Topic: Volunteer Management

12 tips for engaging pro bono volunteers

April 24, 2017
In many nonprofit organizations, especially smaller ones, the staff are generalists: good at wearing many hats, and responding to the myriad needs of programs, clients and constituents. But imagine: What you could accomplish if you weren’t limited to the time and talent of paid staff?
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How to Create Wicked Simple Volunteer Email Campaigns That Inspire Supporters

March 2, 2017
For nonprofits and membership-based organizations, volunteer management can feel overwhelming. There are often too many people and not enough time to maintain a personal touch with every person. Automated “drip campaigns” can be a simple way to stay in touch, nurture relationships, and even weave together requests for time and cash contributions.

Beyond Counting Heads: Measuring the Real Impact of Volunteers

March 15, 2016
Nonprofits operate on more than financial donations and grants. They also have “time donors” who contribute their expertise generously as volunteers on their boards of directors, in service delivery roles, and in fundraising activities. Despite the reliance on such “skillanthropists,” successful engagement of volunteers is often low on the list of priorities of organization executives.

Beyond the Thank You Card: Meaningful volunteer appreciation

May 15, 2015
Effective recognition is a big deal when it comes to ensuring volunteers feel like they're a part of your nonprofit or organization. When I say “recognition,” I’m not just talking about thanking volunteers, although that’s essential, too. What I mean by recognition is the act of being acknowledged or appreciated or even seen.

Trends Over Time in Virtual Volunteering

February 20, 2015

Virtual volunteering describes a volunteer who completes tasks, in whole or in part, off-site from the organization or person being assisted, using a computer, tablet, smart phone, or other Internet-connected device. Virtual volunteering is also known as online volunteering, digital volunteering, and e-volunteering, and includes microvolunteering, crowd-sourcing, telementoring, teletutoring, and various other online activities undertaken by remote volunteers. It’s a widespread practice that’s more than 35 years old.

Solving the Catch-22 of Volunteer Programs with Measurement

October 22, 2014
Among the things that we, as nonprofit professionals, have to cram into our day, tracking and measurement generally sit pretty close to the top of the “I know it’s important but I never have time for it” pile. Don’t deny it. If only we had more time, we could implement all of the awesome strategies and tactics we learn by reading the NTEN Blog!

Raiders of the Lost Archives, or How I Made Volunteer Data Entry Fun

August 20, 2014
The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) supports Portland’s arts and writing community and curates North America’s largest zine library, a circulating archive of self-published and otherwise underground and rare publications. Our collection is well-known, diverse, and spans seven decades and over 60 languages. As glorious as the zine library is, we have developed an enviable problem of scale.

Engage, Inform, Recruit: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media to Recruit Donors and Volunteers

December 5, 2013
Engagement Marketing, when done well, can become the single best source of new members, volunteers, or donors for any nonprofit organization. By delivering great experiences and content to your key constituents, you can use that engagement to drive social visibility. Great content and experiences make people feel connected to an organization, and when these connections happen on places like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, one-to-one conversations turn into socially visible endorsements for an association or nonprofit.