Online Community

Ways to use the Internet and social media to develop communication exchanges among volunteers.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Online Community Research, nfpSynergy, nfpSynergy Blog, 2016
Addressing Volunteerism Issues in the Blogosphere, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2011
A Decade In, Twitter Is the Real-Time Pulse of Nonprofit Advocacy, Tom Watson, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2016
Do Volunteers Want to “Talk Amongst Themselves”?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2015
DoSomething Uses Trademark Humor to Say Sorry for Text-Message Error, Nicole Wallace, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2015

Wise words for dealing with social media mistakes and also with young people. Also see the DoSomething blog post at https://blog.dosomething.org/how-to-piss-off-2-1-million-people-and-how-....

Micro-volunteering: worth the hype?, Heather Sturgess, nfpSynergy Blog, 2016
Online Leadership / Influencing Online, Jayne Cravens, 2015

How to influence others and have an impact through Web posts.

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2015
Starting an Online Forum for Volunteers, Jayne Cravens and Susan J. Ellis, Energize, Inc., 2014
Virtual Volunteers: How to Keep Engagement with Micro-volunteering, 2010
Series of posts to the TechSoup Discussion Forum
Why Microvolunteering Is Not Virtual Volunteering, Ben Rigby, 20110
and see the response: Microvolunteering Is Virtual Volunteering, blog post by Jayne Cravens
Why Telecollaborative Projects Sometimes Fail: Taboo Topic No Longer, Judi Harris, Learning & Leading with Technology, 2000

Why do some educational telecollaborations in near-perfect conditions fail? What can be learned from these puzzling events about how to sustain and support online projects.

4Good

4Good is an online collaboration site for the nonprofit community and social impact by sharing ready-to-use tools, templates, training content and more. Volunteer management is occasionally mentioned specifically, but often implied. Most material is free or at low cost, including webinars and guides.

Clictivist

"A place to discuss and dissect the successes, failures, and practices of online activism." Micro-volunteering actions for "digital campaigning, one click at a time."

Community Builders New South Wales

An interactive clearing house where users are encouraged to contribute to content and ongoing development. The site was developed by the New South Wales (AU) government in response to a desire expressed by communities across NSW to access information about what others are doing and what works to make their community safer and more inclusive, enterprising and resilient.

 

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.

iEarn

"iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide."  There is a particularly good area of the site explaining telementoring and linking to more resources.

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.

Net Impact

"Net Impact is a community of more than 50,000 student and professional leaders creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world."

 

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.

The Social Animal

Practical social media and Web 2.0 advice for animal welfare advocates, but applicable to all and with many volunteer-related tips.

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.

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All the guidelines and materials necessary for an e-mail exchange between students and senior partners.

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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!