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?...

We need to thank our volunteers by really listening to them

As National Volunteer Week was celebrated a few months ago, many organizations made sure to thank their volunteers for all their support through parties, thank you letters, teas, tokens and other forms of appreciation. This type of formal appreciation does...

Could individual social responsibility strengthen volunteering?

On July 20, Volunteer Canada and Investors Group will present a free webinar on the expanding landscape of volunteer recognition. While recognizing volunteers continues to be an important dimension of volunteer engagement, Volunteer Canada’s new research highlights that community involvement...

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...

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...

Get your staff excited about volunteer involvement

You know how the volunteer management cycle goes: you have a need for volunteers, you put out the call, then you recruit, screen and select some amazing volunteers. Then comes the ongoing challenge of supporting those volunteers in their new...