Engaging Volunteers

Engaging Volunteers

Volunteer Talent + Time Tracking: the Future of Volunteer Programs

Guest post by Ben Bisbee and Kathy Wisniewski Series Introduction As a centuries-old global institution, volunteerism started to finally become a thing that was “managed” in the early 1700’s with the design of Benjamin Franklin’s volunteer firehouse. A management model that’s still in existence today by almost 70% of all fire departments. In the last…

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5 Ways Volunteering Boosts Career Development

Guest post by Maile Proctor There are lots of fantastic reasons to volunteer. You can help a person or cause, make a difference in your community, build lifelong friendships, and more. Did you know, however, that volunteer work can have a significant (and positive!) impact on your career and your future? Whether you’re trying to…


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One Volunteer Opportunity, Unparalleled Reach

For nearly 20 years, VolunteerMatch has connected good people with good causes. From our launch in 1998 to date, we’ve grown to support a community of over 110,000 nonprofits and over seven million registered volunteers. Born in Palo Alto and raised in San Francisco — America’s tech capital — we launched smart and early. This…

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[Webinar] How Nonprofits Across the U.S. Screen Volunteers (and How You Compare)

How does your organization handle background checks for its volunteers? Do you struggle with finding a clear process? Or, maybe you’re part of the 32% of nonprofits who have never run a background check? What if there was a way to make the background checks process work for you? VolunteerMatch partnered with SureID® — a…


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6 Ways to Grab the Attention of Donors on the Go

Guest post by Janice Kersh Your organization is a well-oiled machine made up of volunteers, paid staff, board members and administrators, and — most notably in this post — donors. In order to keep your nonprofit engine running, you need donations to take care of your financial needs. Today, many potential donors are on the…

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When Passion Meets Purpose

Editor’s Note: To commemorate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we’re spotlighting the story of Giovanna Erkanat — a do-gooder and volunteer administrator who’s passionate about managing volunteers at The Arc San Francisco. Here’s her story in her own words. I began working with volunteers as a program associate at a nonprofit in San Francisco. They needed…


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4 Ways to Tell You’re Asking Too Much of Volunteers

Guest post by Kayla Matthews Volunteers are vital; the life spark of many nonprofits and charities. These organizations typically rely on the motivation of volunteers to keep helping those in need. As the leader of a nonprofit, watching the bottom line is critical. But you shouldn’t do so at the expense of your volunteers. Volunteers…

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Spring Training: Revitalize Your Mission with These 8 Free Webinars

Leaders of volunteers, are you looking for professional development opportunities? With an increase in people wanting to volunteer, many volunteer managers are understandably busier than ever. If there were ever a good reason to brush up on volunteer recruitment and engagement strategies, this is it. This spring, our Senior Manager of Education and Learning, Jennifer…


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LinkedIn Doubles Down On its Commitment to Skilled Volunteering with $37M In-Kind Gift to VolunteerMatch

At VolunteerMatch, we believe in harnessing the power of technology to make it easier for good people and good causes to connect. And we are not alone. Like all successful nonprofits, we depend on the generosity and support of our community. Given our passion for technology, we are particularly grateful for opportunities to partner with…

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Takeaways from the 2017 #VolMgmt Progress Report

On February 22, 2017, we joined Tobi Johnson and Trina Willard of VolunteerPro to talk about the 2017 Volunteer Management Progress Report‘s findings. For the second year in a row, the report helped gauge trends like job satisfaction, average salaries, industry demographics, and more. The report also confirmed what we already knew: volunteer managers really…