How to Make Volunteering a Way of Life

  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 …

Will work for purpose

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, …

Science of motivating 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 …

Lessons from volunteer manager’s past

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 …

Making time for time management

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 …

Put meaning in volunteering

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 …

How to Say Thank you With a Pineapple

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 …