Also see the contributions of colleagues to the humor section of "Quotables" in the Directory of the Profession.

Exercise Your Volunteering Funny Bone, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2011
Nonprofits: Don’t Treat Volunteers and Donors Like Crayons, Adam Clevenger, Bloomerang Blog, 2016
See Superheroes for What They Really Are!, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2015
So, What Do You Do?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2008
Some Truths Revealed about Nametags, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2000
Top Signs of Volunteer Burn-out, Lisa Barker (humorous), 2007
Volunteers Just Want to Have Fun, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2005
Fundraiser Grrl

"Because non-profit shouldn't be non-fun." Blog and an e-newsletter by Canadian Rory Green, which she self-describes as "One grrl's cheeky observations about life in fundraising."

Non-Profit Humour Blog

Very funny postings of fictitous-but-very-true-to-life "news items" related to life in nonprofit organizations.

Non-Profit Humour (blog)

Canadian John Suart writes this often-hilarous "world's only non-profit humour site."

Nonprofit with Balls

Hilarious site written and illustrated by Vu Le, "known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns." He is the humor columnist for the popular publication, Blue Avocado. Sign up for a free e-mail notice every Monday and read Vu's newest blog posting.  Here's how he describes himself:

Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There are tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.


Planet 501c3 Cartoons

Archive of cartoons on the nonprofit world published by CompassPoint.

Potpourri of Humorous Jokes & One-liners About Volunteers & Causes
"Volunteer Humor" Board on Energize's Pinterest Site

Collection of cartoons and other humor found along the Web centering on volunteering.  Also see results of Energize's 2011 humor contest on Facebook.


Volunteer Management Snark

Humorous blog -- usually clever meme gifs -- by Liza Dyer, CVA. "A bit of good-natured fun for your day. Designed with Leaders of Volunteers in mind." Also available on Twitter (@VMsnark).

Print and e-Books in Our Store

Handling Problem Volunteers

Insightful and humorous guide to dealing with a wide range of problem behaviors exhibited by some volunteers, from irritating to seriously dysfunctional.

Things We Love about Volunteers

Twenty-five color cartoons that celebrate the commitment and compassion of volunteers.

(animated 3:50 min. video): Volunteer Seeks Gig (or Even Superheroes Get the Blues) from, 2011

A fun song and dance number from Project Angel Food, which engages and entertains the new volunteer, while poviding the basic operational knowledge he or she will need to have.

Very funny and well-done video by Bellevue Presbyterian Church using a parody of the song "Stayin' Alive" by the BeeGees to thank their volunteers -- with a nice closing by the minister. Great idea that any setting could adapt.

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