Engaging Volunteers

Engaging Volunteers

5 Essential Safety Tips for Volunteers

Guest post by Maile Proctor Volunteering for a nonprofit can be an incredibly rewarding experience. In most cases, the people you meet and encounter are good people with good intentions. However, you still have to remember safety first in a volunteer environment. As a volunteer manager, one of the most important jobs you have is…

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Need to Raise Money? Put Your Volunteer Manager in Charge (She’ll Know Just What to Do)

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. Your skills and vision ramp up every kind of outreach It’s clear to me that volunteer managers think differently from their nonprofit peers – and that’s a really good thing. We understand that an individual connected with an organization has the potential to…


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Nonprofit Membership Programs: 4 Ways Your Volunteers Will Benefit

Membership programs are a fantastic way to build volunteer engagement within your organization. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with how membership programs work, it’s a simple concept: members receive special benefits and perks in exchange for donations given in the form of recurring membership fees. If you’re looking for an effective way…

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VolunteerMatch President Greg Baldwin joins Masters of Scale Podcast

In today’s episode of Reid Hoffman’s new Masters of Scale podcast, our own Greg Baldwin guest stars to talk to the legendary tech founder and investor about a trait that’s no stranger to volunteers and volunteer managers: grit. “Successful entrepreneurs need ideas, money, good timing and a hefty dose of luck,” Hoffman insists. “But none…


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Post-Election Volunteer Bump Calls for Nonprofits to Reassess Volunteer Screening Practices

This article originally appeared on the Philanthropy Journal. By Greg Baldwin and Justin P. Oberman Within days of the presidential inauguration in January, site traffic at VolunteerMatch.org skyrocketed to unprecedented highs in their 19-year history. Interest in volunteering is at record levels as Americans become more engaged with their communities and the world. To remain…

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What Do Politics and Volunteerism Have in Common?

Guest post by Erin Spink What do politics and volunteerism have in common? Or, what does the political landscape have to do with volunteering, for that matter? In the past several months, we’ve seen unparalleled levels of civic engagement, often directed to specific nonprofits and causes in the form of donations, marches, and social media…


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How to Build a Stellar Fundraising Committee & Volunteer Team

Guest post by Zach Hagopian Organizing your own fundraising event can be stressful. Those of you with experience organizing (or helping organize) a fundraising event such as a dinner or gala know all of the hard work and effort that go into running a successful and profitable event. You also probably know the importance of…

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12 Tips for Engaging Pro Bono Volunteers

This post was originally published on NTEN.org In many nonprofit organizations, especially smaller ones, the staff are generalists: good at wearing many hats, and responding to the myriad needs of programs, clients and constituents. But imagine: What you could accomplish if you weren’t limited to the time and talent of paid staff. All volunteers bring…


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Are Volunteer Conflicts Really a Problem?

As volunteer administrators, we all know that sometimes volunteers don’t get along with other volunteers… or, with some members… or, with some staff… or, with other board members. You get the idea. But, is it really that much of a problem? Volunteer conflicts can be super suckers – they can suck time and energy from…

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From Recruitment to Retention: Modern Tools that Engage Boomer Volunteers

The following post is a collaboration between VolunteerMatch and Connect360 Multimedia — a marketing agency specializing in strategic PSA and integrated marketing campaigns using traditional media, digital, and social media platforms.  Baby boomers — those born during the post–World War II baby boom between 1946 and 1964 — are different from their parents and grandparents…