Located at the intersection of passion and purpose, skills-based volunteering allows professionals to make a tangible, lasting difference by connecting with a cause they care about and donating their skills to further that cause. Here’s why your NPO can’t ignore skills-based volunteers.
Volunteer engagement isn’t just a trivial award or public recognition, but rather part of a nonprofit’s culture. Engagement starts with recruitment.
Volunteers are essential to achieving the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. More than 10,000 people annually help serve the nightly meals, while another 200 people volunteer regularly working in the houses. To accomplish this, they use several programs to ensure their volunteers’ needs are being met and to make sure that volunteers are remaining engaged.
Spring break is rapidly approaching. While I’d like to lie to you all and tell you that it still looks like an Elvis movie, it looks a more like a scene from a movie starring Zach Galifianakis. (Cue the horrible mental images of kids making poor life choices at 9 a.m. on a beach somewhere—sorry, parents. Take a moment to text your children.)
It can be exhausting, and costly, trying to get the attention of giant corporations and their foundations. But when you’re looking to recruit volunteers, maybe entrepreneurs is where you need to focus your attention.
Volunteer burnout is incredibly avoidable, if you recognize what drives them away in the first place. Take these steps to make sure you keep them around.
Empowering your volunteers to fundraise is an important step and one that must be intentional.
It’s been a busy year around Nonprofit Hub, and we don’t doubt that you’ve had a busy year too. As we wind down 2014 and dust off our party hats, we thought it would be helpful to bring back some of our favorite and more popular articles from the past year.
Let’s be honest here—all of us in the nonprofit space have moments when we seriously question the difference we’re really making. Here’s how to pick yourself up and keep moving forward.