How to Make Volunteering a Way of Life


Managing Volunteers

  If you’re like me, you’ll find that many people struggle with how to volunteer.  There are many opportunities to serve lots of different organizations, so it can seem daunting for someone who wants to “get involved.”  Depending on the type of organization you volunteer with, I’ve found at least one way to work through […]

September 15, 2014

The tool that every volunteer coordinator needs


Managing Volunteers

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 🙂 I have a tool that you […]

August 22, 2014

Will work for purpose


Managing Volunteers

So you’re leading an organization whose lifeblood is volunteers – but how do you go about recruiting and retaining individuals who are just as sold out on your mission as you?  The truth is – those of us in cause based work have a tremendous advantage: our work has purpose, and most people don’t feel […]

August 20, 2014

Science of motivating volunteers


Managing Volunteers

Recap from June’s Nonprofit Neighbors discussion on inspiring others. By: Anna Spady, anna.spadydesign.com — June 6, 2014 “Creating a home away from home for families with children living with life-threatening illnesses.” That is the heart cry of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, where this month’s Nonprofit Neighbors forum was held on Wednesday. It’s a […]

June 6, 2014

Lessons from volunteer manager’s past


Managing Volunteers

Advice from nonprofit advisor Susie Haake on being a quality volunteer manager. Written by: Anna Spady, anna.spadydesign.com I should have brought a bowl of rice, incense or some sort of gift as I stared at Susie Haake. The days when pilgrims would bring offerings to the sage in exchange for wisdom wouldn’t shake out of my head. […]

May 27, 2014

Making time for time management


Managing Volunteers

Five secrets from productive people to increase efficiency. I have never been a volunteer manager, but I love to talk shop with them because we understand one another’s worlds. Their job, like mine as a project manager, is to be the ultimate mom. Part liaison, part strategy, more than a little administration and lots of […]

May 6, 2014

Put meaning in volunteering


Managing Volunteers

I was reading a great blog post by Donald Miller the other day about making ordinary life more meaningful. Actually, it made me question my own volunteer experiences. My volunteering has almost always been comprised of fairly mundane tasks: data entry, cleaning, watching children, etc. Yet some experiences have felt inexplicably more meaningful than others. […]

March 28, 2014

How to Say Thank you With a Pineapple


Managing Volunteers

Most of us say thank you for common courtesies like holding the elevator and passing the salt. But a thank you can mean much more. Lance Armstrong sent his space suit engineering team a thank you for keeping him “safe on the moon,” while Audrey Hepburn wrote her composer thanking him for making “Breakfast at […]

March 17, 2014