Be Bold… Lessons for Volunteer Engagement Professionals

Be Bold… Lessons for Volunteer Engagement Professionals

by Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies This morning, after nine months of research, design, and preparation, I excitedly sat in the launch of a three-day training for engagement specialists of the American Red Cross – all designed around the theme of...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Scholarship Opportunity for Points of Light Conference 2019

Scholarship Opportunity for Points of Light Conference 2019

Once again, we are excited to announce the return of the Jill Friedman Fixler Professional Development Scholarship for Points of Light Conference. In the years since her death, Jill’s family has generously partnered with Points of Light to honor her memory with...