On January 23, IQnection hosted their 17th quarterly Nonprofit Summit with more than 30 guests attending. Each quarter IQnection gathers a panel of speakers to talk about topics of interest to the local nonprofit community. These events allow the nonprofit community to benefit from each others experiences and successes. Nonprofit organizations are invited to the event to network and learn more about fundraising, volunteer management, grant writing, and many other topics that are important to their organizations. The January event involved three speakers who shared their experiences cultivating volunteers and explained how other nonprofits can create a successful volunteer program.
Best Practices and Program Structure
Kathleen Welsh Beveridge, President of Spark Nonprofit Consulting, shared best practices and minimum standards for structuring and managing the volunteer experience. Beveridge taught attendees how to structure volunteer programs that will not only expand an organization’s capacity, but will become a pipeline for advocates, donors, and board members, while generating a higher return on investment than they ever thought possible.
Engaging Bucks County Volunteers
Panelists Dawn Byers, Strategic Planning Consultant and past advisor to the Save Kids Castle initiative, and Ann McCauley, Executive Director of the Bucks County Audubon Society, shared their experiences attracting and engaging volunteers in Bucks County. They shared how they focus their efforts in our region and how to create significant short and long-term impact on organizational mission and dollars raised.
Attendees also heard the remarkable story of the effort to save Kids’ Castle. This initiative mobilized more than 120 highly motivated volunteers in less than two months and raised more than $150,000 in just 10 months. Attendees were treated to a review of the structure and tactics that made this accomplishment possible. They also learned a step-by-step process that helps to empower volunteers to take ownership of clearly defined projects—helping deliver more mission for their money. Finally, attendees learned how to attract, engage, and develop volunteers in ways that will make the greatest long-term difference for their organization by building a community of support.