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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.

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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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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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.

Supercharge Volunteer Engagement

Mariner

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

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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.

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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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.

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.

What one volunteer learned from her volunteer experience

Mariner

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.

The Reluctant Volunteer

Mariner

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.

Truths About Volunteering

Mariner

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

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Your chapters need more volunteer muscle?

Mariner

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

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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

Truths about volunteering #30

Mariner

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.

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

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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National Volunter Week Pre-Reading

Mariner

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

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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Successful Volunteer Teams Have These Four Types of People

Wild Apricot Blog

There are four types of people, or personas that make for successful volunteer teams. volunteering volunteer-teamsI'll guide you through each of their motivations, which tasks they're best suited for, their behaviors, strengths, and opportunities.

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Will Microsoft’s Xbox Customer Support Program Built on Volunteer Power Work?

Higher Logic

Can you have a successful customer support community built solely on volunteering? Xbox Ambassadors are Xbox users who volunteer to help other users with their gaming issues. A news source recently reported that Microsoft has laid off twelve of its contracted Xbox customer support staff and is replacing them with these volunteers, supposedly in a cost-cutting measure. Microsoft’s decision to cut costs by moving to a more volunteer-heavy model is risky.

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South Carolina | aHaiti unrest strands a number of US volunteer groups

NonProfit University Blog

South Carolina – Volunteer groups from several U.S. Continue reading South Carolina | aHaiti unrest strands a number of US volunteer groups at STL.News. states are stranded in Haiti after violent protests over fuel prices canceled flights and made roads unsafe.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Wild Apricot Blog

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

Finding Micro-Volunteering Jobs to Offer

Mariner

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.

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.

The Link Between Volunteering & Leadership

Mariner

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.

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?

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

Association Volunteers Do Not Engage Because of Time and Timing

Smooth The Path

Have you ever had someone raise their hand to volunteer, and they ended up being a dud? Why don’t some volunteers engage? When I talk to volunteers they say it is because of time and timing: The volunteer commitment is too long. As a volunteer?

When Times Get Tough, The Tough VOLUNTEER!

Mariner

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

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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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Firing Volunteers: Rough but necessary

Mariner

In every volunteer training program I facilitate, we eventually get to the subject of what to do with difficult or under-performing volunteers. But yes, we have to fire volunteers

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Association Volunteer Week 2018

GrowthZone

April 15-21st is Volunteer Week. Share this video to say thank you to all of the hard working volunteers that keep your organization running. /wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Volunteers-2.mp4. The post Association Volunteer Week 2018 appeared first on GrowthZone.

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AdHoc Volunteering - Examples Abound

Mariner

Interesting conversation going on over at SNAP (Social Networking for Association Professionals) about adhoc volunteering. Interesting conversation going on over at SNAP (Social Networking for Association Professionals) about adhoc volunteering. Interesting conversation going on over at SNAP (Social Networking for Association Professionals) about adhoc volunteering. September 24, 2012.

Volunteering Myth Revisited, Volunteering Truths Revealed

Mariner

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.

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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.

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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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

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