I hope 2013 is off to a good start for you! In this issue I focus on pro bono volunteering - which has certainly grown in popularity over the years. As you look to the future, are there new ways your agency can expand its use of pro bono volunteers? My guess is that the answer is a big "yes." Below, view the cutting edge Pro Bono Readiness Research Survey(2012) by the LBG Research Institute for a great snap shot of where pro bono and skilled volunteering is today. See below for free resources to get you moving in the right direction. Contact me should you need help in with your volunteer engagement efforts to raise funds, save money, and do more mission. Thanks for telling colleagues about this newsletter!
Tips - Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteering
1. Adequately scope out the right pro bono projects. It takes time and thoughtful deliberation to figure out what pro bono projects really meet the needs of your agency prior to finding the right talent to get the work done. Check out the Taproot Foundation's new book, Powered By Pro Bono (link below).
2. Looking close to home for pro bono help. After coming up with good projects, seek out those who already love your agency. While you may be already utilizing the professional skills of board members, consider branching out to broader pool of stakeholders, including donors, members, and current or past clients. 3. Promote specific pro bono opportunities - especially for smaller assignments. It's amazing how many organizations don't have a wish list of pro bono volunteer projects ready to go. Since prospective volunteers respond more to specific requests, put out your needs in the newsletter, on the website, and through social media.
4. Convert one-shot pro bono volunteers into ongoing volunteers. The gold of pro bono engagement is retaining volunteers to do other similar projects or take on an ongoing responsibility in their area of expertise. Retaining skilled volunteers lowers the amount of staff time needed for volunteer orientation and training.
Pro Bono Readiness Survey by the LBG Research Institute, funded by Capital One gives one of the best snap shots of where nonprofits are now with skilled and pro bono volunteering. Read this report to get up to speed on where the opportunities are.
Skilled Volunteering 101. Is Your Organization Ready to Engage? This how-to guide from Common Impact is excellent, full of charts, a check list, and with good background behind how to implement a successful skilled volunteering program.
Contact me any time should you have questions concerning how to maximize your utilization of volunteers to save money, make money, and do more mission. Visit Volunteer Frontier, to find great resources and a full list of my services. Learn about the Volunteer Frontier approach to yield impressive returns for years to come. Lastly, visit my blog to get my take on trends and ideas in the field of volunteering.