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High-skills volunteers stand out in agency merger

The merger of these two groups dedicated to connecting Chicago nonprofits with volunteer resources will nonetheless leave in place the separate program which asks women to use their professional skills pro bono. As someone who works with agencies to deploy high-skills volunteers, the Nonprofiteer applauds the group’s understanding that there are volunteers, and then there... Read more »

Dear Nonprofiteer, How can we miss our nonprofit Board chair when she won't go away?

Dear Nonprofiteer, How can we miss our nonprofit Board chair when she won't go away?
Dear Nonprofiteer: I have served on several nonprofit boards in the past few years and I have observed that the majority of these Boards are wasteful of public money. One such Board is a particular offender: the Board Chair (who was a bully throughout her reign) completed her term as Chair and as a member... Read more »

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can This Nonprofit Be Saved?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Can This Nonprofit Be Saved?
Dear Nonprofiteer: I serve on the board of a non-profit. I am growing increasingly uncomfortable with the practices of our board president and am not sure what to do. First, she’s a bully and people are afraid of her. When she encounters people who do not agree with her, they quickly become deemed “inappropriate” and... Read more »
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Volunteers: Use Them More and Better

Volunteers: Use Them More and Better
This article from our colleagues at the Nonprofit Quarterly examines what it takes for a nonprofit to make the most and best use of volunteers.  As it happens, the Nonprofiteer focuses part of her practice on this very question, with particular focus on high-skills volunteers.  Her version of the material in this article: volunteers are... Read more »

The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work

The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work
The Nonprofiteer tends to assume that nonprofits know about all the funds available to support them, and in particular the funds earmarked for capacity building, e.g. strengthening Boards, creating fundraising plans, figuring out how to use high-skills volunteers.  But there’s a special fund of this type in Chicago, reserved to arts organizations: the Arts Work... Read more »

Much corporate volunteering is a waste of time

Much corporate volunteering is a waste of time
Finally somebody says it out loud: much corporate volunteering is a waste of time, simply a way for corporations to preen for prospective employees by pretending to support nonprofits.  The suggestion that corporations instead give employees a certain number of volunteer days each year—in addition to sick days and vacation days—would improve things slightly, because... Read more »
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Too many volunteers, not enough positions

The nonprofit community rarely has too much of anything.  We live in an economy of scarcity, where you buy a roll of toilet paper instead of a carton because you don’t have carton-sized cash on hand; where requests for raises are met with an incredulous “You didn’t go into the nonprofit world to get rich;”... Read more »

If fewer people volunteer, does it really matter?

If fewer people volunteer, does it really matter? Volunteering has hit its lowest rate in more than ten years, according to the Labor Department. So why does the Nonprofiteer keep getting announcements of great waves of volunteering? When LinkedIn launched its Volunteer Marketplace in January, it reported that 81% of its members are interesting in... Read more »

Stupid Human Tricks: How not to recruit a nonprofit Board

The Nonprofiteer thanks a faithful reader for offering this example of how not to recruit a nonprofit Board. Faithful Reader received the following e-mail, though–as she notes–“I am not even a supporter. I may have given them money once but I have no memory of doing so.” Dear Members and Friends, Some years are better... Read more »
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The Platonic Ideal Statement of Nonprofit Board Member Responsibilities

Though written originally for an arts organization, this statement of nonprofit Board member responsibilities will work for every nonprofit group.  Responsibilities of Board Members 1. Attend monthly board meetings to review operations of the company. • Board meetings are an opportunity for the Executive Director to report on the company’s current programs and plans.... Read more »
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