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A high school reunion made me think about how often we miss opportunities to stay connected to volunteers who leave their positions with us. The fundraising office “cultivates” even the smallest money donor patiently over time. So why do we sever ties completely with former volunteers who may still care a lot about our work?

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In the July-October 2015 Issue

Most people are very familiar with the concept of a telethon,  a word coined to combine "television" and "marathon." It’s a televised fundraising event, lasting many hours or even days, in order to raise money for a charitable or other worthy cause by combining a variety show or television production with solicitations for pledges from the viewing audiences. The... read more | subscribe

RECENT ARTICLES | Access the Full Issue

Behavior-Based Interviewing: An Effective Screening Tool for Highly-Skilled Volunteers
Are Satisfied Volunteers Motivated to Make the Most Contributions?
Community Mental Health Programmes and Volunteers
Leader as Coach: Sustaining the Engagement of Your Volunteers
The Rise, Fall, and Evolution of the Telethon
Volunteer Engagement as a Form of Transformational Leadership
Volunteer Hounded to Death by Fundraisers? Lessons To Learn
Volunteer Management Training: The Missing Pieces

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