Volunteer Management Blog
Building a Good Volunteer Program
Building a good volunteer program for your organization may seem complicated, but here are some basic steps to get you well on your way.
Solve Problems Just by Listening
As humans, we tend to want to DO things to help others with their challenges. We want to actively assist them. Sometimes, though, you can solve problems just by listening.
Presenting to the Board
Presenting to your Board of Directors may seem scary, but if you want to advocate for your volunteers – and all volunteer leaders should! – this is where you need to start.
Leading Volunteers is Hard. You’re Doing FINE!
Leading volunteers is hard. Don’t think, because your days are challenging and things go wrong, that you aren’t suited for the role of volunteer coordinator.
How to Become a Volunteer Magnet
Do you want your organization to be attractive to volunteers? Of course you do. But how? Here is a simple and easy-to-implement strategy to becoming a volunteer magnet.
When Volunteer Values are Different
When a volunteer’s values are misaligned with those of the organization that they’re serving, problems can occur. Here are some tips to getting everyone working for the same reasons.
Psychological Safety on Volunteer Teams
Psychological safety is important for volunteer teams – especially diverse ones. Here is a simple way to start creating a culture of safety on your team.
Volunteer burnout is endemic in the not-for-profit world. But it’s completely preventable, if you’re willing to do what it takes. And, honestly, that’s not very much! Here are the steps you need to take.
By using the insights from Dan Pink’s TED talk “The Puzzle of Motivation”, you can find ways of motivating volunteers to do even the boring and unpleasant tasks you need done.
Four Ways to Lead Strategically
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day work of running your volunteer program. If, instead, you lead strategically, you will advance your mission faster, and keep your volunteers happy and committed.
Four Ways to Show Volunteers Appreciation
While we all value what our volunteers do for us, they need to know how much we appreciate them. So SHOW them! Here’s how.
When Bad Things Happen
We don’t like to think about it, but when bad things happen the more that we HAVE thought about it, the better off we will be. Here are some things for you to think about to prevent bad things from becoming tragic.
Finding Good Volunteers
Finding good volunteers can be hard. By building meaning and flexibility into your program and roles, you can make it much easier!
Why “Ask a Busy Person” is Bad Advice
A common piece of advice is “when you need something done, ask a busy person”. There are lots of people out there that defend it, but I hate that advice! It’s just plain wrong. Here’s why.
Managing Virtual Volunteers
Many of us are still using workarounds to deal with managing virtual volunteers. This trend is not going away any time soon. It’s time to put something permanent in place.
Why You Shouldn’t Worry about Volunteer Retention
Maybe, just maybe, volunteer retention isn’t worth the worry and emphasis we give it. While we will always want and need some long-term volunteers, here are some ways to ease the stress caused by those who don’t stay.
The Demographics of Age in Volunteerism
Here are some interesting demographics about volunteering and age; and how understanding the strengths and weaknesses of different generations can make your organization stronger.
Firing a Volunteer – Can I? And How??
Uncomfortable as it may be, sometimes it’s necessary to fire a volunteer. Here are some of the “bad apples” to watch for, and the steps to get rid of them.
Preventing Compassion Fatigue in your Volunteers
Compassion fatigue is a serious condition that is common in the nonprofit sector. Here’s what it is, how to recognize it early, and what you can do to prevent it in your volunteers.
What Makes Good Volunteer Coordinators?
Your volunteer coordinator fills a vital role in your organization. To fill it successfully, though, they need certain skills and attributes. Here are the things to look for when recruiting a new volunteer coordinator.