We can now leverage new technologies to create significant social change in our communities and in the world, and the Power of We is the fuel for that fire. This is especially important for those of us working with volunteers to recognize.
This summer, we conducted an in-depth review of employee volunteer programs by analyzing the corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports of more than 40 large domestic and internationally recognized businesses.
(The following post by Aaron Hurst, president of the Taproot Foundation, was adapted from Powered by Pro Bono: The Nonprofits Step-by-Step Guide to Scoping, Securing, Managing, and Scaling Pro Bono Resources.
“Why” is a three-letter word that can pack more punch than more conspicuous four-letter words! Throughout my years in working with clients and audiences, I have found that asking someone to explain the reason for a particular statement, action, or decision almost always puts things into context and enables forward progress.
No matter how well you plan a volunteer event or manage your volunteers, eventually something is going to happen that doesn't quite go as planned. It's important to address the problem quickly and professionally and getting back to normal.
Collecting and synthesizing volunteer data may take a little time on the front end, but it should pay off in the long run. It's all about turning the raw numbers into usable tools for evaluation, decision-making, and action plans for the future.