I found a great set of rules at “Hands-0n Blog” for recognizing your volunteers or when planning your volunteer recognition efforts.
The Nine Basic Rules for Volunteer Recognition
Consider these 9 rules for volunteer recognition when planning a recognition effort:
1. Recognize . . . or else — The need for recognition is very important to most people. If volunteers do not get recognition for productive participation, it is likely that they will feel unappreciated and may stop volunteering with your program.
2. Give it frequently — Recognition has a short shelf life. Its effects start to wear off after a few days, and after several weeks of not hearing anything positive, volunteers start to wonder if they are appreciated. Giving recognition once a year at a recognition banquet is not enough.
3. Give it via a variety of methods — One of the implications of the previous rule is that you need a variety of methods of showing appreciation to volunteers. Read the rest of this entry »
Are you starting to gear up for your “End-Of-Year Fundraising Campaigns”? Studies show that anywhere between 40% and 70% of contributions come in during the last quarter of the year. Are you missing out on one of your best opportunities to inspire donors to not only give, but give more than at any other time of year?
Would you like to get better results than last year’s campaign? Do you want to learn how to implement your campaigns but don’t know how to get started?
Many of you desire to grow your ministries and organizations. Usually it takes prayer, time, effort, and money. The latter – money is probably the most crucial of the four, not in importance, but in the ability to get things done with either personnel or products and services. Money can provide these quickly and easily.
So how do you learn the skills of fundraising? Do you go to school? Attend seminars? On-The-Job Training?
The bible tells us that the wise learn from those who’ve already done it. From those who have the experience “in the field” so to speak. If we can learn from the best, we can avoid the costly mistakes that might ruin our mission goals and objectives.
Today I’d like to introduce you to “Donor Powerblog”. This blog is authored by Greg Fox, senior vice president of strategy at Merkle, a privately-held customer relationship marketing agency in the U.S.
The article I’d like for you to read is: Best Blogs for Fundraisers – who want to improve, grow, and innovate.
The blogs listed in the article can help you to uncover some of the best strategies and tips to help you actively engage with and develop your relationships with your volunteers, donors, and prospects.
Today, more than ever, donors are insisting that you treat them as part of your team, not passive ATMs. Volunteers also want to feel like they’re part of the team, that they’re making a difference, that what they’re doing for you is valuable and appreciated.
Read the full article at: http://www.donorpowerblog.com/donor_power_blog/2009/02/best-blogs-for-fundraisers.html
I hope that this article will help grow your organization and develop long-lasting relationships.
Harvest Media’s Website Development Services division can help you to put together a plan to grow your organization that works. Call Joe Goodale today at 520-790-1222, talk to me about your plans for growing your ministry or organization.
Today I’d like to share an article from Joe Boland at Fundraising Success, a great resource for maximizing your fundraising efforts.
When Jarid Brown joined the Hope Institute for Children and Families 18 months ago as manager of online interactions, the Springfield, Ill.-based organization dedicated to educational, residential and health services to children with disabilities had very little in the way of online communications.
A year and a half later, the Hope Institute now has a fully integrated online strategy that has seen remarkable growth in e-mail and e-newsletter subscribers, social-media followers, website visitors, and e-philanthropy. It was such a remarkable transformation that FundRaising Success will be sharing the Hope Institute’s online metamorphosis in one of the two remaining cover stories (August and November) in our four-part case studies series this year.
Here, Brown shares his keys to getting the most out of your nonprofit’s online experience.
Read the full article at Fundraising Success >> 5 Keys to Make the Most of Your Nonprofit’s Online Experience
This was a great article on why you need to plan your internet ministry building and ensure that everything works together. Harvest Media’s Website Development Services division can help you to put together a plan that works. Call us today at 520-790-1222, talk to me, Joe Goodale about growing your ministry or organization.
This is a partial re-post of an article at Engaging Volunteers from Nancy Schwartz’s Getting Attention blog and e-newsletter for nonprofits.
When it comes to recruiting and motivating volunteers to ever higher and more effective levels of engagement, no organization has its work more cut out for it than New York Cares.
In order to ensure that its massive and complex operation runs smoothly, the staff at New York Cares has spent considerable time developing and refining their volunteer recruitment strategies, whose lynchpin, not surprisingly, is communication.
Nancy spent some time talking with the folks at New York Cares recently and as you’ll see below, their strategies can be put to work to boost your organization’s volunteer recruitment, engagement and retention rates, no matter your size.
The 13 Principles Driving New York Cares’ Volunteer Communication Strategy Read the rest of this entry »
With the fall event season coming into full swing, it’s likely that many of your fundraising campaigns are already under way. Whether your organization is hosting a gala, an intimate cocktail reception or a large community event, you know these events are the best chance to increase awareness, strengthen relationships and inspire involvement for the coming year.
Of course, events with your donors, volunteers and the community at large often only happen a few times a year. The big question is how to harness those face-to-face interactions to continue to build the relationships you develop and keep your constituencies engaged throughout the year.
One way nonprofits do this is by changing how they communicate with their constituents. Read the rest of this entry »
On Fridays, Ill be sharing with you some of the best articles from leading Fundraising writers and authors pertaining to growing your ministry or non-profit organization.
Today I want to highlight an article from Gail Perry Associates Fired-Up Fundraising Blog:
Top 10 Things Donors Want from Your Nonprofit’s Web Site
Did you know that most donors check out your web site before they make a gift? – whether they are giving on line or through the mail.
A Kellogg Foundation study found that potentially up to 50% of your donors are going to want to check you out before they give, whether they give online or not. Here are questions you should ask about your site to see if it is hurting or helping your fudnraising campagin.
First, “your web site is now your front door,” advises Ted Hart in the 09 Year-End Strategies Telesummit. I interviewed Ted last week as part of the Telesummit and he shared a long list of things donors are looking for on your web site.
Raed the full article at: http://www.gailperry.com/2009/10/top-10-things-donors-want-from-your-nonprofits-web-site