Events & Webinars

Volunteers in the Workplace: Safeguarding Your Reputation and Protecting You from Liability Through Background Screening

Region: United States

Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 2 pm ET | 11 am PT

Presenter: Pamela Devata-Labor and Employment Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Most organizations running volunteer programs know they need to screen their volunteers -- at the very least those volunteers who are working with vulnerable populations or who have access to sensitive information. Some, though, don't see background screening as a great need. Think of folks helping along the sidelines of a race. Or those ladling soup at a food bank. But what's the danger of not running background checks on these individuals? What steps do you need to take to ensure you are not on the hook for a lawsuit and, more importantly, that you are protecting your people and your reputation?

Join this webinar to:

  • Learn best practices for screening volunteers
  • Get real-life examples of risks of liability when volunteers are not properly vetted
  • Understand what an organization might expect going forward after a negative experience, and how they can recover
  • Learn how background checks can minimize your risk and maximize the safety in your workplace
To watch this webinar, click here.

How to Convert Your Volunteers into Donors

Region: United States

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 @ 2 pm ET | 11 am PT

Presenter: Terry Axelrod, Benevon

Over 90% of people who volunteer for a charitable organization also donate money to causes they care about. And where else would people rather give than to the organizations with which they feel the most connected? Once you shift your thinking to seeing volunteers not just as givers of time, but as potential donors, and seeing every volunteer experience as a potential cultivation contact, your volunteer program will take on a whole new purpose—donor engagement.

In this webinar, well known professional fundraiser and social worker Terry Axelrod joins us to teach you how to:

  • Deeply engage volunteers in your mission
  • Show volunteers the impact of their work
  • Convert volunteers into donors
To watch this webinar, click here.

How to Deliver Effective Feedback to Volunteers

Thursday, May 10 @ 2 pm ET | 11 am PT

Presenters:

Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies

Organizations that have a culture of open communication between staff and volunteers can benefit from greater engagement and impact. In this webinar, you will learn easy to follow steps to help you prepare for and then provide volunteer feedback in productive ways that focus on behaviors, not personalities.

In this webinar, we will explore how to make the most of National Volunteer Week and how to strategically plan your organization’s recognition efforts in affordable and effective ways.

Attend this webinar to:

  • Learn three easy steps to delivering feedback
  • Understand how you can benefit from not only giving feedback, but receiving feedback from volunteers
  • Gain appreciation for how appropriate volunteer background screening prior to onboarding can help decrease the number of volunteers who "just don't work out"
  • Get tools to navigate sticky volunteer situations
To watch this webinar, click here.

WEBINAR: How to Make the Case to Funders for Volunteer Engagement

Thursday, April 12, 2018
2PM ET
Presented by Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies

While many accept and support the need for volunteers to help deliver programs, not all leaders, funders, and partners recognize the benefits of truly embracing volunteer engagement as a strategy throughout the entire organization. Through this webinar, you will be introduced to research and tools to help make that case for strategic engagement.

Listen to this webinar to:

  • Become familiar with research on how volunteer engagement strengthens organizations
  • Learn how to build a case to leaders to support and invest in volunteer engagement, including budgeting for recruiting, screening, training, and supporting volunteers
  • Gain tips and tools to help you present your case to leadership and potential funders, including how to prepare to respond to objections
To watch this webinar, click here.

WEBINAR: Rethinking Volunteer Recognition

3/08/2018 2:00:00 PM ET

Presenters:

Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies

Research shows that there is a disconnect between what volunteers are seeking in terms of recognition and what organizations actually are providing. With National Volunteer Week right around the corner (April 15-22, 2018), it’s a great time to rethink recognition and consider how your organization can align recognition efforts more closely with what actually motivates volunteers.

In this webinar, we will explore how to make the most of National Volunteer Week and how to strategically plan your organization’s recognition efforts in affordable and effective ways.

Attend this webinar to:

  • Become familiar with the latest research on volunteer recognition and how proper screening fits into this big picture
  • Gain tools to assess your organization’s culture of appreciation
  • Understand how to tailor recognition to different volunteer motivational styles
  • Learn to plan strategically for volunteer recognition
To watch this webinar, click here.

WEBINAR: Volunteer Screening 2018: Research Results and Insights

1/25/2018 2:00:00 PM

Presenters:

Toby Chalberg, Chief Digital Officer, Points of Light
Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director, Verified Volunteers

We recently surveyed more than 900 volunteer managers, executive directors, and other volunteer program professionals across the U.S., asking questions about their volunteers, volunteer background screening practices, and expectations for 2018.

In this webinar, our volunteer screening experts share results and insights from the research. You’ll hear:

  • The current state of volunteering in the United States, and how the 2018 research results compare to 2017
  • How your organization‘s volunteer program compares to others and where potential gaps may exist in your volunteer screening program
  • What actions you should take when you find criminal history on a volunteer
  • How to motivate your volunteers to contribute to the cost of their background check
  • Best practices to improve your volunteer screening program
To watch this webinar, click here.

How to Train Your Staff to Succeed with Volunteers

11/14/2017 2:00:00 PM

Presenter:

Betsy McFarland, Principal, Adisa

In this webinar you’ll learn strategies and tactics you can implement easily and quickly to help staff more effectively supervise and delegate to volunteers. By sharing this knowledge with your staff, they’ll be able to:

  • Identify the basic skills and characteristics of good volunteer supervision
  • Understand and embrace the role of supervisor
  • Appreciate the similarities and uniqueness of supervising salaried versus nonpaid staff
  • Assess their own competence in supporting volunteers
  • Understand the elements and importance of effective delegation
To watch this webinar, click here.

CASE STUDY: How Cultivating Nonprofit Leaders Led to Greater Community Impact

9/20/2017 2:00:00 PM

Presenter:

Alice Glenn, President-Elect, Junior League of New Orleans
Kirsten Stanley, Former President, Junior League of Boca Raton
Samantha Silverman, Board of Directors, Junior League of Los Angeles

Join three representatives from The Junior League to hear how they each implemented a unique, successful approach to cultivating leadership skills and building impact in the communities they serve.

You will learn:

  • What leadership challenges exist in the nonprofit sector, and how to address them
  • Tactics for developing a qualified pipeline of energetic nonprofit leaders
  • Ways to employ capacity-building as a strategy for advancing local community impact
To watch this webinar, click here.

WEBINAR: Volunteer Background Screening: Ask Us Anything! (seriously, ANYTHING)

7/19/2017 2:00:00 PM

Presenter:

Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director, Verified Volunteers
Christina Brown, Vice President, Client Experience, Verified Volunteers
Lee Doucette, Manager, FIRST Youth Protection Program

The path to truly understanding the complexities of volunteer background screening is usually laden with many questions. In this webinar, we will address the most commonly-asked questions we hear about compliance and best practices – then open the floor to you for a live, ‘super-sized’ Q&A session.

Our volunteer screening experts will share:

  • Top 3 tips for creating and managing a successful screening program
  • What background screening sources and databases exist, and which ones to consider for your organization
  • How to run an efficient screening program on a limited budget
To watch this webinar, click here.

WEBINAR: Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 3: Engaging Volunteers for Impact & Success

6/15/2017 2:00:00 PM

Presenter:

Beth Steinhorn, President, JFFixler Group

Demonstrating results goes beyond counting the number of volunteers in your program and the hours of service they provide.

In part three of this three-part series, you will learn:

  • new trends in measuring and defining success;
  • using work plans for documenting impact and success; and
  • presenting ways to measure volunteer impact.
To watch this webinar, click here.

WEBINAR: Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 2: Recruiting & Onboarding

5/11/2017 2:00:00 PM

Presenter:

Beth Steinhorn, President, JFFixler Group

Can you imagine what would be possible if all staff and volunteers served as talent scouts on behalf of your organization?

In part two of this three-part series, we will explore:

  • developing a volunteer cultivation plan;
  • establishing a screening process; and
  • ensuring that onboarding leads to a good match between volunteers and the volunteer position.
To watch this webinar, click here.

WEBINAR: Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 1: Developing Position Descriptions

4/13/2017 2:00:00 PM

Presenter:

Beth Steinhorn, President, JFFixler Group

A well designed position description is vital to ensuring a volunteer role is strategic, attractive, and appropriate for a volunteer. Through tools and a case study, this webinar will illustrate how developing a strong position description can lead to success.

In part one of this three-part series, you will learn:

  • the elements of a wellcrafted position description;
  • who should be involved in writing it and whether it is ever negotiable; and
  • suggested steps for using position descriptions as recruitment tools.
To watch this webinar, click here.