Planning: Your Path to Leading the Way

Planning: Your Path to Leading the Way

One City’s Path from Program to Strategy Last month, as part of the Al!ve/Better Impact hybrid conference, I and three other inspiring presenters had the chance to explore the topic of how volunteer engagement professionals can “lead the way” instead of “managing the...
Reunion Day! A Time for Stories

Reunion Day! A Time for Stories

Today was one of my favorite days: “Reunion Day!” I spent all day with the ten teams that participated in the 2018 HIVE Initiative. HIVE (High Impact Volunteer Engagement) is an initiative of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits (in partnership with Volunteer New...
Recognition vs. Acknowledgment

Recognition vs. Acknowledgment

With fires blazing across the American West, hurricanes approaching our coastlines, and floods rising in the Midwest, I am grateful again for the first responders and the thousands of volunteers who leave the comforts of their homes to help others find safety and...
Saying “No” When “No” is the Right Answer

Saying “No” When “No” is the Right Answer

Last week, I received this email from a volunteer coordinator whom we’ll call “Vickie the Volunteer Coordinator.” Hi Beth, I met you at the recent Points of Light conference. I am currently recruiting and interviewing for an upcoming volunteer training at our...
Spin the Wheel of Value!

Spin the Wheel of Value!

How do you talk about the value of volunteering? And, with whom do you discuss it? So many professionals strive to make the case to organizational leaders to invest in engagement through financial resources, staff time, space in the facilities, and equipment or...