Aloha PCF Board of Directors Kristina Lyons suggested that I take the Fundamental Five Nonprofit Capacity Training Workshops offered for free at MEO. This is a short slide show I’ve made to share with you the key points of what I learned at the first workshop.
The Art of Volunteer Management
Keith Ranney runs a business that helps non-profits connect with volunteers and also educates them on how best to manage volunteers: http://www.artofvolunteering.com/
The workshop was also co-sponsored by Volunteer Maui which is a Maui County organization supporting volunteerism in our community: www.volunteermaui.com
Volunteer Maui sponsors volunteer recruitment fairs, volunteer publications, education for volunteer managers, and volunteer resources & recognition
There is a booklet they produce that lists non-profits on Maui and is distributed around the island. AND this booklet is usually picked up by corporations who wish to give back to Maui organizations when they have conferences here. I think we should pursue being published in this booklet.
On April 9th, 2011 they are having a Spirit Awards Luncheon. The Spirit Awards is a new and inspiring way to recognize volunteers who change and improve our community. In January, we can nominated a volunteer for award and I think we should nominate Kimokeo Kapahulehua for his work on our Paddle for Life (because he did great things!). This will not only be a great thank you for him, but also a little exposure for us.
The workshop I took was called And it was presented by Keith Ranney
Panel Members were:
Denby Freeland-Cole from Maui Coastal Land Trust
Tommy Russo, Publisher of the Maui Time Weekly
(who is also
of the Maui Academy of
Performing Arts BOD)
For a long time, Keith Ranney talked about this volunteer management software that costs about 900 dollars and I really don’t think we need to buy or use this program given the nature of our organization. So I’ll just fast forward to the part where two other people joined him and gave a
the MOST IMPORTANT point that I took away from this discussion was spoken by Tommy Russo, and he said:
we need to have a plan for our relations with the public, designed specifically in alignment with the kind of organization we are
Our social strategy can involve many different things such as: radio spots, publications, presence at public events, websites, billboards (ok, we actually can’t do this in hawaii, but there might be an equivalent)
The point is we have to think about it and plan it so that we know we are making a deliberate effort to get in touch with The People and create avenues for them to get in touch with us and support our programs.
“ every organization needs to have a social strategy”
We get into Volunteer Maui’s booklet regarding Non-Profit Organizations open to support from the community & visitors
We nominate Kimokeo for a Spirit Award
We create a greater Facebook presence
Perhaps you may think that Facebook is just another way that people my age waste vast amounts of time doing nothing but surfing and schmoozing (and it can be), but let me breakdown a few statistics that were mentioned in a Writing and Marketing Conference I attended this weekend:
500 Million people are on Facebook now. If it were a country, it would be the third largest in the world.
Facebook is not just for the young internet-addicted generation. IN FACT, the age group with the greatest presence on Facebook are people between the ages of 35 & 44, followed in second place by people between the ages of 45 & 54. The 25 to 34 year-old crowd comes in third. People 35 and older amount to 60% of the Facebook population.
On March 13th, 2010 something quite profound happened: Facebook’s daily trafficing records surpassed Google’s. More people visit Facebook everyday than people google!
We schedule a meeting to discuss and plan our social strategy, including two ideas I have, which involve:
So here are my suggestions for
Aloha PCF Board of Directors Thank you for allowing me to attend this workshop for PCF. I hope you have enjoyed this short presentation.