Imagine you are a pretty senior person in a corporate job. Someone tells you there are twenty people who are dying to volunteer for your department.
Volunteer, not intern – These folks get paid nothing in exchange for the experience and knowledge that they are helping you in getting your big job done.
And they are (I repeat!) free labor. They will do anything you ask them. Your department gets more work done and, as a result, is more profitable. And since your own year-end bonus relies on your productivity, the more you deliver, the more you make.
Sounds kinda awesome right? I’m thinking you’d sign right up.
So then why do so many nonprofit leaders have a serious love/hate relationship with volunteers? And is there anything they (and you) can do to make it actually work?
Why yes. Yes there is…Continue Reading