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Six common volunteer leadership pitfalls

Six common volunteer leadership pitfalls

May 16, 2024 / 4:00 am

Leaders play a crucial role in ensuring volunteers are engaged, motivated, and empowered to make a difference. As someone deeply involved in the social impact...

How once mighty volunteer programs fall

How once mighty volunteer programs fall

May 9, 2024 / 4:00 am

I read a book recently by Good to Great author Jim Collins. It is titled How the Mighty Fall. I highly recommend it. It talks about how some long-standing and...

Five free volunteer recruitment tactics

Five free volunteer recruitment tactics

May 2, 2024 / 4:00 am

For years, social media has been one of the go-to volunteer recruitment tactics for organizations. But it's not as effective as it once was. On April 21, I...

Explaining the difference they can make will attract volunteers

Explaining the difference they can make will attract volunteers

Apr 25, 2024 / 4:00 am

In the recruitment and satisfaction of volunteers, mission matters more than anything else. After the death of Mother Teresa in 1997, I watched a documentary...

Get in the habit of learning if you want to be a better leader

Get in the habit of learning if you want to be a better leader

Apr 18, 2024 / 4:00 am

Do you have the learning habit? If a leader wants a better volunteer program, first the program needs a better leader. Becoming a better leader of volunteers...

Volunteering and its impact on mental health

Volunteering and its impact on mental health

Apr 11, 2024 / 4:00 am

In our world, mental health is gaining recognition as a significant global concern. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) way back in 2017 stated...

Maximize your impact in volunteer programs

Maximize your impact in volunteer programs

Apr 4, 2024 / 4:00 am

Most leaders of volunteers have a great deal to do with very little time. The key to making this work is to maximize your impact with the actions you take. A...

Tips for successful 'onboarding' of new volunteers

Tips for successful 'onboarding' of new volunteers

Mar 28, 2024 / 4:00 am

Perhaps no step in the process of the volunteer lifecycle is as undervalued as “onboarding” new volunteers. We often put a great deal of time and...

Picking the best way to use volunteers

Picking the best way to use volunteers

Mar 21, 2024 / 4:00 am

One of my previous careers was as a benchwork joiner. That means I have been trained to build custom furniture. During my training, an instructor gave us a...

Signs of, and solutions for, ineffective volunteer training

Signs of, and solutions for, ineffective volunteer training

Mar 14, 2024 / 4:00 am

Having ineffective volunteer training can decrease your retention rates and increase errors. Good training is a crucial aspect of ensuring the success of...

One-on-time time with volunteers can help the volunteer and organization

One-on-time time with volunteers can help the volunteer and organization

Mar 7, 2024 / 4:00 am

How much time do you spend with volunteers “unplugged”? One of the most common questions in the various online groups and forums I belong to is,...

10 inexpensive ways of celebrating volunteer birthdays

10 inexpensive ways of celebrating volunteer birthdays

Feb 29, 2024 / 4:00 am

Leaders of volunteers often struggle to find ways of inexpensively celebrating volunteer birthdays or anniversaries. Here are 10 of my favourite ideas. As a...

Flip the narrative around volunteerism

Flip the narrative around volunteerism

Feb 22, 2024 / 4:00 am

I stumbled upon an insightful blog post recently that delved into the concept of "missing words."...

Find a community of volunteer professionals

Find a community of volunteer professionals

Feb 15, 2024 / 4:00 am

One of the hardest things about being a leader of volunteers is you are often the only one in an organization. It can feel very isolating and you may start...

Adaptability of water is a good example for leaders

Adaptability of water is a good example for leaders

Feb 8, 2024 / 4:00 am

We are leaders of volunteers. But what does that really mean? I’ve been doing a lot of research into leadership lately. One thing I’ve discovered is...

Recruiting volunteers with open houses

Recruiting volunteers with open houses

Feb 1, 2024 / 4:00 am

I’ve been asked by clients, “Should I attend a community-wide volunteer fair or host our own open house recruiting drive?” The answer, of...

Fighting polarization with volunteerism

Fighting polarization with volunteerism

Jan 25, 2024 / 4:00 am

Our world is becoming more polarized every year—one political ideology against another, one race or culture against another, one socio-economic status...

It's time recognize the value of volunteers in a tangible way

It's time recognize the value of volunteers in a tangible way

Jan 18, 2024 / 4:00 am

Warning: This article is a pure and utter rant. Normally I try to provide at least a little bit of advice or help to leaders of volunteers, but today I just...

How to keep event-based volunteers coming back

How to keep event-based volunteers coming back

Jan 11, 2024 / 4:00 am

There are many organizations that hold annual or semi-annual events requiring a lot of volunteers, but who don’t need them the rest of the year. Often,...

Even when things are working, fix them anyway

Even when things are working, fix them anyway

Jan 4, 2024 / 4:00 am

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a terrible piece of advice. It’s advice I have tried to eradicate for years. Progress and...

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