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Most often a POLICY relates to volunteer service hours and/or years of service. This means that you award volunteers some special form of recognition (a pin, a plaque, a special event, etc.) after they have achieved XX hours or years of service.
A PLAN would be a yearlong outline of recognition activities (birthday cards, newsletter features, personal notes, letter from Executive Director, etc.) and events (recognition luncheon, party, behind-the-scenes tour, etc.) that you undertake to ensure that volunteers are recognized in a consistent manner. A plan would also involve your creating a budget to support it.
There are many excellent books on recognition available at Volunteer Today Bookstore and Energize, Inc. Browse through both bookstores and take your pick from "Recognizing Volunteers and Paid Staff: The Art, The Science, and a Gazillion Ideas!" to "77 Ways to Recognize Volunteers" (Energize site).
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I am running for President of a non-profit organization that I have served for the past 12 years. I am very familiar with the organization history and mission and have served in other elected positions before. However, this is going to be the first time in the history of the organization that the President position will be challenged. I am preparing for a forum in September. What type of questions can I expect from the membership? I have never participated in an open forum before.
I certainly would appreciate hearing from you,
Without knowing any specifics about your organization, here are the questions I would ask you as a member:
If there are specific challenges your organization is facing, naturally you can expect questions about those as well.
I am the Volunteer Coordinator at a Hospice in Colorado. We are a small community. We have roughly 22 patients at this time. I am looking for new ways to implement some fundraising events throughout the community. One event I have planned is a motorcycle poker run. Do you have any suggestions as to what other events, something new and exciting, that I might be able to do? I started this position in December 02, so I am fairly new at what I am doing. Any ideas as to how to organize a Poker Run or any other fundraising events?
I would appreciate any help or suggestions you can give,
Betty Stallings has an excellent book out now on fundraising How to Produce Fabulous Fundraising Events. Its a step-by-step guide to making money effectively and enjoyably by running a Dynamite Dinner and how to involve volunteers throughout. It also contains a computer disk of forms, checklists, and timelines. ($30) It's available in the bookstore at Energize, Inc.
The American Symphony Orchestra League publishes one of my favorite directories of fundraising events. Called "The Gold Book," it provides descriptions of more 100 fundraising events, committee structures, financial results, and contact information. ($37.50) It's available on the League website. Just click on "Volunteers" in the left-hand column, then on "Gold Book," and then on "Buy 2003 Gold Book."
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