Fighting Hunger Together: Engaging 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 webinar 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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Fighting Hunger Together: Engaging Skilled Volunteers

  1. 1. Engaging Skilled VolunteersTo hear the presentation by phone call:(914) 339-0029Access Code: 896-351-537Jennifer Bennett, CVA, Senior Manager, Education & Training @JenBennettCVAMatt Wallace, Senior Associate, Nonprofit Relations @itsMattWallaceFollow the conversation on Twitter! Use #VMLearn
  2. 2. 2VolunteerMatch Overview“VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for goodpeople and good causes to connect.”91,665 Nonprofits… 74,361 Active Opportunities…. 6,706,533 referrals since 1998• VolunteerMatch has been around for 14 years, and is the top-ranked website for onlinevolunteer recruitment and employee-volunteer programs• Our Learning Center offers over 20 webinar topics focused on volunteer managementand VolunteerMatch tools, serving an audience of over 6,000 attendees each year
  3. 3. VolunteerMatch & Walmart:Fighting Hunger TogetherWhat are our goals?• Support nonprofit organizations that are working to endhunger in local communities.• Provide hunger relief organizations with the resourcesthey need to deploy, manage and expand their volunteerengagement program.• Support, train and share best practices for engagingvolunteers, and creating a multi-faceted relationship withvolunteers – donors, advocates.• Increase visibility of the need for volunteers at hungerrelief organizations.3
  4. 4. 4Introduction• Defining Pro Bono Consulting & SkilledVolunteering• Getting Started– Building Support– Developing Projects– Finding the Talent– Managing for Success• Working with Corporations• Q&A
  5. 5. 5Who are Pro BonoConsultants?• 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
  6. 6. 6Getting Started: BuildingSupport• 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 byengaging pro bono and skilled volunteers?• Reach out to your champions
  7. 7. 7Getting Started: DevelopingProjectsWhat could your organization accomplish if notlimited by available skills and time?Successful projects include:– Measurable deliverables or outcomes– Accountabilities– Timeline– Evaluation
  8. 8. 8Getting 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”
  9. 9. 9Getting 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?
  10. 10. 10Working 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
  11. 11. 11Things 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 projectwent awry.
  12. 12. 12ResourcesLearning CenterFind upcoming webinar dates, how-to videos and morehttp://learn.volunteermatch.orgVolunteerMatch CommunityAsk and answer questions after the webinar – use keywords Fighting Hunger Together,Volunteer Management Hunger TogetherLearn more about the partnership and how you can participate
  13. 13. 13Thanks for attending!Join us online:Like us on us on Twitter: @VolunteerMatchVisit Engaging Volunteers, our nonprofit any questions contact:Jennifer Bennett(415)