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

January 2015 Professional Gathering:

Onboarding Volunteers: A Balancing Act

Join Retired Supervisory Special Agent Dan Guerrero, FBI, now Director for Security at Edmonds Community College,  and Bridget Guerrero, Fund Developer for Catholic Community Services’ Youth Tutoring Program, for a thoughtful discussion on background check databases and other  considerations regarding “on boarding” volunteers: reference checks, personal interviews and voluntary disclosures. You are welcome to bring your own lunch to the discussion.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: TBD

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Updates Regarding Professional Gatherings

VAN Spotlight: Jenny Woods, Seattle Art Museum

VAN Spotlight: Jenny Woods, Seattle Art Museum

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailDescribe the mission, programs and services of your organization: Seattle Art Museum Connects Art to Life. We are one museum with three locations: SAM Downtown, Asian Art Museum, and Olympic Sculpture Park. Through art, the Seattle Art Museum enriches lives and engages diverse communities. How does your organization engage volunteers? We have about 20 […]

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Celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day with VAN!

Celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day with VAN!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailUniversally, people recognise the contribution of volunteers – in sport, health, emergency services, faith communities and the environmental lobby …in fact volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of service delivery in all walks of life. However, volunteering does not succeed in a vacuum. That is why we celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day […]

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Volunteers as Donors?!

Volunteers as Donors?!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmail Super Supporters. Those people who both volunteer and donate $ to an organization.  At our last professional gathering, we discussed volunteers as donors.  Is it right to ask those who already give so much in time to also contribute money?  Maybe! It depends on how they are asked and if respect is given […]

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Celebrate YOU!

Celebrate YOU!

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailImagine this scenario: You can’t sleep because you are thinking about work. You have an older volunteer who has a long history with your organization. She volunteers at the front desk. Your coworkers are getting frustrated with her forgetfulness, but you can’t bring yourself to ask her to leave your organization; the development staff just informed […]

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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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Professional Gathering – Tough Conversations

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailA sweet, sweet elderly woman answered our phones every Tuesday for years, but then her hearing and handwriting began to deteriorate and the quality of phone messages, etc. plummeted. When I tried to let her go, she wouldn’t hear of leaving – her identity was tied up in the position. What to do? How […]

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VAN Spotlight: Alice Fong, United Way of King County

VAN Spotlight: Alice Fong, United Way of King County

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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What to look for in a Volunteer Database

TweetEmailSharebar TweetEmailWe had a great discussion at the last VAN Professional gathering about databases. We broke into small groups to discuss what information to track, what reports we need, and what databases we are currently using and what we like and don’t like about our current database. You can find a spreadsheet comparing databases here put together […]

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