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    3 Top Tips for Creating Engaging Position Descriptions – an Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle, Part 1: Developing Position Descriptions Webinar Recap

    Posted 04/27/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    We recently hosted the first webinar of our three-part series, Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle. In Part 1, Developing Position Descriptions, we discussed how an engaging and informative position description ensures a volunteer role is strategic, attractive, and appropriate for a volunteer. Beth Steinhorn, President of JFFixler Group, utilized various tools and a case study to illustrate how developing a strong position description can lead to success for you, your volunteers, and your nonprofit.

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    Research Says Volunteering is Good for the Mind and Body

    Posted 04/20/2017 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director

    Attentions Volunteer Managers, volunteers, and anyone that’s ever thought they would like to get involved civically – one of the most touted benefits of volunteering in one’s local community is that it produces that joyful increase of endorphins psychologists term “happiness.”

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  • Dos- and Donts Reference Checks

    The Do’s and Don’ts of Fast, Effective Volunteer Reference Checking

    Posted 04/13/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    When you have at last found that amazing volunteer who’s eager to give back to the community, possesses several skills that will benefit your organization greatly, and has a positive, go-getter attitude you’re sure will fit in with the rest of your volunteers, you may be tempted to skip over the section of their volunteer application titled, “References.”

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    3 Questions to Guide Volunteers on their Volunteering Journey

    Posted 04/06/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    As a Volunteer Manager, you know that volunteering is important year round. But, perhaps your friends, family members, and acquaintances do not have volunteering top of mind each and every day of the year.

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  • 7 Steps to Switching your Volunteer Management Software

    Posted 03/30/2017 by Doss Church, CEO, Galaxy Digital

    When it comes to Volunteer Management Software (VMS), it’s absolutely normal to have questions. Of course, VMS’s are a fantastic way to keep you, your nonprofit, and your volunteers organized, but adding one to your onboarding process, or transitioning to a new one that better serves your organization’s needs, takes a little work. What is the best approach to transition internally and what’s the best way to transition volunteers from the old software to the new? We’ve got the seven steps you need to take.

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  • Case Study: ACE Mentor Program of America

    Posted 03/23/2017 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers

    The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring, and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

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  • The Yin and Yang of Screening and Onboarding Volunteers

    Posted 03/16/2017 by Verified Volunteers staff

    Screening and onboarding interactions are typically the volunteer candidate’s first contact with your nonprofit organization and its goal of bettering communities with the best staff available. It’s essential for both your organization and the volunteer candidate that the onboarding process is organized, efficient, and relatively fast moving. A well oiled onboarding and screening machine means the volunteer candidate starts working to fulfill your organization’s mission more quickly, and you don’t have to worry about a slow and troublesome process scaring off skilled candidates.

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  • 4 Fun Ways to Show Gratitude to Volunteers and Reinforce Your Nonprofit’s Culture

    Posted 03/09/2017 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director, Verified Volunteers

    Volunteer Appreciation Week may be a couple months away (heads up - it’s April 23-29!) but there this is no time like the present to communicate to all of your wonderful volunteers how invaluable they are to you and your nonprofit organization.

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  • 5 Great Questions From Our 5 Things You Need To Know About Volunteer Background Checks In 2017 Webinar

    Posted 03/01/2017 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director, Verified Volunteers

    5 Things You Need to Know About Volunteer Background Checks in 2017, was a fantastic, informative webinar we held back in February. During the session, we discussed the leading trends developing in background screening for nonprofits.

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    5 Things You Need to Know About Volunteer Background Checks in 2017: Webinar Recap

    Posted 02/23/2017 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director, Verified Volunteers

    We recently hosted 5 Things You Need to Know About Volunteer Background Checks in 2017, a webinar where we discussed the leading trends developing in background screening for nonprofits. I hosted the session, along with Christina Brown, Vice President of Client Experience, and special guest Doss Church, CEO of Galaxy Digital.

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    Why Some Nonprofits Resist Background Screening

    Posted 02/16/2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

    If you asked a Volunteer Manager, “Do you want to keep yourself, your volunteers and your organization more secure?” you would probably guess the universal answer would be a resounding “Yes!” Who doesn’t want peace of mind that the volunteer they are investing time, money, trust and responsibility into is a safe bet?

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    More Volunteers Are Volunteering From Home. Should They Still Be Screened?

    Posted 02/09/2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

    Studies show volunteer numbers continue to grow. Lending to this growth is a new trend that may surprise you – more and more volunteers are volunteering from the convenience of their homes.

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    3 top volunteer management challenges – and how you can overcome them

    Posted 02/02/2017 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers

    No one has ever said that running a nonprofit organization was easy, and they likely never will. Like bears to honey, nonprofits seem to attract all sorts of obstacles.

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  • Volunteer Experts Share Emerging Trends in Volunteer Management

    Posted 01/26/2017 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers

    The nonprofit landscape is evolving at a rapid pace with dynamic developments in the areas of recruiting, retention, budget, and much more. Volunteer managers face the same challenges to keep up with the emerging trends effecting nonprofit organizations.

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  • January is National Mentoring Month. Get inspired with Marcel Anderson, CEO of Accelerating Men

    Posted 01/19/2017 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers

    January is National Mentoring Month, a campaign held every year to promote youth mentoring throughout America and to express appreciation for the invaluable mentors who provide guidance to youth across the United States. Verified Volunteers proudly partners with numerous organizations providing impactful guidance to the children in their community. Initiated in 2009 by several groups including the Harvard School of Public Health as a way to promote youth mentoring, National Mentoring Month has been endorsed by both sitting U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as well as former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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