Category Archives: Managing Organizations

Lisa Laflin of New Vineyard Honored with Excellence in Volunteer Administration Award

The Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism Excellence in Volunteer Administration category recognizes excellence in leadership of volunteers and administration of a volunteer program by a salaried or non-salaried professional who works with volunteers to provide service to others. Lisa … Continue reading

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Volunteer & Staff Roles

by Anne Schink The subject of volunteer/staff relations is a topic that frequently appears on requests for training. At one workshop we decided to create a list of responsibilities, dividing them into two columns—one for staff and one for volunteers. … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Volunteer Leaders

by Anne Schink Is the term ‘volunteer leader’ a contradiction in terms? Is your view of volunteers someone who ‘just does what needs to be done?’ Or is a leader a board member? For the group of participants in a … Continue reading

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More on Motivation: Cues from the Business Sector

by Anne Schink My past blog on volunteer motivation focused on the traditional understanding of what attracts and sustains volunteers. This blog expands on the work in a book entitled Drive by Daniel Pink. It’s a fascinating study of how … Continue reading

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Strategic Planning Outcome Metrics—What’s Realistic?

by Daniel Martinage, CAE This past weekend I facilitated a strategic planning session for a national nonprofit foundation. As the plan began to take shape, the question of metrics was raised—specifically what measures will be put into place to track … Continue reading

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Risky

by Daniel Martinage, CAE Do you know where your next biggest threat looms? Having a risk management system in place before you actually need it is imperative for nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes, and that includes large volunteer … Continue reading

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Strategic Planning for Nonprofits: Planning to Plan

by Daniel Martinage, CAE Making the commitment to undertake a strategic planning project is an extremely important first step, but once you’ve done this, what can you do to ensure you begin on the right foot and continue on track? … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Expand Your Program, Expand Your Thinking

by Jennifer A. Smith The decision to expand your volunteer program (or start one) can seem overwhelming. “How will I find the people?” you might wonder. “How do we mobilize them? Who’s going to manage all the details?” If you … Continue reading

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Meaningful Involvement

by Anne Schink This final post using the framework of The Charismatic Organization focuses on meaningful involvement in the organization. If you have followed the principles of creating a charismatic organization, you will remember that building a strong organizational core … Continue reading

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