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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

087 – Volunteer Research: Sector Trends & Our Latest Survey

By |December 6th, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

December 7, 2023 Episode #87: Volunteer Research - Sector Trends & Our Latest Survey In this episode, Tobi  reviews the history and impact of the Volunteer Management Progress Report, a global state-of-the-industry survey spanning 9 years and encompassing insights from leaders of [...]

086 – Converting Episodic Volunteers into Long-term Supporters

By |November 30th, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

November 30, 2023 Episode #86: Converting Episodic Volunteers into Long-term Supporters In this episode, host Tobi Johnson talks about the challenge of retaining episodic volunteers who step up to help during the holiday season but often disappear afterwards. Tobi shares a 4-part [...]

085 – BIG Volunteer Goals for 2024 – Four Examples

By |November 22nd, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

November 23, 2023 Episode #85: BIG Volunteer Goals for 2024 - Four Examples In this Volunteer Nation host, Tobi Johnson, dives deep into the art of goal-setting. She shares practical tips and real-life examples to inspire and guide you in establishing meaningful [...]

084 – Building An Inclusive Culture at Your Volunteer Organization with Advita Patel

By |November 16th, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

November 16, 2023 Episode #84: Building an Inclusive Culture at Your Volunteer Organization with Advita Patel Our host, Tobi, is joined by the incredible Advita Patel, an expert in internal communications and inclusive workplaces. Together, they discuss the challenges faced by the [...]

083 – Make the Most of Corporate Partnerships with Alyson Gallaher

By |November 9th, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

November 9, 2023 Episode #83: Make the Most of Corporate Partnerships with Alyson Gallaher In this episode, Tobi and guest Alyson Gallaher dive into the world of corporate-nonprofit collaborations. They shed light on the changing dynamics of corporate partnerships, emphasizing the significance [...]

082 – Nonprofit Strategic Planning for 2024 in 3 Simple Steps

By |November 3rd, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

November 2, 2023 Episode #82: Nonprofit Strategic Planning for 2024 in 3 Simple Steps In this episode, we're diving deep into the world of nonprofit strategic planning for the year 2024. We understand that the process can often feel overwhelming, but fear [...]

081 – How Vol Services & Nonprofit Marketers Can Work Together with Kivi Leroux Miller

By |October 27th, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

October 26, 2023 Episode #81: How Vol Services & Nonprofit Marketers Can Work Together with Kivi Leroux Miller In this episode, sits down with Kivi Leroux Miller, an expert in nonprofit marketing to discuss  the importance of collaboration between volunteer services and [...]

080 – A Sneak Peek of My New Book for Volunteer Leaders

By |October 20th, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

October 20, 2023 Episode #80: A Sneak Peek of My New Book for Volunteer Leaders In this episode, Tobi provides you with an exclusive sneak peek into the key concepts and insights shared in her upcoming book for volunteer leaders. Tobi shares [...]

079 – Nonprofit SEO: How to Get Found on Google

By |October 12th, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

October 12, 2023 Episode #79: Nonprofit SEO: How to Get Found on Google In this episode of our podcast, Tobi Johnson dives deep into the world of nonprofit SEO and how it can revolutionize your volunteer recruitment efforts. SEO might sound like [...]

078 – Finding Skills-Based Volunteers the Easy Way with Tyler Manley

By |October 5th, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

October 5, 2023 Episode #78: Finding Skills-Based Volunteers the Easy Way with Tyler Manley In this episode, Tobi sits down with Tyler Manley, an expert in skills-based volunteering from Catchafire, to delve into the topic of finding skills based volunteers the easy [...]

077 – Engaging Communities in Social Change with Vichi Jagannathan

By |September 28th, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

September 28, 2023 Episode #77: Engaging Communities in Social Change with Vichi Jagannathan In this episode,  Tobi has a fascinating discussion on engaging communities in social change with Vichi Jagannathan. Vichi shares her personal journey and experiences in working towards social change [...]

076 – Flipping the Script on Nonprofit Fundraising with Sandy Rees

By |September 21st, 2023|Categories: Build, Envision, featured, Grow, Scale, Sustain, Volunteer Experience, Volunteer Impact, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Nation Podcast, Volunteer Training|Tags: |

September 21, 2023 Episode #76: Flipping the Script on Nonprofit Fundraising with Sandy Rees In this episode, Tobi engages in a thought-provoking discussion with Sandy Rees, CEO of Get Fully Funded, about innovative strategies for nonprofit fundraising success. Sandy Rees is Founder [...]

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