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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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Topics: Volunteer Management, Member Engagement, Online Community

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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Topics: Volunteer Management, Online Community

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

Recognition, Rewards and Gamification for Volunteer Programs

Written by Andy Steggles | on August 20, 2015 at 3:35 PM | 2 minute read

Any volunteer program or system should be easy to use for staff and volunteers alike. Whether you are creating opportunities or joining events and completing tasks, the process needs to feel seamless and keep volunteers coming back for more. This is where recognition, rewards and gamification techniques come in.

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

Is Your Community Changing with the Times?

Written by Maddie Grant | on August 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 2 minute read

Today’s “new normal” involves continuous change, which is something the Millennial generation has simply come to expect. But those of us who are older and running things inside associations (including our online communities) have always tried to build things that last. We like consistency. We like things to stay the same. This is a challenge.

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

How Well Do You Know Your Organization's Volunteers?

Written by Andy Steggles | on August 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM | 2 minute read

Your organization might have members lining up for volunteering opportunities, with event positions always overbooked for help and community discussions and blogs bursting at the seams. But if you are like the average organization, you struggle to gather and redirect your members into volunteer buckets that best suit individual needs and skill sets.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Online Community

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