Professional Gatherings

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VANNW Professional Gatherings are a great opportunity to share ideas, thoughts, and skills with your volunteer management peers – no membership required.  VAN Professional Gatherings are typically offered once a month at various locations.  If you are interested in hosting a Professional Gathering or have an idea for a presentation/topic please contact ProfessionalGatherings@VANNW.org

September Professional Gathering:

Turning Volunteers into Donors and Donors into Volunteers

Lisa Yeager of Encompass will facilitate a lively discussion around the research, trends, stereotypes, and techniques of bridging the gap between donors and volunteers.

Date: Wednesday, September 24

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

RSVP: erika.van.merr@farestart.org

Location: Farestart Restaurant, Seattle

Directions and Parking: http://www.farestart.org/restaurant/directions/index.html

Note: while food will be available for purchase, you are not required to buy a meal to attend this meeting!

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Updates Regarding Professional Gatherings

Professional Gathering Wednesday!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailDon’t forget the Professional Gathering scheduled for Wednesday: “Turning your volunteers into donors and donors into volunteers”! Lisa Yeager of Encompass will facilitate a lively discussion around the research, trends, stereotypes, and techniques of bridging the gap between donors and volunteers. Thanks to Erika Van Merr for hosting this gathering at Fare Start Restaurant. Date: Wednesday, September 24 Time: 11:30-1:00 […]

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Join Us for the September Professional Gathering

Join Us for the September Professional Gathering

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailTurning your volunteers into donors and donors into volunteers! Should you ask volunteers to give money on top of time? Aren’t they  doing enough already? Lisa Yeager of Encompass will facilitate a lively discussion around the research, trends, stereotypes, and techniques of bridging the gap between donors and volunteers.  You’ll come away with some tools to use, […]

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TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailDescribe the mission, programs and services of your organization: United Way of King County brings caring people together to give, volunteer and take action to help people in need and solve our community’s toughest challenges.  In almost every neighborhood in King County, you’ll find examples of causes and organizations that United Way of King […]

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Tough Conversations

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailUnited Way of King County will be hosting VAN’s next professional gathering.  Join your colleagues to discuss tough conversations with volunteers and the difficulty of letting go of volunteers. Disagreements are a part of life and sometimes even with the best intentions, you need to dust off those conflict mediation/resolution skills!  Other times you may […]

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Tough Conversations!

Tough Conversations!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail United Way of King County will be hosting VAN’s next professional gathering.  Join your colleagues to discuss tough conversations with volunteers and the difficulty of letting go of volunteers. Disagreements are a part of life and sometimes even with the best intentions, you need to dust off those conflict mediation/resolution skills!  Other times […]

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Don’t Forget! The VAN Professional Gathering is Next Wednesday!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailKimberly Jacobsen and Lisa Yeager will facilitate the next VAN Professional Gathering where we will discuss record-keeping systems for volunteer managers.  No sales pitches; just peer-to-peer learning. You will leave with a handout of various database options and their costs and hopefully answers to some of your pressing questions.  Date: Wednesday, July 30 Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm RSVP: kimberly.jacobsen@mohai.org […]

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How do you data?

How do you data?

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