Volunteers

#NPP Trending Now Ep 34: Issues With Major Gift Job Descriptions
February 23, 2018 at 9:58 am

Welcome back to #NPPTrendingNow, a weekly video series where NonProfit PRO Editor-in-Chief Nhu Te breaks down the top three coveted stories of the week. Here's what we've got going on for you this week: nine guidelines for successful fundraising communications, six reasons why major gift job descriptions don't work and four volunteer management best practices...

6 Ways to Pay Your Volunteers (Even When You Can't Pay Them)
February 22, 2018 at 10:50 am

Like many others in the charitable sector, your nonprofit organization is probably heavily dependent on volunteers. Those people freely give their time, and some of them may be so talented and dedicated that you wish there were money in the budget to make them full-time, paid members of the team. Fortunately, there are numerous ways you can show gratitude for your volunteers, even without giving them money...

4 Volunteer Management Best Practices of 2018
February 20, 2018 at 11:19 am

Volunteer management best practices have changed as volunteer expectations and the reach of nonprofit organizations evolve. That said, the ultimate goal has always been, and will always be, to provide great experiences to volunteers and impact the community in an organized and efficient way...

How to Recruit the Right Volunteers For Your Capital Campaign
February 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Because the goals are high, capital campaigns feel risky. And few people want to be associated with something they fear might not be successful. So you have to take great care in building confidence right from the start. And that starts with getting the right people on board...

Corporate Volunteer Grants 101: A Beginner’s Guide
February 15, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Although it’s tempting at times to think of the nonprofit and the business worlds as completely separate, they actually rely on each other in a number of significant ways. In a socially conscious age, businesses genuinely want to support good work in their communities to be rewarded with positive public image...

Volunteer Retention: 3 Strategies for 2018
January 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Volunteer retention is as important going into 2018 as it has ever been before. Volunteer behavior is changing and supporters want to be engaged in exchange for their time. What strategies is your nonprofit deploying to keep volunteers coming back? How is your organization measuring volunteer impact and communicating with your volunteer base?...

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: Volunteers Are Your No. 1 Supporters (Make Sure You Support Them, Too)
October 31, 2017 at 10:30 am

Let’s take a second to talk about the term “peer-to-peer fundraising.” It can be a confusing topic to many of us—mainly because the many nonprofits that do not engage in peer-to-peer fundraising don't know what it is, don’t know how to start or think their nonprofit lacks the resources to begin a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, as we found in our recently released “2017 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study...

Get to Know Your Volunteers as Individuals
October 31, 2017 at 10:24 am

People volunteer for many different reasons, which mean they also have different motivations for lending a hand. Regardless of the reason, if someone is willing to lend their time and talents to your organization, you should take the time to get to know them as individuals…

Planning Ahead: Overcoming Volunteer Turnover
September 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Turnover is costly, even in the nonprofit sector. Although most volunteers are not paid, extensive training may go into preparing the volunteer to perform their duties. Nonprofits also invest money in recruiting volunteers either by inbound or outbound marketing strategies...

Understand What Your Volunteers Need From Your Nonprofit
September 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Remember Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? Just about everybody got a dose of Maslow somewhere along the line, either in high school social studies class, or college psychology or sociology courses. And if it somehow slipped by you in school, you may have read about it in management or productivity books. Even books on project management talk about it...