volunteer management

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Volunteer?

One of the best hats that I get to wear is that of “Volunteer Coordinator.” My organization works with about 60 different volunteers during our concert season, another 100 who volunteer for our annual special event fundraiser, and another 30 who volunteer to serve year-round on our board of directors. ArtsHacker authors have published several great posts that deal with a variety of volunteer issues. But an article that came across my newsfeed recently, made me pause and think about my work with volunteers. The title alone is thought provoking: Volunteer Management: Are We … Read more

You Can See I Would Be Totally Justified

You Might Get Hurt: Volunteer Waivers

I have often told my siblings that if they committed action I found offensive, there would be consequences. When I was forced to make good on my threats and they went crying to our parents, sometimes I would be vindicated, sometimes I would get punished. The same sort of situation exists in regard to volunteers and waivers/releases you have them sign. (Except presumably you aren’t threatening to beat up your volunteers.) According to lawyer Ellis Carter, making volunteers aware of they might get injured in the course of their duties and having … Read more

Treating Volunteers Like Donors

Like many people in arts organizations, I get to wear many hats in my job.  One of my favorites is that of volunteer coordinator.  Each season, we rely on over 100 volunteers to help our small staff do big work. As I was gearing up for volunteer sign-ups and making some changes to the program, Vu Le’s July, 2015 blog post “Volunteers and the Bahn Mi of Social Justice” came through my inbox. In his post, Vu talks about how nonprofits, many of whom couldn’t do their work without volunteers, are often … Read more

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