Volunteers

Jewish-American Nonprofit Kicks Off Tour to Educate Americans on World Hunger
March 21, 2017 at 8:37 am

Hunger affects 42.4 million people (one in eight Americans), 13.1 million of whom are children and 5.7 million of whom are the elderly. The organization launched its most recent initiative, “This is Hunger.” With this initiative, MAZON is touring the country and giving people the opportunity to participate in a two-part solution to end world hunger...

Kutcher Speaks Out Against Modern Day Slavery
February 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

No one got "Punk'd" Wednesday morning when Ashton Kutcher came to Capitol Hill. The actor testified Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing on progress in combating modern slavery. Kutcher spoke on behalf of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an organization he co-founded with then-wife Demi Moore in 2009 to build software to…

Planned Parenthood Receives $1M Donation From Wealthy Businesswoman
February 17, 2017 at 8:45 am

Planned Parenthood just got a windfall donation from a powerful woman. Elaine Wynn has donated $1 million to the women's health organization, Fortune has learned. “As a woman, a mother and a grandmother, I’m proud to do what I can to help protect access to reproductive health care,” the billionaire said in an emailed statement. Wynn…

How to Tell Inspiring Stories About Employee Giving, Engagement
October 6, 2016 at 11:12 am

Companies and nonprofits that manage employee giving and volunteering programs are quite adept at the processes and practices that keep these programs humming. Yet they often struggle to find and tell stories that show how the generosity of employees is making a difference. Effective storytelling is a key ingredient of your marketing and communications efforts.…

Recruit Development Committee Members Like a Coach
September 23, 2016 at 10:14 am

If football coaches do not recruit well, their teams will not have winning seasons. In the nonprofit world, a losing fiscal year could mean a reduction in programs, services and staff. If you have too many losing fiscal years, you could end up looking for another position at another nonprofit...

Ice Cream for Breakfast: On Nonprofits and Happiness
August 10, 2016 at 11:07 am

Give Kids the World Village, (GKWV) is a nonprofit situated on a "79-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families." Since 1986, more than 146,000 children and their families have come to the resort to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions. But until a couple of months ago, I had never heard of it...

Opinion: The Most Undervalued Nonprofit Professional
August 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

It’s probably you. Or could be you in the near future. And if not, then definitely some of your friends. I’m talking about the 4 million moms, dads, teachers, community members and other concerned citizens who are currently PTA members that willingly share their precious time with their children’s schools...

How to Train Your Volunteers to Be More Productive
July 28, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Volunteers play an integral role for most nonprofit organizations, with their work spanning from the front lines to behind-the-scenes importance. Increasing efficiency and cutting down on personnel costs sound desirable to any business, and it’s no different for nonprofits. Having a capable core of volunteers can reduce overhead costs and make it easier to meet monthly or annual goals...

6 Steps to Volunteer Happiness
July 27, 2016 at 10:59 am

For many people, the outcome of living in a consumer society is the belief that more stuff equals more happiness. So we look forward to the boost in happiness that the next new car, bigger house or the upgraded-thing-of-the-hour will provide. But, the upgrade doesn’t get us "happy," at least not for long. When the buzz from the Beamer quickly wears off, we start to focus on the next thing that we think will up our happiness quotient...

Remember Your Audience
July 20, 2016 at 11:29 am

It was a new vice president for development, and expectations were high. I was serving on a campaign steering committee and enjoying a day full of high energy. The new staff leader entered the room quietly, sat in a row of chairs against the wall and proceeded to either text or read emails until he was asked to speak...