When I chaired the Board of the UNICEF Committee of Greater Boston, we had one full-time staff person and more than fifty volunteers who "staffed" locations across the region to sell UNICEF cards. It was then I first recognized the incredible importance of volunteers who work with the commitment of staff and staff whose passion motivates these volunteers.

This is true throughout the nonprofit sector: staff and volunteers make up the team. Volunteers set policy and govern on the boards of our nonprofits. Volunteers deliver meals and conversation to the housebound, mentor youths and tutor young scholars, act as guides to sight-challenged skiers and runners, monitor water quality and conduct the annual bird count, and so much more. At ESC of New England, our consultants volunteer their time so that ESC can offer the highest quality consulting services for the most affordable price.

National Volunteer Week is April 23-29. Whether you do something special for your volunteers in April or at another time of year, here are some questions to consider:
  • How will you honor your volunteers this year?
  • How will you motivate them to recruit friends and to support your organization financially?
  • How will you communicate their value to funders?
  • How will you thank them? 
A philanthropist once told me that the appreciation gift he most treasured was a book selected by the executive director that she loved and believed he too would enjoy.

Take a moment to think about the unique contribution of one volunteer and send an email to that person now.

Best,
Julie Crockford,  Executive Director
617-357-5550 |  jcrockford@escne.org

P.S. - Let us know how you thank your volunteers and we will share in our next newsletter.
Executive Support Group
Starting April 13, 2017
Are you a nonprofit CEO or do you know one who could use a support group?

The Nonprofit Executive RoundTable (NET) i s a confidential forum for nonprofit chief executives to share challenges and get constructive , real-time feedback from smart, connected leaders outside their organizations who understand the unique challenges of the job. With in the consistent community of peers (maximum 10), chief executives openly present issues of concern and get support from peers who have experience successfully resolving similar issues. Thanks to a grant from Eastern Bank, the fee can be discounted through scholarships. Learn more here and contact Julie Crockford with questions at jcrockford@escne.org or (617) 357-5550.
Meeting Staffing Needs Using Encore Talent 

Earlier this week ESC of New England participated in a webinar hosted by The Boston Foundation. Thank you to all that tuned in to hear speakers from ESC, Encore Boston Network, and ReServe make the case for encore talent in the nonprofit workplace! If you were not able join us, a recording is available here. Want to learn more? Send an email to Julie Crockford, Executive Director at jcrockford@escne.org
 
Each month we gather the best articles about the nonprofit sector.  See what we enjoyed this month!

New York Times
How woman over 50 continue successful career journeys. Inspiring to readers of any age!

Nonprofit Tech for Good
Check these tips out for quick updates to your organization's social strategy.

Nonprofit HR
From the biggest obstacles in talent management to the staffing measure that saw an increase in the past year. Read on!
 
Board Connection is a forum where your organization can connect with local professionals seeking board-level volunteer positions. This event has a proven track record of bringing qualified individuals out to learn more about nonprofit agencies in our communities. Learn more and register your nonprofit agency  here
 
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Connecting Leaders to Learning webinar series provides key community stakeholders with updates on national programs and critical information that can assist municipalities, public housing authorities, nonprofits and other community stakeholders to address issues such as deteriorating neighborhoods, nonprofit keys to surviving and thriving, etc. This month's session is led by Thomas Heneghan of the American Red Cross. Learn more and register here
Eastern Bank 2017 Targeted Grant Category: Supporting Immigrants in Our Communities

Through this year's Targeted Grant program Eastern Bank intends to support organizations in eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire supporting immigrants and their families in search of their American dream. The needs are great and varied. Applications are due April 18, 2017. Learn more here.
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It is a moderated, flame-free email distribution list that is open to anyone who is interested in the topic and willing to adhere to the basic principles of civil discourse.

The name of the group was chosen to encourage inclusion of persons from all sectors and demographic categories, rather than just nonprofit and philanthropic professionals.

To send a message to all members of the group, simply prepare a plain text email, and send it to this address: mbm@missionbasedmassachusetts.net
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