How to recruit paid volunteers

Corporate Social Responsibility

Did that title grab you?? I sure hope it did. Because today, I have a quick guide about something I think could be one of the most revolutionary things to hit volunteering since its invention – get this – more and more businesses are now paying their employees to volunteer with causes that those employees […]

September 19, 2014

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

Keeping your employees engaged

Corporate Social Responsibility

This post is adapted from Catchafire’s blog. Catchafire is an online service that connects professionals to projects that benefit the social good sector. Catchafire matches individuals based on their time availability, skills, and passion to contribute pro bono services to microvolunteering opportunities. Nonprofits rely on two things: donors and volunteers.  But what about the people […]

September 10, 2014

We need to change the quality of our conversations


So I’ve gotten this little morning routine going lately where I start my day by hopping into the blogosphere and checking out all the happenings around such themes as ’non-profits’ ’social entrepreneurship’ and ‘volunteerism’. It has been a great way to get myself plugged in with some pretty awesome convos, but it has also exposed […]

September 8, 2014

An alternative to ice bucketers and slacktivists


On Tuesday, I challenged the idea that ice bucketing could really make a difference in the world. Today, I want to keep that convo going, and explain why I’d take 100 dedicated volunteers over 10,000 slacktivists any day of the week. Once we’ve chatted about that, I want to get practical and shoot you some […]

September 5, 2014

Do ice buckets really make a difference?


Unless you’ve been in a cave these past few weeks, chances are you’ve heard something about the ‘ice bucket challenge’. It goesa little something like this: your friends give you a 24 hour ultimatum = either you donate $100 to the ALS Association or you dump a bucket of cold water all over yourself. The […]

September 2, 2014

Could your non-profit generate revenue?


It’s no secret that these past few years have been rough ones for non and for-profits alike.  The recession pushed businesses to the breaking point – which in turn caused them to reign in charitable giving, forcing many non-profits to close their doors. At the same time, national and local governments responded to shrinking tax […]

August 24, 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