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How to Get Association Members Volunteering

Written by Molly Talbert | on October 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM
How to get association members volunteering

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

5 Unexpectedly Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Association’s Volunteers

Written by Julie Dietz on August 15, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Give your association's volunteers an unexpected surprise with these 5 thank you methods.

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

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

These six member benefits will convince people to join your association and renew their membership.

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

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

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 ways you can use activity data from your online community to identify expert volunteers.

$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

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

How to Make Association Committee Members Happier and More Productive

Written by Christina Green | on July 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Tips for helping association committee members be happy and productive.

The internet is filled with stories of organizations instituting radical changes to make employees more invested, happier, and thus more productive. There's the company in Seattle that raised its minimum wage to $70,000, there's WL Gore & Associates that eliminated a managerial hierarchy, and Whole Foods that publishes all of its employees' salaries, which are based on work and abilities (the more able the employee, the higher the pay).

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How to Recruit and Motivate Volunteers for Your Online Community

Written by Hayley Rissler on June 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Best practices for recruiting, motivating, and retaining volunteers.

Back in grade school, teachers would ask for volunteers and hands would shoot up around the room. Everyone wanted to do the teacher a special favor by running an errand down the hall or helping hand out pamphlets.

How eager we all were back then.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Volunteer Management

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