Your vote counts. Help us find a universal hashtag for our profession!

Universal Hashtag FramedA couple of months ago, CVA Liza Dyer cooked up an idea — and I happily went along with it: we would round up nominations for a universal hashtag – one singular hashtag that communicates what’s most essential about our profession to the rest of the world.

It all started when Liza and I were confused-at-the-same time about the vast array of hashtags currently used to tweet or promote our profession in the social media realm. Wasn’t there one tag in particular that set the standard?

That’s when Liza suggested that we ask thought leaders in our field to brainstorm and suggest possible hashtags, with the notion that the list of nominees would feature one hashtag that’s a cut above the rest.

So that’s what we did – we asked a group of influencers to nominate hashtag contenders.  We got a terrific response and came away with plenty of intriguing options  – 18 nominations in all.

Now it’s your turn.

We want you to vote and help us identify the Ultimate Universal Hashtag for the Profession of Volunteer Management.

But – it may not be so easy to choose the best hashtag because words matter.

Take a look at this list:

  • Management
  • Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Power

You will find these words embedded in the proposed hashtags, and each one says something different and extremely valid about our profession.

The question is, which one is most important?  Which word really pinpoints what’s most valuable about our role as professionals in a field that supports and elevates volunteers?

Right now I’m still undecided.  I’m leaning towards tags that include the word “power,” because I see us as stewards of a mighty force for good, namely volunteers.

I am also drawn to any hashtag with “leader” in its name – I want to remind readers that we do much more than “coordinate” volunteers: we lead programs that create a greater impact and expand possibilities for our communities.

Then again, the word “engagement” does such a great job of describing how we relate to our volunteers and how our volunteers relate to our causes.

And of course, we all recognize “volunteer management”  because it’s arguably the most common phrase used to describe this profession.

By the time I place my vote, I will have spent some quality time reflecting on all the options and deciding which words hold the most meaning.

I ask you to go through a similar process before you vote on your preferred hashtags.  In this election year, let the best hashtag win.

Check out the Universal Hashtag Nominees and select your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place choices at by Tuesday, September 6.


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