Expert Snapshots for January

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 2013 predictions.


From Nonprofit Quarterly, we get a round-up of of predictions from experts all over the nonprofit sector. The article addresses key questions about the future of the field, such as the relationship between nonprofits and government, the fiscal cliff and charitable deductions, and what the major changes in nonprofit structure and focus will be in the year ahead.

Marketing Digestion

In part one of her two-part marketing trends article, nonprofit marketing consultant Nancy Schwartz “digests” Hubspot’s 2013 predictions and translates them to nonprofit relevance for us. From personalization, to relevance, to real-time marketing, Nancy presents us with concrete predictions that we can (and should) start preparing for right away.

Power Play

Katya Andresen, COO of Network for Good, blogged on LinkedIn about a power shift she sees occurring in philanthropy in 2013. Instead of nonprofits wielding control over the message and method of fundraising, consumers will become the major players in the philanthropy landscape. She details the growing trends that she predicts will cause this shift.

Choosing 3 Words

Chris Brogan, a well-regarded business design consultant, often blogs about ways to stay motivated and gain inspiration, whatever your work. In this post he urges us to choose three words that embody the “big story” of what we want to accomplish in 2013. This will help us maintain a focused mindset to achieve our big picture goals throughout the year.

What are your 2013 predictions for the nonprofit and volunteer engagement space?