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Guest Contributer

Guest Contributer

This article was written by a VolunteerMatch Guest Contributor.

Recent posts by Guest Contributer

7 min read

Reject a Volunteer, Gain an Advocate [Part Two]

By Guest Contributer on December 12, 2018

Click here to read Part One of this two-part series.

A lot of well-intentioned people advise volunteer managers to treat “hiring” volunteers in the same manner staff is hired. It’s not that simple, and Part One of this two-part series explored why. In case you missed it, here’s that list again:

8 min read

Volunteering and Psychological Health

By Guest Contributer on December 4, 2018

Volunteering involves a commitment of one’s time, energy and/or resources to benefit others with no expectation of reward or compensation. Millions of Americans volunteer in many different ways, dedicating anywhere from a few hours per month to several hours per week to assisting others. There are a variety of motives for volunteering and plenty of rewards to be gained when helping others.

Topics: advocacy
4 min read

Resting on Nonprofit Laurels

By Guest Contributer on November 13, 2018

I don’t remember the date, but I remember the conversation. It was the first time I’d heard the word “competition” in relation to volunteer organizations. I was in a community meeting, and nonprofit experts were discussing the impact of a newly formed nonprofit in the area.

Topics: nonprofit resources
4 min read

Why Volunteering Is So Important at the End of the Year

By Guest Contributer on November 8, 2018

The end of the year can be a rough time for many people. Days are shorter and darker; nights are longer. In colder weather, people are less inclined to go out and some struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Spending the holidays alone can feel isolating, and traveling to see loved ones can be stressful. Some see the end of the year as a time for self-reflection, leading to feelings of regret, inadequacy or inferiority.

Topics: inspiration
2 min read

Report is Live! How Politics Influence Volunteer Behavior

By Guest Contributer on September 19, 2018

Volunteering doesn’t exist in a bubble — it’s reflective of the people and the societies they live in.  Therefore, when major shifts take place, be they economic, cultural or political, it’s reasonable to presume that some aspects of volunteer behavior will be influenced. For example, increases or decreases in the numbers of active volunteers, volunteer hours, or types of volunteering being done.

Topics: nonprofit resources
7 min read

How Employee Volunteers Can Help You Attract and Hire Talent

By Guest Contributer on September 6, 2018

Some companies view volunteerism as a need to satisfy employee engagement objectives. But on the other end of the spectrum, many understand the essence of volunteerism as a selfless way to serve one’s community.

Topics: nonprofit resources
4 min read

How to Build an Irresistible Corporate-Nonprofit Volunteer Partnership

By Guest Contributer on July 24, 2018

Corporate volunteer programs offer an incredible opportunity for nonprofit organizations to partner with businesses to advance awareness of and raise money for their cause. A nonprofit liaison with a company creates a situation where everyone wins: the nonprofit gets the assistance it needs while the business benefits from building their brand and generating positive impressions throughout the community.

Topics: nonprofit resources corporate volunteering
7 min read

How Skills-based Volunteering Can Advance Your Design Career

By Guest Contributer on June 2, 2018

“The reward for pro-bono work is not always just in heaven.” — Paul Rand

Why skills-based volunteering?

Design is a resource that makes products more engaging to interact with and easier to use. In 2018, when most companies must consider their digital presence, the demand for design is only growing. While technology companies may have the resources to hire a team dedicated to design and user experience, there’s still a large segment of organizations that don’t have ready access to design resources.

Topics: skills-based volunteering csr
4 min read

Success is a Process: 6 Administrative Steps to Volunteer Retention

By Guest Contributer on March 13, 2018

Regardless of the size or type of your nonprofit, volunteers are probably your lifeblood — perhaps even more than your donors.

Topics: nonprofit resources
5 min read

Top 7 Myths about Volunteering Debunked

By Guest Contributer on February 9, 2018

One of the most common misconceptions about volunteering is that there are not many people willing to give their time and effort to a worthy cause. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), more than 62 million people volunteered in the U.S. in 2016, giving 7.8 billion of their hours to help generate more than $1.8 billion in services.

Topics: advocacy