Blogs and Wikis

This is a compilation of blogs and wikis directly about or for volunteer management, volunteering, volunteers themselves, and related topics. The individual items here are also cross-referenced throught the A-Z library so that they also appear as resources in the topic area(s) matching their focus.

AmeriCorps Alums Blog

Features AmeriCorps stories around the world and how people continue to make a difference after their years of service.

Associations Now (blog)

About all things related to association management, from ASAE (American Society for Association Executives). Was previously called "Acronym" and that archive is still accessible at http://blogs.asaecenter.org/Acronym/.

Career Volunteer

Career Volunteer is "here to make it easier for you to search and recruit trustees, skilled volunteers, potential mentors, and Board Members for your charity, NGO or social enterprise...By skilled volunteers we mean people who can provide pro bono assistance in specialist areas - marketing, finance, fundraising, strategy or people with technical abilities in other professions." Career Volunteer gives you access to fully funded expertise and Board-level skills from outside the sector, provided on a pro bono basis -- candidates are drawn from large corporates participating and funding the programme.  Also have an interesting blog, "Volunteers do it for free" at http://blog.careervolunteer.co.uk/

 

Carolyn's Nonprofit Blog

By Carolyn M. Appleton, CFRE.  Mainly about fundraising, but often mentioning volunteers.

Causecast Blog

Blog produced by Causecast, provider of online platforms for corporations and nonprofits to manage giving and volunteering.  The blog focus on corporate social responsibility topics.

Charity Lawyer

Daily blog written by lawyer Ellis Carter, who specializes in nonprofit law.  Volunteer issues are often presented and can be searched by keyword.

Church Volunteer Daily (blog)

Daily postings - which can also be received by e-mail -- with tips for volunteer ministry. Although the content sometimes is religious (Christian), most of the time the suggestions are applicable to any volunteer-involving organization, even secular ones.

Corestrategies on Nonprofits Blog

Written by four nonprofit consultants led by Terrie Temkin, this blog frequently offers volunteer-related posts.

Corporate Institute Blog

Posts about corporate social responsibility and tools for engaging companies in volunteering, from Points of Light..

Doing Good: Motivation, innovation and sustainability

Blog with short posts of tips for working with volunteers, based on the author's (Lilly Belanger) own experience.

Donor Dream Blog (Category: Volunteers)

Erik Anderson writes this blog about donor relations and one of his categories is volunteers -- specifically how to work with nonprofit boards of directors.  This link takes you to the compilation of posts archived under "volunteer," but you can also view posts on fundraising and other topics.

DoSomething.org Blog

All about young people (teens and 20-somethings) and social change.

Engaging Volunteers (blog)

Excellent blog written by members of the VolunteerMatch team and third-party experts in the volunteering and technology community. Great source for trends in the field.

Essentials of Volunteer Management

Lilly Belanger shares short tips on the fundamentals of working with volunteers. She's a Millennial and draws from her personal experiences as a volunteer, too. 

Everyday Giving Blog

All about different ways of giving to help others and making the world a better place, by Roger Carr.

Exploring Volunteering (blog)

By Patrick Daniels, UK-based volunteer and international activist. The blog's tag line: "Notes on thinking and research about the development of volunteering."

Fish Quay Consulting Blog

Written by British nonprofit/volunteering consultant Kirsty McDowell, the blog offers insights into daily volunteer management.

From the Field: Conversations on Volunteer Management (blog)

Published by Volunteer Maine, with many guest contributors.

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."

generationOn Blog

Features great youth volunteer stories and ways to involve families in volunteering, from Points of Light.

Good Blog

"Platform for 21st century citizenship" -- offering daily snippets of a wide range of actions for social good.

HandsOn Network Blog

Reflections and announcements related to civic engagement from HandsOn Network in the U.S.

The Huffington Post section on Volunteerism (blogs)

With the tag line "Some News Is So Big It Needs Its Own Page," the popular daily news site has aggregated its volunteer-related stories in a special section. Many are postings from blogs on the site.

InitLive Blog

Frequent posts with hints for involving volunteers in live events of all sorts, from InitLive, a technology business that provides "our customers with the tools they need to support their team before, during, and after their event."

InnoVate Blog

From JFFixler Group, consultants in volunteer engagement and board developement

ivo - Multiple Blogs

This is a social networking site in the UK (but open to anyone, anywhere) focused exclusively on building community and exchange among volunteers and among leaders of volunteers (was formerly called i-Volunteer). A benefit of the free membership is all the tools to publish a blog, and several of the ones on the site are truly excellent, including:

Jamie Ward-Smith (the founder of ivo)
uncollectiveconsciousness
suevjones
robjconsulting
stevemoreton
jackal
johnr

Jayne Cravens Blog

One of the field's first blogs run by Jayne Cravens, expert in online volunteering, that offers great information and insight on volunteerism as well as nonprofit, development, and women's issues.

Join In UK

Join In is "a registered charity that helps UK grassroots sports clubs attract more supporters and volunteers from their local communities by matching people to fun, interesting and rewarding volunteering opportunities at clubs in their area."  The Join In blog introduces many items about volunteering.

KM Consulting & Training (blog)

Blog from Kathleen McCleskey.

Lori Gotlieb Consulting Blog

Blog postings by Lori Gotlieb, who teaches volunteer management at Humber  College, Toronto, ON. 

Mallen Baker's Respectful Business Blog

" Analysis of what’s happening in the world of responsible business, and what it means." 

Management4Volunteers Blog

By Sue Hine in New Zealand, with the tag line: "Great volunteer programmes do not fall out of the sky: it is good management practice that makes them even better."

More Volunteers (blog)

Short tips from Judy Esmond, Australian researcher and trainer.

NCVO Blog Posts on "Volunteering"

NCVO in the UK regularly publishes insightful blog posts on the subject of volunteering written by a variety of knowledgeable staff members (many of whom were with Volunteering England when it merged into NCVO). 

nfpSynergy blog

nfpSynergy is a research consultancy in the UK that delivers research, insights and expertise to help non-profits understand their audiences and make informed strategic decisions. Volunteering is a frequent focus of their research and also of the postings to this blog.

Non-Profit Humour (blog)

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

Nonprofit News and Comment (blog)

A weekly news digest from the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University surveys major newspapers and periodicals for important stories and links to a wide range of nonprofit news -- including volunteering as a designated category.

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.

 

OzVPM

Comprehensive volunteer management site with a special focus on the Australasian region. President and trainer Andy Fryar writes a monthly blog, too.

Pro Bono Australia News (blog)

News items focused on volunteering by business people and professionals in Australia as pro bono service.

Pro Bono Junkie's Blog

A blog for those interested in integrating the pro bono ethic into their careers — giving their time and talent to strengthen nonprofit organizations. Part of the Taproot Foundation site.

Realizing Your Worth (blog)

Thoughts on corporate social responsibility and corporate volunteering by Chris Jarvis in Canada, through his consulting firm, Realized Worth. Has some cogent and valuable resources in the blog's archives.

RecogNation: An Employee Recognition Blog

Baudville is a company that specializes in employee recognition items and ideas, and often includes volunteer recognition, too.  This blog offers pointers and techniques for saying thank you creatively.

Rob Jackson Consulting, Ltd. Blog

Read the informed musings of UK colleague Rob Jackson on volunteer management and trends in the field.

ServiceSpace Blog

"ServiceSpace was conceived by volunteers, was built by volunteers, and is run by volunteers -- all for the benefit of volunteers. Our projects range from a daily positive news service, to an acts-of-kindness portal, to a gift-economy restaurant." The blog is an exchange of reflections among volunteers about inspiration and service.

Social ROI: A Social Entrepreneurship Blog

"A blog about how social entrepreneurship is making this world a better place."

Social Velocity (blog)

Focused on helping nonprofits create a growth or strategic plan, determine how to bring more money in the door, and get their boards engaged and invested.

Speaking out on Volunteer Management! (blog)

Colleague DJ Cronin in Australia challenges the volunteer management community to get engaged in debate to strengthen the profession.

Time Guider & Giver

Jody Weyers launched this blog to "connect people with their passion," posting frequent commentary and inspiration about volunteering for volunteers but also for leaders of volunteers.

Tobi's Nonprofit Management Blog

Tobi Johnson provides tips and tools to help "nonprofit organizations improve performance and increase impact through the power of people" -- including volunteers.

True Impact Blog

Focused on metrics, ROI, and other ways to measure the impact of volunteering and service.

Twenty Hats

Elisa Kosarin says she "created Twenty Hats as a place for volunteer managers, development directors, and other nonprofit pros to find practical, skill-building information that they need and that they can use on the job right away. My blog posts, tools, webinars, and courses give you practical, useful information to help you master the skills you never learned in school."

Vantage Point Blog

This community blog from Vancouver, BC focuses on voluntary sector issues, leadership, organizations, and people engagement.

Verified Volunteers Blog

Focused on issues of screening and interviewing volunteers.

Virtual Volunteering Wiki

Opened in 2014 by Jayne Cravens and Susan J. Ellis as a virtual appendix to their new book, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook. The site is being kept up to date with news items, research papers, and other current information about online service.

VM Voice Blog & Comment

Blog written by members of the Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM) in the UK- "a voice, a resource and a network in volunteer management."

Volunteer Frontier (blog)

"Dialogue on Strategic Service Engagement" from Reed Dewey, now a consultant, who has worked at various American national volunteerism organizations.

Volunteer Insure Blog

Written by Bill Henry, director of Volunteers Insurance Service - VIS(R). Deals with risk and risk prevention for volunteer-involving organizations.

Volunteer Management Snark

Humorous blog by Liza Dyer, CVA. "A bit of good-natured fun for your day. Designed with Leaders of Volunteers in mind."
 

Volunteer Plain Talk (blog)

"About the challenges we face as volunteer managers." Meridian Swift hosts this "place to blow off steam, commiserate with one another, laugh, shake our heads and realize that we are not alone in this profession."

VolunteerHub Blog

Volunteer management software vendor, VolunteerHub, posts tips and advice along with notices about its new offerings, aiming to be a “hub” for volunteer management discussion.

Volunteering Is CSR: The VolunteerMatch Blog for Business Leaders

All about corporate social responsibility.

Volunteering Solutions Blog

Blog for anyone considering volunteering internationally, with advice for how to choose the right program and other issues. "A handy resource for gap year students, schoolies and travelers who are thinking to volunteer abroad."

VolunteerSpot Blog

Online scheduling site VolunteerSpot's blog shares ideas, tips and best practices for informal volunteer leaders about improving the volunteer experience, fundraising and streamlining volunteer coordination.

Wendy Biro-Pollard's Volunteer Management Blog

Articles and insights from this speaker, trainer and Certified Volunteer Administrator with over 25 years of experience.

Wendy Moore (blog)

Created by Australian Wendy Moore "to support, encourage and inspire people in the field of volunteer management, through sharing information and ideas to take our sector and boldly go where no one has gone before."

Wild Apricot Blog

Quick, useful volunteer engagement tips from Wild Apricot, producer of software to manage membership information.

Working with Volunteers (blog)

A blog by Lilly Belanger about personal lessons learned from managing volunteers over the years and from being a volunteer herself. This advice is interwoven with social studies regarding motivation, case studies of volunteer management strategies, and legal considerations for working with volunteers.

The YourVolunteers Blog

The blog of the YourVolunteers online volunteer management service provides original content related to volunteering and volunteer management.

Youth Service America Blog

Youth Service America shares current news, information, and grant opportunities from the service-learning and youth service fields, including stories of youth successful in helping their communities.

Picture of Liza J Dyer, CVA
Selfies for Social Good
Submitted by Liza J Dyer, CVA , Portland, Oregon, USA

How can you turn a selfie into something powerful? By turning it into a #helpie! If a selfie is a picture of oneself that you post on social media, then a helpie is a picture of oneself doing something helpful. And volunteers are all about being helpful!

Helpies can boost your efforts to recruit more volunteers, engage your current volunteers, and tell the story of your organization. Inspire volunteers to share helpies on social media platforms they’re already using with best practices and step-by-step instructions outlined in this video: https://youtu.be/FUf8c4fKIdc

Now that’s a selfie for social good!