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Georgean's Tech Tips


Georgean's Tech Tips will be a monthly feature at Volunteer Today. You can learn about a variety of technical and electronic means for working with volunteers. It is by no means limited to the computer. Some volunteer programs are providing on-call volunteers with cell phones. Visit this page monthly for helpful articles.

"Science and technology multiply around us.
To an increasing extent they dictate
the languages in which we speak and think.
Either we use those languages,
or we remain mute." J. G. Ballard


The purpose of Technology Tips is indeed to learn the language of technology, to communicate with technology. Today we are communicating through the Internet and web sites. This month we will look at some resource web sites that offer technology assistance for managers in nonprofits organizations. We will also begin a monthly visit to web sites of volunteer departments in various organizations.

Bridging the Gap between Technology and Nonprofits

John G. McNutt from the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College, (mcnutt@MONET.BC.EDU) has compiled some wonderful resources on his personal web sites. These contain great sources to help nonprofits gain technology information. There are several links to funding sources.

Tips for your Web Site

Find sites that you like and use similar features. Plan your site. Write down what you want on your site and sketch out a draft. If your web site is made up of more than one page, you need to decide the best way to organize the breakdown. Keep it simple. The longer it takes people to find what they need on your site, the less likely they are to stick around.

January's Volunteer Department Web Site

The state government of Arkansas has long held an excellent reputation for volunteer advocacy. The Arkansas Department of Human Services oversees Division of Volunteerism which promotes and supports volunteerism in the private, nonprofit and government sectors as a means of solving problems for all Arkansas. Check out their site: http://www.state.ar.us/dhs/adov.

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Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey

Georgean is a trainer and consultant in the areas of nonprofit management and volunteer involvement. She holds a Master's degree in Education/Staff Training and Development and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Indiana University.

Georgean is an Adjunct Faculty member of Ivy Tech State College with the Business and Industry Training Department. Her articles have been published in the Florida Libraries Journal and The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances.

Georgean conducts national and regional workshops on Train-the-Trainer, Customer Service, Conflict Management, Staff/ Volunteer Relations, Fundamentals of Volunteer Management, Family Volunteering, Trends in Volunteerism, and other aspects of Volunteer Management.

Georgean is immediate Past Chairperson of the National Government Volunteer Coordinator Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, DC. She is Past Chairperson and Founding Officer of Northeast Indiana Association of Volunteer Administration, a professional membership organization representing 60 nonprofit/voluntary organizations. She is a member of the Association for Volunteer Administration, the Points of Light Foundation, and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Prior to starting her training and consulting company she served for several years as the Manager of Volunteer Services in healthcare, library, and social service organizations, leading programs of 500 volunteers.


Georgean C. Johnson-Coffey, M. Ed.
Blue Vision Training
P.O. Box 15118
Fort Wayne, IN 46885-5118
Phone: (219)-485-9081
Fax: (219)-485-5847

E-mail: georgeanjc@aol.com

URL: http://www.bluevisiontraining.com

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