Volunteers

Enabling Volunteers to Do the Right Stuff
July 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

Once a development officer told me, "I’ll be damned if I’ll follow up with board members. They’re adults and said they would do these things. So they should just do it." Well, that person isn’t going to make it as a development officer. Such naïveté. Such arrogance. Competent development staff help their board members to…

Here's Why You Should Volunteer: A SWOT Analysis
July 8, 2016 at 9:31 am

We all know that millions of Americans enjoy volunteerism. All of us strive to identify, recruit and orient volunteers each year. We also know that, for our organizations to continue to stimulate volunteer engagement, we must provide meaningful opportunities for volunteers to engage in win-win situations. In order to provide those, we need to have those volunteer experiences for ourselves...

Connect With Your Wealth Advisers to Reach New Prospects
June 24, 2016 at 9:40 am

Recently, I attended an activity for volunteers. The purpose of the event was for our volunteers to help stuff backpacks for needy children. The smiles and response following this hands-on event proved to me that this type of activity is vitally important. It is all about building relationships...

#Fundraising Moneyball: Track 3 Numbers That Will Make You a Champ
May 5, 2016 at 8:00 am

While freezing temperatures continue to chill many in the U.S., the boys of summer have nevertheless returned for the start of the 2016 baseball season. What better way to mark the occasion than drawing a parallel between the baseball book and movie, "Moneyball," and fundraising? OK, enjoying a hot dog and beer at a ballpark…

How Big Is a Volunteer’s Network?
May 4, 2016 at 9:26 am

Peer-to-peer is the fast food of fundraising. It is fundraising by the numbers. It is about setting up a system with known drivers and letting that system work. It is big. It is exponential. It is predictable...

'I Cried for the Donor': Navigating Organizational Dysfunction
April 28, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Like many of us in the nonprofit industry, long ago, I had the misfortune to work as a development associate for a charity rife with dysfunction. For the sake of this article, let’s just refer to it as a nonprofit serving young people. I’m not in the business…

Altruism: How Very Selfish of You
April 20, 2016 at 10:46 am

I took my 25-year-old special needs daughter to a cheering competition Saturday. She is a competitive cheerleader along with about 20 other special needs young women. My daughter has Down syndrome, autism and Type 1 diabetes. And, brace yourself, she also has attitude. She says things like "What’s up, girl?" with just the right notes. Or, if she doesn’t want to acquiesce to a request, she says, "Hmm, let me think." She puts her finger to her pursed lips, and wanders off, successfully avoiding the task. Girlfriend can work the system...

Logistics Company Versus Volunteers
March 30, 2016 at 11:20 am

At Turnkey, "incentive" is a dirty word. We know, through our work over almost 30 years, that if we are attempting to elicit a behavior through enticement or incentive, we are on a bad path. If a person is exhibiting the behavior we desire (like fundraising) in order to get something (like a really nice gift), we have a problem...

When Will You Make a Volunteer Deposit?
March 25, 2016 at 11:16 am

I had the honor of recently attending a volunteer reception hosted by the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army. Attendees ranged in age from 4 to older than 90 years old. I knew many of the attendees as they participate in a variety of volunteer activities each year...

What Are Your Volunteers' Stories?
March 16, 2016 at 11:25 am

Recently, we were preparing a collection of stories to share with a campaign steering committee—profound stories of mission impact that moved the heart, and stressed the importance and urgency of the fundraising campaign’s end results...