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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 Nonprofiteer Tips Her Hat To Nonprofits With Balls

The Nonprofiteer Tips Her Hat To Nonprofits With Balls
The Nonprofiteer aspires to be as witty as her colleague at Nonprofits With Balls, but til then she shares his most recent post.

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Grants to nonprofits: lawyers doing good

Surprise grants to nonprofits? Nonprofit executives spend most of the time begging for money, so the Nonprofiteer will understand if they find it difficult to imagine that there’s a pool of dollars somewhere just awaiting their requests. But there is such a pool: cy pres awards, from the unclaimed proceeds of class action settlements. After... Read more »
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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 »

Volunteers With Special Skills: How Not To Waste Them

This reminds us that high-skills volunteering is the great untapped resource of the nonprofit community. While business schools and corporations are making a big fuss about their commitment to the greater society, and placing obligations on their students/employees to offer volunteer services to nonprofits, many agencies can’t imagine how they would use volunteers if they... Read more »
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    The Nonprofiteer is Kelly Kleiman, principal of NFP Consulting, which provides Board development, strategic planning and fund-raising services to charities and philanthropies. Through her consulting practice and in her guise as The Nonprofiteer, Kelly has spent the past 25-plus years helping small and mid-sized nonprofits organize themselves better and raise more money. These days she focuses especially on helping them use high-skill volunteers. Kelly is also a lawyer and freelance journalist whose reportage and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and other dailies; in magazines including In These Times and Chicago Philanthropy; in the alternative press; on websites including the Huffington Post; and on the radio, including the BBC and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. She and her fellow "Dueling Critic" Jonathan Abarbanel present a weekly podcast of their reviews of Chicago theater at DuelingCritics.net. Earlier in her career she was dean of admissions of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Executive Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and practiced real estate and zoning law with the firm of Rudnick & Wolfe. Kelly holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago. She was a founding Board member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits and also served for 5 years on the Board of the Association for Women Journalists–Chicago. She can be reached ("Dear Nonprofiteer . . .") at KellyNFP@yahoo.com.

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