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Why We Do It: The Psychology Behind Volunteerism

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Volunteering is something that betters our world, that much is certain. It helps countless groups of people who may be in need and offers assistance to crucially important nonprofits. But what draws people to volunteer their time and energy when they are not being compensated

The tool that every volunteer coordinator needs

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How often has this happened to you - you interview a prospective volunteer, love their background, love what they offer, and love what they could bring to your movement, but you never hear from them beyond the initial interview? If this has happened to you (and I’m sure it has :).

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Comfort Is the Frenemy to the Leader of Volunteers

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Comfort is a word that typically brings comfort. You know, it’s comfortable. But, comfort may not be your friend if you lead others. Comfort can work against you. A little story about CJ will help us see more clearly how comfort can be your frenemy

How the Grinch Inspires Change for Leaders of Volunteers

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The holiday season is a perfect time to solidify strategic plans for 2015. the future of your organization may have opportunities to grow, develop, extend its reach. Change may be in the works.

An executive director reminds us of the importance of prayer

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Bobby Calvillo is the Executive Director of a large housing non-profit in Texas. He has shared his insight with us on many occasions, and today he speaks from the heart about how prayer can guide us everyday as we work to reshape community

Volunteering as part of everyday life.

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What systems do you have in place for getting to know your volunteers? How do you tailor volunteer opportunities to match the professional background of your volunteers? How can we, as coordinators, commit ourselves to making volunteering a part of everyday life for our communities?

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How are you doing? Measure outcomes, not activity, to find out

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Your supporters are much more interested in what you accomplish than how you accomplish it. They want to know outcomes, so that’s what we have to measure. Watch out for these common mistakes

Church events made easier with VolunteerMark

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It’s the annual church carnival and volunteers are needed to make it a successful event for the community. Who’s bringing what? Who’s serving where? What donations are needed? It’s a lot to keep track of.

How to recruit paid volunteers

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Businesses are paying their employees to volunteer, and this trend is growing. Read on to see how you can take advantage of this to recruit dedicated volunteer into your cause by connecting with businesses offering this benefit

An alternative to ice bucketers and slacktivists

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Building on Monday''s conversation that questioned the ice-bucket challenge, today we talk why 100 dedicated volunteers are better than 10,000 slacktivists. Read on for a chat about this and several strategies you can use today to recruit genuine activists into your cause

It's proven: non-profits thrive when they measure volunteer impact

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Check out this newly released research report that proves it''s critical for us to measure volunteer impact - it also proves that measurement of volunteer impact is vital for increasing donations & ensuring that your programs are effective

Helping Students Discover Why Volunteering is Important

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Often, young people see older adults in positions of power and success and think that in order to effect change they have to be of a certain age and status in society. But that’s not true at all.

5 Clutch strategies for recruiting AmeriCorps alums as volunteers

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AmeriCorps alums are an incredible resource as you grow your volunteer program. They are experienced volunteers, dedicated change agents, and creative problem solvers. You can and should be recruiting them as volunteers - here''s how

Making a difference: It takes a village

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Hello my name is Andrew. I''m the co-founder of VolunteerMark. I''m not a regular blog contributor but today I just wanted to reflect on some of the amazing opportunities we have been given. Thank you to all our great partners.

Why Complainers May (or May Not) Make Great Volunteers

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Sure, we have heard them before. People who "chirp" from the sidelines to let others know what is on their minds. Complainers complain. Yet, some Complainers may be bringing potential value to our organizations, and the causes we serve.

It's a fact: volunteering makes employees better. Here's some data.

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Ever wanted some data to show local HR reps how volunteering at your nonprofit will help their employees? Then you''ve gotta read this guest post from our friends at realizedworth.com - it will give you all the data you need in your arsenal to make a compelling case for HR folks sending volunteers your way

Movements Need Champions

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When you offer your head, heart and hands to serve others, you make a difference. Question is, how long does it last? Only for the time you volunteer? Or, does it linger because an insider now carries the flag of the movement? Movements need champions to thrive.

Simple Ways to Encourage People to Volunteer Their Time

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of most non-profits and charitable organizations. Organizations that can’t hire as many employees as their for-profit counterparts turn to volunteers who give their own free time without expecting financial compensation

Rethinking Volunteer Recruitment: A Real-Time Example of How Not to Attract Volunteers

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Leaders of volunteers are just that, leaders of people who choose to serve. They are typically not marketing wizards, and are not expected to be. Still, developing a little savvy around what it takes to wear the marketing "hat" while attracting future volunteers can go a long way. Explore a real-time example to learn from the missteps of one organization''s approach. Then, learn more about what it takes to apply "otherliness" to your volunteer marketing messages

A short guide to businesses who are paying volunteers

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We''ve talked about ways you can recruit paid volunteers - today, let''s get specific and explore the types of businesses you want to recruit at in order to find paid volunteers

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Community Leadership and Volunteering: A Gateway to Happiness

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Volunteering your time serves an important function in your community. To put this into perspective, in 2011 American’s volunteered almost 8 billion hours of their time, which accounted for over $170 billion worth of labor.

Bursting your comfort bubble through volunteer opportunities

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The more we share with one another, the more we challenge our own mindsets and step out of our comfort zone. But, comfort zones are comfortable and people are ambivalent about leaving them and experiencing something that could make them feel…uncomfortable, tested, and unfamiliar.

Finding what motivates you while volunteering

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Whether you’re volunteering through extrinsic or intrinsic motivation, the opportunity to work alongside and serve others has the potential to be deeply personal and meaningful. What is YOUR reason for volunteering?

We wanna make you a movie!! But we need your help.

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That''s right folks! We''re making a movie and it''s all about you - we want to help you find a solution to your largest organizational challenge for 2015! But - we can''t do that until we know what that is!!

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We're nearing first place in The Mobileys, and we need your vote!

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The Mobileys honor entrepreneurs who inspire and make a difference through mobile innovation - we''re nearing first place for an award, which would mean $10k for us to continue helping volunteers! But, we can''t do it without you! Read more below, and please vote for us at [link

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Forget ice buckets - let's stop Ebola.

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Ice buckets were great on the surface, but its time we started a campaign that requires sacrificial giving on the part of donors and volunteers. That''s why we at Volunteermark are calling on our community to STOP EBOLA. Read on to find out what we''re doing

Uprooting your life and finding your new roots through service

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Moving to a completely new place and navigating through unfamiliar experiences can be tough, but finding volunteer opportunities to get involved in and making an impact in your new community doesn''t have to be

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We need to change the quality of our conversations

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Are you tired of superficial dialogue about giving and charity? Then read this post for ways you can (and must) get meaningfully involved in conversations about serving others

Are you hiding behind your status?

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We non-profits benefit greatly from our legal status, but we also need to be open to other legal structures that may not be non-profit, yet nonetheless allow for an awesome community impact. Today, we explore that landscape

8 Reasons to Volunteer this Giving season

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Delectable feasts, 4-day weekends, gifts, football games, floats, family reunions… are we missing out anything else in our “Holiday Giving” celebration list

How these 6 corporations encourage their employees to give back will warm your hearts this Giving Season

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Robert Ingersoll once said, “We rise by lifting others.” In today’s cut-throat world, where a company’s worth is determined by the 0’s in its Balance Sheets, it’s commendable how some organizations have not forgotten their true purpose of existence. To serve society

How to make the most of your holiday volunteers!

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All too often we get a massive influx of volunteers and givers during the holiday season only to see them whisked away by the dawn of the new year. but this is unhealthy! It''s unhealthy for us, for the volunteer, and for our community.

Why you should banish excel from your life.(and other security tips)

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Excel is a symptom of a much larger problem at our non-profits: our general disregard for cyber security. Basically, this means we are violating our sacred trust with volunteers, donors, and our community that says we will protect the information they give us. Don''t want to become another story of an organization that has had information stolen from it? Then you need to read on

Giving should hurt.

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Society is overly focused on giving that is easy for the giver - volunteers give ''spare time'' and supporters donate ''spare cash''. But what if we started encouraging our communities to give in ways that cause them to sacrifice in other areas of life?

The Five Steps to Telling a Beautiful Story

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Storytelling is a critical part of what we do as volunteer coordinators. Join the conversation today as we share five key step you''ll need to take if you hope to tell beautiful stories as you recruit volunteers

Four Things Every Leader Should Do to Sustain the Engagement of Volunteers

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Volunteers arrive to serve, filled with passion and excitement. but what got them there at the outset, may not be what brings them back. That initial passion may evolve over time, or it may even wane. The good news is, it doesn’t have to. Leaders can make a difference.

Twitter, Nonprofits, and You - How to Effectively Engage Members through Social Media

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Based on Software Advice’s 2015 industry review from Software Advice (an association management technology comparison agency) on how to best use Twitter to foster member engagement, it is clear that having a measurable, valuable, and substantial communication strategy on social media can help save your nonprofit and reach a broader audience

Five ways to 'make the ask'

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It has happened to us all. we get that great prospective volunteer or potential donor, yet we get nervous and afraid when it comes time to ''make the ask''. Join us today for a candid discussion of ''fear of making the ask'' and some strategies for overcoming it

How to keep volunteers from quitting – a two-act play

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“I’m sorry; I can’t take this anymore.” Don’t go. We can work it out.” “It’s It’s too late. Goodbye.” Soap opera? No, it’s a scene in a nonprofit organization office where there is poor communication about goals, roles and responsibilities of volunteers and staff.

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Do you fear or embrace disruptive change at your nonprofit?

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Technological change is disruptive, and it can usher in a new era of nonprofit engagement and impact. This will only happen, however, to the extent that we in the nonprofit space learn to embrace change and accept it as the new normal.