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The year is almost done, which means many of us are starting to ponder our New Year’s Resolutions (again!). We’ll spend the coming days in quiet reflection on where we failed in 2014 and how we can better ourselves in 2015. Whether it’s making changes to our physical, mental or spiritual well-being, we’ll forge ahead with a list of resolutions written in the spirit of renewal. And we swear that this time, we’ll do it all!
I was sent an old high school picture by a friend, which by itself was horrifying. But what really struck me was the text underneath.
Earlier this month, Elizabeth Weaver Engel MA, CAE (Spark Consulting LLC) and I were excited to participate in the first Wild Apricot Expert Webinar to talk about our favorite topic: Mission-Driven Volunteering. The session was well-attended and there
were lots of questions - too many to cover in the hour so we created a blog post to continue the conversation.
There is no easy answer to fixing the volunteer pool but the answer really isn’t complicated either. At issue is that our approach is too often reactive not proactive. We look to fill empty seats instead of building an engaged membership. One way to shift gears is to think of this as building a farm team … a feeder system like we see in sports.
Halloween can happen any day of the year for some volunteers and for a few it maybe be like living through Ground Hog Day. Oh the tricks we play on volunteers ... let's shift to treating!
I spoke with KiKi L’Italien about association volunteer models for Aptify’s Association Mavens Series. She asked the question “what can a volunteer in the system do to change the system?” The answer: plenty.
Then let’s make it meaningful and fun. Down with boring meetings and down with meetings that we don’t leave with more energy than we started.
It’s really human nature to get involved and when we don’t get involved, we don’t have that loyalty or that commitment and so in a membership organization, involvement is going to be the trigger. I have on more than occasion suggested we ban the "V" word as in Volunteer because it causes us (who manage volunteers) and members (who could be volunteers) to be trapped in an old paradigm.
The conversation on volunteerism in association is shifting – in an exciting way. The questions about how to engage non-traditional volunteers and those on how rethink the model from the top down are finally taking center stage. I had an opportunity to keep the conversation going through a webinar with YourMembership.com.
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Increasingly our volunteer teams are spread across town, across the state, across the country and even over country borders. It's tough enough to lead a group of volunteers, but when you're leading via phone and web, its downright messy.
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