Respondents who volunteered in 2013 gave 73 percent more than those who did not. By Robert Evans Here’s one essential message that applies to all nonprofits: encourage your wealthiest donors to volunteer for your organization. Do so right away! If there’s one takeaway from the most recent biannual U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, it is this: wealthy donors are likely to give your organization far more money if they … [Read more...] about The Best Way to Growing Fundraising May Be Boosting Volunteerism
Long standing professionals often forget for whom they work. They also tend to forget the importance of their role to nurture leadership and volunteerism. They forget the need to apologize to others, to admit they have erred. by Charles Simon I have been studying the structure of volunteer organizations and analyzing the leadership of their professionals’ leadership styles for a little more than forty years. I have founded a number of … [Read more...] about Leadership in the Volunteer Community
Very often when we have developed relationships with professional colleagues, volunteer leaders, or donors in the community we encounter a road block in our efforts to involve them more in our organizations. We find there are issues of competition among organizations, on one hand, and the person’s desire to keep a low profile and not wanting to approach other people for donations, on the other hand. Whether we are communal professionals or … [Read more...] about Stretching the Limits of Involvement
by Marci Mayer Eisen In our desire for friendships and community, it’s natural to categorize people from our closest friends to casual associations. We refer to longtime connections as “old” friends. You might have youth group friends, fraternity brothers or those with whom you shared a special experience. As our networks expand, it’s common to hear references to work friends or neighbors. In recent years, with the explosion of social media, … [Read more...] about Celebrating the Lay-Staff Relationship
by Vika Elkin I am tired of being told that Russian-speaking Israelis do not volunteer, that the phenomenon of volunteering is strange to them. So what can be done to persuade someone to sign up as a volunteer? Some say it is a question of free time. Others say that volunteers don’t know what to do with their life and therefore volunteer instead of spending time together with their families. I want to suggest another aspect of … [Read more...] about To Be or Not To Be a Volunteer?