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Meaningful Work: Building Resilience and Capacity through Skilled Volunteering

Meaningful Work: Building Resilience and Capacity through Skilled Volunteering

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Hosted by TechSoup Connect BC on August 2021.
https://events.techsoup.org/e/m6hyry/

Learn about how your nonprofit can achieve digital transformation and utilize skill-based volunteering to drive deeper impact. By the end of the event, you will learn how easy it is to connect with skill-based volunteers that have today's most in-demand skills to achieve some of your biggest goals and how to build new corporate partnerships & funding avenues through corporate volunteers.

Hosted by TechSoup Connect BC on August 2021.
https://events.techsoup.org/e/m6hyry/

Learn about how your nonprofit can achieve digital transformation and utilize skill-based volunteering to drive deeper impact. By the end of the event, you will learn how easy it is to connect with skill-based volunteers that have today's most in-demand skills to achieve some of your biggest goals and how to build new corporate partnerships & funding avenues through corporate volunteers.

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Meaningful Work: Building Resilience and Capacity through Skilled Volunteering

  1. 1. 1 Building Resilience & Capacity through Skilled Volunteering
  2. 2. Land Acknowledgement We acknowledge that MeaningfulWork is located on unceded Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ), Lummi, W̱SÁNEĆ, Katzie, Stó:lō Treaty Association, and Semiahmoo territory. 2
  3. 3. Housekeeping & Accessibility ● Please say ‘Hi’ in the chat, feel free to introduce yourself/organization ● When we say ‘nonprofit’ we are referring to registered charities, registered nonprofits, and not-for-profit initiatives ● Feel free to drop questions in the chat. 3
  4. 4. Agenda I. Our Story & What we Do II. What is Digital Transformation? III. How to Engage with Skill-based Volunteering IV. Next Steps 4
  5. 5. Our Story: MeaningfulWork ● Started February 2020 ● Ran a volunteer matching pilot in July 2020 ● Built a smart web platform for volunteer matching & employee engagement ● Launched our service in April 2021 ● 150+ Nonprofits, 150+ volunteers, 5+ companies and growing 5
  6. 6. Why MeaningfulWork? 1. It’s Free to join 2. Skilled Volunteer-focused 3. Join a Community 4. End-to-end support & 1:1 workshops 5. Our Mission & Values 6
  7. 7. Supporting Nonprofits from A-Z Define high-priority areas of need Set scope, timelines, and deliverables Get the support that you need Manage volunteers, Determine value Celebrate and Measure Impact Worksheet & Checklist Templates Interview Volunteers Track Progress Impact Stories & Workshops MW Advisor support 7
  8. 8. What are the avenues of engaging with volunteers? 1-2 hours with an expert 2-8 hours weekly over weeks-months One time event with a specific date Long-term commitment Strategic Advising Projects Events Board & Committee Members Can be taken by teams or individuals 8
  9. 9. What is Digital Transformation? Marketing Digital Advertising, Segmentation, Websites & Landing Pages Human Resources Virtual offices, engaging employees, online Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Operations New business models, measure client experience, online program delivery Technical Infrastructure Accessing employee, client, donor data and insights, cybersecurity Finance & Fundraising New donor channels, gamification, cryptocurrency Impact measurement & Communication Digital storytelling, measuring progress and setting KPIs 9
  10. 10. Why Digital Transformation? ● Leads to resilience and flexibility ● Can expand or increase value to your audiences ● Lead to scaling impact at national & global level But, ● Expensive ● Steep learning curve, hard-to-find talent ● Requires constant building, updating, and optimizing 10
  11. 11. Achieve transformation through skilled volunteers What is Skill-based Volunteers? ● Aligning volunteers’ skills & experience with the task at hand, increasing the value of volunteers’ time and impact. ● Resource: www.capacitycommons.org ● Can be centered around Knowledge or Implementation 11
  12. 12. Engaging Skilled Volunteers: 6 Steps for Success Scope the opportunity Prepare your organization Source the volunteer/team Implement the project/advising 1 2 3 4 5 6 Evaluate the result Celebrate and Repeat! Adapted from www.capacitycommons.org 12
  13. 13. Step 1: Prepare your organization Readiness and high-priority areas How can we help: ● Call with our team, Worksheet & Checklist ● Complete a Quick Needs Assessment and receive recommendations Questions: ● Is there a need for more capacity in my org? ● Do I have the bandwidth to engage with volunteers? ● Is there buy-in from my colleagues? 13
  14. 14. Brainstorming: Operational Perspective People Money & Fundraising Change & Communications Projects & Programs Cross-Functional Collaboration Strategy & Planning Growth Operations & Execution Data management Metrics & Reporting 14
  15. 15. Finance Operations Marketing Fundraising strategy Budgeting Accounting Project Management Logistical Planning Social media strategy Building Content Communications Guide Impact Human Resources Technical Digital storytelling Setting KPIs Measuring progress Hiring Strategy Engaging People Website Data Technical Projects Brainstorming: Role Perspective 15
  16. 16. Step 2: Scope the Opportunity Questions to consider ● What is your organization’s core need? ● What is the project goal? ● What are the phases - interim milestones and deliverables. How do you define success? ● What is the range of acceptable timelines? ● What roles do you need? How many volunteers, with what skill-sets, and with how much capacity? 16
  17. 17. Step 2: Scope the Opportunity How we can help ● Speaking with a member of our team to value, assess, and map out the project ● Breaking a large project into smaller chunks suitable for skill-based volunteers ● Posting templates on our site come with pre-filled phases and milestones for the most common opportunities 17
  18. 18. Step 3: Sourcing Options to Find Skilled Volunteers ● Make a posting on your website and share through social media ● Reach out to companies ● GoVolunteer.ca & Volunteer Centres ● VolunteerMatch, DoSomeGood, Purposely ● CatchAFire (US) ● MeaningfulWork 18
  19. 19. Step 3: Sourcing Our Process 1. Create a scoped opportunity through our templates 2. We’ll work hard to match a volunteer/team to you 3. Review applications from volunteers 4. Quick 15 minute feasibility call 5. Start the opportunity! 19
  20. 20. ● What information does the volunteer need to start? Who do they need to talk to? ● Does the volunteer have any obstacles? ● Is the volunteer comfortable with the commitment and work environment? Do they have access needs to consider? Step 4: Implement Opportunity Before Starting 20
  21. 21. ● Do you have a process to document learnings? ● Track the volunteer’s progress: set out milestones and deliverables being met. Are adjustments needed? ● How can you hand-off the project after completion? ● Volunteer Notes & Hours can be tracked in MeaningfulWork Step 4: Implement Opportunity Managing Progress 21
  22. 22. Steps 5 & 6: Measure and Celebrate Impact Questions to consider ● Was the project goal and metrics of success reached? ● What was the impact? Can I measure it in hours? More people served? Money saved? ● How can I tell the story of the completed project? How does it relate to my audience? ● Where can I recognize the work of the volunteer or team? 22
  23. 23. Steps 5 & 6: Measure and Celebrate Impact Our process Once an opportunity is completed, you have the opportunity to give feedback to the volunteer to create a shareable impact story. Volunteers can also give you feedback. Need help with measuring impact? We have a workshop for that! 23
  24. 24. Stills from Habitat for Humanity GV Video footage Steps 5 & 6: Measure and Celebrate Impact A Story to Share 24
  25. 25. After the Opportunity Reflect ● How did the process go? What needs to change for next time? ● Can I include skill-based volunteering into my strategic planning? Maintaining a relationship with past volunteers ● Re-engaging if they are open ● Sending them an impact update 6-months to 1-year down the road Working with companies ● Working with Skill-based volunteers from companies can lead you to working more closely with corporate social responsibility (CSR) departments, and building partnerships ● Understanding the key decision-makers, and what your wins and their wins would be 25
  26. 26. Reflection Questions ● Where are your the biggest gaps in capacity? ● Where do you see potential projects? ● How might working with companies look like for your organization moving forwards? 26
  27. 27. Next Steps ● Get started with MeaningfulWork: ○ app.meaningfulwork.xyz OR app.meaningfultech.ca ● Review the skill-based volunteering toolkit: www.capacitycommons.org ● Stay tuned for a recording, this presentation, worksheet and checklist ● Invitation to book custom workshops (sliding scale) in Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Impact Mapping, and Navigating Grants and Online tools 27
  28. 28. Thank you! Questions? Contact us app.meaningfulwork.xyz www.meaningfulwork.xyz info@meaningfulwork.xyz Credits Icons by Flaticon | Illustrations by Storyset 28
  29. 29. Optional Activity: Stay and Chat! ● Raise your hand to speak ● Please introduce yourself and the work you do ● Any questions for us or other participants? 29
  30. 30. Backup 30
  31. 31. MeaningfulWork How do we find skilled professionals? 31 A growing set of companies and professional network partners.
  32. 32. Brainstorming Activity ● Finding gaps and problems in your organization ○ HR, Finance, Accounting, Sales, Marketing, List of questions ● You found the gap? Post opportunities you can post on MeaningfulWork 32
  33. 33. Digital Marketing Strategy ● Market Segmentation, Positioning, and Communications Guide ○ Who is your target audience, and how do they perceive value in your work? ● Building an Social Media & Advertising Strategy ○ Building content, marketing funnels, leveraging ad credits ● Setting SMART goals and Key Performance Indicators ○ Align digital strategy with your impact goals 33
  34. 34. Digital Marketing Projects ● Social media campaigns ○ ● Website & landing page development ○ ● Email Newsletter Development ○ Do you highlight current events 34
  35. 35. Digital Operations Strategy ● Database organization & security ○ ● Engagement, culture, values, and EDI ○ ● Setting SMART goals and Key Performance Indicators ○ 35
  36. 36. Digital Operations Projects ● Setting up Digital Administration ○ Time tracking, communications (slack), virtual offices (discord) ● Digital Program Delivery ○ Videoconferencing, online feedback, application development 36
  37. 37. What is Digital Transformation? ● Marketing ○ Digital Advertising, Segmentation, Websites & Landing Pages ● Human Resources ○ Virtual offices, engaging employees, online Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion ● Operations ○ New business models, measure client experience, online program delivery ● Technical Infrastructure ○ Accessing employee, client, donor data, cybersecurity ● Finance & Fundraising ○ New donor channels, gamification, cryptocurrency ● Impact Measurement and Communication ○ Digital storytelling, measuring progress and setting KPIs 37
  38. 38. Engaging Skilled Volunteers 6 Steps for Success 1. Prepare your organization 2. Scope the opportunity 3. Source the volunteer/team 4. Implement the project/advising 5. Evaluate the result 6. Celebrate and Repeat! Adapted from www.capacitycommons.org 38
  39. 39. What kind of opportunities can you post? ● Strategic Advising ○ 2 hours with an expert ● Projects ○ 2-8 hours weekly over 5-10 weeks ● Events ○ One time event with a specific date ● Board & Committee Members ○ Long-term commitment 39

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