Engaging Volunteers

Engaging Volunteers

Where to Flex Your #VolMgmt Muscles and Feel Supported

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. Don’t think you have what it takes to be the boss? Here is one great place to build your leadership skills. In the Get Your Projects Done webinar earlier this year: we spent a lot of time talking about limiting beliefs. That’s because most…

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It’s Not That Scary! 3 Opportunities You Miss Out on When You’re Not Public Speaking

Guest post by James McBryan Public speaking — yikes! That’s how I used to feel, too. However, I pushed myself to get in front of audiences because I was determined to overcome the discomfort. Each time I felt unprepared, and I squirmed and sputtered. Often, I did a really bad job. But now, after practicing…


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How to Recruit More Volunteers in Less Time

According to the 2017 Volunteer Management Progress report, volunteer managers still list volunteer recruitment as their #1 biggest challenge. We understand recruiting volunteers takes time. That’s why we work hard to make our platform work for you. How? By expanding the reach of each of your volunteer opportunities, for one. Volunteer opportunities posted on VolunteerMatch…

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Input Needed! How Much Do You Ask of Your Volunteers?

Exciting news! We’re going to be on a podcast! But we need your help. Here’s the story: We’ve teamed up with Wait, What, a company founded by former TED execs June Cohen and Deron Triff. They’ve just released a new podcast called Masters of Scale, hosted by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman. In the series, Reid…


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Nonprofit Insights: Stories & Solutions Shaping the Future of Volunteer Screening

It’s undeniable: vetting volunteers is essential in securing your nonprofit’s work. The way in which you vet volunteers is equally as important. It could make all the difference as to whether a volunteer is mistakenly screened or not. It’s one reason why on Thursday, June 1, 2017, we’re sharing positive volunteer screening experiences and other…

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Mid-Year Conference Update: Where You’ll Find Us

2017 is well upon us, and VolunteerMatch has been on the move! With exciting new visions for the coming year, we’re looking forward to being where you are and to share our plans with you! That’s why we’re telling you about a few events where we can meet you, hear how things are going in…


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From Manager to Leader: How to Transform the Way You Coordinate Volunteers

Guest post by Clay Boggess We’ve all had those jobs where bosses are managers, rather than leaders. The difference in our effectiveness and happiness on the job is remarkable. Leadership inspires continued effort and growth, maximizing the potential of each employee, while management breeds stagnation and complacency, or worse. This same dichotomy is present in…

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National Volunteering Week Lands in Ireland!

National Volunteer Week in the U.S. might have come to an end a few weeks ago, but in Ireland, celebrations are just getting started. Ireland’s National Volunteering Week will take place from May 15-21, 2017. Each year has a different focus. This year’s focus: health and well-being. From across the pond, we’re chiming in on…


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How to Create a Memorable Volunteer Experience for Mother’s Day

Guest post by Julie Ellman, Connect360 Multimedia Every year on Mother’s Day, we honor mothers, grandmothers, and other important women in our lives with special dinners, gifts, and “thank you’s.” However, there is a gift that doesn’t cost anything and will keep giving back far beyond Mother’s Day (hint: it can be found within your…

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6 Ways Volunteer Managers Can Curb Slacktivism

Guest post by Kayla Matthews Everyone knows someone who’s a “slacktivist” — a portmanteau of the words slacker and activism. These are folks who believe in being an activist but have a tendency to showcase passive behavior. Slacktivism is almost impossible to resist — it’s easy, it makes people feel good about themselves, and it…