Volunteers are the foundation upon which the environmental movement has grown and thrived. Whether your organization has a large, paid staff or is largely a volunteer-driven effort, robust nonprofits cannot ignore the contribution of this dedicated (and cost-effective!) workforce.
Does your organization’s Board of Directors have the experience, enthusiasm and commitment to raise the funds needed for your group to fulfill its mission? Fundraising boards have shared goals—finding donors, developing donor relationships, and building the capacity to ask for money that will support your organization’s mission and bottom line.
The board of directors is responsible for conducting an annual review or evaluation of the executive director. This annual event is important for providing feedback on job performance, focusing on continued skill development, and is a key component of creating a learning organization. Yet a number of boards for environmental and conservation nonprofits struggle with fulfilling this obligation. It’s not unusual to hear from participants in our Executive Director Leadership Program that they have not had a performance review in several years.
These four steps can make the annual review easier by breaking the process down into manageable actions.
Knowing exactly where to find great volunteers can be a challenge. Today’s online resources however, provide good places to attract, find, and keep the highly-skilled volunteers that want to be engaged in your organization. Many of the sites can be used for volunteer positions or paid staff positions. Here are a few to check out:
What would you say if we told you that your organization had a chance to have breakthroughs in projects or programs, led by an experienced person who donates their time. Surely you’d say, “Sign me up!”