Common volunteer management approaches reflect traditional views of human nature as egocentric, motivated by self-interest and the will to survive. New research, however, shows the opposite may be true.
While it would be great if all volunteers were natural born leaders, had tons of time to give, and were willing to take on even the toughest tasks, it isn't always the case. So, what can we do?
All kinds of businesses have loyalty programs. Why don’t nonprofits create loyalty programs for their supporters? Could a loyalty program help you better capture the attention of a group of people dedicated to your cause and then continue to build their trust over time?
A Nonprofit Research Report You Need to Download Now If you work with volunteers or lead an organization the engages them, check out our 2017 Volunteer Management Progress Report survey results. The report with groundbreaking nonprofit research was just released this week. This “state of the industry” survey includes questions related to volunteer management practices, [...]
We rarely think about how we manage. Our management models are invisible to us as our own breathing. But, we may get more out of our teams if we take a more deliberate approach.
Much of the job of initiating volunteers is helping newcomers negotiate conflicting emotions – surprise, fear, ambiguity, etc. – as they work to settle into their volunteer jobs comfortably. Unfortunately, too few organizations take a strategic and thoughtful approach to onboarding. As a result, they become a revolving door for dissappointed volunteers seeking a better fit elsewhere and are left wondering why.
Engage in Optimism Leadership with 6 Easy Steps I’ve been getting lots of wonderful feedback about the animated video I created a few weeks ago (about the fictional volunteer interview gone awry). Several people commented on the bittersweet nature of the content -- “‘Tis sad, but true. The volunteer-organization communication divide is alive and well.” [...]
I often write about how organizations can improve their volunteer programs from the perspective of an experienced nonprofit consultant. Today, I thought I’d write from a different angle and explore my current volunteer experience in order to better understand why it works. And, I’ll suggest some key takeaways for volunteer-led organizations.
Skilled volunteering certainly is a hot topic lately, and there are new resources to prove it. Volunteer Match just announced a new feature on their volunteer website, the Listing Wizard, and the professional networking website LinkedIn just added a “Volunteer Experience & Causes” section. Is your program ready to take advantage of the wealth of skills available in your community?
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.