Why not integrate volunteer workplace wellness programs into our volunteer recognition and retention strategies?
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.
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.
If you're thinking about offering volunteer stipends, or allowing employees to volunteer, be sure you understand how labor laws might affect you. Here is a brief run down.
A few days ago, I learned that my beloved judo teacher, Sensei (Master) Keiko Fukuda, was awarded her 10th degree black belt. At age 98, she is the only woman in the world to ever receive this honor. Her promotion reminded me of many of the leadrship lessons I leanred from judo that I still use today, years after I left the sport.
What is the #1 thing that creates loyal customers? It’s the social construct of reciprocity. Reciprocity is one of those social norms we live by. No matter where we come from, we feel obligated to return a favor. But, how can this concept work for volunteer programs?
If you’ve been involved in volunteer management for any length of time, you’ve inevitably come across people who just don’t get it. They either view volunteers as widgets who can be automatically plugged in to shore up the organizational need du jour, or they think volunteers are too much hassle to be worth it. If the decision makers in your organization feel this way, you’re not likely to get the support you need.
We assume that volunteer programs enhance the capacity of nonprofit organizations by supplementing and extending the work of paid staff. But by how much? Maybe it’s time for us to get down to the business of calculating our volunteer program ROI.
In the midst of scandals and declining trust, businesses are increasingly concerned with maintaining a positive brand reputation in the public eye. This represents a potential windfall for nonprofits who are looking to leverage needed resources from the business community, including volunteer support. So, what does buisness want?
Investing in nonprofit leadership development seems like a luxury nowadays, but is it? Does it make sense to invest in proactively developing team leadership skills? Or should we continue to let folks learn through endless trial and error, just like those of us who’ve been around for a while did? Do we have the time? What happens when the large percentage of Boomers who make up the majority of our nonprofit executive ranks are ready to retire? Who will take the reins, and are they ready to succeed?