August 2014 Newsletter

Blog Series: Principles in Action  


In 2009, as a way to guide the work of Reimagining Service, the Council developed four principles on volunteer engagement. Since then, more than 300 individuals from multiple sectors have signed on in support of these principles and are working to incorporate them into their organizations. As part of a four-part blog series, we're finding out how these principles have come to life. 
  • Blog Post: Principle 1: Collective Effort towards Greater Impact
    We start by revisiting Principle 1: The volunteer ecosystem is more effective when all sectors participate in its evolution. But what does Principle 1 actually look like in action? What are the practical benefits? What obstacles might an organization encounter along the way?
  • Blog Post: Principle 2: Moving Volunteers to an Organization's Center
    Principle 2 calls for "volunteering [to be a] core strategic function, not an add-on." We, at Reimagining Service, have burning questions about strategic engagement, how organizational leaders shifted their mindset to make that change, the challenges they faced, and the results they've seen since. 


New Case Study: Literacy Network


As part of an ongoing effort to inspire new thinking and practice, Reimagining Service has released its tenth nonprofit case study featuring the Literacy Network, an organization based in Madison, Wisconsin, which offers literacy services to adults and families. The case study illuminates several volunteer engagement practices:  

    • the art of refining position descriptions
    • recruitment methods for skills-based volunteers, and
    • professional development for staff engaging with volunteers.

All these collective changes have resulted in a 60% boost in volunteer retention. We hope you'll share the collection of case studies with your network. 



Service Enterprise Video


We're paying attention to the new video on Service Enterprises, produced by Points of Light. We think the illustration of an organizational chart filled with staff and volunteers roles clearly conveys a smart concept. What is your favorite part?


Recap: VolunteerMatch Webinar


We're pleased that more than 650 participants joined us for a VolunteerMatch webinar on "Challenging the Status Quo: Rethinking the Value of Volunteers." The webinar covered the four Reimagining Service principles, some key findings from the TCC Group Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT), and the Service Enterprise Initiative. If you weren't able to join the webinar on August 6, you can hear the audio and view slides from the presentation here.


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