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Treat Your Volunteers Like Employees

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

 Treat your community volunteers like employees

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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Why Do People Volunteer for Professional Associations and Trade Groups?

Written by Julie Dietz on April 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Do you know why your association's volunteers raised their hands to help?

“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

Is Your Community Charitable?

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

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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

The Wikipedia Effect: Why People Volunteer

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

The Wikipedia Effect - Why People Volunteer

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

Help Members Help You: Three Ways to Engage Volunteers

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Help members help you: three ways to engage volunteers

Member volunteering is important for obvious reasons -- it helps our organizations and saves money.

But remember how members can benefit, too: Volunteering keeps members engaged, happier and more likely to stay involved with your organization -- or tell peers to join.

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Volunteers Are the Air We Breathe

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on April 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Happy National Volunteer Week! What are you and your organization doing this week to celebrate? We kicked off the festivities a little early this year – for April's Learning Series webinar, we joined forces with Mariner Management’s Peter Houstle, who discussed the changing tides (pun intended) of volunteerism and how the old volunteer model just won’t cut it anymore.

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Millennials and The Rise of Virtual Volunteering

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Millennials and the rise of virtual volunteering

How would you finish this sentence: “Millennials are _____”? Maybe “selfish”? A lot of people might choose “lazy.” How about, “generous”? Didn’t expect that, did you?

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Crowdsourcing Your Community Goals

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on March 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Are you part of a community making information available and accessible to others? It could be a national association for the healthcare industry, a Reddit group for gaming geeks or even the anonymous pages of Wikipedia. The key: you and a group of people are coming together to be productive and hopefully offer something to whatever at-large community you care about.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Volunteer Management

Duolingo Gets Crowdsourced Community Content Creation

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Duolingo gets crowdsourced community content creation

Crowdsourcing is a big topic these days. Kickstarter allows people to fund business ideas they believe in. Waze combines GPS navigation with real-time updates from other drivers. Volunteers created and continually update Wikipedia, the vast online encyclopedia. Dividing small amounts of work between many people has powerful effects that positively impact us all.

As the crowdsourcing movement shows us, everyone has the potential to affect change. The trick is finding simple, quick ways for people to lend a hand. All communities have this potential, but actually creating ways to harness this “cognitive surplus” can be difficult. How can you effectively help your community lend a hand in content creation for your organization?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Volunteer Management

The Cognitive Surplus: Tapping into Your Members' Knowledge

Written by Greg Pollack on October 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM

There is a widening gap within humanity right now, between very few people doing a lot of interesting, productive and innovative stuff, and many people doing absolutely nothing. The thing is, everyone has the potential to affect change. This concept has recently been coined as cognitive surplus. We can’t simply ask everyone to start doing incredibly productive tasks all at once—a heralded concept of productivity and volunteerism is start small, ask small.

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Topics: Engagement, Volunteer Management

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