Events & Webinars

Region: United States

When: Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 2:00pm ET | 11:00am PT

The prospect of engaging a pro bono team of volunteers to address a specific project at your organization can be both appealing and daunting. Through case studies and tips, we will demystify the process by sharing steps to guide you through scoping a project, sourcing a volunteer team to complete the project, and establishing a culture of support and accountability. Through your success, you will then be able to inspire others to engage skilled volunteers in project-based work across the organization.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 2:00pm ET | 11:00am PT

Presenting Sterling Volunteers' 2021 Industry Insights: Nonprofit and Volunteer Perspectives report, in partnership with VolunteerMatch. This webinar explores the experiences of nonprofits and volunteers over the last year, specifically around volunteer engagement, background screening, and the future of volunteerism.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 2:00pm ET | 11:00am PT

If you want to move from "doing it all" to getting it done," engaging volunteer leaders is your path to success. When we engage volunteers to lead teams, projects, and initiatives, we model the change we want to see and free up paid staff to do the work for which they are uniquely qualified.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 2:00pm ET | 11:00am PT

Volunteer engagement practices are changing. Traditional methods of tracking volunteer impact and recognizing volunteers are not as relevant with so many volunteers serving remotely, yet measuring impact and showing appreciation are more important than ever.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, March 11, 2021 11:00am PT | 2:00pm ET

Though volunteer rates are rising, individuals are less likely to make long term commitments, especially in a world of uncertainties. Yet, certain best practices can help transform episodic volunteers into repeat volunteers so that you not only deliver valued services but also connect participants to future opportunities for impactful volunteering.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, February 11, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PT

Volunteerism is continuously changing - and certainly the last year brought more change than usual. Not only do social, economic, and generational trends affect how individuals volunteer, but now the pandemic has transformed how organizations can attract, engage, and retain qualified volunteers.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:00pm ET

Facing change has been a challenging reality in 2020 – that’s why keeping volunteer engagement at the forefront can advance your organization through these challenges.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, June 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:00pm PDT

Given recent circumstances that limit our ability to gather in groups, there's no better time than now to pilot or expand your organization's virtual training opportunities.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

At this challenging time, you can still engage volunteers while keeping them, your staff, and the community safe – and, by establishing systems now for virtual engagement, you’ll build your capacity to engage volunteers for years to come. Receive a virtual volunteer checklist to help asses roles and tools to support accountability.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, Apr 9, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

The recent outbreak of Coronavirus and the associated response has changed our way of life... including how we think about and engage volunteers. The pandemic requires all of us to put protections in place for volunteers, staff, and clients, while also finding innovative ways to maintain some services or endure while suspending other services.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

This session will explore trends and emerging tools designed to demonstrate quantitative and, more importantly, qualitative results that position volunteer engagement as a valuable and effective resource within your organization. Learn some of the latest metrics to track volunteer impact and gain tools to make the case for volunteer engagement as a vital resource.

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Region: United States

When: Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Sterling Volunteers and VolunteerMatch have partnered for the second consecutive year to give you insight into the world of volunteering and nonprofit organizations. During this webinar you'll discover how the perspectives of volunteers and organizations align on a wide range of important industry related topics.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

Many individuals start volunteering to make a difference, and they stay when they feel a part of the team. How can we transform your volunteer corps into a community? Join this webinar to discover the benefits of nurturing community among volunteers and gain strategies to get beyond the traditional potlucks. We will explore how to structure volunteer roles, leverage social media, and train volunteer leaders to promote social interaction among volunteers to build unity.

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Region: United States

When: Thursday, May 2nd @ 2 pm EST | 11 am PST

Presenter: Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies

How do you parlay service days into longer-term commitments? Learn how to design days of service so that you not only deliver valued assistance but also connect participants to future opportunities for impactful volunteering.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to leverage service days for deeper engagement
  • Efficient ways to orient volunteers and set them up for success
  • The importance of linking one-day service events to future volunteer opportunities
  • Ways to follow up with potential volunteers
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Region: United States

Thursday, April 4th, 2019 @ 2 pm EST | 11 am PST

Presenter: Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies

Generational differences affect everything from recruitment to how we support volunteers and acknowledge their contributions. Discover how you can create and maintain a diverse volunteer group that leverages the skills and talents of Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and beyond.

What you’ll learn:

  • How generational experiences affect volunteer motivations and expectations
  • How successful organizations have leveraged the unique characteristics of each generation to successfully engage them as volunteers
  • Perspective on how to be an effective “GenMix” manager
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Region: United States

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 @ 2 pm EST | 11 am PST

Presenter: Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies

Organizations that effectively train both volunteers and the staff who engage and support them are more adaptable, sustainable, and impactful. Training increases job satisfaction and effectiveness, while also reducing turnover thereby enhancing retention.

What you’ll learn:

  • The value of training both staff and volunteers for effective engagement.
  • What comprises effective volunteer training and onboarding.
  • How to determine staff training needs.
  • How to position yourself as a coach or internal consultant on engagement.
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Region: United States

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 @ 2 pm EST | 11 am PST

Presenter: Katie Zwetzig, Sterling Volunteers & Greg Baldwin, VolunteerMatch

We surveyed over 7,000 volunteers to ask who they are, why they volunteer, what they think about background checks, and more.

Here are a few key takeaways:

  • Most volunteers give 2-5 hours of their time, just a few times per year and are more likely to donate to organizations where they volunteer
  • 90% of volunteers prefer to communicate with organizations online (like you’d expect), but it’s important to understand what content they’re looking for and when to try an offline approach.
  • Volunteers understand the value of screening the volunteer pool and are interested in a portable background check that they own.
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Region: United States

Thursday, November 8, 2018 @ 2 pm EST | 11 am PST

Presenter: Ben Bisbee, Founder & Principal, Rhinocorn Consulting

Managing volunteers is not just an essential need at any nonprofit, it’s also a highly complex one for any nonprofit. So, picking the perfect integrated volunteer management and tracking system to connect the dots between your volunteers, your organizational needs and your organizational goals is a wise consideration for any modern nonprofit to take seriously.

In this webinar we’ll take a thoughtful approach to preparing yourself and preparing a potential vendor to supply you with the perfect system... for your nonprofit.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • The 10 questions to ask your nonprofit before seeking a system
  • The 10 questions to ask a VMS vendor when vetting a system
  • The top features volunteers expect and you need when choosing a system for success

Region: United States

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 @ 2 pm ET | 11 am PT

Presenter: Terry Axelrod, Benevon

Over 90% of people who volunteer for a charitable organization also donate money to causes they care about. And where else would people rather give than to the organizations with which they feel the most connected? Once you shift your thinking to seeing volunteers not just as givers of time, but as potential donors, and seeing every volunteer experience as a potential cultivation contact, your volunteer program will take on a whole new purpose—donor engagement.

In this webinar, well known professional fundraiser and social worker Terry Axelrod joins us to teach you how to:

  • Deeply engage volunteers in your mission
  • Show volunteers the impact of their work
  • Convert volunteers into donors

Region: United States

Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 2 pm ET | 11 am PT

Presenter: Pamela Devata-Labor and Employment Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Most organizations running volunteer programs know they need to screen their volunteers -- at the very least those volunteers who are working with vulnerable populations or who have access to sensitive information. Some, though, don't see background screening as a great need. Think of folks helping along the sidelines of a race. Or those ladling soup at a food bank. But what's the danger of not running background checks on these individuals? What steps do you need to take to ensure you are not on the hook for a lawsuit and, more importantly, that you are protecting your people and your reputation?

Join this webinar to:

  • Learn best practices for screening volunteers
  • Get real-life examples of risks of liability when volunteers are not properly vetted
  • Understand what an organization might expect going forward after a negative experience, and how they can recover
  • Learn how background checks can minimize your risk and maximize the safety in your workplace

Thursday, May 10 @ 2 pm ET | 11 am PT

Presenters:

Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies

Organizations that have a culture of open communication between staff and volunteers can benefit from greater engagement and impact. In this webinar, you will learn easy to follow steps to help you prepare for and then provide volunteer feedback in productive ways that focus on behaviors, not personalities.

In this webinar, we will explore how to make the most of National Volunteer Week and how to strategically plan your organization’s recognition efforts in affordable and effective ways.

Attend this webinar to:

  • Learn three easy steps to delivering feedback
  • Understand how you can benefit from not only giving feedback, but receiving feedback from volunteers
  • Gain appreciation for how appropriate volunteer background screening prior to onboarding can help decrease the number of volunteers who "just don't work out"
  • Get tools to navigate sticky volunteer situations

Thursday, April 12, 2018
2PM ET
Presented by Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies

While many accept and support the need for volunteers to help deliver programs, not all leaders, funders, and partners recognize the benefits of truly embracing volunteer engagement as a strategy throughout the entire organization. Through this webinar, you will be introduced to research and tools to help make that case for strategic engagement.

Listen to this webinar to:

  • Become familiar with research on how volunteer engagement strengthens organizations
  • Learn how to build a case to leaders to support and invest in volunteer engagement, including budgeting for recruiting, screening, training, and supporting volunteers
  • Gain tips and tools to help you present your case to leadership and potential funders, including how to prepare to respond to objections

3/08/2018 2:00:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies

Research shows that there is a disconnect between what volunteers are seeking in terms of recognition and what organizations actually are providing. With National Volunteer Week right around the corner (April 15-22, 2018), it’s a great time to rethink recognition and consider how your organization can align recognition efforts more closely with what actually motivates volunteers.

In this webinar, we will explore how to make the most of National Volunteer Week and how to strategically plan your organization’s recognition efforts in affordable and effective ways.

Attend this webinar to:

  • Become familiar with the latest research on volunteer recognition and how proper screening fits into this big picture
  • Gain tools to assess your organization’s culture of appreciation
  • Understand how to tailor recognition to different volunteer motivational styles
  • Learn to plan strategically for volunteer recognition

1/25/2018 2:00:00 PM

Presenters:

Toby Chalberg, Chief Digital Officer, Points of Light
Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director, Sterling Volunteers

We recently surveyed more than 900 volunteer managers, executive directors, and other volunteer program professionals across the U.S., asking questions about their volunteers, volunteer background screening practices, and expectations for 2018.

In this webinar, our volunteer screening experts share results and insights from the research. You’ll hear:

  • The current state of volunteering in the United States, and how the 2018 research results compare to 2017
  • How your organization‘s volunteer program compares to others and where potential gaps may exist in your volunteer screening program
  • What actions you should take when you find criminal history on a volunteer
  • How to motivate your volunteers to contribute to the cost of their background check
  • Best practices to improve your volunteer screening program
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