Engaging Volunteers

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[Infographic] Debunking Common PSA Myths for Nonprofits

They only air at night when everyone else is asleep. They’re only available on smaller stations and have limited reach. Have you heard these or other common misconceptions about PSAs? In reality, public service announcements (PSAs) are an effective and cost-conscious marketing tool for nonprofits to reach potential supporters. Every year, Connect360 analyzes a vast…

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12 Random Acts of Kindness

Have you heard of Random Acts of Kindness Day? It’s an entire day of the year dedicated to celebrating kindness. A full day where good deeds reign; one where ordinary citizens turn good samaritans by paying it forward to a friend or total stranger in their community. Today, Friday, February 17, happens to be that…


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What We Learned in the First Year of Our Volunteer Program

Guest post by Andrew Koch, Rêve Academy At the end of 2015, my organization was presented with a goal and an expectation: to build a world-class skills-based volunteer program in the next year. Gulp. Our organization wasn’t starting completely from scratch, but without set processes or strategy, the idea felt daunting. Here are five problems…

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[Podcast] Understanding the Impact of Volunteer Leaders

We’ve used the term “Volunteer Leaders” before, haven’t we? You know, as one job title from that ever-growing list of titles used to describe your responsibilities as leaders of volunteers? We may not fully understand how such a list c̶a̶m̶e̶ dragged about, but we do know — regardless of how you label your role — you likely…


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Why It’s the Best Time in History to Post a Volunteer Opportunity

With volunteerism on the rise in the U.S., more VolunteerMatch opportunities in more places, and enhanced nonprofit functionality, there’s never been a better time to post your volunteer opportunities on VolunteerMatch! Volunteerism On the Rise In case you missed it, the days following President Donald Trump’s inauguration were the busiest in VolunteerMatch.org’s nearly 20-year history….

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VolunteerMatch’s Site Traffic Hits All-Time High Post-Inauguration

January 21-27, 2017, marks the volunteer engagement website’s busiest week in its 19-year history. SAN FRANCISCO, February 2, 2017 — VolunteerMatch, the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network, announced today that its website’s traffic increased by as much as 76% in the days following President Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, marking the busiest time…


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How Your Performance Evaluation Might Help Your Volunteer Program

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. What if our annual reviews backed up what really counts? I love the aha! moments that arise whenever a group of super-smart volunteer managers gets together. One of these moments occurred just last month during a workshop I facilitated on building nonprofit capacity…

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3 Reasons to Not Miss MAVA’s 2017 National Summit

When was the last time you attended a conference focused on volunteer managers? Publications and training options aimed at volunteer management skill development have increased in recent decades — which is great — but truly effective leadership comes from collaboration and idea-sharing, which is where in-person events become invaluable. Leaders of volunteers need opportunities to…


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What 500+ Hunger-Fighting Volunteer Program Managers Have Taught Us

In the summer of 2015, VolunteerMatch launched the Volunteer Program Improvement Tool for hunger-fighting* organizations. Our intention? To create something that volunteer program managers could use to take their programs to the next level. Since that summer, over 500 hunger-fighting rockstars have used the tool to get personalized resources to improve volunteer engagement practices at…

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Thanking Volunteers on National Compliment Day

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, many will celebrate National Compliment Day — a day of giving gratitude and celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of the people in your life by saying, “thank you!” And thanking your volunteers is no exception. After all, taking the time to recognize volunteers is important if you want to retain…