Engaging Pro Bono & Skilled Volunteers


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Integrating skilled volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you've just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.

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Engaging Pro Bono & Skilled Volunteers

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  2. 2. Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers Jennifer Bennett, Senior Manager, Education & Training 2
  3. 3. Introduction • Defining Pro Bono Consulting & Skilled Volunteering • Getting Started – Building Support – Developing Projects – Finding the Talent – Managing for Success • Working with Corporations • Q&A 3
  4. 4. Who are Pro Bono Consultants? • All volunteers have skills • Pro bono consultants use professional skills • Traditionally associated with attorneys – Now also being applied to other professions • Marketing/PR • Graphic/Web Design • IT • Accounting 4
  5. 5. Getting Started: Building Support • Identify Stakeholders – Board, Exec. Management, Program Managers, Paid Staff, Volunteer Staff • Communicate to create buy-in – How could the impact of staff members, programs, the organization be expanded by engaging pro bono and skilled volunteers? • Reach out to your champions 5
  6. 6. Getting Started: Developing Projects What could your organization accomplish if not limited by available skills and time? Successful projects include: – Measurable deliverables or outcomes – Accountabilities – Timeline – Evaluation http://www.taprootfoundation.org/get-probono/be-powered-pro-bono/project-finder 6
  7. 7. Getting Started: Finding the Talent • Communication Plan – Internal and external • Research Existing Volunteer Pool – Applications, Resumes • Recruit from Outside – Corporations, Colleges, Professional Groups • Screening the Candidates – Approach as if you would be paying for service • Say “No” and Hear “No” 7
  8. 8. Getting Started: Managing for Success • Define the Project – Who, What, When, Where, How. – MOU, Letter of Agreement – Include key evaluation or check in points. • Delegate – The outcome is more important than the process. – Let go without checking out • Manage Expectations – Does everyone have the same definition of success? 8
  9. 9. Working with Corporations • Identify skills areas needed – May be primary or support functions • Match corporate structure to organization – Grassroots nonprofits consider small businesses • Work towards creating long-term relationship – Single day, ongoing, leadership roles 9
  10. 10. Things to Think About • Start Small • Work with your Champions • Tout Successes • Don’t Force It • Exit Plan – Don’t give up, return to the phase where the project went awry. 10
  11. 11. Resources Learning Center Find upcoming webinar dates, how-to videos and more http://www.volunteermatch.org/nonprofits/learningcenter/ VolunteerMatch Community Ask and answer questions after the webinar – use keywords Skilled Volunteers, Pro Bono http://community.volunteermatch.org/volunteer Related Webinar Topics: •Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies •Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone's Job •Where Do I Go From Here? Evolving your Volunteer Program for More Involvement 11
  12. 12. Thanks for attending! Join us online: Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/VolunteerMatch Follow us on Twitter: @VolunteerMatch Visit Engaging Volunteers, our nonprofit blog: blogs.volunteermatch.org/engagingvolunteers/ For any questions contact: Jennifer Bennett (415) 321-3639 @JenBennettCVA jbennett@volunteermatch.org 12