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Fostering an Investment Mindset in Our Volunteer Programs

In his recent Ted Talk, “The way we think about charity is dead wrong,” author and fundraiser Dan Pallotta raises some serious questions about our current mindset in the social sector. He argues that a discriminatory belief system about nonprofits stunts our growth and capacity. This also impact how we think about and resource our volunteer programs.

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Beyond Plaques & Pins: Volunteer Reward & Recognition from a New Perspective

Naturally, leaders of volunteers want to express their gratitude for the contributions of their volunteers and want to encourage them to continue their efforts. As I work on a volunteer recognition and retention plan for one of my consulting clients, I’ve taken a step back to reconsider — What really motivates us? How can that be integrated into how we reward and recognize volunteers?

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Volunteer Screening Interviews:Not Just Risk Management

Many people think of volunteer screening interview as an exercise in risk management. That’s only partially true. Interviews can also be an opportunity to more deeply understand the motivations of your applicant, which can help you with volunteer retention down the road.

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Keep Volunteers Coming Back

All volunteers need some sort of training.  In fact, training has a big impact on whether volunteers stay or go.  According to “Volunteer Management Practices and Retention of Volunteers,” a study by the […]

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