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

Posted Thursday, March 26th, 2015 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

It’s been a busy March. As we round the corner on Q1, it’s a great time to reflect and refocus on our goals and initiatives for the second quarter. In this month’s edition, we’ll share some tips on how to effectively use volunteer agreements as part of your volunteer program and tackle the nonprofit employee turnover issue. Then we’ll jump into some financial tips to implement within your organization.

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3 Steps to Take to Keep Episodic Volunteers Coming Back

Posted Thursday, March 19th, 2015 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Last week we discussed volunteer recruitment and retention – and both how and why it is so difficult these days. When we landed on the topic of retention, we called out one particular “deadly sin” that many organizations commit: most organizations desire long-term volunteers and they try to focus their recruitment efforts on those individuals versus those looking to contribute to short term projects.

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How do I recruit and retain volunteers?

Posted Thursday, March 12th, 2015 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

If you find yourself asking this question regularly, you are not alone! Now, more than ever, communities rely heavily on a variety of nonprofit services for support and, in turn, the organizations that provide these services rely heavily on volunteer labor and donations. We touched briefly on the upcoming changes to nonprofit funding last week; these will help alleviate some of the financial struggles faced by nonprofits, but the reality remains that the need for services is too great for the number of volunteers out there.  Volunteer support is an ongoing struggle for many organizations – both on the recruitment and retention fronts.

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Partner Spotlight: Volunteer Knoxville

Posted Thursday, March 5th, 2015 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

I am delighted to be back to announce another newly formed partnership. It felt like last year I couldn’t say enough about all the new partnerships we were launching – with such admirable national organizations as Meals On Wheels and Catholic Charities USA and various volunteer centers that serve as the drivers of volunteerism in their communities like Hands On Nashville and Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL). Today, we’re happy to welcome our next addition into the Sterling Volunteers family: Volunteer Knoxville.

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