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5 Ways to Engage Volunteers Through Membership Programs

Volunteers and membership programs go hand in hand.

Think about it: membership programs are made up of dedicated constituents looking to make a difference in their communities through continued work alongside their favorite nonprofit organizations. Sound like another group of individuals we know and love?

Since these groups pair together so naturally, we thought we’d examine a few ways you can bolster volunteer engagement through your nonprofit membership program.


I Was Framed!  What Leaders Must Know About Recognition

Yeah, I was framed. Not in the figurative sense, like somebody set me up. No, I was framed. Literally.


Four Ways to Make Your Organization Stand Out to Millennials

Image from World Bank Photo Collection (flickr)

There’s no shortage of names for them: millennials, Generation Y, echo boomers. No matter what you choose to call them, it’s a well-known fact that they’re highly sought after by organizations who want them to care about their cause.


Bridging the Gap Between Volunteer Engagement and Retention

Take a moment to think of all the ways you can engage your volunteers. There are many ways to reach your supporters but retaining them may be more of a challenge. Your organization spends countless hours training and recruiting volunteers. You put a lot of effort into every volunteer who participates with your organization. Wouldn’t it be nice to retain every volunteer you recruit?


Get Creative to Increase Volunteer Retention


Doesn’t every nonprofit want to retain their volunteers?
Organizations work hard to recruit and engage their volunteers. They spend countless hours and dollars encouraging volunteers to give their time. Training and educating new volunteers takes time and energy. By retaining current volunteers, your nonprofit frees up time to focus more on your cause. How about using your creativity to retain volunteers?


Is Pro Bono Service More Accessible for Your Nonprofit Than You Think?

An IT guru, a brilliant graphic designer, and an HR sage walk into an executive director’s office in a downtown nonprofit, and the IT guru says, “You asked for support from experienced business professionals like us, at no financial cost to you?”

While this could be the start of a bad joke, it’s not a joke at all. It’s pro bono—short for pro bono publico, meaning “for the public good.” Pro bono service is the donation of professional services to social change organizations. And, right now it’s Pro Bono Week, which celebrates and activates pro bono service around the world. So October 23-29 is the perfect time to consider what pro bono service can do to help you move your mission forward.


Volunteering vs. Serving on a Board vs. Donating – What Nonprofit Role is Best for You?

As New York’s leading personalized nonprofit board matching service, BoardAssist is approached daily by New Yorkers who want to make a difference in the nonprofit world but don’t know how to get started. For many, the decision has been made to give back, but they aren’t sure if they want to do so by joining a board, or just volunteering, or simply being a generous donor. For others, they want to join a board but are unclear on what the difference is between a full governing board seat, an advisory board role or a junior board position.

We hope this week’s post explaining the many different ways folks can serve the nonprofit community will help you on your journey. Thanks for considering any of these roles – the nonprofit community needs you!


When It Comes to Fundraising, Volunteers Get It Right ... and Sometimes Wrong

Not all volunteers are alike, of course, but many share misconceptions when it comes to fundraising. I could point to several dozen as I do in my book, The Busy Volunteer’s Guide to Fundraising. But here, I’ll focus on three that rear their heads time and again in my training sessions with boards and committees across America. 


The Top Three Things Volunteers Need to Know about Fundraising

In my new book, The Busy Volunteer’s Guide to Fundraising, I discuss a range of truths that must be understood and taken to heart by the dedicated volunteers who help us raise money for our worthy causes. Here I’ll single out just three of the many truths. 


Four Volunteer Predictions for 2014

Technology and demographic shifts are changing how nonprofits engage volunteers. If you're not ahead of the curve, then you may be missing out on golden opportunities to expand your volunteer network.