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3 Creative Ways Associations and Nonprofits Can Use Volunteer Management Tools

Written by Heather Arkwright | on April 24, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Associations and nonprofits are always trying to make more of an impact with less – less money, less staff, less resources. It’s made them some of the more creative and efficient organizations we’ve ever seen.

But there’s still one piece of software you may not be using at full capacity: your volunteer management platform. Volunteer tools are standard for associations and nonprofits, and they can be used for much more than just standard volunteer tasks.

To help cut down your tech budget and get more done, we’ve put together a list of the features most volunteer software has and creative ways you can use those tools to fulfill other, less traditional volunteer needs.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Nonprofits and Charities, Online Community

How to Get Association Members Volunteering

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Volunteer work is critical to your association. Not only does it supplement your staff’s daily workload, it deepens member relations to the organization and offers the chance to build new skills. 

But how do you get members to start volunteering? Although you know the benefits of volunteer work—both for the association and for the members—it can be hard to convince a person who’s never volunteered to start.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Marketing Automation, Online Community

5 Unexpectedly Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Association’s Volunteers

Written by Julie Dietz on August 15, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Whether they’re in your office or working remotely, your association probably has volunteers contributing to projects every day. They might be doing multiple microvolunteering activities, serving on a committee, or helping with special initiatives – all of which are essential to your association moving forward. So keep them motivated and feeling valued by showing appreciation for their hard work.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Member Experience, Online Community

Association Tips: 6 Irresistible Member Benefits that Convince People to Join and Renew

Written by Julie Dietz on July 13, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Getting people to join your association is like making a sale. You need to offer them something they want enough that they’re willing to pay for it.

The problem is that many other organizations have similar offers and value propositions. So what benefits can you provide that convince people to join – and stay – with your association?

Here are six member benefit ideas that should do the trick.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Member Experience, Marketing Automation, Online Community

Treat Your Volunteers Like Employees

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

 

What if the way to motivate your volunteers to come back again and again is to forget for a moment they’re volunteers? What if, instead, the key is to recruit and treat your volunteers like employees?

Many volunteer programs struggle with the same problem - getting a core group to return regularly. A lot of people volunteer at least once, but it doesn’t often turn into long-term commitment. But if you manage your volunteers like employees, thinking about their professional development and giving them important tasks and metrics, then they have an incentive to continue volunteering.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Online Community

Why Do People Volunteer for Professional Associations and Trade Groups?

Written by Julie Dietz on April 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

“We make a living by what we do. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Of the many ways to give back, volunteering is one of the most profound. Giving your time and knowledge is invaluable, which is one of the reasons organizations appreciate their volunteers so much.

Volunteerism has been the lifeblood of many groups throughout the centuries and continues to be a driving force today. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 25.3% of the US population volunteered in 2014. They helped people in need, advanced causes, and furthered organizations.

How many people volunteered at your association? And what brought them to your door?

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Online Community

Is Your Community Charitable?

Written by Lauren Wolfe | on November 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 3 minute read

 

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season. At Higher Logic, we have a lot to be thankful for this year. We were reminded of this last week during our seventh Higher Logic Super Forum - we have so many awesome clients!

As important as it is to be thankful, we’ve been thinking about how to give back using the power of community - especially the online communities we spend our days building, which have so much potential for good.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Volunteer Management, Online Community

How to Use Activity Data to Identify Your Association's Next Volunteers

Written by Julie Dietz on August 10, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

$23.56 per hour.

According to nonprofit management and advocacy organization, Independent Sector, that's the estimated worth of a job.

But what job? A paralegal? A dental hygienist? A mechanic?

All those careers pay close to $23/hr, but none are the job that I'm referring to.

What's your guess?

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Member Engagement, Online Community

The Wikipedia Effect: Why People Volunteer

Written by Molly Talbert | on July 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

Wikipedia is one of the best examples of user generated content on a massive scale. Almost the entire site -- one of the most used websites in the world -- is content made by extremely dedicated volunteers. It’s the only way Wikipedia, a non-profit funded by donations, could survive -- they depend on volunteers for their entire existence.

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Topics: Engagement, Volunteer Management, Online Community

4 Ways Your Association is Letting Volunteers Down (And How to Fix It)

Written by Julie Dietz on July 20, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

What does your office look like? Are you close to your coworkers or your boss? What about your volunteers? Associations often have volunteers coming and going, emailing, or calling in order to get feedback and direction for their projects. You might talk to or email some of your volunteers more than your colleagues. Maybe you've even come to rely on them for help managing daily tasks, planning events, or welcoming new members.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Associations, Online Community

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