Management Tools

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NOTE: These are examples from public libraries in California and should be reviewed and modified to ensure fit with local policies and culture.

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12 Tips for Engaging Pro Bono Volunteers
Terrific blog post by Jennifer Bennett of VolunteerMatch about why and how to engage high skilled volunteers.
The New Volunteer Manager: The First 90 Days
If you’re feeling overwhelmed don’t worry. You are not alone. Most coordinators of volunteers get little by way of training and guidance, and they simply don’t know where to start. There are proven tactics out there that work. There is no need to reinvent the wheel and waste time learning by trial and error. By the same token, the field of volunteer management is constantly evolving. The author of this free e-book, Tobi Johnson, suggests that this is by no means a complete list of tasks guaranteed to make your program successful.
Organization Strategic Plan featuring Volunteerism Goals
Check out the American Diabetes Association's Strategic Plan, which calls our actual goals for the volunteer program on pages 22 - 24. Reimagining Service -- a kind of "Think Tank" for volunteerism issues has suggested with their "Principle #2" that organizations should make volunteerism a core strategic function, not an add on. That volunteer engagement is as important as the fund development aspect of the organization.
Strategic Planning Tools and Templates
Check out these great tools and templates for developing and monitoring a strategic plan from the Bridgespan Group.
Interviewer Traps -- Energize
Some great tips for interviewers of volunteers.
City of Torrance - Volunteer Program Goals/Plan
Here's a great example of how a volunteer program has become part of the City's overall strategic plan. Library volunteer programs should get volunteer goals established in the library's strategic plan. This allows the whole organization to think about how volunteers can be an organization-wide resource that can contribute to the overall goals identified in a strategic plan.
The Do-Good Strategic Plan Template
This document provides a template for you to consider using in developing your strategic plan.
4 Steps to Grow Your Volunteer Program with LinkedIn
Learn how to use LinkedIn and a free VolunteerMatch tool to extend your online recruitment reach to millions of potential volunteers on LinkedIn.
3 Ways to Recognize Volunteers
Volunteer appreciation can be tough, because not all volunteers like to be thanked in the same way. Here are three great ideas to make your "Thank Yous" appreciated.
Volunteer Recognition: Just Say No To Years of Service Awards
In this 15 minute podcast, Carol Dixon, Director of Mission Services & Volunteer Resources at Providence Health Care, draws on over 35 years in volunteer engagement (and a healthy sense of humour!) to provide a number of examples of high-impact volunteer recognition that won’t break the bank. From Carol’s vantage point, the key is to invest in thoughtful, individualized volunteer recognition.