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Leaders of Volunteers: Who Else Could Do That?

on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 20:35

International Volunteer Managers Day 2012 (IVMDay) is November 5th – will you celebrate with us?  This year’s theme is "Leaders of Volunteers: Who Else Could Do That?"

They Ought to Be in Pictures! Photographs of Volunteers

on Wed, 08/01/2012 - 16:57

Digital photography, social media sites, and smartphone technology have made the posting and exchange of all sorts of candid snapshots an everyday activity for many. Are you taking and using photographs of volunteers effectively? Between now and August 24th, VolunteerMatch is running its #WhyIVolunteer Photo Contest. Use the contest to spark interest in taking volunteering pictures -- and be sure to ask all volunteers to send YOU their contest entries, too.

Let’s Be Honest about Nonprofit Boards of Directors (or, Lessons to Be Learned from Penn State)

on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 21:11

Nonprofits are governed by boards of directors comprised mainly of volunteers and, as the Penn State scandal proves, they are not always effective. Why are volunteer resource managers so rarely asked to help in recruiting, training, recognizing, or otherwise helping the board to function?

A Honeymoon Helping Others

on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 20:59

It's summer in the northern hemisphere and for many that means weddings and vacations. Journeys for Good, a site devoted to volunteer vacationing, or voluntourism, just shared the experiences of Jane and Travis, newlyweds who decided to spend their honeymoon helping out on a wildlife reserve in Brazil.

Current Research Provides Managers of Volunteers with New Recruitment Slant

on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 20:01

“Volunteer with us and you’ll have MORE time on your hands!”  “Give us 30 minutes and get an hour in return.” Leaders of volunteers and volunteer programs may start using these types of lines to recruit new volunteers after they read the Association for Psychological Science’s July 12, 2012 press release entitled “Giving Time Can Give You Time.”  A new research study  may prove that people who spend their limited time on others -- even when they feel what the researchers call a sense of "time famine"  -- may actually increase their sense of “time affluence.”

Millennials to Volunteer Managers: "Don’t stick us at the kiddie table!"

on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 15:43

Leaders of volunteers and volunteer programs should download "The Millennial Impact Report 2012" which holds troves of information straight from the horses’ mouths. Wondering how to engage more young adults, ages 20-35? Here’s your chance to see what these young adults want in volunteer opportunities and why. If you’re not wondering, you should be. As the report notes, “…a big part of the nonprofit sector’s future relies on its ability to respond to these young people’s charitable inclinations….”

Moments of Professional Rejuvenation from VolunteerSpot’s Summer of Service Blog Series

on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 18:11

If you're a volunteer leader, or someone who cares about making a difference in your community and world, you won't want to miss VolunteerSpot’s Summer of Service Blog Series 2012! Mark Tuesday’s on your calendar for a 20-minute respite from the day-to-day and learn a little.

July Hot Topic: Is Volunteering the Emperor’s New Clothes?

on Mon, 07/02/2012 - 15:37

It seems that many corporations and national organizations want to “wear” volunteerism…for only a moment. Vague new initiatives launch with glitz, but ultimately have very little impact on any of the important community work that needs to be done. Why is volunteerism up for sale and up for grabs? Shouldn’t high-profile volunteer promotions be held accountable by someone?

Still Time to Join the Free Webinar Broadcast on "It takes a Whole Organisation"

on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:02

Join us from anywhere in the world for a live webinar on Wednesday, July 4th out of Warrington, England. It's all sponsored by Warrington Voluntary Action, one of the most forward-thinking volunteer centers anywhere.

New “Roadmap” for Partnering with Highly Skilled Volunteers

on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 20:11

Many of our colleagues in volunteer management are using various online forums to recap their experiences at the just-ended 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. One of our conference “takeaways” was learning about a new online tool for organizations to prepare themselves to involve highly skilled volunteers more effectively.

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