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VolunteerMatch And Verified Volunteers Join Forces

FORT COLLINS, CO and SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Aug. 15, 2018 — Whether it’s parents supporting their child’s sports team or individuals lending a hand after a natural disaster, volunteers perform an essential service – particularly when budgets are stretched thin. This support is welcomed by the thousands of organizations who rely on volunteers to fulfill their missions – yet it…

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This CVA Made Supervision Trackable — and You Get to Share Her Solution

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. Need a better way to check in with your supervisor? Here’s some help. Is this how you prepare for a regular meeting with your supervisor? You’re sitting at your desk checking your calendar, and you see that the weekly check-in with your boss…


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Want more time, more respect, and more funding? This volunteer management best practice will get you there

Guest by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. We know it’s a good idea to set volunteer impact measures. So what holds us back? Not too long ago, a friend of mine made an observation about leaders and how they perceive the value of volunteer programs. She pointed out that any resistance…

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Difficult Conversations with Staff or Volunteers

Guest post by Meridian Swift. This post originally appeared on Volunteer Plain Talk. Difficult conversations. We volunteer managers don’t want to have them, but from time to time, we must. A complaint is lodged against a volunteer and we go numb. This shouldn’t be happening, because well, volunteers are selfless, caring souls who just want…


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How to Build an Irresistible Corporate-Nonprofit Volunteer Partnership

Guest post by Kayla Matthews Corporate volunteer programs offer an incredible opportunity for nonprofit organizations to partner with businesses to advance awareness of and raise money for their cause. A nonprofit liaison with a company creates a situation where everyone wins: the nonprofit gets the assistance it needs while the business benefits from building their…

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Over 50? Plan Your Volunteer Activity Now to Help Kids This Fall

Guest post by Aileen Ichikawa and Sarah McKinney If you’ve put volunteering with kids on your post-Labor Day list, hooray! Lots of youth-serving organizations need new volunteers starting in the fall. Now’s the time to start searching for the right opportunity for you. Here’s a list of 15 Gen2Gen partners, organized by area of interest, that…


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Do Politics Influence Volunteer Behavior? What We Learned After the Election

2017 was undoubtedly a groundbreaking year for nonprofits. In the days and months following the most recent presidential election, many nonprofits noticed a surge in donations and civic participation. VolunteerMatch.org did too. Four days after President Trump’s inauguration, the world’s largest volunteer recruitment platform witnessed its highest day of website visits ever. Organizations large and…

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Meet Elysia Gabe, VolunteerMatch’s Newest Marketing Manager

You may begin to notice a new name on Engaging Volunteers — Elysia Gabe. After almost two years of supporting our members and non-members through the VolunteerMatch Help Center, Elysia has grown a knack for writing engaging copy. She’s crafted numerous help center articles with a single guiding star in mind: to make it easier…


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3 Ways to Promote Your Volunteer Opportunities Online

Does the idea of self-promotion leave you wanting to run in the other direction? For many, tapping into self-promotion also means tapping into our fight or flight response — what if no one likes what I’m promoting? What if I fail? Or what if I embarrass myself in the process? Once you get over these…

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4 Ways to Maximize Your Charitable Impact

Guest post by Madeline Hatcher. This post originally appeared on Reading Partners’ blog. If you are reading this, chances are you probably care about making the world a better place. You likely already take some action in your everyday life to give back and serve your community. Maybe you occasionally donate to nonprofits you care about,…