15 Steps to Corporate Volunteering Success

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Do you have a goal to make your company or organization more socially conscious, but are having difficulty motivating employees to participate in volunteer programs? At CSAA Insurance Group, all new hires participate in a volunteer project as part of their on-boarding experience.

6 Reasons Your Organization Should Implement Supporter-Led Campaigns in 2017

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As nonprofit leaders look ahead and think about how to significantly expand the impact of their advocacy campaigns, there is one key tactic that may be your secret to punching above your weight: Supporter-Led Campaigns. You Reach New Supporters.

The Knitting Factor: Making Skills-Based Volunteering Work for Your Organization

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The 2017 CECP Giving in Numbers reports that more than 50% of companies have developed skills-based volunteer programs to support community and business goals. For Fidelity, the volunteers not only strengthened their existing skills, but learned new ways to approach their work.

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6 Tips to Know Your Nonprofit Is Ready for Skilled Volunteers

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According to our research at Common Impact , most nonprofits spend only an estimated 2% of their budget to support key operations like marketing, technology or human resources, while peers in the corporate sector typically invest an average of 35% of their budget on these functions.

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How to Create a Sustainable Volunteer Program

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Turning one-time volunteers into longtime volunteers isn’t easy. That’s why establishing a sustainable, organized and engaging volunteer program should be one of your organization’s top priorities. Volunteers volunteer because they want to do something for the greater good.

Capacity Commons: A New Tool for Pro Bono Support

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Skills-based volunteerism can help to address this gap and is quickly becoming a volunteer trend. Common Impact research indicates that 90% of nonprofits report needing more volunteer support and more than 72% believe that they could increase their impact through skills-based volunteers.

3 Steps for a Successful Day of Skilled Volunteer Service

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Many of the companies we work with at Common Impact host a “day of service” as a way to give back to their local communities. Days of service are one of the most popular corporate volunteer programs. First, consider using the day as a launchpad for ongoing volunteer engagement.

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6 Ways Content Marketing Platforms Can Net Your Nonprofit Volunteers


Chances are good that without volunteers, your nonprofit does not function. The days of the newspaper advertisement, or flyer around town looking for volunteers is over. As a result, nonprofits and volunteers alike are turning to the internet to find, and fill, volunteer opportunities.

10 Tips for Managing Volunteers on a Low Budget


No matter what kind of budget your nonprofit has, everyone can agree that volunteers are one of the best investments–primarily because they are free! Here are our top 10 tips for managing your volunteers, especially if you’re working with a small budget: Look like a team.

Why The Best Volunteers Just Moved


Despite 10% of the American workforce working in the nonprofit sector, nonprofit organizations still rely heavily on volunteers to complete its mission. That being said, nonprofits everywhere are constantly looking for enough volunteers, to bolster up its roster.

Why And How to Manage Your Volunteer Program Professionally

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Volunteers are every nonprofit’s dream. So let’s take it step by step and look at why and how to manage your volunteer program professionally: 1. Volunteer Recruiting. Use volunteer recruitment forms to reach the right people for your project. Volunteer Delegation.

How Small & Medium Enterprises Can Support the Sustainable Development Goals

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As we celebrate Global Goals Week , a time dedicated to raising awareness and inspiring action in support of the SDGs during the United Nations General Assembly, I can’t help but think of the progress that has been made, the work that still needs to be done and the untapped potential of small and medium enterprises (SME) everywhere.

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3 New Places To Recruit Volunteers


If your nonprofit uses volunteers, which it almost certainly does in some capacity, you’ve undoubtedly at times found it difficult to find volunteers. Sign-Up for Nonprofit Insights for Targeting Volunteers in 2015. Sign-Up for Nonprofit Insights for Targeting Volunteers in 2015.

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4 Ways Thinking Like A Marketer Will Help Volunteer Retention


Despite the efforts of social media networks like LinkedIn , many nonprofits still struggle engaging, gaining, and retaining volunteers. The good news is, a simple change in frame of mind when thinking about your volunteers could be all it takes to greatly improve retention and engagement.

4 Easy Steps To Finding Your Next Volunteer


Or did you know that the highly trafficked social media outlet has recently launched a new platform, called the Volunteer Marketplace that helps match nonprofits with talented volunteers? Here are the 4 steps you need to follow to start finding volunteers today on LinkedIn.

Grassroots Campaigning: How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support

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In an age where million-signature petitions are commonplace, the tried and true strategy of having volunteers send online messages to their members of Congress has greatly diminished in value. Every grassroots organization has volunteers like Susan.

How Can Exemplary Volunteer Management Practices Help Nonprofits Assure Impact in Using Skilled Volunteers?

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Many organizations in the nonprofit sector rely on the help of volunteers. Whether this is in office work, stocking inventory or helping to prepare for an event, the volunteers are a highly valuable asset. Skilled volunteers are a special type of volunteer.

10 New Ideas For Managing Volunteers On A Low Budget


No matter what kind of budget your nonprofit has, everyone can agree that volunteers are one of the best investments–primarily because they are free! Here are our top 10 tips for managing your volunteers, especially if you’re working with a small budget: Look like a team.

Millennial Voices: Advocates and Activists Over Donors and Volunteers

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Millennials are dissatisfied with and uncertain about America’s future , says the most recent research released by Achieve in the Millennial Impact Report, The Power of Voice: A New Era of Cause Activation and Social Issue Adoption. This group of 3,000 reported taking more than 13,000 actions toward supporting causes and social issues in the past year. . Why are savvy millennials bothering to vote, sign petitions and contact their representatives as ways to support a cause?

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Building Tech Capacity with Pro Bono Volunteers

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At Common Impact, we work to connect expert business volunteers to nonprofits that need help building organizational capacity in areas like marketing, finance, or HR. One of the most common requests for volunteer services from our nonprofit partners is technology support. Technical volunteer requests can range from help in implementing a new database to support for a website redesign. Why Engage Tech Volunteers?

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7 Ways to Use Infographics to Recruit Volunteers and Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story

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Growing their outreach, their impact, and their access to resources. With a new year, many nonprofit organizations are gearing up their digital marketing campaigns to spread the word and hopefully increase their impact on the world. Do you need more volunteers?

7 Tips For Building Nonprofit Supporter Profiles


Donors, volunteers, partners, and sponsors are considered the “life blood” of nonprofit organizations and foundations. Therefore each individual relationship, interaction, and correspondence with these supporters is vital to a nonprofit’s overall sustainability.

How To Keep Your Volunteers Coming Back, And Why That Matters


Volunteers are the life blood of many nonprofit organizations. You might be thinking: “Sure, of course I know my volunteers are important. Learn how to better manage your volunteers. How many of your volunteers have been with your organization for over a year?

Why Your Nonprofit Needs Skills-Based Volunteers

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Kimberly Dulin is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and the Partnership Manager for Catchafire , a for-purpose social mission business that makes skills-based connections between volunteers and nonprofit organizations. Enter: Skills-based volunteering. There’s a volunteer for that!

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44 Ways to Turn Nonprofit Supporters into Fundraising Superstars

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Turning your supporters into fundraising superstars isn’t easy. Supporters can raise significant amounts of money and bring new donors to your organization. So, how can you help supporters become fundraising superstars? Teach Supporters to Fundraise and Provide Samples.

Donor Stewardship: Guiding Donors to The Next Level of Support

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A supporter’s first few gifts might be occasional, or the donor might align directly in the major gifts category. However, by paying attention to trends in your donor database, you can begin finding supporter trends that will signal when a supporter is primed to take the next step.

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Successful IT Volunteer Management


A few weeks ago, Common Impact mentioned to us that they thought not enough nonprofits were utilizing IT volunteers or were not getting what they needed out of the relationship. How valuable are volunteers to your organization’s technology infrastructure?

From Prospective Student to Active Alumni: Engagement Fosters Lifelong Support

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Engaged current student and future alumni supporter : My daughter gets very excited when she hears talk about the university she’s attending. After graduation next year, she plans on financially supporting and staying connected to her alma mater. Start Early and Never Stop Engaging .

Blockchain for Impact: Blockchain Revolution Global Event Wrap-Up

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Blockchain for Impact: Blockchain Revolution Global Event Wrap-Up – Guest Post . Note from Beth: Amy Neumann recently attended the Blockchain for Impact gathering in Toronto last month with 1200 attendees from dozens of countries.

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5 Ways To Incorporate Mobile Tech Into Your Volunteer Program


Today’s volunteers are tech-savvy, and very busy. So why not engage volunteers where they spend most of their time–on their mobile phone. Check out these 5 tips from VolunteerMatch.com , on engaging volunteers and supporters via a mobile device: Text Reminders.

The Impact of Tech Capacity Support


But even a small investment in your grantees’ technology can have a large impact on their missions.”. The above quote comes directly from our report, A Funders Guide to Supporting Nonprofit Technology: 10 Ways to Build Your Grantees'' Technical Savvy. Foundations can fund a variety of projects that support technology: purchasing actual hardware, helping them choose software, building technology skills, or providing direct technology help.

4-Part Anatomy of an Ideal Nonprofit Volunteer Experience

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For some nonprofits, volunteers are the lifeblood of their organization. Volunteers can be even more valuable than donors. Every nonprofit can benefit from the help of volunteers, but recruiting and retaining new volunteers is easier said than done.

5 Ways To Manage Volunteers And Get Work Done


A for-profit business with hundreds of paid employees will run differently than a nonprofit business being supported by hundreds of volunteers. Here are a few tips from The Fast Track to help you the next time you’re having trouble getting your volunteers motivated.

Top Five Tips from National Volunteer Week

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National Volunteer Week 2017 has come to an end, but treating your volunteers well should be a priority each and every one of the other 51 weeks. In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we compiled our top five tips to motivate your volunteers and keep them coming back.

Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today


There's a long fight ahead, but for issues that stir you, one simple, positive thing you can do today is give - your time, money, voice, or attention - because so many organizations need your urgent support. No matter how much you give or to whom, the important thing is to support those organizations whose tireless work is striving for a world you want to live in. Donate | Take Action | Volunteer | Twitter | Facebook. Donate | Volunteer | Advocate | Twitter | Facebook.

Is Your Nonprofit Converting Online Visitors Into Supporters?


Every time someone visits your … Continued The post Is Your Nonprofit Converting Online Visitors Into Supporters? appeared first on Tech Impact. Blog Industry News Leadership Social Tech guidestar online social media volunteer website

5 Workplace Volunteer Coordination Tips

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I’d like to offer some tips to anyone who is (or could be) organizing group volunteering opportunities in their workplace - be it non-profit or for-profit work environment. Make it Tangible – Look for volunteer opportunities that offer something tangible.

44 Ways to Turn Your Supporters into Fundraising Superstars


Turning your everyday supporters into fundraising superstars isn’t easy. Supporters raise significant amounts of money and bring new donors to your organization. So, how can you help supporters become fundraising superstars? Looking for additional resources like this?

7 Strategies Your Nonprofit Should Implement to Engage Volunteers


While volunteers keep your staffing needs minimal, and allow your nonprofit to focus on the next big project, are you really getting the most out of your volunteers? Here are our top 7 tips to engage your volunteers and turn them into nonprofit ambassadors: Provide incentives.

Platform Power: Scaling Impact

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The Lost Childhoods exhibition is a platform for 100+ partners to share their stories, artwork, ideas, projects, volunteer opportunities, and events. I value platforms for their power to scale impact.

Community-Driven Social Impact: Presentation & Game

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Today I had the great pleasure and honor of presenting at the National Conference on Service and Volunteering. Presentation: Community-Driven Social Impact. Use 10 as the limit when you add up the numbers on the cards – those correspond to the equivalent capacity needed to support the use of the tool. Tags: presentation socialbysocial community building community driven social impact conference event game ncvs social by social social media strategy

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11 Expert Tips for Nonprofits to Embrace Technology for Even Greater Impact

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This conference brings together some of the top minds in nptech and gives attendees a chance to discuss what’s happening across the industry and share best practices for how to work smarter and create bigger, lasting impact with technology.

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How Can Systematic Evaluation of a Volunteer Program Positively Impact an Organization?

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Evaluating volunteer programs within nonprofit organizations is a key step in continual improvement and data collection. Due to a sector-wide leadership crisis and continual staff burnout, volunteer management and evaluation plays a crucial role in the livelihood of nonprofit organizations.