Dear Colleague: I hope the heat of summer finds you doing OK and staying relatively cool. It was rewarding presenting at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS) in Chicago in June. Points of Light did a great job, and attracted over 5,000 attendees. Don't miss the resources below that I found at the conference.
A Few Tips...
Connect with Companies Now: The summer - and the often slower work pace - is a good time to explore partnerships with companies and other organizations. Leading off with a request for skilled volunteers for your agency could open the door to further collaboration.
Calculate the Real Value of Professional Contributions: While the Independent Sector's $21.79 hourly value of volunteer time is a start, consider using the market value of skilled professionals (often $75/hour or more). Check out the Points of Light's handy calculator which gives standard hourly rates for various professions and allows one to plug in hours to add up the true value of specific volunteers. Track More Than the Number of Volunteers & Hours: Other areas to track related to volunteers will help show the true value of their engagement. Consider:
Money earned through volunteers engaged in fundraising efforts
Money saved by engaging professional volunteers with marketing, graphic design, IT, accounting and other professional services
Direct volunteer financial contributions from major donors to small contributors
Impact or outcomes achieved as a result of volunteer engagement
Volunteers as Capacity Builders (presentation slides). Volunteer Frontier's Reed Dewey provides an overview of the opportunities to better engage the full spectrum of volunteers along with effective practices from nonprofits.
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.