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  • Are You Ready for National Volunteer Week?

    Lori Halley 07 April 2011 3 comments
    National Volunteer Week takes place April 10 - 16, 2011 in Canada and the US. Here are some ideas and links to help your organization celebrate.
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  • Q and A: Volunteer Scheduling, Time Tracking and Accountability

    18 March 2011 10 comments
    Today we’re tackling some questions on tools and tactics for volunteer management that were asked in the most recent Wild Apricot blog reader survey. The reader questions fall into three areas: scheduling volunteers, tracking volunteer hours, and how...
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  • New Initiative to Engage Canadian Volunteers

    Lori Halley 14 March 2011 1 comments
    Two new volunteer websites - GetInvolved.ca & GetVolunteering.ca - are part of an initiative launched by Volunteer Canada and Manulife Financial. These websites offer information, resources and a Matching Tool to help Canadian volunteers and volunteer-seeking organizations.
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  • Are You Ready For the Volunteer Boom?

    Lori Halley 11 February 2011 8 comments
    There are 77 million Baby Boomers in the US and another 10 million across Canada. "Boomers" are generally well educated, wealthy and skilled individuals who have already proven their willingness to volunteer - with nearly a third of Boomers volunteering for formal organizations. But to take advantage of this "untapped resource of extraordinary proportions" organizations need to rethink how they attract and utilize Boomer volunteers.
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  • Tips for Building Productive Relationships with Your Leader Partner

    Lori Halley 09 February 2011 0 comments
    In this guest post, Trish Hudson, president of the Melos Institute, shares an approach she learned from her mentor, designed to forge strong partnerships each year with his leader partners. She presents four key focus areas that he incorporated into a special "expectations conversation" that not only helped get the year off to a great start, but also generated long-term productive working relationships.
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  • Is Your Nonprofit Losing Members? Maybe It’s Not You

    21 October 2010 4 comments
    Busy modern lifestyles mean limited time for volunteer and membership activities after work and family obligations. Nonprofits know this, and have been re-tooling their programs, offering more “value” to recruit and retain members. But there’s another reason why your membership may be declining: your other members.
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  • Three Questions That Mobilize Members to Volunteer

    09 October 2010 4 comments
    This is a guest post by Trish Hudson, MPsSc. Trish is the president of the Melos Institute, an international think tank dedicated to finding new ways for associations to deliver more meaningful experiences for their members. Visit them at www.melosinstitute.org...
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  • 8 Quick Quizzes for New Volunteers

    12 July 2010 5 comments
    Volunteers will stay longer and work better for your non-profit organization if you can match their personalities and passions with appropriate tasks. Could a simple quiz help you to ensure your volunteers are matched up with the kind of work they'll enjoy for the long haul?
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  • Case Study: CivPol (Civilian Police) Alumni - Association Fundraising and Volunteer Management

    05 November 2009 0 comments
    The CivPol (Civilian Police) Alumni Association is a volunteer-led association that represents American police professionals serving as international civilian police. Its 1,400 members are under contract with the U.S. State Department to establish...
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  • Case Study: CivPol (Civic Police) Alumni Association

    05 November 2009 0 comments
    Association for Civilian Police Saves Thousands, Boosts Fundraising Through Wild Apricot Member Management Software Business Challenge: The CivPol Alumni Association's 1,400 members are American police professionals under contract with the U.S. State...
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  • Transforming Your Web Visitors into Eager Donors and Volunteers

    Dmitriy Buterin 18 December 2006 5 comments
    Your website can be a great tool in engaging prospective donors and volunteers. To do this you need to foster a sense of community with your target audience, and then call them to action. Here are a few things you might want to consider: Build meaningful...
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