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When Counting Hours Really Counts!

When Counting Hours Really Counts!

Anyone who has heard us at VQ Volunteer Strategies talk about the importance of measuring volunteer impact has undoubtedly heard us say, “We have to get beyond counting hours!” In fact, most people have heard us say that many, many times. And, yet, while the field...

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Lessons from the Road

Lessons from the Road

Last month and for the third year in a row, I completed a series of 10 business trips in 10 weeks (#10TripsIn10Weeks). It’s a period I fondly refer to as “conference season.” While waiting in security lines and spending four hours squeezed into an aircraft seat...

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Reinvent the Wheel or Develop Something New?

Reinvent the Wheel or Develop Something New?

To Reinvent the Wheel – or to Develop Something Totally New? That is the question. These days, when someone asks a question about a best practice or tool, all it usually takes to find the answer is a quick online search… or, perhaps, a phone call to colleagues. But...

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X, Y, and Introducing Generation Z!

X, Y, and Introducing Generation Z!

Many different things can indicate “coming of age” … but when it comes to a generation as a whole, one factor could certainly be the act of receiving a distinct generational name. That just happened for the generation after Millennials – those born after 1996 – who...

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Dear VQ… I want to be an Executive Director

Dear VQ… I want to be an Executive Director

A few days ago, I received an intriguing message from a volunteer manager who had been in one of my conference sessions last year. It was the first time I had received this question – but I must believe that many others are aspiring to leadership positions and have...

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Power of the Personal Ask

Power of the Personal Ask

One of the top challenges expressed by volunteer engagement professionals is recruitment – whether finding the right volunteers or inspiring and equipping others (volunteers or staff) to recruit new volunteers on behalf of the organization. When volunteer directors...

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