Posts filed under ‘Engaging Volunteers’

Baby Boomers Giving Back [via AARP]

Have you thought about how you engage Boomers? Are you communicating effectively? Offering volunteer opportunities that allow them to use their skills and experience? They digital users, want to share their ideas and skills and make a difference.

Continue Reading January 20, 2011 at 9:29 am 2 comments

Investment Follows Involvement – How to Engage Donors

A recent report by the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at USC says philanthropic training and immersion encourages donors to give more money and spend more time volunteering. Investment follows involvement. Partners identified two of the SVP activities – serving on the committee that makes collective giving decisions, and volunteering with the organizations they support – as the most beneficial socialization experiences.

Continue Reading September 22, 2010 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

Social Media Free Agents – Crashing into Nonprofit Walls

What’s a free agent? They are volunteers in your network (or maybe outside who found you). Free agents are passionate about your work, issues and want to make a difference.

Continue Reading June 22, 2010 at 9:25 am 2 comments

Network Weaving – Story Telling – Crowdsourcing – Oh My!

We can use social media, storytelling, the media to grow effective networks. These activities work best when we are collaborating and building networks/relationships using old and new tools. I know the control freak attitude still remains at many nonprofits. We can and must engage with our constituencies to be successful in sharing our message, meeting community challenges and making social change.

Continue Reading June 17, 2010 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Trouble with a Board Member?

How we work with challenging Board members makes us better nonprofit managers. Right? Well, maybe, sometimes. The bottomline is we will have challenges with our Boards, it’s how we deal with the challenge that makes us better nonprofit professionals.

Continue Reading June 17, 2010 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

Don’t Meddle – Don’t Manage – Just Govern (and raise money!)

Could and should we put this at the top of our Board job descriptions? On the cover page of our Board handbook?
We are responsible for the Board members we have. Board members micro-manage when we don’t focus their energies and attention where we want them.

Continue Reading June 16, 2010 at 9:26 am Leave a comment

Setting Expections – Talking with Board Members

Managing Board members is a part of our job as development officers. We want to have the right Board members on the bus and we have to agree on expectations. I believe everyone comes to Board service with good intentions, if not good expectations. Sometimes we are not clear about what we want, need or expect. At other times, life and work get in the way of Board members’ good works. Talking with your Board members one on one is the best way to determine next steps.

Continue Reading June 15, 2010 at 9:24 am 4 comments

Empowering Board Members to Show Up – 8 Simple Steps

Seems absent Board members is an ongoing issue for nonprofit organizations. Staff has some responsibility to engage and empower Board members in their work. Here are some suggestions to empower Board members to attend Board meetings.

Continue Reading June 9, 2010 at 9:30 am 6 comments

Give Back Chicago! – November 4

It is a great opportunity for professionals to donate their skills to specific nonprofit projects. If you are working, under-employed or looking for work, Give Back Chicago is a great way to share your expertise and help your community.

Continue Reading October 27, 2009 at 10:16 am 2 comments

Strategic Volunteering-Utilizing Professional Skills for Good!

Let’s think about all these new volunteers who want to give their time while not working AND the professional skills they bring with them. While filling traditional volunteer slots reading to children, talking with seniors, painting schools or stuffing envelopes is needed and rewarding “work”, think about their professional skills and how they can help you move your mission forward.

Continue Reading June 8, 2009 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

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