Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Submit Posts on Improving the Volunteer Experience

Lori Halley 29 September 2011 0 comments

Volunteers: non-profits and member-based organizations need them to survive and thrive, but are often challenged to effectively recruit, engage and manage them.

Since a couple of our recent posts on managing volunteers and our expectations of them (including boards) struck a chord with many of our readers, we thought it would be great to find out what advice others might have on improving the volunteer experience.

So as the hosts of the October Nonprofit Blog Carnival, we're looking for submissions of posts on:

Tips, tools and tactics for improving the volunteer experience and effectiveness.

What kind of blog posts are we looking for?

We'd like to hear about ideas that could help organizations engage, connect with, retain and generally provide a win-win arrangement for volunteers, such as:

  • Best practices you (or your organization) have developed
  • Tips, tactics, tools or processes you’ve used that were effective
  • The voice of experience – how can your experience (as a volunteer or volunteer manager) enlighten others?

Since Wild Apricot is all about small non-profits, associations and other member-based organizations, you’ll get bonus points for offering advice that can work for small organizations with limited resources.

What’s in it for you?

If you're a blogger:  

Offer up your suggestions, experiences, success stories, advice, tips and tactics to the October issue of the Non-profit Blog Carnival – here’s how:

  • Write a blog post, or choose a recent post that fits the theme.
  • Go to BlogCarnival.com to submit your post using the form there
  • or submit posts for consideration via email to: nonprofitcarnival@gmail.com - be sure to include your name, your blog’s name and the URL of the post (not your blog homepage).
  • The deadline for submissions is end of day - Monday, October 24.
  • Check back  on Thursday, Oct. 27th to see if we've included your post in the October blog carnival.

By submitting your post to the blog carnival, you can bring new traffic to your blog and help raise its online profile. If your post is selected for inclusion in this month’s carnival round-up, you’ll get a backlink to your blog post (nice for search engines) and the chance to get your writing in front of new readers.

If you're a reader: check back to the Wild Apricot blog on Thursday, October 27th to see the round-up of posts.

Not Sure What a Nonprofit Blog Carnival Is?

It is a  monthly round-up of blog posts on topics directed at nonprofits. Each month, the host creates a  theme and sends out the call (in a post like this) for posts on that topic. Then the host collects the pertinent posts together and offers these up in a round-up post towards the end of that month.

To find out what this is all about, check out the September Non-profit Blog Carnival, hosted by Elizabeth Ricca of Big Duck on "Multi-channel Bootcamp." Or read more about blog carnivals on About.com.

We look forward to reading your submissions - be sure to submit your posts by end of day - Monday, October 24.

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Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Thursday, 29 September 2011 at 9:38 AM

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