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.
Melinda Gates’ recent talk on TED makes some interesting connections between how the Coke Corp reaches those in the developing world and how nonprofits can similarly connect with people in need. But can it really work? Do for-profit models make sense in a nonprofit world? Gates highlights three things that make sense.
Note: To celebrate National Volunteer Week, our new online community VolunteerPro partnered with Volunteer Knoxville, our local volunteer center, to present a workshop on Designing Short-term Volunteer Opportunities. Our awesome University of Tennessee intern, Shannon Potash, shares what she learned below. First, THANK YOU! Thank you, volunteer management professionals for believing in your volunteers’ potential [...]
Hello, friends! There has been some confusion surrounding our first big VolunteerPro event. We’re partnering with the new volunteer center in our hometown, VolunteerKnoxville. Through this event, we hope to help local and national volunteer programs make the best use of short-term volunteers — from service learning to corporate days of service to political campaigns — and set the [...]
For National Volunteer Week (April 12-18, 2015), we’re celebrating big time!!! We’ve got a free volunteer on-boarding webinar planned with Wild Apricot on April 16. We’re also launching VolunteerPro, our new online learning and networking community for leaders of volunteers! Woo-hoo! For our first big VolunteerPro event, we’re partnering with the new volunteer center in our hometown, [...]
Have you ever been in a volunteer or board meeting where one person suggests a course of action and everyone just goes with it, without really questioning the viability of the solution? Conversely, have you ever been in a meeting where the group sees a need to discuss a decision until it is long dead and [...]
Thanks to everyone who responded to our “No Fluff, Just Helpful Stuff” survey and submitted their most pressing volunteer program challenges. As I read through the comments, I was impressed with the depth of commitment expressed by our generous volunteer program leaders as they bravely shared their pinch points. True pros one and all! This [...]
In 2013 I was awarded my CVA credential. Investing in my professional development and keeping my skills on point seemed to make sense. Here are some reasons why it may make sense for you, too.
Why not integrate volunteer workplace wellness programs into our volunteer recognition and retention strategies?
When designing volunteer training, my biggest challenge is how to create a program that doesn’t scare volunteers away. Often, the programs I work with have daunting amounts of information volunteers must learn in order to perform with confidence. Programs must be assured that volunteers know their role so that they can manage risk. Volunteers want [...]