Category Archives: The New Breed of Volunteer

Recruiting Tips to Build Your Dream Team

“In my head, we are already there.” Those are the words Al Harrison (Kevin Costner) said in the movie Hidden Figures, when referring to NASA sending a man to the moon. He had a vision to see men in space, … Continue reading

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The 2 “Football Basics” of Volunteer Engagement

Fall is different things to different people. To parents it’s back to school. To me the lazy days of summer are over, and I have kick off my sandals and start wearing shoes again. To my son Jonathan and his … Continue reading

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Turn a “No” Into a “Yes”

The Simple Task of Framing You just made a pitch to a potential volunteer who would be perfect on your planning team… but she said, “No.” You went to all the trouble to set up a lunch meeting with the … Continue reading

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The Check Engine Light of Volunteer Stress

How to Recognize and Respond to Volunteer Stress Warning Signs Stress has been called the disorder of the 21st century. In today’s economic climate companies are stretched thin and tensions are running high. Financial problems, personal relationships, children, and the … Continue reading

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Burnout Busters — Eight tips to prevent volunteer burnout

The 90/10% principle of volunteer involvement: 10% of the membership are burning themselves out to keep the organization on mission while 90% enjoy the benefits and do next to nothing. When I think of that 90/10% principle, I picture a … Continue reading

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Effective Marketing to the 62.5% Who Volunteer— But Not for Organizations

They’ll help a neighbor, plan a block party or organize a local softball game.  They volunteer, but they won’t volunteer for any organization.  According to the Volunteering and Civil Life in America, 2014 report, 62.5% of people living in the … Continue reading

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How To Keep the Volunteer Motivated

Although volunteers are passionate, volunteerism requires a great deal of motivation to keep the passion alive. The 21st century new breed volunteer has a lot of distractions, and as leaders we constantly face the challenge of keeping the volunteer motivated … Continue reading

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The Graying of Volunteers: We Are Back for Your Revolution

Who are these people who are saying, “Just ask me and I’ll sign up”? We are Boomers. Why are we ready to sign up? We were the volunteer revolutionaries of the 60’s and we are back.  The word revolution comes … Continue reading

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How To Manage the Pressure to Use Youth Volunteers When They So Often Can Be A pain

Seven tips for a win/win youth volunteer service project Global Youth Services Day is upon us (April 17-19)  which brings up the question that I was recently asked in a conference, “Can you give us any hints about working with youth … Continue reading

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Two Opportunities in April to Hear Tom McKee Speak on Engaging the New Breed Volunteer 

If you live in Texas or western New York, I will be presenting the challenge and opportunity of engaging a whole new breed of volunteers who are changing how we recruit and empower volunteers. Tyler, Texas — April 16 Buffalo/Albany … Continue reading

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