Virtual Volunteer Keys to Successful Engagement and Sustainability

Posted Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

More and more organizations rely on a hybrid workforce – with staff and volunteers working onsite and online. More recently, engaging volunteers virtually has become the norm for many organizations. In fact, virtual volunteers are now more involved in key programming and operational tasks than ever. Let’s identify the keys to successful engagement and sustainability...

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5 Key Steps for Highly Effective Volunteer Program Planning

Posted Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Planning is the key to developing a highly effective volunteer program that is sustainable and impactful. Whether looking to expand your volunteer engagement — or start a new program — there are five steps that can help demystify the volunteer program planning process. In a recent webinar, now available on-demand, nonprofit expert Beth Steinhorn, President...

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7 Principles for Building Volunteer Community and Engagement

Posted Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Volunteer program leaders are universally challenged by the question: “How can we maintain a volunteer community  and engagement when we have such a hybrid workforce?” Juggling staff and volunteers in an office, on-site, or remote is here to stay. Organizations have seen many volunteers on hiatus while others have faced challenges with onboarding new volunteers...

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Tips on Developing Strategies for Skills-Based Volunteers

Posted Monday, November 15th, 2021 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Skills-based volunteering can be a bit of a mystery for volunteer managers, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s dive into some tips on scoping, sourcing, and supporting projects for skills-based volunteers. In a recent webinar, which is now available on-demand, nonprofit expert Beth Steinhorn, President of VQ Volunteer Strategies, gave an overview of best...

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2021 Industry Insights: Nonprofit and Volunteer Perspectives

Posted Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

The nonprofit industry was simultaneously turned on its side and inspired into action over the past year and a half amid the pandemic. Needs shifted, programs restructured, and the importance of sharing new ideas and experiences came clearly into focus. The 2021 Industry Insights report examines the experiences of nonprofits and volunteers over the last...

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Sterling Live: Check-in on the State of Volunteerism

Posted Thursday, June 17th, 2021 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Building communities of trusted and safe volunteers is our mission so that volunteerism can thrive. Sterling Volunteers does that largely through partnerships with great organizations like Points of Light. We deeply value Points of Light’s mission to promote and advance volunteer engagement through an affiliate network of about 250 organizations in major metro areas in...

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4 Key Tips for Highly Effective Volunteer Vetting

Posted Thursday, June 10th, 2021 by Kimberly Chochon, Sterling Volunteers, Mark Hopwood, VolunteerMatters

To reach our goal to provide highly effective vetting and onboarding for nonprofits and their volunteer programs, our valued partnership with VolunteerMatters quickly became a successful collaboration. Since joining forces with VolunteerMatters — a cloud-based volunteer management solution designed to help organizations recruit, train, and manage volunteers on a unified platform — we have launched...

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Best Practices for Engaging Volunteer Leaders

Posted Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Engaging volunteer leaders offers you the opportunity to move from “doing it all” to “getting it done” at your nonprofit organization. In fact, by modeling the change you want to see, you empower volunteers to lead teams, projects and initiatives, and free up paid staff to do the work for which they are uniquely qualified....

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Methods for Tracking and Recognizing Volunteer Impact

Posted Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Volunteers choose opportunities to serve in order to make a difference and help their communities – to have an impact. The crises of the last year haven’t changed that. Still, like so many other areas of volunteer engagement, the events and restrictions related to the pandemic have accelerated changes in how we recognize volunteers for...

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Tips for Retaining Volunteers Amid Uncertainty

Posted Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Much has changed in the twelve months since the pandemic was declared in the United States. Many organizations have ceased or greatly reduced volunteering, others, such as those pertaining to crucial services like food delivery, have seen steady or increased engagement due to a rise in demand. In a recent webinar, which is now available...

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