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Shaking Up Your Volunteer Strategy

The handwriting has been on the wall – associations have consistently failed to fully resource their volunteer systems.  We have in the past 2 years innovated our education and digital strategies, our decision-making models and our workplaces. To a certain degree, we innovated our member engagement strategy as well – and left the volunteer strategy to age another year.  Here's a new volunteer management model for 2023 and what it looks like.

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By: Peggy Hoffman | Dec, 24 2021
Volunteers

Opening the Door to Volunteers

Recently, an association pro began a Collaborate discussion with the question “are associations seeking a reduction of volunteers interested in board or officer positions?” Volunteer burn-out is real and for many associations, we saw that with increasing clarity in the past 18-months. But not all responding said yes. What’s the difference between associations struggling and those succeeding?

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By: Peggy Hoffman | Nov, 6 2020
Volunteers

Saying & Showing Thanks to Volunteers

How can we say thank you to our volunteers? Peggy Hoffman shares three ways to do just that.

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Maximizing Your Budget with Volunteers

​Many small staff associations have big ideas but aren’t always able to execute due to a lack of resources, staff, time – or all of the above. Now is the time to learn how to do more with less by really engaging your volunteers.

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Five reasons to host a volunteer leader meeting

Hosting a volunteer leader meeting is an excellent way to bring together key volunteers and staff to collaborate, network and grow.

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Volunteering reaches all-time high

April is National Volunteer Month, and according to a recent report, more Americans are volunteering.

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