Showing posts from July, 2010

This Volunteer Management Blog I believe will end when there is

• Recognition of volunteer management in the workplace
• An understanding of volunteer management in the community
• Consultation with volunteer management on volunteerism issues

I believe we as a sector are seriously falling down on all the above.

Inert activity when it comes to volunteer management abounds.

I encourage anyone from any organisation with a connection to volunteer management to engage in the dialogue of volunteer management here on this site.
True, it’s a humble little blog. But its 1,500 unique visitors since the end of March happen to come back for a peak!

I accept I am “rocking the boat” I accept being labeled a “trouble maker” by those who will not critique the progress of the Volunteer Management sector due to their own unique interests and I accept that the “niceness” of people in volunteer management is so holding back the sector.

Nevertheless I want to state that this is not a “box” I want to be placed in. I don’t fancy being pigeon holed either. Indeed I am …

Volunteer Management Assumptions

It’s the people that make it for me.

What keeps me in Volunteer Management?

What is it about the career that I love so much? It’s the people for me. The volunteers. I’ll expand on that another day.

I speak often about management. In terms of moving forward with Volunteer Management I have often spoken about looking at leadership or examining leadership.

While I have argued and will continue to argue that we need to learn some lessons from HR Management I still believe that they, one day, will look towards Volunteer Management for tips and tactics and inspiration!

I want our sector to communicate more with managers from other sectors.

Shared wisdom can be a learning experience.

I had a good conversation with a volunteer recently...Which has inspired this blog.

How difficult must it be to manage people who dislike their paid job or the place wherein they are employed? How many of you have managed this situation or indeed those people?

When we translate this issue to volunteer management…

An open letter to National Australia Bank

Dear National Australia Bank

Well done NAB for supporting volunteering in Australia and promoting volunteering so publically by spending the $$$ to get volunteering profiled on primetime recently.

I have included your link on my blog site for the moment!

Taking the lead I encourage you now to find a way to support Volunteer Management! Volunteer Management is a profession in Australia that supports the 5.4 million Australians who volunteer!

Many people that I know in the past few weeks have commented on your recent ads on TV and the positive light it has shone on Volunteering!

Volunteer Management is an emerging sector in our country. Although it has been around for sometime it is only lately that it is finding a voice as well as being recognised as an important cog in the wheel that is volunteerism.

Now, National Australia Bank – how prudent would it be for you if you extended your support for volunteering and corporate volunteering to Volunteer management! My site is giving you th…

Where will Volunteer Management sit in the future?

“The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind - computer programmers who could crank code, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind - creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers"

From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the bestselling A Whole New Mind.

He goes on to say:

These people – artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers – will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.”

Does this future resonate with Volunteer Managers? Are we not creators and meaning makers and can we argue that we at least facilitate these movements?

Dan pink in another book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” says that “The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to dire…

The Semantics War: Volunteer Management not Looking Afterment!

Looking Afterment. Have you ever come across this term? I’d like to think I’ve coined a phrase here.

”Hi my name is DJ and my profession Is Looking Afterment? Any idea where this might be going? I came across another article today on the wide world of web. An article on Volunteer Management. The author referred to “looking after” volunteers. Volunteer Looking Afterment! I’m sure you’ve heard it before. Even amongst ourselves. “What do you do? – “I look after the vollies”. Double cringe point!

Language is important in our profession. The semantics battles that we have are interesting though. Some people have issues with ‘Volunteer Manager’. People will argue that we manage Volunteer programs and not Volunteers. As if, by the very act of volunteering one does not require management. Balderdash and political correctness to the extreme. I’ve just had a look at the brilliant publication by Noble. Fryar, and Rodgers on volunteer management. It’s their 3rd edition of their essential guide.…

No follow up? No Volunteer Management?

A volunteer contacts an organisation and expresses interest in volunteering with them.

They register their names or send in an application form. They never hear back from that organisation again!

In recent time I have read more about this occurrence. I am not too sure whether this is becoming more of an issue just because I read about it more though. Maybe people are highlighting it more. Or indeed maybe it is a bigger issue than we realise.

As well as being a full time manager of volunteers I also continue to volunteer in my community and I too have had a recent experience of offering my time but having the organisation “forget” that I did so!!

I often encourage managers of volunteers to do some volunteering themselves if they get the time. Apart from the myriad of good reasons for doing so it is always refreshing to see things from the “volunteer perspective”. Mind you I am not too sure a volunteer coordinator would feel entirely comfortable with me at an initial volunteer interv…

Activism in Volunteer Management

What stops a View on Volunteer Management?

Today, after responding to an email from someone I got to thinking on activism and volunteer management.

We don’t have many activists do we? Sure we have experts and consultants and trainers and writers and the likes.

But what makes an activist? And do we need activists in volunteer management?

I say that we do

I hope that I am.

ac•tiv•ist –noun

an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause, esp. a political cause.

of or pertaining to activism or activists: an activist organization for environmental concern.

advocating or opposing a cause or issue vigorously, esp. a political cause: Activist opponents of the President picketed the White House.

Is Volunteer Management political though?

The reason I muse on such things right now is recent conversations Ive had with people. It got me thinking on what stops people from speaking out.

I know of people who have told me that they don’t speak on certain matters pertain…

Volunteer management - 6 people Care?

Are our National Associations For Volunteer Management advancing our profession?

That is our current poll

It is important that when you log in here to read opinion that you leave your own - either by a comment or simply by clicking on the poll.

We need to have a say! We can’t change anything until we do!

I only say this becauseI know the amount of people who come here for a read! If you don’t want to comment then a simple click will register your vote on our current poll.

Have your say.

Because we matter!

Google alert for Volunteer Management

Google doesn’t pay me. Let me make that clear first of all! They probablyy should though. Because I use a Google blog and I want to promote their service. I use Goggle search engine and have always found it the best. I will have mentioned this before but “Google alert” is simply fantastic in my view!

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

Enter the topic you wish to monitor, then click preview to see the type of results you'll receive. Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:

• monitoring a developing news story
• keeping current on a competitor or industry
• getting the latest on a celebrity or event
• keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams

I use Google alert to keep up to date on volunteer management, volunteerism, and to find out if so key people or organisations are saying anything about my pet topic – Volunteer Management.

Astute organisations I believe have caught on the Google…

Bring us to the plenary.

Volunteerism Gazette

Volunteer Manager Speaks at main plenary at National Conference

Our reporter Don J Volau reports from Asaba on a remarkable event that took place at the Asaba national Conference on volunteering

For the first time in its history the National Conference on Volunteering in the Republic of Asaba invited a Volunteer Manager to speak at its main plenary.

500 delegates heard volunteer manager Noah Rekonition bemoan the fact that his speech was a first. Reaction to the speech was mixed. One delegate who wished to remain anonymous stated that “it was full of self importance! – volunteers should get recognition , not managers!”. Others praised the speech including Cyril Underpayd who has been managing volunteers for 7 years “ I just enjoyed hearing Volunteer management mentioned!”

Organisers of the conference were unavailable for comment.

The following is an edited transcript of the speech (part 1)

Speech to National Conference – Bring us to the plenary.

Good morning

I am…

Why Volunteer Management must respond to Volunteer Rights Inquiry In England

To me, being a professional in our sector involves keeping abreast of what is happening in the world of volunteering. Its important that we know what is happening in volunteerism globally. Why? Because something that may be happening on the other side of the world may someday have an impact on what is happening in your part of the world volunteerism wise.

Take episodic volunteering as a case in point. When was this trend first spotted and in what country. 10 years ago I had not heard of this. Today it has the biggest impact on where I work and in how I manage my volunteer program. I don’t have the hard evidence at hand to say where the trend first emerged but if it was say Australia, then professional volunteer managers in the USA would or should have taken notice and the reverse applies. Whether it was Switzerland, Singapore or New Zealand, such happenings should be noted and studied and prepared for before becoming a trend in our global village.

I have been watching for quite some t…

Are our National Associations For Volunteer Management advancing our profession?

Are they?

Are they speaking out on your behalf?

Are they visual?

Are they heard?

Are you a member?

If you are not a member is there a reason?

Do you believe they are doing what they should be doing?

What should they be doing?

please comment here

Please engage in a discussion on a very important matter.

Because Volunteer Management Matters....

Or simply respond to the poll on the right hand column

Are we being heard?

Introducing New Zealand's first blog on Management of Volunteers!

I am so happy to plug a new blog for volunteer management in New Zealand.

Go find it at

Sue Hine has contributed to this humble blog. And now Sue has started her own.

I do feel this is the way to go for Volunteer Managers in their contribution to the sector. Speaking with an independent voice! We need more VMs in More countries getting together speaking out on Volunteer management.

I will be watching Sue’s blog with interest and jumping in when I agree and disagree with her viewpoint!!!!

Sue is doing some great work for the sector in New Zealand. Her blog can only add value to our profession. For her drive and initiative Sue gets a VM Champion Award!!!!

More from the site

"It's all about engaging with people who work with volunteers, about supporting and encouraging their work, as well as dealing with the challenges.

Sue Hine is the author, a back-room person with long experience in volunteering which has taught her what is really …

Volunteer Management Viral?: Let's support a Volunter Manager

Here's a challenge. Can you help me? Can we make a simple YouTube video on an award for volunteer management go viral?? Tina? I don’t know her from Adam ok? But this simple YouTube entry inspired me. Here is a fab VM in action and also an award worth supporting!

I am using this You Tube as a trial. When I first checked it had 60 viewers.

It deserves 1,000s

So here is why I lay the challenge

Let’s test how much Volunteer Management is in tune with Social Media?
Let’s see if we have power in spreading a message?
Pass this on to every volunteer manager, coordinator, trainer etc you know
Let us show how much we know! And in the meantime let’s spread a good message in Volunteer management!

I issued this challenge last night and the site got 10 more hits. It hit 70

I want to see a thousand

This is a social experiment of mine

Tina or her organisation may not have a clue but Join me...

Her story is great

here is the YouTube link…

Volunteer Management – Saying the stuff that others won’t!

Recently I read some government minister somewhere in some nation talk up volunteer managers along the lines of - they are not in it for the money - That the pay packet wasn’t the motivator - that it wasn’t the key motivator for those in volunteer management or words to that effect. Volunteer managers were in effect superheroes.

As a volunteer manager I cringe when I hear officials or CEOs or ministers or public servants give such speeches about volunteers! Not to mind Volunteer Managers!

The speech that says you are all so nice and wonderful people. The speech that focuses on how much a do gooder you are but not on what you truly bring to society and not on how volunteerism is such a dynamic movement in our societies. The what I call the “political pat on the head speech”
Not all speeches are like this granted.

When government anywhere has volunteer management in its sights then progress is being made for our sector.

“See the glass half full” “at least volunteer management is bei…