Engaging Volunteers

Engaging Volunteers

How to Engage Volunteers at Emotionally Challenging Nonprofits

Guest post by Kayla Matthews Volunteering is labor-intensive at times, but some volunteer work can be emotionally draining. If your nonprofit deals with issues such as child or animal abuse, sex trafficking, or domestic violence, for example, those matters can make even the most seasoned volunteers become emotional and perhaps even break down while on…

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4 Ways to Empower Volunteers to Be Champions for Your Cause

For many nonprofits, engaged volunteers are the key to growing your organization and mission far beyond the bounds of your marketing budget. Once you’ve done the initial work to attract and retain amazing volunteers, continue to nurture these relationships to encourage them to grow and market your mission. Here are 4 simple ways to empower…


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8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program

Guest post by Lisa Joyslin Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) recently embarked on a research study which resulted in a set of eight strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program…

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VolunteerMatch Celebrates 20 Years of Connecting Good People with Good Causes

The VolunteerMatch team, past and present. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 25, 2018 — VolunteerMatch, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, reached an exciting milestone today: 20 years of connecting good people with good causes. April 25, 2018 marks 20 years since the release of VolunteerMatch 1.0. Inspired by the growing potential of the internet to…


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Let’s Design Mission Centric Volunteer Engagement

Guest post by Meridian Swift This post originally appeared on Volunteer Plain Talk Strategizing priorities when receiving volunteer requests ensures that volunteers are engaged in meaningful, mission critical work (see Attention: The Volunteer Department Now Has Ground Rules.) By creating a weighted system around organizational priorities, volunteer services becomes focused on mission centric volunteer engagement. But there is…

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Volunteer Engagement Bloggers: On Our 20th Birthday, We’re Celebrating You!

On April 25, 2018, VolunteerMatch will celebrate its 20th birthday! Yay! But we’re the first to admit, we wouldn’t be here without you: the volunteers and leaders of volunteers that continually work to make our world a better place. Yes, you! Another group that’s been with us for the long haul? Our wonderful community of…


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Deliver Essential Information to Volunteers with Document Manager

From volunteer recruitment to engagement and retention, volunteer managers are busy, and they juggle multiple competing priorities. That makes streamlining your efforts wherever possible all the more important. VolunteerMatch has a great set of tools that eliminate redundant busy-work, save you loads of time, and help you communicate effectively with potential volunteers. Take Custom Greetings…

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Attention: The Volunteer Department Now Has Ground Rules

Guest post by Meridian Swift This post originally appeared on Volunteer Plain Talk “I need 8 volunteers or maybe 9, no wait,” she says, grabbing your arm in the hallway, “yeah, make it 10, the more the better, right?” Her attention is on the person down the hall, but she glances over her shoulder. “Have them…


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What’s in a Name? A Lot, When It’s a Volunteer Name Tag

Guest post by Lisa Marie Porter, MA, CVA. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. At the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, we take the practice of volunteer name tags one-step further than usual. Even though our public engagement volunteers wear official credentials that designate them as ‘Volunteers,’ we still ask them to pin a…

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Volunteer Department Ground Rules

Guest post by Meridian Swift This post originally appeared on Volunteer Plain Talk In this dream, you walk up to a woman sitting at a desk. Behind her, a closed-door is visible in an otherwise blank wall. “I need,” you say to her, “two camels, a box of jellied donuts, and a ladder.” “When?” she says,…