Volunteer Management Blog

risk management

Risk Management in Volunteering

By Karen Knight | January 25, 2023

Risk management is vital when running volunteer programs. Here are three areas where you can “hope for the best, but plan for the worst”.

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instructional design

Instructional Design for Volunteer Training

By Karen Knight | January 18, 2023

Instructional design can be a great way to not only improve your training but also help you see untapped potential in volunteers. I broke one method down for you.

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hire volunteers

Should You Hire Volunteers?

By Karen Knight | January 11, 2023

Some organizations hesitate to hire volunteers for staff positions. Or it doesn’t even occur to them! Here’s why I think you should at least have a second look at this pool of potential staff.

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strategic planning

Strategic Planning for Volunteer Programs

By Karen Knight | December 15, 2022

Strategic planning may seem to be a complicated process to do for your volunteer program, but it keeps you focused and moving forward. Here’s what you need to know.

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micro-volunteering

Embracing the Micro-Volunteering Trend

By Karen Knight | December 7, 2022

Micro-volunteering is here to stay. Here’s what it is, and how to position yourself to take advantage of the trend.

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fit the culture

Recruit Volunteers who DON’T Fit the Culture

By Karen Knight | November 30, 2022

It is standard practice to recruit volunteers, staff and Board members who “fit the culture” of an organization. Unfortunately, we do so at the expense of diversity.

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trustees

Directors vs Trustees

By Karen Knight | November 23, 2022

The titles we give people have a vast influence over how they are viewed by the general public. Take, for instance, the difference between “Directors” and “Trustees”.

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gifts for volunteers

Gifts for Volunteers – Beyond Another Hat

By Karen Knight | November 16, 2022

Many leaders of volunteers find it difficult to come up with meaningful gifts for volunteers. Here are a few of my favourite ones, and why I like them.

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investing in volunteers

Investing in Volunteers

By Karen Knight | November 9, 2022

Investing in volunteers isn’t a top priority for most organizations and funding sources. It should be, because not doing it is hurting everyone. Here’s what we can do to help.

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A New Golden Rule

By Karen Knight | November 2, 2022

Are you aware that there’s a new golden rule? People are discovering that treating others the way you want to be treated just isn’t enough.

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