5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Criminal Records

Posted Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Imagine this: You interview a potential volunteer. They are excited, they care about your cause, and they seem like they are the perfect fit for a position with your organization.  Then – through their own admission or through a volunteer background check – it is revealed that they had a run-in with the law at some point in the past. In every other way, the volunteer candidate shines. You might be tempted to ignore the information and bring the volunteer onboard anyway. Here are a few reasons you should carefully consider your options before you make that decision.

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Case Study: A Friend 4U

Posted Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

As a relatively new nonprofit powered entirely by dedicated volunteers and private donations, A Friend 4U was handling all of its volunteer applications, screening and national databases via paper format followed by manual data entry. Not only did this method prove time consuming but also screening accuracy was limited without the inclusion of county records in these background checks.

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3 Problem Volunteers – and How to Deal with Them

Posted Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Last week, Beth Steinhorn, President of JFFixler Group, presented the third and final webinar in the Lifecycle of a Volunteer webinar series presented by Sterling Volunteers. In the previous sessions, Beth discussed and offered tips and best practices on interviewing volunteers and training and retaining volunteers. But, sometimes volunteers just don’t work out. In this session, When It’s Just Not Working Out, Beth offers her expertise on how to deal with these uncomfortable situations. I am sure many of you readers have come across a “problem” volunteer at one point or another. I thought it would be helpful to discuss three common types of problem volunteers and relay some of Beth’s tips for handling them.

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The Value of Your Volunteers

Posted Thursday, August 4th, 2016 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

We all know that volunteer service makes our organizations tick! Small and large nonprofits alike feel the influence of volunteers on organizational success every single day. How are you tackling the challenge of translating those daily impressions to a quantifiable impact statement? Funders and organization leadership need this from you – and your volunteer team will benefit from understanding the value of their work. Here are some tips and tricks to make telling your impact story easy!

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