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Volunteer Matters

Appropriate name for board members

Appropriate name for board members

Dec 1, 2022 / 4:00 am

I've been thinking a lot recently about the different titles used for board members around the world. Here in Canada, for example, we call them directors....

Going beyond a ball cap when it comes to recognizing volunteers' efforts

Going beyond a ball cap when it comes to recognizing volunteers' efforts

Nov 24, 2022 / 4:00 am

I often see posts on social media about what to give as gifts for volunteers. Whether the gifts are for reaching a milestone, to celebrate Volunteer Week, or...

It's smart to invest in volunteers and volunteer programs

It's smart to invest in volunteers and volunteer programs

Nov 17, 2022 / 4:00 am

We haven’t invested in volunteers—and it shows. Volunteer programs are like the foundations of a house. They are put in place and then hidden away,...

Treat people like they want to be treated

Treat people like they want to be treated

Nov 10, 2022 / 4:00 am

Have you heard? There’s a new golden rule. There are many versions of the “golden rule”, from many different religions and tenets, dating back...

How to become a volunteer magnet

How to become a volunteer magnet

Nov 3, 2022 / 4:00 am

The other day, I was asked what’s the best way to attract volunteers. The short answer? Give them what they want. Actually, that’s the long answer,...

Six emerging trends in volunteering

Six emerging trends in volunteering

Oct 27, 2022 / 4:00 am

What are some of the emerging trends in volunteering that may affect you in 2023? Earlier this month, I spent two days at an in-person conference put on by...

Four early warning signs of team conflict

Four early warning signs of team conflict

Oct 20, 2022 / 4:00 am

The best time to stop conflict is before it starts. Have you heard that advice before? It’s much easier said than done. How do you stop something before...

Ways to engage kids as volunteers

Ways to engage kids as volunteers

Oct 13, 2022 / 4:00 am

Do you want to engage kids as volunteers? I remember when my son, Eric, was very small (he’s bigger than me now!), we volunteered at our local petting...

Success at a volunteer fair means more than just showing up

Success at a volunteer fair means more than just showing up

Oct 6, 2022 / 4:00 am

Has your organization ever participated in a volunteer fair? It can be an amazingly effective way of gaining community exposure and meeting potential volunteers...

Planning appreciation events volunteers will show up to

Planning appreciation events volunteers will show up to

Sep 29, 2022 / 4:00 am

Creating popular volunteer appreciation events I hear from a lot of people, when they put on an appreciation event for volunteers, few or no one comes....

'Quiet quitting' in the not-for-profit sector

'Quiet quitting' in the not-for-profit sector

Sep 22, 2022 / 4:00 am

You have likely heard about the trend of “quiet quitting” that seems to be taking over the working world. People are not doing more than what is...

When correcting mistakes, look forward and back

When correcting mistakes, look forward and back

Sep 15, 2022 / 4:00 am

Last week, I posted an excerpt from my book “The ABCs of Leading Volunteers” about providing volunteers with feedback. Charlene Dishaw posted a...

How would a four-day work week affect volunteering?

How would a four-day work week affect volunteering?

Sep 8, 2022 / 4:00 am

I read an article this week about a four-day work week study being done in the UK. It got me thinking about how such a change, if it became standard, would...

Why you need a mentor

Why you need a mentor

Sep 1, 2022 / 4:00 am

I firmly believe that having a mentor is the greatest way to learn. I mentor people and I have two mentors myself. My mentors have mentors. No one knows...

A thorough check-up of your volunteer program is vital

A thorough check-up of your volunteer program is vital

Aug 25, 2022 / 4:00 am

The word “audit” is a dirty word for a lot of people, but really, it just means “to review methodically and in detail”. It’s...

Volunteer shortages are squeezing not-for-profits

Volunteer shortages are squeezing not-for-profits

Aug 18, 2022 / 4:00 am

I saw a very discouraging post on Facebook today. It was written by a leader of volunteers in an organization dealing with staff shortages. He was writing about...

Lists can help you organize your day and get things done

Lists can help you organize your day and get things done

Aug 11, 2022 / 4:00 am

As professionals in the not-for-profit sector, we are often overloaded with work. And yet we often look back at the end of the day and ask ourselves what we...

Supercharge your volunteer training

Supercharge your volunteer training

Aug 4, 2022 / 4:00 am

I hear a lot of grumbling about volunteer training, both from leaders of volunteers and from volunteers themselves. Leaders are concerned volunteers won’t...

Volunteers aren’t free

Volunteers aren’t free

Jul 28, 2022 / 4:00 am

We fund what we value. Your organization says it values its volunteers. But does it? Think carefully. Volunteers are not simply free labour. In fact, volunteers...

Favourite volunteer quotes

Favourite volunteer quotes

Jul 21, 2022 / 4:00 am

I came across a volunteer quote today that I hadn’t heard before: “Without volunteers, we’d be a nation without a soul.” Rosalyn Carter....

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