Volunteer Resource Management

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Way back in 1981, the Clash put it so well:                 If you say that you are mine                 I’ll be here til the end of time                 So you got to let me know                 Should I stay or should I go Fundraising is a career in which people ca change jobs frequently; and, usually, it is not…

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Tips on Volunteer Leadership Succession for Nonprofits

Leadership succession planning in nonprofit organizations is a critical and high stakes endeavor. Too often nonprofit organizations struggle to fill vacant top leadership positions. The consequences of poor succession planning can be devastating. Every organization has a unique culture and history. When there is a lack of succession planning, organizations find it difficult to fill…

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Are We Asking Too Much? Charging Volunteers for Training

In today’s economy, our budgets are shrinking and our need for volunteers is growing. We all know that volunteers are not “free labor.”  It costs money to have a successful program that implements our professional best practices. According to the "The Cost of a Volunteer” by the Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service, “21…

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Volunteer Management in the Online Age

In a recent conversation on volunteer management with colleagues, I was surprised to discover that a few of them had been experiencing some negative support from their management teams regarding their activities online. “Activities online?” I wondered aloud. What kind of activities are you naughty volunteer managers getting up to? All joking aside, it is…

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Volunteer Discipline: It All Starts With You

Do the thoughts of talking to a volunteer about a performance issue sometimes make you cringe? Do you put it off as long as possible? Chances are, you are not alone! Many of us may perish the thought of having to correct one of our favorite (or maybe not-so-favorite) volunteers. I would venture to say…

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