Does your organization need volunteers with special skills: attorney, architect, accountant, massage therapist, or others with “professional expertise.” Pro Bono is defined as: professional expertise made accessible to organizations serving the public good.
Establishing such a program has the same characteristics as a traditional volunteer program. Identify the need, write a position description, target the recruiting effort, tailor training to the job, supervise the volunteer, provide recognition.
Learn more about pro bono from the company perspective that might be loaning a skilled expert. This can help in organize the effort to engage “specialists.” The Tap Root Foundation of Chicago has standards that guide working in any nonprofit for employees. There is also a “valuation” schedule for specific professions.
Portland State University
Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Program
Begins Monday, September 26, 2011
Wonder about the changes in volunteering behavior. What is driving it? How can you accommodate episodic volunteers? Should your organization go to targeted recruiting? Build a recruitment plan. What is appropriate to screen different types of volunteers? Learn and discuss all these issues. Sign up for Recruiting Volunteers a fully online and interactive class for those who are managing volunteers or hope to. Do assignments with your own program in mind, talk with others who share your enthusiasm for the administration of volunteers and want to improve their skills.
Things people outside the organization do not understand, clichés, abstractions, acronyms. ASD (associated secondary data—this is an evaluation term when you are reviewing already existing reports or records! Yep!)
How does the use of jargon hurt my volunteer program?
A manager of volunteers has multiple audiences, in writing or speaking. Administrators, other employees, volunteers, partner organizations, clients, members, and the list goes on. For this reason clarity of language is paramount. Jargon creates a divide that says to the reader or listener! I am an “insider,” you are not.
You can get in a verbal or writing rut. It is the unexpected word or turn of phrase that captures attention.
How do I know if I am too “jargony?”
Begin by asking someone outside the organization, who will give honest and helpful comments, to give feedback on written material.
Ask him/her if there are confusing terms.
Do some phrases seem weary or tired out?
Does the language seem repetitious?
To reduce the jargon in speech, make a bet with a trusted volunteer that you will fork over a penny every he/she catches you using jargon. The volunteer has to donate the money to the organization.