Volunteers

The Hidden Cost of Control
July 31, 2015 at 6:00 am

I was consulting with an executive with a major health-care nonprofit. She mentioned a concern about the way that organization’s staff interacted with volunteers. She felt like staff members were being too prescriptive in their instructions about fundraising, and that was probably a bad thing, although she couldn’t tell me exactly why...

Forming a Pattern for Success: Nonprofit Lessons from Polina Osherov
June 15, 2015 at 1:50 pm

“You have a fashion publication in Indianapolis? Really? That you’re staffing mainly with ... volunteers?” That’s the sort of thing Polina Osherov often hears while speaking in larger cities about Pattern Magazine. Until the person actually sees the fashion publication—and hears her story. Then it’s instant respect.

Celebrating Your Volunteers
March 26, 2015

Kudos to those dedicated nonprofit development professionals who celebrate their volunteers. Those who know — and believe — that it's about people, not money.

I Am a Paid Volunteer Fundraiser
February 27, 2015

"We pay volunteers to fundraise." Even as I write this sentence I realize that the words themselves sound ludicrous. And yet, I see my nonprofit clients try to do it over and over.

10 Tips for Motivating Corporate Volunteers
February 10, 2015

The worst thing any nonprofit organization can do to its volunteers is to give them meaningless tasks. Volunteers, especially corporate volunteers, want to make a difference with their time. Here are 10 ways to motivate corporate volunteers.

70 Nonprofit Trends for 2015
February 1, 2015

To get a handle on what’s in store for 2015, NonProfit PRO rounded up some of the nonprofit industry’s finest, who were kind enough to share these 70 trends for this new year — everything from leadership to staffing to fundraising and more.

Unite Your Board and Blast Off!
January 8, 2015

Your board may be performing well enough, but once you've seen a group that is truly united, you realize how much more can be achieved.