The Best Ways to Advocate for Volunteer Administration in Just 15 Minutes Last week, I pointed to some pretty troubling trends in the field of volunteer administration. This week, I’d like to focus on what we can do about it. Each year the responses to our Volunteer Management Progress Report survey paint a grim picture of under-resources and disheartened [...]
Beware of These 6 Trends Lurking in Your Volunteer Program Over the past four years, we’ve collected a significant amount of data on the business of the volunteer program. Over 5,000 leaders of volunteers in 18 countries have taken our annual Volunteer Management Progress Report survey and we’ve all learned so much about our strengths [...]
When people ask me what I do, I tell them I work in the world of volunteerism, helping a niche of a niche of a niche of a niche. In other words -- a niche (organizations) of a niche (charities) of a niche (nonprofit staff) of a niche (leaders of volunteers). However, in a world [...]
5 No Good Mindsets That Block Nonprofit Talent Management When you think of the term “nonprofit talent,” what comes to mind? Is it leadership, your executive director or CEO, your board? Is it your program directors, managers, or your front-line staff? Is it your human resources department? Do you include your volunteers? I would argue [...]
Volunteer Handbooks (also called Manuals, Guides, etc.) are a key foundational risk management strategy. They are also an important part of the talent management of your volunteer corps.
Now, more than ever, volunteer administrators are called upon to strengthen their volunteer leadership skills. The ability to inspire and influence is critical to a volunteer coordinator's success on the job. Whether they work with volunteers, community partners, executive management, or colleagues, a coordinator must have skills in place that will inspire action. The typical [...]
The Most Important Volunteer Management Best Practice As you look forward to planning the new year, which volunteer management best practices will you focus on? If you haven’t decided yet, now’s the time to start thinking ahead. If you’re like most nonprofit leaders, your scheduled is packed with tasks and competing priorities. You have limited [...]
Gratitude shouldn’t be overlooked. It may be one of the most powerful tactics in the your arsenal to combat stress. For overwhelmed nonprofit staff and volunteers, it can be an amazing coping strategy.
Shared Leadership As I mentioned in a blog post last month, I’m delving into nonprofit leadership and I promised to share my thoughts with you. Today, I’m pondering what skilled volunteers need from nonprofit leadership to be successful. Volunteers Want More If today’s volunteers are anything, they’re pragmatic. Just listen to those who were interviewed [...]
Nonprofits often lack clarity of purpose. This unfortunate fact makes it very difficult to to realize a thoughtful vision and even more challenging explain it to potential supporters. It’s time, mistress Jedi, to get focused.