3 Steps to Finding the Perfect Volunteer – an Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 2: Recruiting & Onboarding Recap

Posted Thursday, May 18th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

We recently hosted the second webinar of our three-part series, Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle. In Part 2, Recruiting & Onboarding, we discussed recruiting strategies to help you find the best volunteer candidates in your local community. We also talked about onboarding – how can you create an efficient and (somewhat) effortless onboarding process?

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Best Practices in Volunteer Recruitment

Posted Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

A nonprofit’s operation often depends on the enthusiastic work of its volunteers. Whether the volunteers provide childcare, help with taxes, or sort in-kind donations, they are an integral part of many organizations.

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10 Common Policy Gaps for Nonprofits Working with Vulnerable Populations

Posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Volunteer Managers, with all the hats you wear as part of your job, it can be tempting (and understandably so!) to put off revamping the policies and practices that keep you, your organization and volunteers safe and working as efficiently as possible. But make sure you don’t give into that temptation. After all, problem areas exist in most nonprofits’ policies and practices, especially those working with vulnerable populations, so there is likely room for improvement in yours.

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3 Top Tips for Creating Engaging Position Descriptions – an Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 1: Developing Position Descriptions Webinar Recap

Posted Thursday, April 27th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

We recently hosted the first webinar of our three-part series, Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle. In Part 1, Developing Position Descriptions, we discussed how an engaging and informative position description ensures a volunteer role is strategic, attractive, and appropriate for a volunteer. Beth Steinhorn, President of JFFixler Group, utilized various tools and a case study to illustrate how developing a strong position description can lead to success for you, your volunteers, and your nonprofit.

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Research Says Volunteering is Good for the Mind and Body

Posted Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Attentions Volunteer Managers, volunteers, and anyone that’s ever thought they would like to get involved civically – one of the most touted benefits of volunteering in one’s local community is that it produces that joyful increase of endorphins psychologists term “happiness.”

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Fast, Effective Volunteer Reference Checking

Posted Thursday, April 13th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

When you have at last found that amazing volunteer who’s eager to give back to the community, possesses several skills that will benefit your organization greatly, and has a positive, go-getter attitude you’re sure will fit in with the rest of your volunteers, you may be tempted to skip over the section of their volunteer application titled, “References.”

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7 Steps to Switching your Volunteer Management Software

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

When it comes to Volunteer Management Software (VMS), it’s absolutely normal to have questions. Of course, VMS’s are a fantastic way to keep you, your nonprofit, and your volunteers organized, but adding one to your onboarding process, or transitioning to a new one that better serves your organization’s needs, takes a little work. What is the best approach to transition internally and what’s the best way to transition volunteers from the old software to the new? We’ve got the seven steps you need to take.

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Case Study: ACE Mentor Program of America

Posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring, and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

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The Yin and Yang of Screening and Onboarding Volunteers

Posted Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Screening and onboarding interactions are typically the volunteer candidate’s first contact with your nonprofit organization and its goal of bettering communities with the best staff available. It’s essential for both your organization and the volunteer candidate that the onboarding process is organized, efficient, and relatively fast moving. A well oiled onboarding and screening machine means the volunteer candidate starts working to fulfill your organization’s mission more quickly, and you don’t have to worry about a slow and troublesome process scaring off skilled candidates.

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