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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Wed, 2017-09-06 09:57.
For many organizations, it's budget time! And we all know what that means. Get out your calculators, begin planning, and get ready to advocate for your needs. Since money is on many people's minds as you plan for 2018, we decided to "celebrate" by sharing some new -- and classic -- resources that are available to you for free. And, if you work on a July-June fiscal year and haven't yet entered the budgeting process, no problem! You can still enjoy these resources.1. Resources to Make the Case for Volunteer Engagement Funding
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Tue, 2017-08-08 22:26.
Every day, millions of people volunteer. Whether they build houses, distribute food, raise funds, care for animals, tutor students, govern organizations, plant trees, plan events, coach teams, advise on strategy, or provide comfort, volunteers make a difference by sharing their time and talent. How big a difference they make is determined, in large part, by how much thought, effort, and support an organization invests in the volunteer’s lifecycle.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Tue, 2017-07-18 22:27.
We are often asked about how to provide volunteers with feedback. And, in fact, we recently blogged about this very topic. However, rarely are we asked about how organizational leaders can create opportunities for volunteers to provide feedback to them, and it’s even rarer to be asked about the benefits of doing so. Of course, it’s not surprising that people seek ways to provide feedback much more readily than they are to open themselves up to receiving feedback.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Mon, 2017-04-10 15:00.
Our Article on Strategic Planning for Volunteer Engagement is Now Available!Last year, JFFixler Group's Beth Steinhorn published an article in e-Volunteerism Journal on strategic planning for volunteer engagement. Now, we are pleased to share that article with you on our website. Check it out!
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Tue, 2017-04-04 21:51.
About a year ago, I posted the following blog designed to help readers identify new, strategic roles for volunteers to fill. We are resharing this post because it can be the start of a larger conversation about engaging volunteers in new leadership roles. While this can be the start of the conversation, you are invited to continue the conversation on an upcoming webinar we are presenting on April 12 in partnership with Talance. Check out the blog...
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Wed, 2017-02-22 18:54.
Professional networking is just one of the many benefits of attending the Conference on Volunteering and Service hosted by Points of Light -- Learning from expert presenters, connecting with corporate engagement professionals, and taking time away from your day to day grind to reflect and invest in yourself are also really valuable opportunities.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Mon, 2017-02-13 13:09.
A client emailed me this morning asking for tools and advice about volunteer performance evaluations. She was seeking, in particular, a template she can use to help evaluate volunteer performance. My immediate reaction was to be very pleased that this organization is putting processes in place to hold volunteers accountable and support them to success. Evaluating a volunteer's performance means that the organization's leadership recognizes and accepts that there are, in fact, standards and/or goals for volunteers' involvement!
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Fri, 2016-12-02 10:05.
As part of our ongoing series of case studies of best practices in volunteer engagement, we met Rabbi Brian Fink, Director of Engage at the JCC Manhattan to learn more about the work of the Engage Jewish Service Corps, which seeks to meaningfully engage volunteers in their 50s, 60s, and beyond in addressing vital community needs. The following case study is the result of that interview.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Wed, 2016-07-20 15:03.
A few weeks ago, I led a webinar for Verified Volunteers on interviewing volunteers. As a follow up, Katie Zwetzig of Verified Volunteers, posted some highlights on the VV Blog. We are sharing that below. To read the full blog with questions from the audience, check out Verified Volunteers' blog directly.
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Submitted by Beth Steinhorn on Thu, 2016-07-14 10:53.
Interviewing volunteers -- who knew it could be such a polarizing concept? Yet, I never know what response I will receive when I ask a group of nonprofit professionals about their volunteer interview process. Many are passionate about their commitment  to interviewing every (or nearly every) individual interested in volunteering for their organization, while others are equally adament that asking someone who is offering to donate their time and energy to undergo an interview is an insult to their generosity.
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