Engaging Volunteers

Engaging Volunteers

Volunteer Management Progress Report: What’s New this Year?

In case you missed it, the 2018 Volunteer Management Progress Report is now live! Spearheaded, managed, and analyzed by Tobi Johnson, Trina Willard, and Pam Kappelides, the report highlights vital statistics that help leaders of volunteer understand where they stand and how they stack up against their peers. A total of 1,271 volunteer administrators from…

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Top 7 Myths about Volunteering Debunked

Guest post by Lauren Buckler One of the most common misconceptions about volunteering is that there are not many people willing to give their time and effort to a worthy cause. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), more than 62 million people volunteered in the U.S. in 2016, giving 7.8 billion…


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Volunteering Trends You Should Know in 2018

Guest post by Kayla Matthews Organizations that assist others and their communities rely on committed volunteers. Although that reality is constant from year-to-year, there are some trends you’re likely to see in 2018. And these trends have the potential to change what compels people to give their time to good causes. First, we’ll look at…

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Our Favorite Conference for Leaders of Volunteers is Back!

Did you attend the 2017 National Summit on Volunteer Engagement Leadership in St. Paul, Minnesota? If so, you know how valuable the experience was. Attendees praised the conference for serving as a forum that harnessed the energy and flexed the strengths of our community of passionate leaders. #VolMgmt bloggers recapped their key conference takeaways, too…


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How eMentoring Led My Fifth Graders to Read Regularly

Reading Time: 2 minutes Guest post by Luci Unferth, a fifth-grade teacher. Editor’s Note: January is National Mentoring Month! To celebrate, we’ve partnered with Cricket Media to share stories about the positive impact mentoring — especially eMentoring — can have on young people’s lives. If you told me a few months ago that my fifth-grade…

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It Pays to Volunteer This Tax Season

Reading Time: 2 minutes Guest post by Cyndi Meuchel Did you know that it pays to volunteer? Not only are you pitching in and supporting a good cause, but there are all kinds of deductions you could be eligible for come tax time. Tax season in the U.S. begins on Monday, January 29, 2018. Here…


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“You Have a Letter Waiting for You!”

Reading Time: 3 minutes Guest post by Kevin Manzel, director of content development, The Great Courses Editor’s Note: January is National Mentoring Month! To celebrate, we’ve partnered with Cricket Media to share stories about the positive impact mentoring — especially eMentoring — can have on young people’s lives. I have always been passionate about volunteerism  — not…

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VolunteerMatch’s Community Steps Up to Give Everyone the Chance to Make a Difference!

Reading Time: 2 minutes The VolunteerMatch Team is all smiles! In November 2017, we set a goal: To raise enough money to sustain and improve our volunteer matching platform. Our amazing community of nonprofits and volunteers stepped up to help us reach that goal and give everyone a chance to make a difference! These donations…


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Why You Should Always Interview Potential Volunteers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Guest post by Kayla Matthews Busy nonprofits need volunteers, right? Well, not always right. Volunteers add value to your organization, just as paid employees do. Whether they are counseling, fundraising or performing any of the many tasks nonprofits do, they need to be able to do it, do it well, and…

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As a Former Mentee, Here’s How I Pass it On

Reading Time: 2 minutes Guest post by Dr. Gail D. Brady, principal, Sugarland Elementary School Editor’s Note: January is National Mentoring Month! To celebrate, we’ve partnered with Cricket Media to share stories about the positive impact mentoring — especially eMentoring — can have on young people’s lives. Along with my eight brothers and sisters, I…