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

Best practices for engaging millennial volunteers

Managing Volunteers

Not all Millennials are hipsters. The millennial (M) generation, 18 to 34-years-old, often get a bad rep from older generations. The more-biased ones scoff that they are a tech-obsessed, scarf wearing, coffee snob group that has lost all sense of character and meaning. Ironically, Millennials contain an intense desire for meaning and dream of being […]

March 11, 2014

Small things matter — an introduction

Managing Volunteers

“Go home Andrew.” That was the joke the VolunteerMark CEO and I had going for several weeks. I met the VolunteerMark team, Andrew Stanley and Venkat Dulipalli, in a shared startup incubator space. They stuck out to me from the rest of our neighbors because they were so incredibly nice. Andrew and I quickly fell […]

February 14, 2014

Top 5 Ways to Show Appreciation for Volunteers

Managing Volunteers

Volunteers donate their time to help nonprofits.  Nonprofits can help volunteers in return by showing their appreciation.  There are tons of ways to do this, but we’ve compiled a list of the top 5. 1.  Tell them “Happy Birthday.”  If they filled out an application to volunteer, you should have their birthday on file.  Give them a […]

September 16, 2013