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5 Messages Your Volunteers WANT to Hear


It’s hard (and scary) to imagine a world without volunteers. And for that reason, it’s important to handle your volunteers with care. Take a look: member engagement Small Staff Chatter volunteer management

What’s In It For Me? 5 Life-Changing Benefits of Volunteering

Higher Logic

“I would love to volunteer…but I just don’t have the time!” In a perfect world, we would all have the time and energy to volunteer our help to the causes in our community that we care most about (be it animal care, homelessness, continuing education, you name it). Volunteer Match.

Volunteer Recruitment: Crafting a Compelling Email


Does your association or chamber currently have a volunteer recruitment strategy in place? Or is that strategy, we ask for volunteers as we need them ? See below for ideas and suggestions: Association Views volunteer management

5 Unexpectedly Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Association’s Volunteers

Higher Logic

Whether they’re in your office or working remotely, your association probably has volunteers contributing to projects every day. Here are five things you can do that that go above and beyond what your volunteers are expecting. Publicly Thank Your Volunteers.

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.

Association Chat: Thanking Volunteers

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

p/7vybea How do we show our volunteers that we appreciate them throughout the year? Some associations have created dynamic volunteer programs that do a good job of making the volunteer feel appreciated on a regular basis, but how do they do that?

Mission possible: Finding and keeping volunteers

Aaron Wolowiec

It’s the first board meeting of the year and the room is packed with enthusiastic volunteer board members. And by the end of the year, you find it harder and harder to recruit – and keep – volunteers. Unfortunately, many organizations are stuck when it comes to volunteers, she said.

Mission Driven Volunteer Q&A

Spark Consulting

During our February 27 Higher Logic Learning Series webinar on The Mission Driven Volunteer , there were several questions Peggy Hoffman and I didn’t have time to answer. What is the certification for volunteers at c3 organizations? Volunteer Match’s 2012 Millennial Impact Report.

What is Your Volunteer Culture?

Aaron Wolowiec

I think a lot of associations have a love/hate relationship with their volunteers. But there is also the shadow side of volunteers. Yes, there is a culture for volunteers. So here’s the big problem: We don’t set the culture for volunteers; we let them do that.

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How to Get Association Members Volunteering

Higher Logic

Volunteer work is critical to your association. But how do you get members to start volunteering? Although you know the benefits of volunteer work—both for the association and for the members—it can be hard to convince a person who’s never volunteered to start.

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Celebrating Volunteers - National Volunteer Week 2017


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.


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.

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.

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Supercharge Volunteer Engagement


Supercharging your volunteer engagement takes, well, a commitment. commitment to embracing a vibrant volunteer program that recognizes. today's volunteer's challenges


300 volunteers without asking


“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.

The Mission Driven Volunteer Rides Again!

Spark Consulting

Earlier this month, Mission Driven Volunteer co-author Peggy Hoffman and I had the opportunity to present about our research on this topic for Wild Apricot. That is look for places where you haven’t used volunteers to try new ways. An all-volunteer association?

3 Creative Ways Associations and Nonprofits Can Use Volunteer Management Tools

Higher Logic

But there’s still one piece of software you may not be using at full capacity: your volunteer management platform. Volunteer tools are standard for associations and nonprofits, and they can be used for much more than just standard volunteer tasks.

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Wild Apricot Blog

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

Volunteer Tricks & Treats


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


Truths about volunteering #30


This past year two of our best volunteers quit, because of a third. Blog Build Chapters Develop Leaders Engage Volunteers Leadership Truths VolunteeringJanuary 31, 2013. Tell me when I’ve screwed up (privately) or when I find out the hard way I’ll hit the road.

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?


The Reluctant Volunteer


Looking back through my emails, I found this piece posted in the Baltimore Business Journal - 5 questions to ask before taking on a volunteer commitment. encourage his leadership team to volunteer for their professional.

What one volunteer learned from her volunteer experience


The last thing we want is for our volunteers to get too overwhelmed trying to juggle between volunteer duties and their day jobs. Last week, I was chatting with a client’s communications chair about the chapter’s monthly e-letter.

National Volunter Week Pre-Reading


In yesterday''s post on three ways to observe National Volunteer Week, one focused on reflecting on the value of your volunteer program. Blog Association Executives Association Volunteers Develop Leaders Engage Volunteers Association Management iVolunteer Volunteering

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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Truths About Volunteering


Let's tell the truth about volunteers. We know through research and practice that volunteering is changing but even the trends toward micro and virtual volunteering don't change many truths


When Times Get Tough, The Tough VOLUNTEER!


Volunteer! Blog Association Executives Association Volunteers Engage Volunteers Grow Member Communities iVolunteer Training Volunteering April 25, 2013.


Volunteers Have Changed – Have You?

Spark Consulting

You have TWO upcoming opportunities to join me and Peggy Hoffman to explore a new model that allows associations and our volunteers to focus our limited resources, measuring everything we do by how well it supports and contributes to the mission of our organizations. The Mission Driven Volunteer will be highly interactive (no sitting back and just letting the knowledge wash over you). presentations volunteering webinars whitepaper ASAE Events By Design Peggy Hoffman

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CEO effectiveness & volunteer boards

Golden's Rules for Association

I was recently invited to share one piece of advice from what I have learned in my years as an association chief staff officer on effective partnership with volunteer leaders, for a book soon to be published by ASAE. After giving some thought to the matter, for me it came down to what Jim Collins calls Level […]. Uncategorized The Nature of Associations The Way We Are Association Governance leadership

Mission Driven Volunteering revisited

Spark Consulting

As you may recall, Peggy Hoffman and I came out with a whitepaper, The Mission Driven Volunteer last fall. Our thesis is: Associations’ current model of volunteering is broken. Mission-driven volunteering is a new model that allows associations and our volunteers to focus our limited resources, measuring everything we do by how well it supports and contributes to the mission of our organizations.

Your chapters need more volunteer muscle?


What chapter doesn’t need more volunteer muscle? While associations in general are feeling the pressure in engaging volunteers, chapters’ pain is more acute. One counterpunch is to make volunteering fun and appreciated


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

Supporting Your Event Volunteers

Wild Apricot Blog

Is it time to set the bar a little higher for how you support your event volunteers? volunteer management events


Pre-Qualifying Volunteers

Idea Architects

The time has come for any organization using volunteers to pre-qualify them with self-guided virtual tutorials they can take to amass the basic information required for effective involvement. volunteersSmart homebuyers know it pays to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage.

Volunteer Management: 12 Volunteer Opportunities for Members in Your Online Community


A major issue for associations everywhere is the acquisition of volunteers. It is not uncommon for an association’s organizational structure to have volunteers that outnumber the staff. Convincing someone to volunteer time out of their over-scheduled life is no simple task.

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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The Link Between Volunteering & Leadership


Among Mariner's unifying principals is a dedication to volunteering and to volunteers. In fact our basic business model is designed around the goal of supporting volunteers in their roles as chapter and community leaders. October 2, 2012.

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.

Finding Micro-Volunteering Jobs to Offer


Providing Micro-volunteering options is more than nice, its a critical if you want to build your organization's volunteer muscle, scout new talent and engage the busy boomer, the elusive Xer and the expressive millennial.

Mission Driven Volunteering

Spark Consulting

From the new Spark whitepaper, The Mission Driven Volunteer , written with Peggy Hoffman: A number of research studies and innovative volunteer-supported projects…provide us with a new working definition for volunteerism: giving one’s time and talent to drive mission. This new definition draws on two intrinsic motivations to volunteer, with the focus on the outcomes of volunteering and the functions needed to drive those outcomes.

Volunteering Myth Revisited, Volunteering Truths Revealed


ASAE ’s The Decision To Volunteer. study into association volunteering and, in doing so, struck down a. number of myths that have hampered effective volunteer management provided the association world with the first ever serious research.


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


The Mission Driven Volunteer

Eric Lanke

image source I was interviewed and my association is featured as one of the case studies in the new white paper--The Mission Driven Volunteer--from Mariner Management & Marketing and Spark Consulting. What is mission-driven volunteering?