Case Study: The Carle Foundation

Posted Thursday, August 31st, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Headquartered in Urbana, Ill., The Carle Foundation is the nonprofit parent company of an integrated network of hospital and healthcare services, including the only Level I Trauma Center as well as Level III perinatal services in east central Illinois. For Carle, the majority of its hospital volunteers are comprised of pre-med and medical students at the...

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3 Super Tips for More Effective Volunteer Recruitment

Posted Thursday, August 24th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

When it comes to the nonprofit landscape, “one can never recruit too early, too often, or too well.” For many organizations, there can never be too many volunteers to help fuel your missions and make more changes in the lives of the communities you serve. A strong, passionate group of volunteers empowers you and your...

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7 Ideas for Recognizing Volunteers (and Staff!) from Volunteer Managers

Posted Thursday, August 17th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

The act of volunteering makes volunteers feel great — simply because they are giving back and helping others. Still, volunteer recognition blogs continue to be some of Verified Volunteers’ most popular posts with volunteer managers. Why? Volunteers (and staff) are the backbone of nonprofit organizations and their hard work and dedication can never be recognized...

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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Updating Policies and Procedures

Posted Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Melodie Bissell, President of Plan to Protect™, adapted by Verified Volunteers

You may have read the title of this blog and thought to yourself, “My organization has a well written manual with comprehensive policies and procedures.  Why would we need to update it?” Most organizations carefully piece together policies and procedures that fit their particular mission when they first begin – but how long ago was...

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Top 3 Volunteer Background Screening Questions – and Answers from Verified Volunteers’ Webinar, Volunteer Background Screening: Ask Us Anything! (seriously, ANYTHING)

Posted Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

We recently hosted a fun and informative webinar, Volunteer Background Screening: Ask Us Anything! (seriously, ANYTHING), and had a great time answering questions from our audience. At the top of the webinar we discussed the most commonly asked questions we get asked by those in the volunteer management space.

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eBook: Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle

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

Every day, millions of people volunteer. Whether they build houses, distribute food, raise funds, care for animals, tutor students, or provide comfort, volunteers make an incredible difference by sharing their time and talent. Each of these volunteer’s commitment to an organization’s mission is a lifecycle, and Verified Volunteers’ informative new eBook, “Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle,”...

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9 Quick Tips for Recruiting Volunteers

Posted Thursday, July 6th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

As a Volunteer Manager, you know that when it comes to running a volunteer program for a nonprofit organization – and creating change in the community through volunteerism – one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is volunteer recruitment. Sure, there are other factors (such as your budget!) that are also extremely important, but volunteers are the backbone of any volunteer program and finding good volunteers is like striking gold. That brings us to the question this blog addresses: What are some great ideas for recruiting volunteers?

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Why You Need a Volunteer Work Plan and How to Create One, an Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 3: Engaging Volunteers for Impact & Success Recap

Posted Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

We recently hosted the third webinar of our three-part series, Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle. In Part 3, Engaging Volunteers for Impact & Success, we discussed how to track the impact of your volunteer program beyond counting the number of volunteers and the hours of service they provide.

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The Key to Recruiting Skilled Volunteers: Defining Their Role in 4 Simple Steps

Posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

If volunteering were an Easter egg hunt, skilled volunteers would be the rare but much appreciated golden eggs of the volunteer candidate pool. Regular volunteer candidates are amazing; they can help in a wide range of positions and are eager to learn new skills. That said, skilled volunteers come equipped with specific types of experience and are excited to immediately put that experience to use!

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3 Easy Ideas to Help Your Nonprofit Leverage Volunteer Generosity

Posted Thursday, June 15th, 2017 by Christina Brown, Vice President of Client Experience, Verified Volunteers

Ask a volunteer manager to name the single biggest concern they have about running their nonprofit’s volunteer program. More likely than not, they will name their budget. Too often, volunteer managers are tasked with running their volunteer program on a shoestring. Of course, they try to do everything they can to keep costs down while still doing incredible work for their local community, but there’s one cost-saving opportunity they might be forgetting: volunteer background screening costs.

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