Posts for July, 2013
The meaning of resource generation is colliding with new realities, such as limited resources and innovation, thus creating an opportunity for a fresh definition. In today’s landscape, cash is not synonymous with resource generation- volunteers have to be a part of the equation. There is a thirst by people to serve as volunteers in meaningful roles, and cash is not as plentiful as it once was. But how does a nonprofit begin to expand its viewpoint on resource generation?
By Natalie Holmes, a Bank of America Fellow and a second-year graduate student at Georgetown Public Policy Institute - The volunteer ecosystem is more effective when all three sectors are involved, and strategic volunteer engagement has the innovative potential to benefit organizations across sectors—as the Forum’s expert panel attested. We need only be willing to think differently, take measured risks, and get serious about investing in this untapped resource.
We fully support the announcement of the White House-directed taskforce that will explore ways to expand national service through public and private partnerships with the aim of addressing government priorities.
By Nur Ibrahim, Executive Coordinator, Philanthropy New York - In early 2012, Philanthropy New York began working with Reimagining Service to bring its core mission and principles to our members, a mix of traditional grantmakers and corporate philanthropists. As stated in the blog by Gail Gershon of Gap Inc., that initial session generated robust conversations on the value of foundations investing in nonprofit volunteer capacity. Our subsequent meetings continue to focus on the importance of developing that capacity and engaging volunteers strategically. These meetings have highlighted three themes of successful volunteerism: 1) Empowerment, 2) Flexibility, and 3) Connection.