Service Sector Snapshot: News and Tips for Nonprofits (January 2015)

Posted Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

It’s hard to believe that we are already one month into the new year! If you’re anything like me, you’re still struggling to stop writing 2014 instead of 2015, and that lofty fitness resolution has seen better days. But despite your personal goals, we hope that your goals and resolutions for your nonprofit organization are still on track.

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Working With Vulnerable Populations: A Q&A

Posted Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Rick Braschler, Director of Risk Management at Kanakuk Kamps, recently presented a 2-part webinar in conjunction with Sterling Volunteers. The series, Working with Vulnerable Populations, covered two aspects of vulnerable population abuse prevention:  Identifying potential threats to the vulnerable populations an organization serves and developing a strategy to protect those populations from potential danger. We received a number of follow-up questions that the wider audience could benefit from and Rick is here to help us address a couple of them.

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What are your biggest volunteer program challenges?

Posted Thursday, January 15th, 2015 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Nonprofit groups have historically been faced with many challenges and, more than likely, they always will be. It’s the nature of the game. Regardless of geographical location, or the types of communities or initiatives they serve, nearly all nonprofit and volunteer program challenges tend to fall into the same two buckets: time and money. As you kick off 2015, it’s important that you identify these challenges and think about how to can face and offset them in the coming year.

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Need a higher budget for volunteer screening?

Posted Thursday, January 8th, 2015 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

If you surveyed every person who volunteered time in 2014, or was involved with a nonprofit group, and asked them why they do what they do, the vast majority of them would highlight that they want to make a difference. Individuals want to see social change – or more importantly, be that change. However, following a survey of close to 3,000 nonprofit professionals conducted by Software Advice, in partnership with VolunteerMatch, only 55 % of organizations actually measure their impact.

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