If Volunteering Really Helps You Live Longer, Where Do I Sign Up?

I recently read an article by the American Psychological Association from a couple of years ago titled 'Volunteering to Help Others Could Lead to Better Health'.  It starts by stating, “People who volunteer may live longer than those who don’t, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves, suggests new research published by the American Psychological Association.”   Wow, could this be true?  What a great reason to get out there and volunteer with an organization that you are interested in! Read More

5 Critical Aspects of Nonprofit Staff and Volunteer Development

Nonprofit organizations are carried by two main things: their mission and their people.    The mission creates the purpose of the organization and the people uphold and implement the areas which fulfill the mission (such as strong leadership, financial stability, sound technology, etc.).  Therefore, the people of a nonprofit organization are vital.    Read More

The Psychology behind Volunteering

This is National Volunteer Week 2013 and I want to dig deeper into the reasons that people volunteer (those who give their time without being required to by an outside source).     Why do something if you do not have to?  We often do things that bring us some sort of reciprocation.  Read More

15 Reasons Your Nonprofit Needs Social Media

Social Media is a great outlet for your nonprofit organization.  Many nonprofits now have Facebook Pages, Twitter accounts, You Tube channels, etc.  But some nonprofits may still question the need for actively engaging on these sites or may be confused about the best ways to manage the sites that they have chosen.  Read More

How Does Your Nonprofit Use Its Voice?

I just discovered a new singer/songwriter that I love.  Her name is Jamera and she writes and sings Indi pop.  Jamera has a video clip on her website’s home page where she talks about the joy of sharing her voice in her music.  She explains that all different art forms (music, paint, dance, etc.) allow the artist to share their voice through their art.  She says, “You paint the picture with your voice, with a paintbrush, with your words…it’s all the same thing”.   I believe that nonprofits are another art-form that share their voices regarding each nonprofit’s mission and passion. Read More