Designing Effective Digital Training through Backwards Design

So now that you’ve decided upon a Learning Management System (LMS), you’re faced with the task of designing effective training content. To make sure that your staff and volunteers are well prepared for service, here are a few guidelines to design the most effective digital training course possible. Set Clear Learning Outcomes What do you want your online training participants … Read More

What the Scholars Say: Positive Relationships Retain Volunteers

Keeping volunteers committed to and engaged with your organization is key. Since a great deal of effort, time, and resources goes into training volunteers, retaining them only makes sense.  What keeps volunteers committed to your work? While many factors are at play, a group of Italian researchers found that volunteer relationships with staff and other volunteers can have a more … Read More

The Top 3 Reasons To Measure Volunteer Impact

# 1 Appeal to Funders & Stakeholders Don’t wait for funders to ask about volunteering impacts. Be proactive in your data collection and analysis to demonstrate the value of your volunteers. Experienced funders understand how a well-run volunteer program can extend the reach and impact of donated funds. Whether communicating with individual donors, foundations, or government grantors, providing well-polished volunteer … Read More

Corporate Volunteering: Converting Opportunities to Benefits

Connecting with the corporate world can provide nonprofit leaders to a world of opportunities. Not only can nonprofits offer — and teach — the business world so much, nonprofits can also learn from (and leverage) benefits from your for-profit counterparts. This article provides an overview of three opportunities and easy-to-implement tips to ensure your organization is making the most of … Read More

How to Design Effective Volunteer Training

Based on the extensive review of volunteer retention studies over the past decade, Lowenberg-Deboer & Akdere (2018) found three common factors that keep volunteers engaged and participating: 1) motivation, 2) satisfaction, and 3) organization familiarity. The authors acknowledged that of course, these three key elements are inherently interrelated: i.e. being satisfied keeps you motivated, and so on.  So what’s the … Read More