In our last couple of posts—Management vs. Leadership and the 3 “C’s” of Leadership we speak to the difficulty of management. While leadership can be riskier it is much harder to keep a person working on a goal and/or task that has no end in sight. Anyone who has worked in a production facility or food mission will know exactly what I mean. There is no end date in production; there is no end date in serving meals to the poor. Standing up on a park bench and rallying folks to “save the _____” is a heck of a lot more romantic. It has an emotional goal and often an immediate objective. No wonder everyone wants to be a leader and no one wants to be a manager. It is very hard to manage well. (more…)
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Leadership can be quite simple to chat about—be decisive, be humble, care for your folks, etc. however; implementation is by far more complex. True leadership can require an enormous amount of humble connection, confidence, and credibility and requires that you always have those you lead in mind first setting aside most self serving motives. Some folks seem to be naturals; perhaps they grew up looking after others, or were dropped into situations that taught them how to represent “the people” or “their peers” at an early age. Most of us however, have to learn how to lead and how to manage. If you have compassion and empathy for people then you can learn to do both well. The eBook Volunteering can help as there is no role more difficult that leading volunteers into action. Today we focus on the 3 “C’s” of Leadership taking off from our last post – Leadership vs. Management. (more…)
We need more managers and fewer leaders. There—I said it, contradicting all of the noise that schools, colleges, universities, trade journals and books, magazines, and talk shows have been spewing for well over a decade.
Why? Nobody wants to be a manager anymore because it is hard and not cool. And, no one likes to be managed by (mostly poor) managers—thus management has gotten a very bad stigma associated with it. In addition, so many people, it appears, think that they are an island, a thought leader.
It seems so many want to immediately be the CEO of their own startup, proven via the popularity of TV such as Shark Tank on ABC (ABC.com).
As you know from the first series of posts on money—Complexity, Events and Sales, and Philanthropy, fundraising is difficult.. It is a hard task on a good day. Today we will talk about grant (and contracts) writing, a task that needs to be assigned to the most detailed of people in your organization. As always, you can find a more in-depth and action-based discussion on this topic in our free eBook, Volunteering.
The Resources – Foundations and governments award billions of dollars in grants and contracts each year. These cover a wide spectrum of causes, from housing and urban development, security, and feeding the poor around the world to a variety of research endeavors and educational efforts. There may be a granting agency or foundation that pays for the bulk of your organization’s activities. Thus, the first thing you should do as a new volunteer is to read your annual report. This will help you better learn where your sources of funds are derived from to better serve the people and activities with which your organization aligns. Volunteer managers, you, too, need to read the annual reports and any other summary reports that may have been written for your particular sponsors. You all need to know better who your sponsors are and how their funds are spent. Follow the money and you will follow the dependencies, relationships, and your products. (more…)
As discussed in the first couple of posts on money—Complexity and Events and Sales—we spoke about the difficulties of fundraising. It is a hard task on a good day. Today we will focus on philanthropy, perhaps by far the most difficult way to secure those elusive funds your organization requires. You may also want to download the free eBook Volunteering for a more in-depth and action-based discussion of these issues.
Wikipedia describes philanthropy thus:
“Today philanthropy is conventionally defined as private initiatives, for public good, focusing on quality of life … serving to contrast philanthropy with business (private initiatives for private good, focusing on material prosperity) and government (public initiatives for public good, focusing on law and order). Instances of philanthropy commonly overlap with instances of charity, though not all charity is philanthropy, or vice versa. The difference commonly cited is that charity relieves the pains of social problems, whereas philanthropy attempts to solve those problems at their root causes, [And building thus, capacity in the cause one serves], a person who practices philanthropy is called a philanthropist”. (more…)
In our first post on money – Complexity – we spoke about the difficulties of fundraising. As we learned, fundraising is a hard task on a good day. Today’s blog will address events and sales. Please see the free eBook Volunteering for a more in-depth discussion.
Some organizations survive solely on events and sales. A very well-organized event or sale can bring great attention to your purpose and publicity that is hard to buy. Events and sales can also raise you the unrestricted funds your organization desperately needs. Events can be of many sizes and flavors: the one that supports you all year long or the event that gives you just enough of the resources you need to provide the flexibility in your budget to cover items no one else wants to pay for. Examine the portfolio of events and sales your organization undertakes to better understand the bottom line and the good will they provide. (more…)
“Money, money, money. You haven’t talked about anything until you have talked about the money.” ~Unknown
This is just so true. Obtaining resources for your organization is hard; talking about money can be difficult. We all wish that our volunteer activity’s bills would just take care of themselves. In this series, “What About the Money?” we learn that we are not so lucky. This four-part blog, a condensed version of what’s found in Volunteering, will introduce the subject of fundraising. In this and the next three posts, we will consider:
Part 1 – Complexity
Part 2 – Events and Sales
Part 3 – Philanthropy
Part 4 – Grant Writing (more…)
It’s the holiday season all around the world. Another year has come to an end. They always seem to do that, while we often struggle to stay safe, healthy, and employed and obtain the resources for our daily existence.
Some of us are at peace, some are not. Some of us will be with family, some will not. Some of us will have gatherings with lots of food and gifts and others will not. The point is that we can always look to the left and see one life or look to the right and see another. But when we can get out and volunteer, bring ourselves into the volunteering spirit, and get out of our own head and do good service for someone or something else, we can find it much easier to find and hold onto gratitude despite our own current situation. Simply put, because we can volunteer we always have reason for gratitude (which provides hope) and here are four quick reasons why.
Organization is essential to keep your volunteer effort on task. Part of planning effectively is creating volunteering plans that work. Doing so will ensure that your teammates always know where a project stands and what still needs to be accomplished. Furthermore, written volunteering plans will provide you with a record of all that you have done, which you can use to demonstrate your accomplishments, generate reports, or showcase your work to potential donors. There are many other reasons to keep this type of documentation.
In our last post, “7 Steps to Create Volunteering Work Plans That Work (Part I),” we introduced you to the first three of seven steps to create volunteering plans that work. As a reminder, they are: (more…)
Do you want to ensure that your organization runs smoothly? That you complete tasks in a timely manner? That your teammates stay informed? If you answered “yes,” then you need to create volunteering work plans that work.
In previous posts, we’ve covered topics such as creating great volunteer teams and achieving team success. In this post and the next one we will show you how to take your teams to the next level. We will walk you through the steps necessary to clarify your goals, communicate your goals with others, keep you on task and within budget, and assess your outcomes. Once you master the process, leading you to become more organized and efficient, volunteering can become even more rewarding. (more…)