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volunteer emotions

How to Tap into Volunteer Emotions

We all work hard to find, engage, motivate, and retain volunteers and there are hundreds of ways to do this. But, what ultimately makes a volunteer choose your organization? Their emotional brain and its effect on the volunteer emotions. The primitive and emotional brain is what triggers empathy and develops a person’s willingness to help. […]

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volunteer appreciation

Two Big Reasons for Volunteer Appreciation (not what you think)

National Volunteer Week is just around the corner (April 23-28 in the US and Canada), a wonderful time to focus on board member and volunteer appreciation. Unfortunately, executive leaders sometimes don’t readily see the value of investing resources (time + money) into anything beyond trinkets that have little meaning. There are two main reasons to show gratitude to our […]

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The Sad Truth About Pro Bono Volunteers

In his book Cognitive Surplus, internet expert Clay Shirkey shares an inspired view of the digital age, where our online connections make it even easier to pool energy and talent for the greater good.  This could include pro bono volunteers. But, has this dream come to fruition? Have connections been made between professionals with specialized […]

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How to Write an Awesomely Inspirational Volunteer Position Description

A volunteer position description probably isn’t the highlight of your volunteer induction process. Let’s face it. They tend to be a bit boring and dry, full of bureaucratic language and “thou shalt’s.” Nothing better to inspire your new recruit! That said, they are an important communications and accountability tool. They map out clear expectations and […]

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Questions to ask before you write your volunteer program grant?

Tobi recently did a webinar about budgeting for volunteer program leaders and she raised some great questions to ask as you consider writing a grant for your program. The list of questions for your volunteer program grant was so good, I am sharing it here: Can you meet the grantor’s requirements (e.g. matching funds, tracking […]

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Graphic Design Made Easy

Struggling to create professional volunteer program materials?

Here’s a great new tool! I will be the first to admit that I am not a graphic designer. Having worn many hats in my career working with volunteer programs, I am often tasked to create printed or digital content that requires some graphic elements to make it look appealing and professional.  Whether it’s for […]

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Volunteer Leaders Show Appreciation Naturally

Good job and thank you!  These are the words that I ask my students to say every day in my management classes as an exercise to stress the importance of being grateful for your team.  We talk a lot about how some managers really struggle with saying these words and how quite often they really […]

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Volunteer Leadership and Self Reflection

With the national transition of power looming before us, I cannot help but think about leadership concepts and my own self-reflection about how I work to inspire others to action.  Perhaps you are reflecting on your volunteer leadership skills too. Here is a volunteer leadership competency model that can help you develop a framework for […]

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