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Volunteer Nation Podcast2023-04-11T14:41:41-04:00

Welcome to the Volunteer Nation Podcast!

Weekly interviews, big hat thinking, quick wins, and smart strategy to help you
engage your community and make a bigger impact.

Welcome to the Volunteer Nation Podcast!

Weekly interviews, big hat thinking, quick wins, and smart strategy to help you
engage your community and make a bigger impact.

The Volunteer Nation Podcast

Join Tobi and her special guests each week to learn how charities, causes, campaigns, congregations, and companies leverage the power of volunteerism to create a better world.

About the Show

Nonprofit leadership author, coach, and expert Tobi Johnson shares weekly tips to help charities build, grow, and scale exceptional volunteer teams. Discover how your nonprofit can effectively coordinate volunteers who are reliable, equipped, and ready to help you bring about BIG change for the better.

Rather than continuing to “do more with less,” achieve abundance for your organization by engaging community talent that helps you do more with more.

Society is evolving and so, too, is volunteerism. With over 25 years of experience working in nonprofits, public sector agencies, and grassroots campaigns Tobi is known for her modern “big hat” thinking and straight talk about what it takes to achieve success in today’s world.

You will learn how to coordinate volunteers, improve the volunteer experience, recruit volunteers, appreciate volunteers, and do it all more efficiently with the right volunteer management software and digital tools. It’s a mix of interviews and solo shows you’re not going to want to miss.

So, if you’re ready to ditch the stress and harness the power of people to fuel your good work, you’re in exactly the right place. Hit subscribe and let’s DO this!

Your Host

Tobi Johnson, MA, CVA is an internationally sought-after expert, consultant, advisor, and master trainer in volunteer engagement. She is known for her modern thought leadership, highly practical evidence-based strategies, and innovative, “big hat” thinking around engaging, supporting, and acknowledging the work of volunteers. She is the President of Tobi Johnson & Associates, a consulting firm whose mission is to help nonprofit organizations make connections with remarkable volunteers. In 2015, she founded VolunteerPro, an online training and networking community for leaders of volunteers. She is also co-host of the Time + Talent Podcast with Jennifer Bennett of VolunteerMatch.

Tobi has over 30 years direct experience in nonprofit management, program development, program coordination, training delivery and learning design across a wide range of charities and government agencies. She wrote Chapter 1 of Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights for Transforming Volunteer Programs in a Changing World. Each year, her firm also conducts the Volunteer Management Progress Report, a global state-of-the-industry survey. In 2022, over 1,300 professionals from 28 countries participated.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Tobi is a graduate of the University of Washington and has a master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She now lives in East Tennessee with her husband and feline office assistant, Bailey.

Latest Episodes

119 – Volunteer Manager Salary & Career Paths with Megan Vixie

By |July 18th, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

July 18, 2024 Episode #119: Volunteer Manager Salary & Career Paths with Megan Vixie  In this episode of the Volunteer Nation podcast, host Tobi Johnson interviews Megan Vixie, Chief Engagement Officer at Beach Cities Health District, about volunteer manager salary levels and [...]

118 – 8 Ways to Make Volunteering Experiences Much Easier

By |July 11th, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

July 11, 2024 Episode #118: 8 Ways to Make Volunteering Experiences Much Easier In this episode of the Volunteer Nation Podcast, Tobi shares eight practical ways to make volunteering experiences much easier! She addresses the post-pandemic challenges of re-engaging volunteers and emphasizes [...]

117 – Beyond the Big Help Out with Ruth Leonard & Rob Jackson

By |July 4th, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

July 4, 2024 Episode #117: Beyond the Big Help Out with Ruth Leonard & Rob Jackson In this episode of the Volunteer Nation Podcast, Tobi offers a unique format as she travels to England to present a workshop with the Association of [...]

116 – New Ways of Thinking About Volunteer Data & Tech with Chris Martin

By |June 27th, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

June 25, 2024 Episode #116: New Ways of Thinking About Volunteer Data & Tech with Chris Martin In this episode of the Volunteer Nation Podcast, host Tobi Johnson is in Manchester, England, speaking with Chris Martin from TeamKinetic. They explore new ways [...]

115 – Your Quick Guide to Amazing Volunteer Events

By |June 20th, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

June 20, 2024 Episode #115: Your Quick Guide to Amazing Volunteer Events  In this episode of the Volunteer Nation podcast, host Tobi Johnson offers a comprehensive guide on planning successful volunteer events. Tobi shares her insights and favorite tips on how to [...]

114 – Volunteerism Statistics for 2024: Insights from Our Latest Research – Part 2

By |June 13th, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

June 13, 2024 Episode #114: Volunteerism Statistics for 2024: Insights from Our Latest Research - Part 2 In this episode of the Volunteer Nation podcast, Tobi Johnson discusses the findings from the Volunteer Management Progress Report. This is part two of a [...]

113 – Volunteerism Statistics for 2024: Insights from Our Latest Research – Part 1

By |June 6th, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

June 6, 2024 Episode #113: Volunteerism Statistics for 2024: Insights from Our Latest Research - Part 1 Tobi Johnson delves into volunteerism statistics for 2024, sharing insights from the latest Volunteer Management Progress Report. Tobi discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic [...]

112 – How to Run a Value-Packed Volunteer Q&A

By |May 30th, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

May 30, 2024 Episode #112: How to Run a Value-Packed Volunteer Q&A  In this episode of the Volunteer Nation podcast, Tobi Johnson delves into the undervalued yet powerful tactic of running effective volunteer Q&A sessions. Tobi discusses the goals of a good [...]

111 – New Volunteer Orientation: What to Include, What to Leave Out

By |May 23rd, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

May 23, 2024 Episode #111: New Volunteer Orientation: What to Include, What to Leave Out  In this episode of the Volunteer Nation podcast, Tobi Johnson delves into the vital topic of new volunteer orientation. Tobi offers detailed insights on what to include [...]

110 – Using Psychographics to Improve Your Volunteer Recruitment Appeals

By |May 16th, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

May 16, 2024 Episode #110: Using Psychographics to Improve Your Volunteer Recruitment Appeals In this episode of the Volunteer Nation podcast, Tobi explores the use of psychographics over demographics to improve your volunteer recruitment appeals, emphasizing the importance of understanding prospective volunteers' [...]

109 – When a Scarcity Mentality Becomes a Habit

By |May 9th, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

May 9, 2024 Episode #109: When a Scarcity Mentality Becomes a Habit  In this episode of the Volunteer Nation podcast, host Tobi Johnson discusses the widespread issue of scarcity mentality within the nonprofit sector and how it limits organizations' ability to grow [...]

108 – Definition of a Volunteer – Why It Matters to Be Precise

By |May 2nd, 2024|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

May 2, 2024 Episode #108: Definition of a Volunteer - Why It Matters to Be Precise  In this episode of the Volunteer Nation podcast, Tobi Johnson delves into the nuanced and often overlooked topic of clearly defining a volunteer and why it [...]

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