Volunteerism Keeps Proving Its Value (Especially When Skills Are Given)

Connection Cafe

What’s even cooler is how the value jumps higher when volunteers give their professional skills in law, finance, marketing, operations, you name it. In my experience, volunteers offering their professional skills can make an impact almost immediately, an impact that lasts.

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How Skills-Based Volunteerism Creates Transformational Experiences

Connection Cafe

A few weeks ago, we aligned with the YW for a skills-based volunteering project with one of their partners, Independence High School in Manhattan. Was it a meaningful and worthwhile skills-based volunteering activity for our office?

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Bridging the Skills-Gap with Competency-Based Learning


In the eLearning industry we call this the skills-gap crisis, and it affects both college graduates and skilled trade workers alike. employers were having a difficult time filling jobs, and the survey ranked “Skilled Trade worker” as the toughest job to fill.

What leadership skills do nonprofit emerging leaders need to succeed?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Are leadership skills different for emerging “Millennial” leaders than for people from different generations? Or is there a set of skills fundamental to every level? The most needed skills differed by their level but also by the type of job they held.

Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The skills that we are focusing on are “networked leadership” skills both online and offline and working with self and working with others. The specific practice skills include these three: Ask empowering questions. Flickr Photo by qwrrty.

Celebrating Digital Learning Day: How Camp Blackbaud Amplifies Technology Skills for Good

Connection Cafe

While we use our technology skills for good, we don’t stop there. In the last year, 85% of my colleagues volunteered, 63% participated in skills-based volunteerism ; and 86% say that Blackbaud’s work powering the world of philanthropy was important in their decision to join the company.

Why Your Nonprofit Needs Skills-Based Volunteers

NonProfit Hub

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. Get the Skinny on the Skills-Based Sector.

How Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Can Build Emotional Intelligence Skills: There’s An App for That!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

skills. Truly effective leaders are also distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness , self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. Emotional Intelligence is a flexible skill that can be readily acquired and practiced.

A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community. The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell , Director of Fellowships at the Stanford d-School.

Start Your September with New Tech Skills

Tech Soup Blog

I'm not in school anymore, but September still feels like the real beginning of the new year. That's why this is the perfect time to make a fresh start on your nonprofit tech resolutions. TechSoup is here to help you no matter how you prefer to learn. Prefer to go at your own pace?

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Getting Insight from Facebook Insight Requires Sense Making Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Sense-making is an essential workplace skill along with several others. Robin Good curated this article about research on future workplace skills. The skills are: Sense-making: ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed. [link].

Resources to Sharpen Your Technology Training Skills

Tech Soup Blog

When you work at a nonprofit or public library, it might feel like you constantly need to learn new skills to stay on top of emerging technology and adoption. Thankfully, there are many free or inexpensive training programs that can help you polish your technology skills.

Upwardly Global: Bridging the Opportunity Gap for Skilled Immigrants

Tech Soup Blog

It provides skilled immigrants to the U.S. This work is part of its mission to close the opportunity gap and help skilled immigrants reach their full economic potential in the U.S. Over 1.8 college-educated immigrants in the U.S.

[Cool Infographic Friday] The 10 Most Important Work Skills in 2020


OK, no surprise to you guys why I love this one. Source: Top10OnlineColleges.org. Cool Infographic Friday

How to Nail the Soft Skills of Fundraising: The Face-to-Face Ask

Connection Cafe

by Rachel Muir. Does the thought of making a six figure ask make your palms sweat? Take heart fellow fundraiser, practice makes perfect. Or, to put it another way, confidence breeds competence. Asking is part art and part science.

Take the Plunge into New Nonprofit Tech Skills

Tech Soup Blog

As employees in the nonprofit sector, we often rely on the transferrable skills we've gained over time to accomplish our jobs. We are never done stretching our skills, and learning from others is exciting.

Start 2017 by Building Your Tech Skills and Community

Tech Soup Blog

Saint Paul, Minnesota: Skill Extension: Maps (on the Green Line) | Sponsors: Maptime MSP Meetup, CARTO.

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Six Books About Skills You Need To Succeed in A Networked World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Here are six fantastic books that I read this year that help you gain 21st century skills like learning from failure, reflection, visualization, and more. Another topic that I’ve been tracking for a few years is information overload, with an emphasis on information coping skills.

Engaging and Retaining Skilled (and Key) Volunteers

ASU Lodestar Center

Key volunteers are the most dedicated and skilled of your organization’s volunteers who can essentially take on the duties of staff when resources are limited. It is the role of the volunteer coordinator (or whoever assumes that responsibility in your organization) to connect volunteer skills with the organization's needs. Organizations like HandsOn Greater Phoenix can aid in the recruitment and training of skilled volunteers.

10 Soft Skills to Nail the Ask


10 Soft Skills to Nail the Ask. The post 10 Soft Skills to Nail the Ask appeared first on BoardAssist. “Does the thought of making a six figure ask make your palms sweat?” ” Guest blogger and fundraising consultant Rachel Muir can relate.

Build Your Storymaking Skills with Free Events and Webinars

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup's annual Storymakers campaign launches April 4. We know that good stories power fundraising and marketing, so join one of our events to discover powerful case studies and connect with digital storytelling experts in your community.

Reflections from Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute: New Skills for a Complex World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It also will change the types of skill sets that nonprofits will need now and into the future, for example “Data Analysts.”

Three Tips for Managing Your Interns & Skilled Volunteers


Skilled volunteers let your organization get high-level work such as social media and web design done, which would otherwise cost you lots of time and money. Volunteering as a Communications & Social Media Intern with VolunteerMatch , I''ve learned first-hand just how important good management really is to keep skilled volunteers like myself engaged. Here are a few tips based on what I''ve learned as a skilled volunteer working for the Communications team at VolunteerMatch: 1.

Boost Your Skills with the CAE & Our Expert Webinars

Wild Apricot Blog

Becoming a CAE and signing up for our Expert Webinars is an excellent way to stay on top of your game by gaining insights from the experts, plus you’ll be working towards your CAE designation.

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Network Skills for Personal Productivity and Organizational Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I noticed that Jenny Ambrozek , someone who thinks deeply about networks in a business context, re-tweeted one of my musings on network leadership skill sets. She pointed me to her fabulous deck and wiki on the topic. Open Net?WORKing WORKing Organizations 10 Dimensions.

Improve Your Fundraising Approach and Skills at NetSquared Meetups

Tech Soup Blog

Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season. More than one-third of charitable giving happens in the last three months of the year , and the emergence of Giving Tuesday (on November 28 this year) makes the year's end even more critical for charities. Feeling overwhelmed?

6 Interview Questions To Ask To Access Leadership Skills

Eric Jacobsen Blog

The next time you are interviewing a candidate and you want to access their leadership skills, consider asking the candidate these questions : What personal qualities define you as a leader?

Five Must-Have Skills for Nonprofit Social Media Managers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

They are simply tools that can result in high ROI for your nonprofit, but only if the person sharing Status Updates, Twittering, and Checking-in on behalf of your nonprofit has the right skills, experience and training to make social media produce results.

10 Ways To Improve Your Connection Skills

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Connection Skills Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Michael Lee Stallard"Connection is what transforms a dog-eat-dog environment into a sled-dog team that pulls together," says Michael Lee Stallard , author of the book, Connection Culture.

Seven Key Skills of High Impact Nonprofit Leaders

ASU Lodestar Center

You must be able to build and practice these skills to be an outstanding contributor to your organization. posted by. Karen Ramsey, ACC, SPHR , ASU Lodestar Center. NMI Instructor /. President and CEO, Lead for Good. Becoming a great nonprofit leader.

Improve Your IT Skills with Online Learning from Skillsoft

Tech Soup Blog

Courses are available for both end users with basic computer skills and IT administrators with some technical knowledge. Many of the courses provide the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve certification from Microsoft, Cisco, or CompTIA.

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The Importance Of Your Soft Skills

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Soft skills, all too often deemed the less important skills for a leader, are needed now more than ever. Each of the book''s nine chapters, listed below, provide dialogue, questions, tips and recommended activities: What Are Soft Skills?

Volunteer Retention: Skills Matching

Tech Soup Blog

Volunteers with valuable and specialized skills are often dispatched. core skill set, they often don’t get much out of the experience. Despite the fact that a volunteer may have a certain skill-set, it. may not be the skill they want to provide in a volunteer capacity.

Ramp Up Your Tableau Skills with Tech Impact Training

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup donor partner Tech Impact has added a new training and consultation service to its offerings. This one helps you get started with Tableau Desktop Professional , which is data analysis and visualization software that Tableau donates through TechSoup. Get Tech Impact training now Get Tableau software now. The training consists of a two-hour online presentation that focuses on the way nonprofits can use Tableau to visualize their data and present it in an engaging manner.

Build These Skills To Effectively Lead

Eric Jacobsen Blog

I had the pleasure of interviewing Overland Park, KS-based author Leigh Branham a few years ago. He's the author of three best-selling books, including, Re-engage and The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leav e.

How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

Connection Cafe

Deloitte’s 2016 Impact Survey found that skills-based volunteering presents an opportunity for employees to develop their professional and leadership skills, and often results in increased productivity, and ultimately increased employee retention.

Learn Nonprofit Tech Skills at a NetSquared Meetup

Tech Soup Blog

Every month NetSquared volunteers hold free or low cost educational events for people and organizations who want to use technology for social good.

Crowdsourcing Skills for Human Rights via Movements.org

Tech Soup Blog

As The Daily Beast senior correspondent for national security and politics Josh Rogin put it : Movements.org "seeks to put activists in closed societies in touch with skilled people in the free world who can help them.

Digital Media Skills

AFP Blog

Digital Media Skills : "Here's a list of digital media skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews. " 'via Blog this

Cozy Up to New Tech Skills

Tech Soup Blog

Pull up a chair, pour yourself a warm drink, and get cozy with TechSoup's free nonprofit and library tech webinars. SEO for Beginners. On November 29, get the basic tips you need to reach more supporters with effective search engine optimization (SEO).