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How Nonprofits Can Use Texting to Communicate Effectively with Volunteers

By Guest Contributer on March 4, 2019

Regardless of the size of your volunteer engagement program, you need to be in touch regularly with your volunteers to ensure your organization's goals are being met. While most volunteer managers use emails, phone calls and social media to stay in touch with their volunteers, texting may actually be the most effective communication tool. In fact, text message open rates are significantly higher than email open rates.

Topics: nonprofit resources
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Truth: Volunteer Programs Have Fun With Strategic Plans (AND Reach Their Goals)

By Guest Contributer on January 31, 2019

Want to increase volunteer retention? Here’s how to do it and enjoy the process.

It’s start the New Year by taking a show of hands. How many of you subscribe to this belief?:

Topics: nonprofit resources inspiration
5 min read

How to Use Instagram to Spread Your Nonprofit's Mission

By Guest Contributer on January 23, 2019

While traditional methods of volunteer recruitment and fundraising remain effective, technology has allowed nonprofits to innovate new ways to attract supporters to their cause. Organizations have expanded on their previous efforts by adopting new strategies, and social media is no exception.

Topics: nonprofit resources
7 min read

Facebook Messenger Can Transform How You Engage With Volunteers

By Guest Contributer on December 13, 2018

With nearly 3 billion social media users across the globe, social good organizations are increasingly adopting a more digitized approach towards social activism and engaging their volunteers.

Topics: nonprofit resources
6 min read

Can We Reject A Volunteer?

By Meridian Swift on December 11, 2018

Guest post by Meridian Swift. This post originally appeared on Volunteer Plain Talk.

We need volunteers. We say as much, in ads, to staff, to other volunteers and to the woman behind us in line as the barista makes our coffee. So, how can we justify rejecting anyone who steps forward and raises their hand? Because, as much as we want every person who even mutters the word “volunteering” to succeed, we need volunteers who will make a positive impact on our missions.

Topics: nonprofit resources
4 min read

Resting on Nonprofit Laurels

By Guest Contributer on November 13, 2018

I don’t remember the date, but I remember the conversation. It was the first time I’d heard the word “competition” in relation to volunteer organizations. I was in a community meeting, and nonprofit experts were discussing the impact of a newly formed nonprofit in the area.

Topics: nonprofit resources
10 min read

The Best Days And Times To Recruit Volunteers

By Elysia Gabe on September 26, 2018

You worked really hard to craft the perfect volunteer appeal, but what’s next? When’s the best day or time to publish your opportunity on VolunteerMatch to ensure it gains the most traction? After all, you want to make sure you’re casting your line while volunteers are searching!

Topics: nonprofit resources
2 min read

Report is Live! How Politics Influence Volunteer Behavior

By Guest Contributer on September 19, 2018

Volunteering doesn’t exist in a bubble — it’s reflective of the people and the societies they live in.  Therefore, when major shifts take place, be they economic, cultural or political, it’s reasonable to presume that some aspects of volunteer behavior will be influenced. For example, increases or decreases in the numbers of active volunteers, volunteer hours, or types of volunteering being done.

Topics: nonprofit resources
7 min read

How Employee Volunteers Can Help You Attract and Hire Talent

By Guest Contributer on September 6, 2018

Some companies view volunteerism as a need to satisfy employee engagement objectives. But on the other end of the spectrum, many understand the essence of volunteerism as a selfless way to serve one’s community.

Topics: csr nonprofit resources
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8 Strategies For Creating A More Inclusive Volunteer Program

By Guest Contributer on April 26, 2018

Guest post by Lisa Joyslin

Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) recently embarked on a research study which resulted in a set of eight strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. These strategies serve as a starting point for volunteer engagement leaders seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.

Topics: nonprofit resources
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