Strong volunteer programs start with strong leaders
I’m Elisa, and I created Twenty Hats to provide volunteer managers like you with the skills you need to overcome tough challenges – and accomplish more for your program without adding hours to your day.
That’s why my coaching, courses, and retreats give you a personalized training experience. This is not the place for off-the-shelf learning. Plan on applying each new skill to your own workplace situation.
Leading a volunteer program is more than just a job – it’s a rewarding, purpose-driven profession – if you are trained in best practices and supported to keep growing.
Let’s make your professional experience as fulfilling as possible!
Way better ways to use your valuable time than counting volunteer hours
Guest Blogger Erin Spink has plenty of ideas for demonstrating volunteer impact
For many years, a gold standard that many board, funders and leaders of volunteers have touted like an Olympic Gold Medal is the number of hours volunteers contribute to the organization. It is included in Board Reports and Annual Reports, it is submitted to funders and stakeholders with pride. Behind the scenes, both volunteers and Volunteer Managers alike are driven nuts counting, submitting, collecting and inputting these numbers. And for what?
Too many Volunteer Engagement professionals tell me how strapped they are for time, how they wish they could spend less time on basic administrative tasks, like counting hours, especially when hours tell us nothing of the difference volunteers have made or the steps forward we’re taking towards delivering on our organizational missions because of their involvement.
Here’s a simple timesaver:
Whenever possible, stop counting volunteer hours – or at least explore how you might streamline the process. Read more…