If you’ve read my posts before you may have noticed a pattern. I typically share a brief story – something that happened to me, a family member, friend or volunteer – and turn it into (hopefully) a few good and workable suggestions. Most of all, I hate to be negative – I avoid it at all costs.
Developing this post was a challenge I’m turning into an opportunity (yes I know, BIG BIG cliché). I’m doing this because an organization I had hoped to volunteer for did everything WRONG at every turn. It was truly disappointing.
In the interest of turning those lemons into lemonade, I’m going to flip the unfortunate interactions into suggested best practices. If you work in the nonprofit industry and manage volunteers, chances are you’ll read these and say “well, of course – doesn’t everyone do that!” But, my experience tells me these few simple matters of common sense, courtesy and stewardship aren’t as prevalent as we might think they are. Here we go:
And finally, the BIG ONE...
Robert Grabel is the President of Nonprofit Now! You can find his posts here and at www.robertgrabel.com
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