When Volunteers Fall Off the Radar

How do you manage volunteers who have dropped off the radar screen? TH turns to a pro for the answers. What do you do when a volunteer drops the ball – either fails to fulfill their responsibilities or just plain falls off the radar? It’s a scenario that causes plenty...

Looking for a Magic Number

Last December, I wrote about volunteer orientations, and about how facilitating orientations is a critical and often overlooked part of the event’s success. Then as I debated moving on to another topic, I realized there was still more to say about orientations and why...

When Looks DO Matter

We’re talking about digital beauty here — not the personal kind When it comes to writing for the digital world, looks really do matter. I say this as someone who likes to blog and teach writing skills to my nonprofit colleagues. For all of the time we spend on...

Guest Post: “Banking” on Young Volunteers

On any given day I can receive multiple calls from students looking to volunteer at our agency in order to meet community service requirements. Like many students, Sarah was very eager to get started when she first called. By all definitions, Sarah was a very well...

Guest Post: Got Outcomes?

Guest blogger Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., tackles one of the Twenty Hats we wear and sometimes avoid, demonstrating program outcomes. Let’s face it. A lot of people are afraid of program evaluation. There are countless explanations we use to rationalize not evaluating our...