Don’t Miss Your Worm! Early Bird Rates for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit End Soon

Come Together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch SummitNow is a great time to register for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit.

Why? Early bird rates end July 31st. That’s in two days!

Why attend the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit?

“The collaborative feeling among the participants is absolutely incredible.”
-Wendy Hershey, Mercer Investment Consulting, Inc.

At the Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to come together with corporate social responsibility and employee engagement professionals, as well as national nonprofits.

You’ll participate in interactive workshops, attend networking sessions, and hear from industry experts, all related to working across sectors to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Who should attend the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit?

“I never get the opportunity to be in a more like-minded group of professionals all at once.”
-Lauren Keeler, Apollo Education Group

If you manage your company’s employee volunteer program, this summit is for you. If you’re a CSR professional looking for better ways to work with nonprofits, this summit is for you. If you’re with a national nonprofit and are looking for better ways to work with corporate partners, this summit is also for you.

And if you’re looking for a place to network and learn from others doing similar work with employee volunteerism, this summit is for you.

Late BirdBe the early bird and go catch your worm. Register today for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit to lock down early bird registration rates.

Bird photo credit: Adamantios



Don’t Keep All That Corporate Volunteerism Knowledge to Yourself!

VolunteerMatch Solutions is now accepting Best Practice Network webinar session proposals.

Present at a Best Practice Network WebiarHas your company done something out-of-the-ordinary with your employee volunteer program – and seen impressive results? Have you witnessed new trends or conducted research around corporate volunteerism? Are you simply a corporate social responsibility rockstar?

Don’t keep all that knowledge to yourself! VolunteerMatch is asking CSR and employee engagement thought leaders and practitioners to submit session proposals for our Best Practice Network Webinar series.

The Best Practice Network Webinar Series, presented by VolunteerMatch Solutions, brings together thought-leaders in employee volunteering and corporate social responsibility to explore how your company or brand can elevate your program for social good. The BPN Webinar series happens bi-monthly and is free to the public.

You will be a voice in the CSR community, strongly advocating for increased recognition of the potential of volunteer engagement to transform workplaces, communities, campuses, and brands for the better. Our demographic, registration numbers, & promotional reach will help get your voice out there:
• Attendee demographic – administrators, academics, consultants, employee volunteer
program managers, community/HR, and other CSR practitioners.
• Attendee registrations – depending on the topic, this ranges from 100 to 200+.
• Exposure through VolunteerMatch Solutions site, blogs & newsletter lists – Over 15,000
monthly average reach.
• Mentions on VolunteerMatch Solutions social media – Twitter over 1.3K followers, LinkedIn over 330 followers.

Topics should relate to the webinar’s mission of building a better world through corporate responsibility and volunteerism. Some examples of overarching topics could include: corporate/nonprofit partnerships, understanding your nonprofit partners needs & capacity, understanding your corporate partners goals, partnership communications (internal and external), partnership evaluation/metrics, volunteer program manager empowerment (both corporate and nonprofit), internal & external partner buy-in. While topics can be high-level and strategic, attendees should leave the webinar with some kind of actionable content.

Interested? Learn more and/ or submit a session proposal.

Meet Derreck Kayongo, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit Keynote Speaker

In December 2015, CSR professionals, employee engagement enthusiasts, VolunteerMatch clients, and national nonprofits will come together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit. In this series of blog posts, I’ll introduce you to the numerous experts who will make an appearance as Summit speakers.

Derreck Kayongo 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit Keynote SpeakerName: Derreck Kayongo

Title: Founder

Organization: Global Soap Project

What is your session about?

My session will focus on the power of volunteerism as an avenue of expressing personal consciousness and rebuilding SELF and community. SELF in this case stands for Service, Education, Leadership and Faith in what you believe in. Your Ethos. I would have never been able to build Global Soap Project if it weren’t for volunteers who understood SELF.

Why should attendees care about this topic?

The attendees will hear an amazing story of self-determination and actualization. Born out of a remarkable survival of war story and refugee status, they’ll see transformation into building an organization that is now saving lives all over the world.

The power of events in our lives can either destroy us or become an inspiration locomotive to success. How you can do that is what is at the heart of this session.

What is a professional achievement you are particularly proud of?

Founding the Global Soap Project and building it from my basement. When I started, I was just making about 500 bars of recycled soap a week. Now, we are partners with Clean the World, are going for 10 million bars per year, and are present in close to 90 countries around the world.

To learn more about Derreck, check out his biography on our Summit speakers’ page. And if you haven’t yet, register today for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit!

Registration Now Open for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit!

Come Together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch SummitHow does that song go? Come together, right now, over… volunteering.

Well, not quite. But The Beatles would probably approve of the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit (appropriately themed “Come Together)’s mission:

To explore ways to work across sectors, harnessing knowledge, resources and passions of volunteers to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

So, who should attend this one-of-a-kind event?

If you manage your company’s employee volunteer program, this summit is for you. If you’re a CSR professional looking for better ways to work with nonprofits, this summit is for you. If you’re with a national nonprofit and are looking for better ways to work with corporate partners, this summit is also for you.

And if you’re looking for a place to network and learn from others doing similar work with employee volunteerism, and also hear from industry experts, this summit is for you.

Registration is now open, so reserve your spot today.

SB’15 Recap: The Employee Engagement and Volunteerism Perspective

14272922640_2e723abdc8_mCorporate social responsibility (CSR) requires a holistic strategy. Sustainability is just one piece of that strategy.

Sustainable Brands gets this. While it’s billed as a sustainability conference, it actually focuses on the whole picture: How all facets of CSR work together to improve both business practices and the communities in which companies operate.

And out of all the facets CSR, as a VolunteerMatch employee, I’m obviously most interested in employee volunteerism. It’s a win-win: It helps the communities in which employees serve, but it also helps companies in many ways – one of which is by increasing employee engagement.

This year, I was pleased to see an entire track at Sustainable Brands dedicated to employee engagement – much more than in past years. It’s great to see this benefit of employee volunteer programs brought more and more to light and take its rightful place next to other components of CSR strategy. Within the sessions in this track, some of the speakers touched on their employee volunteering initiatives, but as a whole the focus was more on engaging employees through CSR initiatives in general.

One idea that resonated with me is that we need redefine what “engagement” actually means to us. For a new program, identifying that your employees are engaged might mean a goal of 60% of employees participating in at least one project throughout the year. But once you’ve reached those goals, you need to redefine what engagement looks like to keep your programs growing and evolving.

Furthermore, something that I heard repeatedly in plenaries and breakout sessions alike was the concept of placing purpose at the center of your strategy. I couldn’t agree more! When your business has purpose and community in the center of strategy, it can’t help but become a part of employees’ day-to-day experiences.

I love attending Sustainable Brands, because it’s a place for CSR professionals, (even those who are really more focused on employee volunteering such as myself) to meet like-minded peers and hear about innovative ways that companies are placing purpose at the center of their business.

The VolunteerMatch Summit, happening this December in Oakland, CA offers a similar atmosphere for CSR professionals. However, it takes a deeper dive into one particular aspect of a holistic CSR approach: Community involvement and volunteering. Learn more.

Photo Credit: Michael Heiss

Upcoming Webinar: Changing Corporate Perspectives – Workplace Volunteer Programs

Changing Corporate Perspectives on Employee VolunteeringAre you eager to start a Workplace Volunteer Program, but wonder how you’ll get the rest of your company on board?

Luckily, the notion of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is changing, and it’s becoming an easier sell to do good. Not only are nonprofit organizations becoming more savvy corporate partners, but companies are beginning to see a shared purpose in volunteer partnerships.

In this month’s Best Practice Network (BPN) Webinar, we’ll hear from Angela Parker and Chris Jarvis, co-founders of Realized Worth. Their years of experience in the corporate volunteerism field will lend to their discussion of the trends and challenges they’re seeing, recommendations on how to inspire employees to volunteer, and the corporation’s role in a higher calling. Their stories will energize you to launch the perfect workplace volunteer program for your company.

Reserve your complimentary spot today.
Thursday June 11, 2015
11pm – 11:45pm PT (2pm – 2:45pm ET)

Find content like this and more in VolunteerMatch’s new book Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, out now! Parker and Jarvis are just 2 of the 35 volunteer engagement experts sharing their knowledge on what’s next. Details and purchase information here

“Come Together” at the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit

Come Together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch SummitAt VolunteerMatch, we believe everyone should have the chance to make a difference. And for over 15 years, we have been connecting companies with nonprofits through our easy technology.

Amazing things have taken place online – we’ve made over 9 million volunteer/ nonprofit connections! Now, we’re bringing our communities together offline for a one-of-a-kind event.

Always a Unique Space for Collaboration. Even Better in 2015.

The VolunteerMatch Summit is a place for like-minded professionals in the fields of employee engagement and corporate responsibility to get together, share best practices, and learn from industry experts. The previous 13 Summits have only been open to VolunteerMatch corporate clients.

This year, we’re going even bigger and have invited companies far and wide who are committed to community engagement. And we’re not stopping there. We’re also creating a collaborative place for national nonprofits to join the conversation.

This year, all attendees will “Come Together” to explore ways to work across sections, harnessing knowledge, resources and passions of volunteers to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Highlights of the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit include a plenary session from Derreck Kayongo, Founder of the Global Soap Project, as well as panels of experts, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities.

Save the Date: December 1 & 2, 2015 in Oakland, CA.

Registration opens June 2015. Learn more.