Volunteer Management Blog

dirty work

Get Your Volunteers to Embrace the Dirty Work

By Karen Knight | August 4, 2021

I am constantly told that volunteers just want to do the fun stuff. It’s hard to find people to do the hard, unglamorous, dirty work. Here are some simple ways to encourage your volunteers to do the less pleasant tasks that every not-for-profit needs done.

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team conflict

Four Early Warning Signs of Team Conflict

By Karen Knight | July 28, 2021

“The best time to stop conflict is before it starts.” But how? Prevent conflict among your volunteers, or between volunteers and staff, by learning the early warning signs that things may be breaking down.

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committed volunteers

Finding Committed Volunteers

By Karen Knight | July 21, 2021

Keeping volunteers committed is a challenge for most not-for-profits. But you can improve your retention rate with a few tips.

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event volunteers

Keeping Event-Based Volunteers Coming Back

By Karen Knight | July 14, 2021

Get volunteers to jump at the chance of returning for event after event using these simple ideas.

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leading for diversity

Snakes, Spiders and Leading for Diversity

By Karen Knight | July 7, 2021

Thinking about snake people and spider people can help not-for-profits lead for diversity. Here’s how.

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fractional volunteer coordinator

Three Signs that You Need a Fractional Volunteer Coordinator

By Karen Knight | June 30, 2021

Is a fractional volunteer coordinator the right choice for your organization? Here are some things to think about when making your decision.

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leadership skills

The Simple Leadership Skills of Volunteer Coordinators

By Karen Knight | June 23, 2021

The best volunteer coordinators employ four skills that make their volunteers bend over backward for them. Here’s what they are.

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delegation

Common Delegation Traps & How to Avoid Them

By Karen Knight | May 26, 2021

Delegation, done properly, will keep your volunteers coming back for more. Save yourself time and increase your volunteer retention rates by learning good delegation skills.

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fractional volunteer coordinators

What are “Fractional” Volunteer Coordinators?

By Karen Knight | May 26, 2021

Learn what a fractional volunteer coordinator does, what benefits they bring, and why your organization might want one.

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perspective

A Change of Perspective

By Karen Knight | May 12, 2021

Some people have been able to deliberately limit the patterns that they form, or at least are conscious of them.  They’re the people who come up with innovative ideas, creative solutions and who see opportunities in things that the rest of us don’t even notice. Boost your creativity and problem-solving ability with a simple change of perspective.

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