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New Article Posted – Treat Your Volunteers Like the Gold That They Are
19 July 2012, by , in New article, 6 comments

I’ve posted a new article on my website.

Ask yourself this: In the past month, how many times have you heard one of your colleagues, friends, or neighbors say something like “I’m sorry, I can’t make your party this weekend, because I’m volunteering at the 7-11.” or “I won’t be at the Scout meeting tonight because I’m volunteering at Best Buy.” How many times have you heard that? Probably zero, because nobody volunteers to work at for-profit organizations.

But if you work for an association or not-for-profit, you do have people volunteering their time. Probably lots of people. (Even the smallest not-for-profits work with dozens, if not hundreds, of volunteers every year.) And your volunteers are one of your organization’s most important assets. In fact, they are the greatest competitive advantage you have over your for-profit competitors. So it’s absolutely essential that you manage your volunteers effectively.

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  • Peter Brown

    Wes, I know few, if any associations that are expanding their mission. The plurality of them are just trying to survive.

  • Wes Trochlil

    Peter, I don’t know what your experience is, but I can tell you that MANY of my clients are experiencing very significant growth, especially in the medical professions. Maybe you ought to look around a little more, or start hanging out with more successful people!

  • Peter Brown

    Wes, unless you name your clients who are experiencing explosive growth, I take what you say with two grains of salt. Is your business growing? How many net new empoyees have you hired in the last 3 years?

    • Peter, you call me a liar, yet here you are, at MY blog, reading my posts and commenting. I don’t have to prove anything to you. Just look at my client list, which is posted here on my website. Or maybe you thinking I’m lying about that, too?

  • Peter Brown

    Wes, you answer my questions by not answering. Thank you. There is no organic growth in the association market.

  • kim wilkerson

    Peter — I also have multiple clients in associations and not-for-profit organizations who are successfully growing. Who are you to dismiss that statement from anyone – let alone to claim, “There is NO organic growth. . . ”

    If your mission is to make waves, or to have the thrill of your own name popping up on your Google Alerts, do it on your own blog.

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Mary Pat Paris, Executive Director
International Registration Plan

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International Registration Plan

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Western Arts Alliance
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