Going Virtual – An Alternative Volunteer Event Guide

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In light of that trend and all the recent travel upheaval due to COVID – 19, with increasing restrictions being placed on companies and their global workforce, we wanted to address creative alternatives to traditional volunteer events. . Skills-Based Volunteering.

Supporting Your Event Volunteers

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Is it time to set the bar a little higher for how you support your event volunteers? volunteer management events

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6 Tips to Retain Volunteers

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Volunteers are superheroes! It’s imperative that you recruit a strong volunteer base and, more importantly, retain their commitment them by valuing their time, effort, and skills. . According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , volunteer rates have been declining over the past decade.

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.

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.

Visionlink Supports Dorian Response

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Visionlink offers advanced, expertly-designed solutions including volunteer, gifts-in-kind, situational awareness, client intake, case management, and other modules for disaster response. Visionlink systems are fully engaged with Hurricane Dorian response.

Virtual Volunteer Mobilization Strategies That Can Solve Nonprofits’ Challenges During COVID-19

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COVID-19 is forcing nonprofits to think differently about engaging supporters. Grabbing supporters’ attention requires having highly engaging opportunities, and lots of them. In-person volunteers are disappearing for key activities (e.g., Engage supporters between walk/run/ride.

4 Strategies to Increase Volunteer Sign-Up

NonProfit Hub

While donors are essential for funding your cause, volunteers are essential for supporting its ongoing functions, from day-to-day operations to fundraising event management. Check out the following reliable strategies for increasing volunteer sign-ups: Solidify your mission statement.

Resilient Fundraising with One Focus: Caring for Our Supporters

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Caring for our supporters. For me, the only right thing that is worth doing during this crisis is to care for the needs of our supporters and help them feel better. How do we know if we focus on caring for our supporters that money will follow?

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 142: Tips for Virtual Volunteer Programs

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But there have also always been people who want to engage and contribute but who can’t, for various reasons, volunteer in traditional ways. This episode is about understanding and expanding virtual volunteer programs. Standout examples of virtual volunteer programs.

How to Create a Sustainable Volunteer Program

NonProfit Hub

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.

Support in the Philippines

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Our dedicated support team stands ready to help you with your needs. To provide support to one of the many nonprofit organizations providing aid, choose one of the reputable organizations linked to below: AmeriCares.

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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Why The Best Volunteers Just Moved

TechImpact

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.

10 Tips for Managing Volunteers on a Low Budget

TechImpact

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.

How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

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In addition to attractive employee perks, building transformative employee volunteer and giving programs and embedding them within the organizational culture is key to promoting happy employees who stay with their companies. Volunteering benefits everyone.

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.

3 New Places To Recruit Volunteers

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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

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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.

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.

Supporting your supporters

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When I’ve volunteered for charities before, especially when I am raising money – it has been striking how important it is to get the right support from the charity itself. Give them examples of how other groups have organised things successfully so they can pick and choose what will work for them – or better still put them in touch with successful groups and volunteers through social networks and through your own digital tools. Author: Martin Campbell.

Encourage Your Employees To Volunteer

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As a leader, if you are not already volunteering, what a great time to start. Make a commitment to yourself to start volunteering before next week starts! And, a growing number of businesses are rewarding employees who volunteer by giving them extra vacation time and other incentives.

4 Easy Steps To Finding Your Next Volunteer

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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.

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. Yet, not all nonprofits are comfortable engaging volunteers for IT projects.

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Oregon Office of Emergency Management: Volunteer & Goods and Services Donations

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We are pleased to support the good work of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. The agency has deployed Visionlink’s volunteer management and Goods and Services Donation solution to help coordinate response among volunteers for COVID-19 in Oregon.

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From Coast to Coast: How Healthcare Organizations are Handling the Outpouring of Support and In-Kind Gifts

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I recognize that gift acceptance and volunteer engagement policies were probably not at their top of mind last week, but I deeply appreciate every returned email and phone call. Listen to The sgENGAGE Podcast 142: Tips for Virtual Volunteer Programs .

Mastering Social Networking as a Volunteer

Amy Sample Ward

Yesterday was the 2012 New York Cares Leadership Conference , and I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a session to volunteer leaders and inspiring community members. And the content – is that a platform or application that supports that kind of content?

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.

Team-Up for Textbooks: Volunteer to Help Students with Disabilities

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To meet that need, the Benetech Volunteer Program is piloting a new initiative—and we’re inviting you to join us! Volunteers can now help fulfill students’ book requests faster during periods of peak demand by joining Benetech’s newest volunteer initiative: Team-Up for Textbooks.

Understanding Volunteers and Donors With Analytics

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Truly understanding your organization’s prospects and customer behavior can be the difference between successful and unsuccessful volunteer recruitment and fundraising campaigns. Many nonprofits forget that their volunteers and donors are also customers.

7 Tips For Building Nonprofit Supporter Profiles

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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

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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?

How To Help Volunteers Create Crowdfunding Campaigns

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A common, but detrimental, practice of charities is to return to the same small pool of supporters over and over again to ask for funds or volunteer hours. Nonprofits rely heavily on the generosity of donors.

6 Ways Content Marketing Platforms Can Net Your Nonprofit Volunteers

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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.

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. Enter: Skills-based volunteering. There’s a volunteer for that!

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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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How Volunteers Can Organize a Giving Day

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You spend hours volunteering your time, try to raise awareness and give financially where you can. A giving day is a special day designated to generate publicity, find supporters and raise money for your charity. There’s a cause near and dear to your heart.

The health of volunteering in the UK

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I want to see the real aspect of volunteering across the pond, rather than the stereotypical soup kitchen support and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”style philanthropy of the US, compared to the Dickensian cliches of British Childrens Charities

Bringing Up the Next Generation of Faithful Supporters

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My response is usually the same – how are you bringing up the next generation of faithful supporters? Offer volunteer opportunities within your organization and the community. They can also open new networking, event and philanthropic support opportunities.

The 5 Phases of the Faith-Based Supporter Lifecycle

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Most faith-based organizations rely on supporters to fund their work. Many organizations of faith don’t think of their supporters as “donors,” though. Your congregation, the families who send their children to your school, and the supporters of ministry are all potential donors for your organization. The 5 phases of the faith-based supporter lifecycle : Step #1: Getting to Know You. The next step in the supporter lifecycle is the donor stewardship process.

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Make It Easy For Employees To Volunteer

Eric Jacobsen Blog

As a leader, if you are not already volunteering, what a great time to start. Make a commitment to yourself to start volunteering before next week starts! And, a growing number of businesses are rewarding employees who volunteer by giving them extra vacation time and other incentives.

4-Part Anatomy of an Ideal Nonprofit Volunteer Experience

NonProfit Hub

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.

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.