We’ve had two Connecting Coffees already in 2013, both of which were filled to capacity with talented and thoughtful people. I am trying to increase the frequency of the events to accommodate all of the people who are interested in these programs. Here’s what people said they’ve learned:
- Loved the idea of encouraging volunteers to share their stories about why they volunteer and what they get out of it–and planning a way to capture those stories.
- Using skill-based experiences and opportunities to recruit volunteers.
- Ways to target potential volunteers based on skills.
- That skills-based volunteering is something nonprofits want to do more often, but may not know how.
- A volunteer program has many dimensions but deserves the time and investment of all staff.
- How to establish legit coalitions of student volunteers on campus
- Many organizations are understaffed for the work they want DD’s to do. Also, some orgs are in state of growth that requires a different staffing configuration.
- Value of stewardship. Value of having conversations with people in your industry to learn more about what works (and doesn’t) for them.
- The importance of an explicit thank you process in place.
- I got some ideas on topics to bring up with my ED in terms of stewardship.
- Great strategies for diversifying the stewardship process.
- The benefits of formalizing a donor thank you policy with Board and Staff.
- Fundraising is relationship building- it’s great to hear everyone’s experience with this.
- Good Idea regarding acknowledgements, instituting an official policy and having artists make thank you calls.
- I left the discussion with a lot of ideas. It’s a great forum to get people thinking about issues at work.
Thank you to everyone who participated!