Volunteers

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...

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...