Five ways email marketing can result in more volunteers

Volunteering as a concept is truly an amazing feat if you think about it. How much free time do you have during the week? If you’re like so many hardworking, driven nonprofit professionals, the answer is likely not very much....

The Small Nonprofit Podcast: Managing volunteers in small organizations with Camara Chambers

Volunteers! We can't live (or operate) without them. Volunteers have a huge influence on our sector, with over two BILLION hours contributed in Canada in 2017. For small organizations in particular, volunteers are mission critical. But that doesn't mean managing...

The value of volunteering

Interested in learning more on this topic? We've partnered with Volunteer Canada for a free webinar exploring the value of volunteering in more detail. Join us on October 18! Is it important to demonstrate the value and impact of volunteering?...

How to engage volunteers with vision loss

I recently attended a session of volunteer managers from various nonprofit organizations, when the question of engaging volunteers who are blind or partially sighted came up. I was excited to talk about all the different roles people with vision loss...

Is your volunteer program becoming an antique?

  Volunteer programs need to adapt to changing trends and environments - or else be prepared to struggle with the recruitment and retention of volunteers. Volunteer programs should be dynamic and not static; they should focus on both the needs...

The seven policies your volunteer program must have

In your volunteer program, it is likely that you have a number of policies and procedures that ensure things run smoothly. Maybe you created the policies yourself, or they’ve been in place for years, or it’s someone else’s responsibility to...

How to get a solid commitment from your volunteers

When you are engaging with a potential volunteer, it is helpful to understand the basics of buying decisions, which includes the decision to accept and commit to a volunteer opportunity. Remember that decision-making is a process and this can take...

How to recruit and engage introverted volunteers

When I turned 18 I applied for a volunteer position at the Richmond Crisis Centre. This was quite out of character for me as I’d kept a low profile throughout high school and had never participated in any groups. The...

Criminal record checks: A valuable screening tool or a barrier to volunteering?

In 1994, the Government of Canada formally committed to address violence against women and children, releasing a report that called for, among other things, the development of guidelines and training programs for organizations within the voluntary sector. This recommendation was...

It’s not just fun and Games: The volunteer legacy of large-scale sporting events

More than a thousand colour-coordinated volunteers came together to sing the theme song at the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Calgary Olympics, standing where they were told to stand. One of the volunteers said later, “We made a flag standing...