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Rebuilding the Volunteer Spirit Redux

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 11:30am

Knowing the power of stories, ASAE's Executive Management Section Council (EMSC) - of which I am current chair - launched a project last year to gather and share the stories of how association's are rebuilding the volunteer spirit. We just wrapped up the project with the sixth and final webinar last week.

Beginning with a series of conversation in early 2013 through a session at #ASAE13 and then in the six webinars, we shed the light on associations who dared to reimagine volunteering.

In the final one, we showed a variety of examples from associations who are trying new things - including American Association of Diabetes Educators, Project Management Institute, NJ society of Certified Public Accountants, American Chemical Society, and ASAE.

The biggest take away I had from all these stories is that the associations who are daring to think differently are unifed in their commitment to deeply engage members.

If you missed any of the webinars, here are links to several:

The IEEE Experiment on shifting the volunteer paradigm with Marc Beebe, CAE, Director, Strategic Research. IEEE Volunteer Webinar link.

The Maryland Association of CPAs Story of reinventing the volunteer program with Tom Hood, Executive Director/CEO. MDCPA Slide Deck link. (Note: ASAE Member log-in required)

The Society of Petroleum Engineers new approach to volunteer rewards with Liz Messner, CAE, SPE & Andy Steggles, CEO, Higher Logic. SPE Volunteer Webinar link.

The Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative work on finding the ROI of volunteer programs with Tobi Johnson, MA, CVA, Tobi Johnson & Associates. Volunteer ROI Webinar link.

Financial Planning Association's story on creating new volunteer opportunities through a mentoring program with Laura Brook, Director of Community Development. FPA Volunteer Webinar link.

The New Volunteer: a conversation sharing research, findings and case studies that create a new definition and new framework for successful volunteer management led my Peggy Hoffman, CAE, chair Executive Management Section Council. New Volunteer Webinar link.

We intend to keep sharing the stories ... join us in ASAE's Collaborate (member log-in required) or on Twitter or here.

Finally, a special shout-out to Higher Logic for providing the technology that enabled us to share these stories!

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