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Aug 7, 2014

The Volunteer Myth

multi-ethnic volunteer group hands togetherGo to any fundraising conference these days, and I will bet you a $2-bill that someone will be presenting that the best way of lifting your donors’ performance is by inviting them to volunteer.

We’ve done a couple of research projects with volunteers, and I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.

I take that back. It’s a great idea if the volunteer experience is awesome.

Unfortunately, our research shows that too often donors have an awful volunteer experience. And rather than enhancing the relationship with the organization, it only demonstrates to the donor how incompetent the organization is. Not really the desired result, huh?

So if you are going to try to engage your donors with volunteer opportunities, make sure that you designate the resources to make it an awesome experience. This is no place to cut corners. If it’s not going to be an awesome volunteer experience, don’t bother. It will do you more harm than good.

The People Behind Nonprofits: Part Two

Surprises come in every career and the glamourized versions we imagine often don’t come close to the truth. For those making the change from the corporate world to the nonprofit sphere, these surprises can be unexpected and even shocking. For example, many of our...

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Some Good News for a Change

I think few would argue that thus far, 2020 has been memorable for all the wrong reasons. However, while we all may be struggling, charitable donors have been very generous in the first half of this difficult year. This month (July 2020) we analyzed donor files of...

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The People Behind Nonprofits: Part One

Unlike many careers, there is no clear path to nonprofit work. There are few university courses and even fewer majors dedicated specifically to nonprofit management. While this may be common knowledge, it became increasingly clear as our experts rattled off degrees...

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