Free eBook on Volunteer Management

Lori Halley 18 November 2011 0 comments

Tobi Johnson believes that volunteer managers are:

catalyst[s] for action… act[ing] as the bridge between people who want to see a change in the world and organizations who have the resources and mandate to make it happen.”

In her new eBook The New Volunteer Manager: The First 90 Days – Johnson offers a unique perspective and keen insight into the challenges as well as the “fantastic opportunities” of volunteers management based on “twenty-five years of direct experience at all levels of the nonprofit sector – from volunteer to head honcho.”

The eBook was designed for those new to the volunteer manager role, but its "21 big picture tips to rock your volunteer program" might also offer some fresh inspiration for veteran volunteer coordinators as well.

In Tip #1, Tobi frames the volunteer manager role as “that of a resourceful matchmaker, one who can wed the passion volunteers have for a cause with an organization that can help them make a difference in their chosen arena.”

And while so many of us start a new role by jumping in and getting carried along as things move at lighting speed, Tobi cautions new volunteer managers to take time for planning. In Tip# 2: Describe What Success Looks Like, she suggests that once you’ve taken time to fully flush out your role, it’s time to imagine your team’s future.  If you don’t know where your program is headed, chances are you’ll never get there.  So, invest some time developing your vision.”

I think that one of the most important messages in this eBook is Tip #3: Make Sure the Investment Your Volunteers Make Pays Dividends.  Tobi notes that “volunteers invest their social capital. They invest a significant amount of good will in a shared endeavor with your organization, with the expectation that the experience will bear fruit for both sides.  When there are perceived  inequities in this relationship, your volunteers and your program will suffer.” 

These are only 3 of the 21 tips included in this eBook.  The book is split into three sections that cover the broad range of activities new volunteer managers should try to undertake during their first few months on the job. In addition, Johnson also offers a case example of “Building a Mentoring Program from Scratch” as well as “Bonus Time-Saving Tips.”

This new ebook is available through our new Membership Knowledge Hub

Wild Apricot is pleased that Tobi Johnson agreed to let us include this new eBook in the Volunteer section of our new Membership Knowledge Hub (which offers articles, eBooks and how-to guides for membership and non-profit volunteers, staff and boards).

You can visit our Hub to read a brief summary of the book and download your own copy  - HERE.

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

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Published Friday, 18 November 2011 at 9:30 AM

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