David Warshaw is founder and principal of Vistas Volunteer Management Solutions, a consulting firm helping businesses and nonprofits build capacity to improve their communities through strategic volunteering.  He serves on both the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council and the New Jersey State Commission for Volunteerism and Community Service, and is Vice President of the Board of the Bergen County (NJ) Volunteer Center.  Mr. Warshaw is a member of the Hands On Network Leadership Faculty.  He is an adjunct professor in the graduate communication program at Montclair State University and at the Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies at Farleigh Dickinson University.

Mr. Warshaw has been a regular workshop presenter at the US National Conference on Volunteering and Service, and has presented at conferences and workshops around the world.  He previously served on the board of the Points of Light Foundation, where he chaired the National Council on Workplace Volunteering.  Before starting his firm, Mr. Warshaw was a corporate public relations executive at General Electric for 27 years, and a key contributor to the Company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.  For five years he directed GE’s global workplace volunteer effort that enlisted more than 60,000 employee and retiree volunteers in more than 30 countries.  Prior to GE, Mr. Warshaw had a ten-year career in education.

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Companies are from Mars; Nonprofits are from Venus

Companies -- from the Fortune 500 to small local firms -- are investing in programs that support their employees’ community activities, greatly increasing the pool of talented volunteers ready to serve community needs. This should be terrific news for agency directors and volunteer resources managers. Yet many nonprofits find it very difficult to tap into this expanding…