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Engaging Conversations with Volunteers

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 18 2017 | Comments (0)
“Volunteers … work not for money but because they want to give back, make a difference, change the world.”  Sally Helgesen While the need to give of themselves may motivate volunteers to get involved, it doesn’t ensure their continuing commitment....

Sharing a Positive Message: Interview with Laughing at My Nightmare’s Sarah Yunusov

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 07 2017 | Comments (2)
I am one of more than half a million followers of Shane Burcaw’s Laughing At My Nightmare blog. I’m also greatly impressed with the nonprofit organization he co-founded with his cousin, Sarah Yunusov, with the mission “to spread a message of positivity...

Confessions of a Recovering Nonprofit Executive

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 07 2017 | Comments (0)
One of the most challenging jobs I know of is held by people who work in nonprofits — they are as passionate about their work as they are stressed trying to accomplish much with limited resources. I explored this topic recently with a former nonprofit leader, Debrah...

How to Boost Mission Awareness

Posted by sybil | On: Jan 24 2017 | Comments (0)
[Note: This guest post was written by Kim Plyler, a communications professional and media strategist. CEO and founder of SahlComm, Kim works with high level clients in the technology, finance, manufacturing, cyber security, NGOs and nonprofit sectors. Her company's...

Employment Terms – Not Just for Nonprofits

Posted by sybil | On: Oct 18 2016 | Comments (0)
I’ve always enjoyed tongue-in-cheek translations of help wanted ads. Apparently, so does nonprofit executive and humorist  Vu Le who compiled such a list for his Nonprofit with Balls blog. Here are some of my favorite employment translations from that...

“Hoping to Help” – Lessons in Global Health Volunteering

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 19 2016 | Comments (0)
Whether providing relief after a natural disaster or rendering humanitarian aid to countries in need, we’re familiar with the importance of international medical missions. The inspirational stories told by returning volunteers describe the desperate and challenging...

Favorite Volunteer Quotes

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 05 2016 | Comments (1)
While anytime is a good time to acknowledge volunteers for their dedication to helping others, National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2016, provides a special opportunity to celebrate their efforts. In support of National Volunteer Week, here are my favorite...

What Your Fundraising Efforts Tell Donors

Posted by sybil | On: May 26 2015 | Comments (5)
A donor can only take so much. That’s why I asked certain nonprofits to stop fundraising. The situation improved somewhat … until now. So far this year I have received monthly solicitations from one nonprofit, along with other fundraising mailers from...

Dysfunctional Workplace Cultures to Avoid

Posted by sybil | On: May 12 2015 | Comments (0)
It’s true – there’s no such thing as a perfect workplace. Every organizational culture has its positives and negatives. But in my experience with employee engagement, there are two particular workplace environments to be avoided at all costs. “Oppression...

Preventing Burnout for Non-Profit Workers

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 31 2015 | Comments (0)
Given the importance of nonprofit engagement, I’m happy to share this post by Andrew Littlefield that appeared on the WeDidIt blog. It is reprinted with permission. Keeping Your Team Fueled: Preventing Burnout for Non-Profit Workers by Andrew Littlefield Non-profit...