Volunteering

A look at the history of associations tells us that chapters were often the seed for what is now a national or global organization. Take for example The Philadelphia Bar Association. It was founded in 1802, making it the oldest Association of lawyers in the United States; 64 years later in 1878, 20 state associations […]

A common theme I hear from chapters across associations is no one wants to volunteer. The counter to this statement is the 58% of the non-volunteering members in an ASAE Foundation study said they were interested in being more engaged. Given the context of the question which was on volunteering and accepting the premise that […]

What chapter doesn’t need more volunteer muscle? While associations in general are feeling the pressure in engaging volunteers, chapters’ pain is more acute. We could go into depth why chapters are struggling however simply put it’s a time/flexibility issue. One counterpunch is to make volunteering fun and appreciated.

Last week, I was chatting with a client’s communications
chair about the chapter’s monthly e-letter. The last two weeks had been
horrendous for her at work so the e-letter had been delayed. I offered my help
and told her that if it was getting too much, please let us know. The last
thing we want is for our volunteers to get too overwhelmed trying to juggle between
volunteer duties and their day jobs. She, however, while appreciative of the flexibility,
was determined to get it done.

Fully Developing Your Volunteer Workforce – handout for #FSAE17 session.
Includes 5 key findings of the ASAE Foundation research, drivers for
volunteer satisfaction, and a tool for gauging your volunteer program.

#FSAE17 is the first of 3 stops this summer to share what we discovered
in the ASAE Foundation research on optimizing association volunteerism
through mutually beneficial programs.

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