Volunteer Engagement

The road to volunteer burnout: How to avoid it and how to manage it

Written By: Lori Gotlieb
October 13, 2009

Tips to avoid and manage volunteer burnout.

Volunteer background checks: New options and programs

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
October 13, 2009

This article explores a new initiative to cover the costs of police information checks (PICs) for eligible volunteers in nonprofit and voluntary sector organizations.

Governance Q&A: Volunteering ethically

Written By: Jane Garthson
October 5, 2009

Balancing family, business and other commitments when considering volunteer opportunities.

Corporate partnerships: How we need to tap into this rich resource

Written By: Lori Gotlieb
September 14, 2009

This article describes how to create a corporate volunteer program.

The community-building potential of volunteerism

Written By: Merrill Associates
August 10, 2009

This article describes how volunteerism can be seen as a community-building exercise.

United we stand: Fundraisers and volunteers working together

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
July 27, 2009

An exploration of the relationship between volunteers and an organization's fundraising department.

Volunteer tax credits: Do or die

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
July 13, 2009

This article is an exploration of the proposed volunteer tax credit system.

CSGVP 2007: Results and highlights

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
June 15, 2009

Based on data collected in 2007, this survey - the fourth in a series of surveys that began in 1997 with the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP) - presented some intriguing statistics regarding how Canadians give of their time and money.

Fourteen steps to developing a top-notch volunteer program

Written By: Mary Quirk
June 8, 2009

Whether your organization is big or small, here are fourteen action steps from the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) for developing a top-notch volunteer program.

Developments in volunteerism: What's next?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
May 19, 2009

On May 1st, a book was launched by Volunteer Vancouver entitled, A People Lens: 101 Ways to Move Your Organization Forward! Filled with stories about today's "new volunteer" and providing tips on how to effectively engage them, the book is a significant sign of the times, begging the questions: as the sector evolves, how are organizations faring in their approach to volunteers? Are they on the same page?

The evolving role of a volunteer resources specialist

Written By: Karl Noseworthy
April 16, 2009

The need for a more structured volunteer environment appears evident. Charitable organizations are taking a much more business-like approach toward their volunteers – enter the volunteer resources specialist.

A resource to capitalize on during tight financial times

Written By: Mary Quirk
March 23, 2009

This article offers seven tips for maintaining your volunteer programs during difficult economic conditions.

Governance Q&A: Reimbursing volunteer expenses

Written By: Jane Garthson
February 2, 2009

The volunteer policies in place should dictate what to do when volunteers incur expenses.

Volunteer engagement: Challenges in a new economic age

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
January 12, 2009

An anemic economy closed out 2008, and if pundits and experts across the globe are correct, the condition may well worsen in 2009. Though stories of economic hardship are, unfortunately, hardly rare for the charitable sector, the end of the decade may prove to be one of the toughest in at least one area: recruitment of volunteers.

How to manage volunteers in difficult economic times

Written By: Paulette Vinette
November 17, 2008

This article explains how to follow the volunteer management cycle in difficult economic conditions.

Changing the volunteer paradigm

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
November 10, 2008

A major push was begun last week with an initiative by Volunteer Canada that takes aim at the baby boomer generation - or, as they are increasingly calling themselves, the “Zoomers” - asking them to seriously consider the benefits of volunteering and not just retiring away once their previous careers are over.

Volunteers and risk management for Canadian nonprofits and charities

Written By: Mark Blumberg
September 8, 2008

This article offers thirty-five suggestions for reducing risk when using volunteers in your organization.

Volunteer and staff roles and responsibilities

Written By: Paulette Vinette
July 21, 2008

This article offers a checklist for you to use to delineate your organization’s roles and responsibilities; we offer some suggestions as guidelines that come from our experiences of working with high performing boards.

Adjust your thinking: Shifting the focus to volunteer retention

Written By: Donna Lockhart
July 14, 2008

This article explains why you should be focused on volunteer retention rather than volunteer recruitment.

Effective relationships between staff and volunteers

Written By: Merrill Associates
April 28, 2008

This article lists tips for encouraging good relationships between staff and volunteers.

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