One of the biggest complaints employees of nonprofit (and for-profits, for that matter) organizations have is the lack of transparency between management and the employees. They often feel out of the loop, closed off from what’s happening “behind closed doors” in the conference room, or the corner office.
One of the best ways to combat this is by spending time with your employees. Whether it be during the work day, or at events outside of normal work hours. It is important that your nonprofit's leadership core is involved not only when their management skills are needed, but for when their people skills are needed, too.
If your nonprofit uses volunteers, which it almost certainly does in some capacity, you’ve undoubtedly at times found it difficult to find volunteers. Whether it’s because your regular volunteers had prior engagements, or enrollment is typically low, without volunteers our nonprofit organizations do not go.
That’s why it's importnat to make sure a volunteer has a favorable experience when giving their time to you so they're enticed to come back.
However, recruiting new talent is, of course, also imperative to the lifeblood of an organization. Finding new, fresh talent to come in and energize your nonprofit’s fundraising drives or events can get anyone excited.
You might be wondering: “But where can my nonprofit go to look for this great new talent, we’ve looked everywhere!”
Here are a few places you might not have thought to check:
The commute to work. The work. The commute home from work.
All too often nonprofit employees fall victim to the daily rhythm, and allow it to dictate their mood and their effectiveness at work. It’s an easy trap to fall into. Seeing the same people, driving the same roads, or taking the same public transportation can grow tedious.
The nonprofit world is one dominated by individuals who love to help other people. Regardless of gender, everyone working in a nonprofit roles lives to serve, and is dedicated to leaving the world a better place.
Did you know that over 2/3 of nonprofit employees are women?
For an unknown reason, more women are drawn to the nonprofit working life. Perhaps their interest in helping people is innately stronger than a man's.
Whatever the reason, here are some interesting statistics that will make you realize how much untapped potential there is in the female nonprofit workforce.
A for-profit business with hundreds of paid employees will run differently than a nonprofit business being supported by hundreds of volunteers. As a result, managing the two very different populations of workers is going to present a manager attempting to get the most out of their workers a variety of different challenges.
As opposed to an employee receiving their incentive from a paycheck, motivating a volunteer who is not being monetarily reciprocated for their services can sometimes be a daunting task.
Here are a few tips to help you the next time you’re having trouble getting your volunteers motivated.
Social media continues to take greater stake in every nonprofit’s marketing, public relations, and advertising strategies.
With 10+ major, free, social networking channels to take advantage of, nonprofits have a smorgasbord of opportunities available to connect with constituents, donors, and potential volunteers. All it takes is a username, password, and email address and you’re on your way to connecting with billions, with a b, of social media users.