Volunteering–Beyond the bottom line

When you’re building a relationship with a business who will potentially sponsor and otherwise help fund your operations, it’s a well-known fact that involving their employees as volunteers will create a much stronger, lasting bond between your two organizations. Nonprofit professionals who study and pursue best practices in the process of recruiting, training, retaining, and […]

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Best practices for mentoring programs

Programs that match one person with another for the purpose of coaching, learning, listening and guidance are a wonderful tool to implement many nonprofit missions. Mentoring projects can be found in the private and public sectors, of course, although not with the frequency, duration, or success as nonprofits have demonstrated. For all our experience in […]

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When people say yes . . . too often

When you approach a prospective board member who fits your organization’s needs perfectly, it’s great when he or she says yes to consider serving. It’s a thrill when a donor says yes to making a gift or bequest. It’s wonderful to know that a foundation or other funder has said yes to your proposal. But […]

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Defining volunteer value

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 64.3 million Americans, or 26.8 percent of the adult population, gave 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service worth $171 billion in 2011. Even taking in account that there’s a lag time in how these numbers are collected at the state level and then compiled nationally, […]

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