University departmental isolationism is a thing of the past. The watchword of twenty-first century academe is engagement. University Deans have seen the terms advancement, development, and fund raising added to their job description. Now department heads are being presented with the same challenge.
I have come to the conclusion that the power of a compliment is not related to it size. Giving a positive accolade can do wonders for someone and these powerful expressions can come in the smallest of packages.
As non-profit professionals, we rely on volunteers to complete our work, and the mission of our organization. Individuals who give their time and energy—above and beyond their financial commitment—are the lifeblood of charitable groups. Volunteers come in many forms. People may be long-term volunteers as a member of the board, they may be short-term volunteers as helpers for a special event, or they may be influential members of the community recruited to help lead a fundraising effort. Regardless of their role, the fullest possible level of involvement and the successful completion of their duties is critical to the progress of the organization.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of a non-profit organization. They are passionate advocates for organizations, sharing their involvement with friends, neighbors and colleagues. A non-profit will not find more effective public relations than a motivated volunteer, especially during a capital campaign.
What is the most important component of a volunteer program? The most important component is the plan that determines how well the program is being run.