Expert Snapshots for December

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.

A Decade of Volunteering in Review

For the December installment of her monthly “Hot Topic” series, Susan Ellis of Energize, Inc. takes a look back at the last 10 years of volunteering, in honor of the end of the 2011 International Year of Volunteers + 10 and the European Year of Volunteering. With an excitingly meaty list of “positives” and “negatives,” the article provides a great overview of some of the major changes that have shaped our field since 2001. Susan’s main takeaway? “Volunteering survives.”
Read more from Susan at Energize, Inc., and follow her on Twitter.

A Facebook Wish List

Martin J. Cowling of People First-Total Solutions runs a personal and nugget-filled blog called The Cowling Report. Posts include “Motivation Mondays” and “Tech Tuesdays,” and this article about how nonprofits could better utilize Facebook for volunteer recruitment, including having an app for people to sign up as a volunteer right from Facebook.
Read more from Martin at The Cowling Report, and follow him on Twitter.

Competing with Google

Taproot Foundation’s Pro Bono Junkie’s blog is a valuable complement to Taproot’s leadership as a pro bono volunteering facilitator. This month Taproot’s President, Aaron Hurst, wrote about the challenge nonprofits are increasingly facing recruiting top tech talent, competing with giants like Google to attract the best and brightest.
Read more from Taproot on the Pro Bono Junkie’s blog, and follow them on Twitter.

Make It Official: Get Certified

AL!VE (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement) keeps a great calendar of events for the volunteer management field. Coming up: a free CVA (Certified in Volunteer Administration) webinar to learn more about the credentialing program.  This is great timing, as the CCVA (Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration) has just released the 2012 Candidate Handbook.
Learn more about AL!VE and CCVA on their websites.

Best Practice Board Recruitment

The Jayne Cravens blog is a treasure trove of Jayne’s expertise, experience and strong opinions about the volunteering sector. Among other topics this past month, she covered the difference between recruiting board members and recruiting pro bono help, and why they should NOT overlap.
Read more from Jayne on her blog, and follow her on Twitter.

Gratitude Helps

Tobi Johnson of Tobi Johnson & Associates runs a nonprofit management blog, but she is really a strong expert in issues related to volunteering. This post on curriculum development for volunteer training is a great example of that.
Read more from Tobi on her blog.

Where to Find the Best Links

Not to take away from our own post, but when it comes to nonprofit round-ups, Joanne Fritz’s column on is probably the best out there for snapshots of news and resources in the field. Her “Best Links” series is a quick and easily digestible look at what we all should be paying attention to.
Read more from Joanne at, and follow her on Twitter.

Photo by Mai Le.

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