At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Check back every month for snapshots of what experts in the field are talking about.Putting Strategic Engagement at the Core
Beth Steinhorn of JFFixler Group introduces us to the new Strategic Volunteer Engagement Track making its debut at the Conference on Volunteering and Service this year. This development places volunteer engagement at the core of the conference, and with experts like Beth and our own Jennifer Bennett contributing, it’s bound to be enlightening and valuable.A Better Board Will Make You Better
Most nonprofit boards are ineffective, state Kim Jonker and William F. Meehan III right at the beginning of their SSIR article. If you agree (and also if you don’t, actually,) read their post for comprehensive strategies to make your board a bigger and better influence for your organization. (And for more about nonprofit board engagement, check out our upcoming Nonprofit Insights webinar, “Building a Future-Friendly Nonprofit Board.”)It’s Red Cross Month
Each year, the president of the United States proclaims March “Red Cross Month.” With stats like “every nine minutes, the American Red Cross brings help and hope to people in need,” it’s easy to understand why. Check out how the Red Cross is engaging people to get involved – and perhaps get some ideas for how your own organization can expand engagement.5 Nonprofits that Newsjacked Facebook During the Oscars
This one’s mainly just for fun. Still, “newsjacking” – art and science of injecting your ideas into a breaking news story – can be very effective for nonprofits. Here are some examples of Oscars newsjacking that Facebook marketing expert John Haydon called out on his blog.