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How to Make Association Committee Members Happier and More Productive

Written by Christina Green | on July 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

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

5 Microvolunteering Opportunities to Get Members Involved in Your Association

Written by Julie Dietz on June 30, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Association employees are the ultimate multitaskers. With small staffs and big memberships, association professionals do more with less every day, and they're good at it, but that doesn't mean that membership magic happens without help. More often than not, associations receive well-deserved support from their volunteer programs.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Member Engagement, Marketing Automation, Online Community

How to Recruit and Motivate Volunteers for Your Online Community

Written by Hayley Rissler on June 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

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, Online Community

Help Members Help You: Three Ways to Engage Volunteers

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

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 | 4 minute read

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 | 5 minute read

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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Topics: Millennials, Engagement, Volunteer Management, Online Community

Crowdsourcing Your Community Goals

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on March 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 4 minute read

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, Online Community

Duolingo Gets Crowdsourced Community Content Creation

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 6 minute read

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, Online Community

The Cognitive Surplus: Tapping into Your Members' Knowledge

Written by Greg Pollack on October 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 3 minute read

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, Online Community

Volunteer Management: 12 Volunteer Opportunities for Members in Your Online Community

Written by Katie Oakes on September 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

A major issue for associations everywhere is the acquisition of volunteers. It is not uncommon for an association's organizational structure to have volunteers that outnumber the staff. Typically, one staff member is doing the job of three, so finding volunteers is critical to their sanity.

Convincing someone to volunteer time out of their over-scheduled life is no simple task. Also, the people that you are recruiting are simultaneously being propositioned by other organizations. You're competing against PTA, sports leagues, homework, aging parents, walking the dog, work schedules, even enjoying a night of doing nothing at all. Your members are pulled in different directions and the last thing any of them have is time.

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

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