Before you’re ready to find volunteers, the entire staff must make sure they’re ready to bring in them to the organization—because they’ll be working with everyone in your organization. Only once you’re ready to handle a volunteer program, then it’s time to get started recruiting helpers.
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.
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.
You’ve heard about the perks of having a mentor before. But we’re here to tell you (as a nonprofit professional) why you should be out in the community mentoring others. Mentoring provides a helping hand to people who are trying to find their footing in the nonprofit world. That’s why we’re here to tell you why you should mentor, how to find a mentee and how to be the best mentor you can be.
Whether you’re a large or a small nonprofit, here are the four parts of an ideal first-time volunteer experience for your organization.
As nonprofits we’re often focused on the difficulties we face on our end—logistics, recruiting, finding jobs suited for each volunteer’s unique set of skills, etc. But we tend to overlook the difficulties volunteers face when trying to get involved with a NPO. In understanding what aspects of volunteerism frustrate them the most, perhaps you’ll have better luck at finding them.