If you followed the meteoric response to the Women's March on Washington, you can't help but admire this tremendous feat of community organizing, resulting in the largest march in US history. Nonprofits, activists, and leaders of volunteers can learn a lot about how to mobilize communities from how march organizers planned and implemented their event from [...]
If you're like most organizations, your most effective volunteer recruitment method is word-of-mouth referrals. However, that may only tell you half the story. Recommendations from friends, family and volunteer fans may be how people learn about you, but how do they actually decide to join? Recent models of volunteer motivation argue that the decision to volunteer is both [...]
Next month we're partnering with Wild Apricot to offer a Free Expert Webinar: Converting Volunteers From Joiners to Stayers on the topic of volunteer onboarding. It’s open to anyone and is free. Also, after the formal webinar presentation, we’re trying something new – we’re going to stay online for a more informal discussion. So, stick around after! [...]
The New Volunteer Coordinator: The First 90 Days – 22 Big Picture Tips to Rock Your Volunteer Program
How do you, as a volunteer coordinator, connect with volunteers who share the same passion for your cause? And, how do you work in partnership with them to bring about change for the common good? These questions may be simple, but designing a smart volunteer program takes a little savvy. That’s why I wrote this [...]
Does Self Preservation Trump Compassion? What the Research Says and What Volunteer Programs Can Do About It
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.
Whether you are trying to recruit volunteers, raise money, or advocate for an increased budget there’s nothing quite like a captivating testimonial to build support. The only problem is that it’s hard to come up with factual stories “on demand” when you need them. That’s where storybanking comes in
It stands to reason that volunteers look to the web for information about new opportunities. But do our existing volunteer recruitment pages actually inspire visitors to join us?
In volunteer programs, we often attempt to institutionalize socialization by creating a single orientation event that’s meant to, among other things, shorten the time it takes to get volunteers acclimated. But, does this really work?
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?
volunteers seem like a great match and they show a lot of enthusiasm about joining. But, even though you’ve got them to “yes!”, getting them to show up for training or their volunteer shift, it’s like pulling teeth. Can anything be done, or are folks just not able to commit any more?