Insights and Best Practice Network webinar series. We invite our nonprofit and corporate members to come together and learn from experts in building strong volunteer partnerships.
What if the way nonprofits and companies are currently engaging volunteers is all wrong? How can we make sure we’re strategically involving the core value of volunteers to provide maximum impact?
Research shows that organizations that strategically leverage volunteers outperform peer organizations on all measures of organizational capacity, AND have greater impact. However, less than 15% of nonprofits currently operate this way, and this obstacle stands in the way of success for the causes that so many nonprofits, companies and individuals care about.
Challenging the Status Quo: Rethinking the Value of Volunteers
Register for this free event.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
10am – 11am PT (1-2pm ET)
Join Bobbi Silten, Gap Inc.; Amy Smith, Points of Light; & Karen Baker, California Volunteers for a lively conversation about strategic volunteer engagement. Whether you’re a nonprofit professional, a company program coordinator or a dedicated volunteer yourself, you’ll learn more about the research, the implications and the opportunities of strategic volunteer engagement for maximizing impact.
About Our Speakers:
Bobbi Silten is the President, Gap Foundation and Senior Vice President, Global Responsibility for Gap Inc., a leading global retailer. Since 2005, she has led Gap Foundation, overseeing its global community investments in women’s advancement and youth first jobs, and volunteer programs for 136,000 employees worldwide. Ms. Silten is a founding member of Reimagining Service, a national initiative focused on increasing the impact of volunteerism, and currently serves as the chair of the Reimagining Service Council. Ms. Silten also serves on the Leadership Council for Opportunity Nation and is a founding board member of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. She is also a volunteer mentor to alumni of Summer Search, a national youth leadership program.
Karen Baker currently serves as California’s Chief Service Officer for Governor Jerry Brown. She leads CaliforniaVolunteers, the State Service Commission charged with administering the nation’s largest state AmeriCorps portfolio. In addition, CaliforniaVolunteers serves as the lead agency for disaster volunteering and donations management, and promotes volunteering and service across California. Initially appointed in February 2006, Karen has forged vibrant public-private partnerships resulting in the creation of successful innovations, including the California Disaster Corps, Business Partners Program and the CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise Initiative. She serves on a number of national service boards and coalitions including Voices for National Service, The Presidio Institute, and Reimagining Service.
Amy Smith is the Chief Strategy Officer and President of Action Networks for Points of Light,the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. With a mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world, Points of Light connects and empowers people to make a meaningful difference by providing access to civic engagement tools, resources and volunteer opportunities. Amy leads the organization’s largest business enterprise and is responsible for the success of a network of more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers worldwide; 200 AmeriCorps Alums chapters, and a Corporate Institute that helps hundreds of Fortune 500 Companies engage their employees and customers in volunteer service. She is also responsible for scaling youth civic responsibility and social action efforts through generationOn, Points of Light’s youth service division, a leader in a movement to ignite the power of all young people to make their mark on the world through service. Amy has recently added responsibilities for enterprise wide strategic direction including annual and strategic planning, program innovation and organizational capacity management.
Greg Baldwin joined what is now VolunteerMatch in the spring of 1998 as its Chief Imagination Officer to finish hotwiring the Internet to help everybody find a great place to volunteer. Today, VolunteerMatch is a leader in the nonprofit world. Its popular web service is strengthening communities and organizations across the country by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. Greg appreciates the power of a big idea. He began his career at the Leo Burnett advertising agency where many big ideas were born and later tested his own as a co-founder of 2d Interactive, Inc. – a Boston-based technology start-up. Greg completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in 1990 with a degree in Public Policy. He is a life-long volunteer and regularly speaks at nonprofit events and conferences on the subjects of volunteering, communication, and the Internet.