This is the landing page for the 2021 Volunteer Managers Cohort. Thanks to funding from Serve Washington, Washington Nonprofits will continue serving volunteer managers with three convenings of volunteer managers in 2021 and additional support between events.
This cohort is for volunteer program managers or for people who supervise volunteers. Please do not join the conversation unless you are currently serving in this role. Our hope is to create a space for volunteer managers to exchange advice and share resources and experiences.
Schedule of events:
Thursday, January 28, 2021
12:00PM – 1:30PM
Free virtual workshop via Washington Nonprofits
Volunteers are the life-blood of nonprofit organizations and without them, most nonprofits would not even exist! Your nonprofit may only be working in one small corner of one small town, but to the people you serve and those that volunteer with you to serve, your work is life-changing and transformational! In order to attract and motivate volunteers, you’ll need to speak directly to their hearts and minds – and the best way to do that is with a great story!
In this fun hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to craft an evocative narrative that empowers fundraising activities and enables volunteers to form a deep connection to the cause while motivating them to become ultimate champions for the organization. You’ll build communication skills to advocate for your volunteer program to the greater community as well as internally to your own organization and those in leadership.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
12:00PM – 1:00PM
Free webinar via Washington Nonprofits
Want to know how to get the most out of a volunteer management system? And how to use that data strategically? Join this conversation about data management for volunteer managers. We’ll hear from experienced volunteer leaders from around the state and collect the communal wisdom from the group.
- Jamboard from the gathering – see what all the small groups had to say!
- List of data management tools
- Data management system reference sheet from 501 Commons
August 2021: Topic TBD
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Save the date! Is there something that you want to discuss for this convening? Do you have challenge that’s top of mind that you want to talk through with your peers? Send your ideas to Julia Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Management Guide – 501 Commons
501 Commons has compiled a list of best practices in volunteer management to help you engage the people who serve your mission. You will also find other important materials such as sample volunteer handbooks, job descriptions, surveys, training manuals, flow charts, and information to help you assess your needs.
If you are not currently subscribed to the Volunteer Managers Cohort email list and would like to be, contact Julia Hunter at email@example.com.