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4 Ways to Practice Gratitude as a Volunteer Manager

4 Ways to Practice Gratitude as a Volunteer Manager This post was originally published on tobijohnson.com. Have you ever been the lucky beneficiary of expressions of gratitude from clients and friends. Their heartfelt thank you notes really lift spirits during tough weeks. Have you ever stoped to think about the power of gratitude? How might it [...]

By |2019-08-22T10:37:48+00:00March 12th, 2019|Volunteer Appreciation, Volunteer Experience|0 Comments

5 Unappreciated Reasons Why Volunteers Quit

  If you're plagued by volunteer retention issues -- or want to encourage deeper volunteer engagement -- it helps to know what the research says about why volunteers quit. You may think you understand why a volunteer quit, but they usually don’t tell us directly. Giving critical feedback is difficult. Most people won’t come right out [...]

By |2019-04-01T19:07:58+00:00February 24th, 2019|Volunteer Engagement|0 Comments

How to Inspire Better Volunteer Performance Without More Training

No matter how much time or energy you devote to preparing new supporters for service, you can expect to encounter a few volunteer performance issues. It’s only natural for folks to struggle a little as they learn the ropes.   But, when volunteers seem to be stuck or unable to find success, it’s up to [...]

By |2019-02-26T22:04:29+00:00February 19th, 2019|Volunteer Engagement, Volunteer Training|0 Comments

Volunteers – Human Resources or Catalysts?

Last week, during our masterclass on measuring volunteer impact, I asked participants to consider a shift in thinking about volunteer human resources. Defining volunteers as human resources is, of course, a traditional way of looking at things in volunteer administration. And, it’s not without merit. It tends to align with the way we think of [...]

By |2019-03-20T20:16:23+00:00October 17th, 2018|Volunteer Experience|0 Comments

This is How to Write the Perfect Volunteer Thank You Letter

This is How to Write the Perfect Volunteer Thank You Letter Volunteer coordinators are always looking for the perfect way to say thank you to their volunteers. We're on a constant search to adequately express our gratitude, so we turn to thanking volunteers through special gifts, plaques, or recognition dinners. But what if I told [...]

By |2019-09-26T14:13:14+00:00August 21st, 2018|Volunteer Appreciation|0 Comments

45 Unique & Useful Projects for Skilled Volunteers

45 Unique & Useful Projects for Skilled Volunteers "Skilled volunteers” may be a bit of a misnomer. After all, all volunteers have skills. That said, targeted professional services and expertise can have a deep impact on your organization’s ability to meet its mission and strengthen its capacity for future sustainability. Most organizations don’t have the [...]

By |2019-03-28T19:09:13+00:00April 16th, 2018|Volunteer Engagement|0 Comments

How to Set the Stage for Greater Volunteer Leadership

As our organizations and work become increasingly complex, we are called upon to find new ways to inspire volunteer leadership. Volunteer leaders can no doubt take organizations to new levels, but only if they are given the space to do so. Social science research offers some insights into both the individual characteristics that promote successful [...]

By |2019-03-20T20:49:25+00:00February 28th, 2018|Volunteer Engagement, Volunteer Training|0 Comments

5 Ways to Energize & Promote Volunteer Team Productivity

Leading Volunteer Teams for Increased Productivity Whether you’re working with a volunteer-led advisory group, a task force, an event planning committee, or a governing board, when leading volunteer teams of any kind, you want to be set for success. Investing in team capacity building now can help you not only offer opportunities to new leaders [...]

By |2019-03-22T11:40:07+00:00February 20th, 2018|Volunteer Engagement, Volunteer Training|1 Comment