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Treat Your Volunteers Like Employees

Higher Logic

What if the way to motivate your volunteers to come back again and again is to forget for a moment they’re volunteers? What if, instead, the key is to recruit and treat your volunteers like employees? Recruit the Right People For Your Volunteer Programs.

Celebrating Volunteers - National Volunteer Week 2017

Mariner

A week recognizing volunteers is nice but really showing #VolunteerLove means a commitment to your volunteers all 52 weeks a year Did #NVW17. sneak up on you? There’s still time to act. Below are a few last-minute ideas.

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Why Do People Volunteer for Professional Associations and Trade Groups?

Higher Logic

Of the many ways to give back, volunteering is one of the most profound. Giving your time and knowledge is invaluable, which is one of the reasons organizations appreciate their volunteers so much. of the US population volunteered in 2014. Get to Know Your Volunteers.

4 Ways Leaders Can Sustain Volunteer Engagement

Wild Apricot Blog

Many well-intentioned volunteer appreciation tactics actually end up demotivating people. This is one of the reasons why many organizations struggle with volunteer engagement. To help you, volunteer expert Barry Altland shows you the 4 key ways leaders can sustain volunteer engagement. Barry-Altland Volunteers volunteer-engagement

Accommodating Volunteers with Disabilities

Wild Apricot Blog

You want to make volunteering as welcoming to the widest number of people possible. disabilities volunteeringAccessibility and diversity are about accommodating everyone, not just people with disabilities or people who are from minority groups.

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Why Leaving Volunteer Management May Be the Best Thing for the Profession

Wild Apricot Blog

As a long-time volunteer manager, Elisa Kosarin has seen many colleagues move up and out of volunteer engagement, but she suggests not lament them. volunteer managementThey’re the ones who will elevate the profession.

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#ASAE16 Volunteers-The Air We Breathe

Mariner

Why do associations want a mutually-beneficial volunteer relationship? According to ASAE Foundation study, volunteering increases retention and expands organizational capacity. Learn more at the Volunteers: The Air We Breathe session on Sunday, August 14 at 2pm.

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The Wikipedia Effect: Why People Volunteer

Higher Logic

Almost the entire site -- one of the most used websites in the world -- is content made by extremely dedicated volunteers. It’ the only way Wikipedia, a non-profit funded by donations, could survive -- they depend on volunteers for their entire existence.

To Deepen Member Engagement, Redefine Volunteering

Associations Now

Offering volunteer opportunities can be one of the most effective ways to bring members closer to your association. But the work they do needs to benefit the volunteer as well as the organization. Usually, that means matching the right volunteer to the right job.

5 Ways to Find Volunteers on Facebook

Wild Apricot Blog

Are you finding it harder to get volunteers these days? That’s what one Wild Apricot customer, Patty Foley, the Membership Chairperson of Newington Community Television, did to find her latest volunteer. Facebook VolunteersWhy not use Facebook?

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Volunteer Week Link Round-up

Wild Apricot Blog

National Volunteer Week 2015 is winding down – here is a link round-up of volunteer posts to help you finish up your NVW celebrations. national volunteer week Volunteers

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How to Recruit Volunteers from Your Email List

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re sending emails to your contact list, asking for volunteers, but not getting a lot of response, it’s likely that your emails are getting lost in your recipients’ inboxes. Volunteers personalization email emails

How to Organize Volunteers to Maximize Impact

Wild Apricot Blog

million people volunteering in the US and 12.7 million in Canada, there’s certainly not a shortage volunteers. So, how do you organize your volunteers in a way that maximizes their impact with your organization, and, you know… makes them want to stick it out in the long run? association nonprofit organize VolunteersWith over 62.5

Membership Hack: Card-Carrying Volunteer Recruiter

Associations Now

The New Jersey Society of CPAs recruits volunteers with a business card that removes the barriers to getting involved. The New Jersey Society of CPAs was on a mission to engage members face-to-face and recruit some volunteers at the same time.

Volunteers Please Come Back

Wild Apricot Blog

Here''s a look at survey findings (and SlideShare presentation) that offer insight into what motivates repeat volunteers. Volunteers

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300 volunteers without asking

Mariner

“It’s an embarrassment of riches” is how National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Director of Education Esther Washington described their volunteer pool.

How An Old Interview Approach Increased Our Volunteer Retention by 30%

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re experiencing low volunteer retention, you’re familiar with how much time and resources it can take to constantly market and recruit new volunteers. In my experience, one simple simple change to that process may dramatically improve volunteer retention. twentyhats elisa interview retention volunteerBut what most nonprofits don’t realize is that the problem may lie in how your candidates are interviewed.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Wild Apricot Blog

It''s National Volunteer Week - how is your organization celebrating? national volunteer week Volunteers

Your Volunteers Rock! Be Sure to Tell Them How During National Volunteer Week

Wild Apricot Blog

April 12 to 18th is National Volunteer Week in Canada and the U.S. Here are some resources to help you recognize and celebrate with your volunteers - including our Expert Webinar on "Converting Joiners to Stayers", tips and tools from Volunteer Canada and Points of Light. national volunteer week webinar Volunteers

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Planning for National Volunteer Week

Wild Apricot Blog

This year, National Volunteer Week will be celebrated April 21-27th. Here are some resources to help you plan your volunteer recognition activities. national volunteer week Volunteers

4 Reasons Why You Need a Volunteer Onboarding Process

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are highlights from our Wild Apricot Expert Webinar on Volunteer Onboarding, presented by Tobi Johnson. webinar Volunteers

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Volunteer Tricks & Treats

Mariner

Halloween can happen any day of the year for some volunteers and for a few it maybe be like living through Ground Hog Day. Oh the tricks we play on volunteers. let''s shift to treating

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Deciphering the Emerging Volunteer Model

Mariner

The questions about how to engage non-traditional volunteers and those on how rethink the model from the top down are finally taking center stage. The conversation on volunteerism in association is shifting – in an exciting way.

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Volunteers Are the Air We Breathe

Higher Logic

Happy National Volunteer Week! Volunteers really are like the air organizations breathe. How can we revamp the old volunteer model for new programs that help our volunteers shine? This variety bodes well for volunteering, if you plan opportunities around varying strengths.

Volunteer management: I gotta feeling

Aaron Wolowiec

Like many of you, I’ve been known to juggle a handful of volunteer roles in addition to my nine-to-five job at any given point in time during my association management career. Above all, people who volunteer for associations expect to be involved effectively.

Building an Amazing Volunteer Recruitment Strategy: The Conversation Continues.

Wild Apricot Blog

Barry Altland, author recently held an expert webinar with Wild Apricot titled, “How to Build an Amazing Volunteer Recruitment Strategy.” The webinar participants asked Barry many questions about recruitment and volunteering. webinar altland barry volunteer recruitmentRead on to see Barry's insights.

Do You Have the Right Volunteer Culture?

SocialFish

All associations and membership organizations have two distinct workforces: staff and volunteers. And if we’re honest, we’ll admit that we have a love/hate relationship with the volunteer side. On the hate side, of course, volunteers can be quite annoying.

The Mission Driven Volunteer

Wild Apricot Blog

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have an abundance of engaged, highly motivated volunteers who are brimming with ideas your association actually implements? Volunteers

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Volunteer Week Round-up

Wild Apricot Blog

In honor of National Volunteer Week, here is a round-up of 5 posts about volunteers. Volunteers Apricot Jam

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Free Expert Webinar: Converting Volunteers From Joiners to Stayers

Wild Apricot Blog

Effective volunteer onboarding can lead to more motivated, satisfied volunteers – who not only join, but stay and become actively engaged. Here are details on our upcoming free Expert Webinar about Volunteer Onboarding with Tobi Johnson. webinar Volunteers

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Thoughts On Embracing Younger Volunteers

Wild Apricot Blog

Has your organization considered recruiting younger volunteers? Volunteers Here are some tips and resources that might help.

Getting Retirees Involved in Volunteering

Wild Apricot Blog

In this guest post, Erin Palmer explains how to find and motivate retirees as volunteers. Volunteers

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Celebrating the Value of Volunteering

Wild Apricot Blog

It's National Volunteer Week - here are some thoughts on unique ways to celebrate with and recognize volunteers. national volunteer week Volunteers

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Mission-Driven Volunteering: Your Questions Answered

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are the questions and answers from our Mission-Driven Volunteering webinar. Volunteers You asked and our webinar presenters answered!

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Managing Volunteers & Expectations

Wild Apricot Blog

Many organizations struggle to harness the goodwill being offered due to lack of resources for effectively recruiting, training and managing potential volunteers. How can we close the gap between what volunteers are looking for today and how organizations are engaging these individuals? Associations membership nonprofit non-profit nptech volunteer volunteer management volunteering Volunteers

Millennials and The Rise of Virtual Volunteering

Higher Logic

According the 2015 Millennial Impact Report , 70 percent of millennials volunteer at least one hour a year, and 37 percent volunteer up to 10 hours a year. And, in addition to volunteering time, 84 percent of millennials made a charitable donation in 2014.

Tips For Appreciating An Essential Resource – Your Volunteers

Wild Apricot Blog

Just in time for National Volunteer Week, we''ve developed a new resource - a Volunteer Appreciation Guide - to help with volunteer recognition planning. national volunteer week Volunteers

Moving Beyond Your “Hard Core” Volunteers

Wild Apricot Blog

Do you have a small group of volunteers that you rely on at your organization? Here are thoughts on recruiting and motivating volunteers from our Small Membership Advisory Community. Volunteers

How to Find Your Volunteer Unicorns

Wild Apricot Blog

It’s a new year, you have ambitious goals for your organization, but you need volunteers to fill the gaps. What you need is a Volunteer Unicorn! strategy volunteering altland barry unicorn volunteer

Why ‘giving back’ isn’t what you need from volunteers

Aaron Wolowiec

Having volunteers is great, but you need more than people who are looking for a sense of purpose. What’s your volunteer problem? Associations need to emphasize what it is they need done ahead of the personal satisfaction volunteers may get out of the experience.