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| ~ April 2002 ~ Topics
- Starting a Nonprofit Organization
- High Tech! High Touch
- Staying Upbeat
Starting a Nonprofit Organization
There are forms to file, local, state, and federal.
Board members to recruit. Programs to develop. A mission statement to
write. All these things and more are part of developing a nonprofit
organization. Want help? Here are some sites to check out for assistance
in doing it right.
- Yahoo-Starting a Nonprofit
- How to Start a Not-for-Profit Business
- Resource Website for Starting a Nonprofit Organization
High Tech! High Touch
In the age of cell phones, fax machines, e-mail, and
the Internet it is important to stay connected to volunteers and staff
in ways that are more personal. Here are some tips for that high touch
so necessary to managing volunteers.
|Do not eat alone or skip
||Join volunteers or other
staff for the mid-day meal. The break is important to efficient
work, but it is also a way to stay connected to others.
|Stop and visit.
||Stop to visit a volunteer
or staff member on the way to the copy machine. Take different
routes each day and make a point of stopping to visit with at
least one person.
|Respond to an e-mail in
||If there is a voice mail
or e-mail message for everyone in the organization, make a point
of responding in person. You can learn more about the situation
and read those body language cues.
|Do something physical
with someone else.
||Take that morning coffee
break as a walk. Invite a volunteer or staff member to join you.
Try to visit without talking "shop." The break is good
for efficiency and makes a personal connection.
|Give a personal in-person
response to a report or memo.
||Do not respond by e-mail
or in writing. Visit the person initiating the document and talk
with them about it. Have your comments readily available and be
efficient, but make it a personal visit.
Positive people attract positive people. The attitude
you have influences you and all the people you work with. Here are some
tips to keep your optimism up.
- Find something
that makes you feel good when you look at it. Funny cartoons,
clever saying, inspirational poems, photos of family, friends,
pets, grandchildren, parks, or the ocean. Make a set of these
for the office. Visit them at least once per week and more
if the week is a bad one!
- Be joyful
about the things you have going for you. Wishing for something
else means never being satisfied with what you have. Keep
the optimism up by writing down the things you are grateful
- Reward yourself
and others for the positives in your life. It is easy to dwell
on the "wrong" of a situation and not on the what's
right! An optimist looks to what is good, which generates
energy to deal with the challenges.
WSU ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Washington State University
offers a Volunteer Management Certification Program through the Internet.
Individuals around the world can earn a certificate in managing or coordinating
volunteers, without leaving home.
For more information, visit
Volunteer Today's Portal site, Internet Resources. Look for the Washington
State University listing. There is a hot link to their Web site.
FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT VOLUNTEER MANAGERS SEEKS MEMBERS
The National Association
of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG) is an association
of administrators, coordinators and directors of volunteer programs
in local government. Its purpose is to strengthen volunteer programs
in local government through leadership, advocacy, networking and information
exchange. NAAVPLG is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties
and is seeking affiliate status with the National League of Cities.
Cost is $20 for individuals
and $75 for group local government membership. An affiliate membership
is $25 and is intended for those who are not local government members
but may have an interest in the group. There is a quarterly newsletter,
national network, and access to NACo's Volunteerism Project.
For more information contact
Glenis Chapin, who is a member of the Executive Committee. She can be
reached by phone at 503-588-7990. Be sure to mention you read about
this in Volunteer Today.
Copyright 2002 by Nancy Macduff.
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