Leadership

Are You Techno-Stuck? How to Engage Pro Bono Volunteers to Get the Expertise You Need

Problem Statement

You’ve just learned about technology options for your nonprofit, and you think, “Great, I’m so excited to get started! But wait—how can we start implementing within our current resources?” Engaging pro bono volunteers might be the right way to go!

Engaging pro bono volunteers for your technology needs will not only allow you to create new ways to deliver on your mission, but it will help broaden your volunteer options as well (in a way that many, many corporate volunteer programs are looking for!).

This session will take you through the entire process of finding just the right volunteer or group of volunteers, including:

  • How to create an effective job description and project timeline geared toward technology volunteers
  • Best practices in recruiting pro bono volunteers with specialized skill sets
  • How to market your new volunteer roles
  • How to scale your program to accommodate companies seeking pro bono opportunities for their employees
  • How to align your staff or volunteer structure to support pro bono volunteers
Jennifer Bennett
VolunteerMatch
Sr Manager, Training & Education
Jennifer joined VolunteerMatch to formalize and manage the organization’s volunteer engagement program. With her breadth of experience she is well qualified to help VolunteerMatch’s community of Nonprofits better recruit and engage volunteers. She shares her knowledge with volunteer managers through the webinars found on the Learning Center, in newsletters and blog entries, and in person at conferences around the country. She serves on the Planning Committee for the Volunteer Engagement and Capacity Building tracks for the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service. She’s a strong believer in the importance of engaging volunteers in meaningful work and was certified in Volunteer Administration in 2009, and joined the Board of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration in 2012, and is the current Board Chair. She has also been an active volunteer all her life, and currently volunteers with Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco, and sits on the Steering Committee of the Friends of the California Academy of Sciences. She holds a B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA.

Liza Dyer
Multnomah County Library
Program Coordinator, Volunteer Services
Liza J. Dyer, CVA, has been working and volunteering in the nonprofit and public sectors for more than 15 years. She is currently a Program Coordinator in Volunteer Services at Multnomah County Library, a public library system in Portland, Oregon which engages over 2,000 community members as library volunteers each year. Liza has previously worked in museums and science centers where she taught people about science, led teams of citizen scientists, and talked about whales (almost) every day. When not at work, Liza can be found knitting, reading, exploring, and volunteering in the community. She is proud to be an AmeriCorps alum and Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA). Find her on Twitter: @lizaface.

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