Why You Need a Volunteer Work Plan and How to Create One, an Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 3: Engaging Volunteers for Impact & Success Recap

Posted Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

We recently hosted the third webinar of our three-part series, Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle. In Part 3, Engaging Volunteers for Impact & Success, we discussed how to track the impact of your volunteer program beyond counting the number of volunteers and the hours of service they provide.

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The Key to Recruiting Skilled Volunteers: Defining Their Role in 4 Simple Steps

Posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

If volunteering were an Easter egg hunt, skilled volunteers would be the rare but much appreciated golden eggs of the volunteer candidate pool. Regular volunteer candidates are amazing; they can help in a wide range of positions and are eager to learn new skills. That said, skilled volunteers come equipped with specific types of experience and are excited to immediately put that experience to use!

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3 Easy Ideas to Help Your Nonprofit Leverage Volunteer Generosity

Posted Thursday, June 15th, 2017 by Gilbert Colobanea

Ask a volunteer manager to name the single biggest concern they have about running their nonprofit’s volunteer program. More likely than not, they will name their budget. Too often, volunteer managers are tasked with running their volunteer program on a shoestring. Of course, they try to do everything they can to keep costs down while still doing incredible work for their local community, but there’s one cost-saving opportunity they might be forgetting: volunteer background screening costs.

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Learning from Others’ Mistakes: Keeping Vulnerable Populations Safe from Would-be Predators

Posted Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Most nonprofit organizations try to take every possible precaution to keep volunteers and the groups they serve safe. When it comes to vulnerable populations like children, you can never be too cautious with your policies and procedures as they relate to the vetting of volunteer candidates who work alongside these groups. Though you would assume organizations working with any type of vulnerable population would maintain airtight screening and onboarding regulations, not all do…and persons with harmful intentions sometimes gain access to these groups.

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Fun in the Sun: 3 Summertime Treats to Show Volunteer Appreciation

Posted Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Summertime is almost here and along with the gorgeous weather, vacations at the beach, and the meaningful work your organization does for your community, comes lots of fantastic opportunities to show your group of volunteers some sunny volunteer appreciation.

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Case Study: Girl Scouts of Maine

Posted Thursday, May 25th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Despite the universal nature of Girl Scout troops, Girl Scouts of Maine faced a range of challenges when recruiting the 4,000 volunteers they depend on to lead troops and provide support. Most working parents simply don’t believe they have the time to volunteer. A volunteer screening and onboarding process that was painfully slow often served to discourage potential volunteers.

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3 Steps to Finding the Perfect Volunteer – an Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 2: Recruiting & Onboarding Recap

Posted Thursday, May 18th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

We recently hosted the second webinar of our three-part series, Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle. In Part 2, Recruiting & Onboarding, we discussed recruiting strategies to help you find the best volunteer candidates in your local community. We also talked about onboarding – how can you create an efficient and (somewhat) effortless onboarding process?

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Best Practices in Volunteer Recruitment

Posted Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

A nonprofit’s operation often depends on the enthusiastic work of its volunteers. Whether the volunteers provide childcare, help with taxes, or sort in-kind donations, they are an integral part of many organizations.

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10 Common Policy Gaps for Nonprofits Working with Vulnerable Populations

Posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

Volunteer Managers, with all the hats you wear as part of your job, it can be tempting (and understandably so!) to put off revamping the policies and practices that keep you, your organization and volunteers safe and working as efficiently as possible. But make sure you don’t give into that temptation. After all, problem areas exist in most nonprofits’ policies and practices, especially those working with vulnerable populations, so there is likely room for improvement in yours.

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3 Top Tips for Creating Engaging Position Descriptions – an Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 1: Developing Position Descriptions Webinar Recap

Posted Thursday, April 27th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff

We recently hosted the first webinar of our three-part series, Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle. In Part 1, Developing Position Descriptions, we discussed how an engaging and informative position description ensures a volunteer role is strategic, attractive, and appropriate for a volunteer. Beth Steinhorn, President of JFFixler Group, utilized various tools and a case study to illustrate how developing a strong position description can lead to success for you, your volunteers, and your nonprofit.

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