Engaging Volunteers

Engaging Volunteers

Add Your Thoughts to Our Volunteer Word Cloud

It’s finally here and we’re so excited! We’re talking about National Volunteer Week — a week-long celebration of the good people and good causes, like yourself, that inspire and support our communities. Skills, energy, care, and passion: these are some of the values that embody volunteers. That’s why this National Volunteer Week, we’re handing the…

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Why You Can Start Bragging Now About Volunteer Management

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. We may have a ways to go in elevating our profession – but your hard work means the glass is half full One of the concepts that I like to share with my volunteer manager clients is the notion of The Gap. It’s an…


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Nonprofit Insights: Greg Baldwin Shares Common Challenges in Screening Volunteers

What role do background screens play in overall risk management for your organization? Who pays for them and for which roles? How do volunteers feel about being screened? And are all “background check” services created equal? In this Q&A-style webinar, VolunteerMatch President Greg Baldwin will address common challenges nonprofits face when screening volunteers — including…

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Volunteer Talent + Time Tracking: Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition

Guest post by Ben Bisbee and Kathy Wisniewski Welcome to part three of our “Volunteer Talent + Time Tracking” blog series — our introduction to the concept of progressive volunteer and human capital talent tracking. As you’ll recall, we began both parts one and two referencing Benjamin Franklin’s volunteer firehouse as both the organizational forefather…


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4 Simple Ways to Engage Millennial Donors and Volunteers Online

The following post is a collaboration between VolunteerMatch and Connect360 Multimedia — a marketing agency specializing in strategic PSA production and distribution campaigns using traditional media, digital, and social media platforms. Millennials are one of the most talked-about demographics in the marketing industry. With over $600 billion in annual spending power, they are a major…

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Volunteer Talent + Time Tracking: Skills-Based Volunteerism Made Smarter

Guest post by Ben Bisbee and Kathy Wisniewski Welcome to part two of our “Volunteer Talent + Time Tracking” blog series. If you remember at the beginning of part one, we talked about how volunteerism began to formalize with Benjamin Franklin’s volunteer firehouse. But let’s look a little deeper at that model for a moment. Did…


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Modern Education Technology Tools Can Engage College Volunteers

Guest post by Veronica Hunt Technology is an integral part of our daily routine. It accompanies us at every step — from how we work and communicate to how we wake up, do our shopping, and entertain ourselves. According to a Baylor University study, college students are addicted to technology more than other adults, so…

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Using Social Media to Engage Volunteers Around Social Issues

Guest post by Tom Szaky Consumers increasingly report a willingness to pay a premium for companies dedicated to sustainable causes, but they haven’t been as willing to pay it forward with more of their time. Despite an increased awareness of the need for more resources placed toward corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and social action,…


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Volunteer Talent + Time Tracking: the Future of Volunteer Programs

Guest post by Ben Bisbee and Kathy Wisniewski Series Introduction As a centuries-old global institution, volunteerism started to finally become a thing that was “managed” in the early 1700’s with the design of Benjamin Franklin’s volunteer firehouse. A management model that’s still in existence today by almost 70% of all fire departments. In the last…

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5 Ways Volunteering Boosts Career Development

Guest post by Maile Proctor There are lots of fantastic reasons to volunteer. You can help a person or cause, make a difference in your community, build lifelong friendships, and more. Did you know, however, that volunteer work can have a significant (and positive!) impact on your career and your future? Whether you’re trying to…