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The line between volunteers and paid staff

By Jennifer Bennett on January 23, 2023

Over the last couple of months I’ve been having some interesting conversations about the line between volunteers and paid staff. And, since it’s the start of a new year I thought it might be a good time to brush off those volunteer position descriptions and do a little risk management!

Topics: nonprofit resources
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How to Build an Irresistible Corporate-Nonprofit Volunteer Partnership

By Guest Contributer on January 22, 2023

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
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4 Ways To Motivate Your Nonprofit’s Volunteers

By Guest Contributer on January 10, 2023

Guest post by Kelly Smith

As a nonprofit leader, you’re probably aware that volunteers are the heart and soul of your organization – it’s their smiles and hard work that move your cause forward. That’s why volunteer motivation is essential. Here are four smart ways to motivate volunteers:

Topics: nonprofit resources
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Should you ask volunteers to donate?

By Jennifer Bennett on December 6, 2022

Today I wanted to share a little more about how we can blur the lines between volunteers and donors and create stronger connections with both groups. I know traditionally, many organizations keep these list separate— that Development communicates with donors and that we, as leaders of volunteers, only communicate with volunteers. But, there’s so much to gain on both sides when we think about collaboration! 

Topics: nonprofit resources
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3 Ways to Boost Your Volunteer Recruitment on Giving Tuesday

By Jennifer Bennett on November 16, 2022

Giving Tuesday is kicking off the holiday giving season again this year, and while organizations encourage their supporters to give financially, many are also interested in the gift of time! If you haven’t included volunteer recruitment into your Giving Tuesday strategy in the past, here are three easy ways to get ready before November 29th.

Topics: nonprofit resources
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Volunteer Managers—Are you quietly going about your day, solving problems, and being awesome?

By Jennifer Bennett on September 22, 2022

The September issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy highlighted some current challenges in volunteer engagement with two in-depth articles. In the article “Why and How Charities Should Revive a Declining but Vital Resource ... Volunteers” reporter Ben Gose interviewed me, along with many others working with and leading volunteers, to bring some perspective and insight into what’s changed and what’s stayed the same since the pandemic. He asked insightful questions and did a great job framing up the story. I want to share a little more on our discussion, where we are as a field and a profession, and some things to consider moving forward.

Topics: nonprofit resources volunteer engagement
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Webinar Design Session on Solving the Retention Problem

By Jennifer Bennett on May 4, 2022

Last month we held our first ever Webinar Design Session: Solving the Retention Problem. I want to thank everyone who attended and participated — it was a really dynamic conversation! You can learn more about the question that started all of this, some of the existing challenges with retention, and my thoughts here

Topics: virtual volunteering nonprofit resources Ask Jennifer
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Hire Heroes USA: Capacity Building During a Pandemic

By Guest Contributer on March 30, 2022

Michele Wiesner is the Director of Capacity Building at Hire Heroes USA, a national nonprofit empowering U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Her work focuses on supporting service delivery through partners and stakeholders to increase organizational reach, effectiveness and efficiency.

Topics: virtual volunteering nonprofit resources inspiration
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VolunteerMatch Gifting Free Membership

By VolunteerMatch on February 17, 2021

Inviting America's 1.5 Million Nonprofits to Join the Movement in Our Nation's Recovery from COVID-19

 

OAKLAND, Calif., February 17, 2021 – VolunteerMatch, the largest nonprofit network on the web connecting volunteers with opportunities to give back, today announced a gift of free membership for a year to nonprofits with operating budgets of less than $1 million.

Topics: covid19 press release nonprofit resources volunteer engagement
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4 Ways To Prepare Your Nonprofit For Reopening

By Jennifer Bennett on May 27, 2020

What should volunteer engagement look like as we move forward with the next phase of COVID-19 response? While things are opening back up, we are not just returning to life as it was before March.

What should we consider before inviting volunteers to return, and how can we ensure that we’re doing our best to protect our volunteers, our clients, and others in our organization?

Topics: covid19 nonprofit resources volunteer engagement
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