Expert Snapshots for May

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. This month we are focusing on special resources to help you in your volunteer engagement work.

Learning How to Be Social

If you find yourself still secretly wondering, “what’s really the deal with this whole Twitter thing?” then Claire Diaz-Ortiz can finally put your questions to bed. Heading up social innovation at Twitter, she has a unique perspective and expertise which has spawned great resources like her manifesto “How to Be Social,” and the book “Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time” (which I highly recommend, by the way).


With close to two decades of experience in the nonprofit and volunteer engagement fields, Reed Dewey knows what it takes to run a successful volunteer program. His new report, co-produced by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, is called “Volunteer Engagement Stars,” and details practical, real-life examples of how nonprofits are dynamically engaging volunteers that deliver bottom-line results.

The Decision Guide

Nonprofit software and technology tools are Idealware’s business – that is, helping you figure out how to use them most effectively is their business. With their newest release of “The Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide,” they will help you answer the questions “What?” and “How?” when it comes to social media.

Talk to Each Other

Jayne Cravens has a lot of opinions about the volunteering field, and her experience helping nonprofits with everything from volunteer engagement to web development makes her someone to listen to. She also participates regularly on the TechSoup community forums, which is a great place to interact with fellow nonprofit professionals about your challenges and successes, including issues around volunteering.

Say Good-Bye to Writer’s Block

In order to engage volunteers effectively, you probably need to be coming up with some great content for your blog, newsletter, Facebook page, etc. What if your well of inspiration dries up? That’s where Kivi Leroux Miller and her monthly nonprofit writing prompts come in. Sign up and Kivi, an expert in nonprofit communications, will send you fresh ideas at the beginning of each month to get your volunteer engagement going.