Volunteer Managers Blog

Volunteer Managers wear at least twenty hats and probably more. Among your many roles, you are human resource specialists, marketers, facilitators, systems experts, and data analysts. That’s a broad list of skills to master, and we receive little formal training to bring us up to speed.

This blog is my contribution to the skill-building piece. If you search through these pages, you will find over 150 posts covering practices in just about every area of volunteer engagement. Here’s to doing your important work with more confidence and ease.

Want to start a staff volunteer program? Here’s your how-to

Want to start a staff volunteer program? Here’s your how-to

What it looks like when your co-workers do the volunteering. Here’s one thing I’ve learned from my five years of blogging: A volunteer manager who does one thing well does many things well. When we excel at leading volunteers, it expresses itself in all kinds of innovations.
How to find a VMS system that actually meets your needs

How to find a VMS system that actually meets your needs

Hint: it all comes down to one key element If you are a CVA, you may have seen (or even answered) a question posed in the CVA Facebook forum by our intrepid colleague, Liza Dyer. Liza took a census. She wanted to know how her peers organize their volunteer data and...

#LOVols as brand-makers – and why that’s important

#LOVols as brand-makers – and why that’s important

It's leaders of volunteers who forge the heart-centered connections to nonprofit brands You may have noticed that I like to feature volunteer managers in my posts. These colleagues have mastered a practice or innovated in a way that’s worth sharing with the tribe....