Service Sector Snapshot: News and Tips for Nonprofits (June 2014)
Posted Saturday, June 7th, 2014 by Verified Volunteers Staff
In an effort to continually share relevant content that can be implemented by you and your volunteer team, we’re kicking off a new monthly series entitled, “Service Sector Snapshot.” These posts will serve as an informational round-up of nonprofit news, tips and resources. Because we’re collecting these in one convenient spot that you can browse and review as time permits, you’ll save time while adding value to what you do every day.
We hope you enjoy this first edition of our Service Sector Snapshot series and we’re open to your suggestions on content that you’d like included in future roundups. Just leave your feedback in the comments below or send us an email.
Tips and Tools for Nonprofit Managers
Lessons in Lending
Do you sometimes feel like you’re financially “grasping at straws” to effectively operate your programs? This article gives tips for wisely using borrowed funds and describes the different types of loans available to organizations.
Connecting with Volunteers
Volunteer managers have hectic schedules, but there should always be time to get to know the people giving their time and energy. This blog post describes how getting to know your organization’s volunteers can benefit your programs and improve relationships between staff members and volunteers. It also gives tips for connecting with your volunteers.
Building Better Email Lists
Newsletters and email updates are a great way to get your organization’s message directly in a potential volunteer, supporter or donor’s inbox. It’s essential to keep your subscriber list current to ensure your message is being delivered and that it is relevant to your target audience. Use this post from Constant Contact to gain valuable advice for nurturing a list full of responsive, engaged recipients.
News in the Service Sector
Making a Difference
Here’s a great reminder as we end the month: Sometimes, one act of kindness can snowball into something great. When the VA denied aid to homeless veteran Lonnie Whitfield, several strangers offered their help to find stable housing for him. This story from the Huffington Post describes how people assisted Whitfield and how his story inspired the community to create an organization in Memphis that offers restaurant and hotel vouchers to veterans in need.