Expert Snapshots for May

Expert SnapshotsAt VolunteerMatch, we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. 

Here’s just a snapshot to keep your May going strong:


Better Board Engagement Starts With Better Board Recruitment
Let’s face it. Even your best board members aren’t going to stick around forever. So what can you do? Start planning now. This article from Nonprofit Hub Magazine offers suggestions and concrete tips for better board recruitment, including long-term strategy. My favorite piece of advice? Start by looking to your existing volunteer pool.

The Future of Virtual Volunteering? Deeper Relationships, Higher Impact
Jayne Cravens of Coyote Communications proclaims that microvolunteering is NOT the future of virtual volunteering. While it’s great for some, many volunteers are looking for more. In this blog post, she summarizes her chapter in the upcoming book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, and explains why you shouldn’t dismiss virtual volunteers who are looking for more than a “quickie volunteering experience.”

Technology and Today’s Volunteers
Is your online communication with volunteers one way? In other words, do you have one primary communication channel, or email blasts without encouraging feedback? According to volunteer engagement expert Tobi Johnson, it’s time to get up to speed. Check out this post from her blog, where she discusses why the landscape is changing, and what you can do to keep up.

Crowdfunded Campaigns for Nepal are Huge. Is That a Good Way to Give?
Crowdfunding has many forms. After the recent earthquake in Nepal, many individuals reached out to their friends, family and acquaintances to raise money for disaster-relief charities. This NPR article interviews NTEN’s Amy Sample Ward and Charity Navigator’s Sandra Miniutti (among others) about why crowdfunding campaigns reached a new high after this recent disaster, and whether or not it’s a good method for getting involved.