The Volunteer Center of South Jersey is a proud sub-grantee of Volunteer Generation Fund, partnering with New Jersey’s Governor’s Office on Volunteerism and other sub-grantees around the State. VCSJ believes that a strong focus on tracking time and utilizing volunteer talent to full capacity is integral in development of successful and sustainable volunteering programs. With much uncertainty looming around the future of available funding and donor support, volunteer time and talent becomes a major focus for many nonprofit organizations in New Jersey.
In our efforts to find the best of breed resources and trainings, we are launching our blog platform to engage our non profit colleagues and their volunteers in conversations that will open innovative doors in Volunteer Managment.
Our efforts are complimented by the writings of Kathy Wisniewski, a long-time friend and business colleague of VCSJ and her partner Ben Bisbee, our new friend and colleague. Their message, so eloquently laid out by Kathy and Ben, is one that resonates with me because their message is our mission. We invite you to enjoy reading and look forward to your comments. Part 2 of their series will be featured in March 2018.
Michele Epifani (Executive Director, VCSJ)
Please note, this article is part one of a three-part series that was originally written for VolunteerMatch and featured on their Engaging Volunteers blog featured in 2017.
Written by Kathy Wisniewski and Ben Bisbee
As a centuries-old global institution, volunteerism started to finally become a thing that was “managed” in the early 1700’s with the design of Benjamin Franklin’s volunteer firehouse. A management model that’s still in existence today by almost 70% of all fire departments. In the last 300+ years, we have seen volunteerism and volunteer management transform, grow, and refine itself. And now in 2017, we feel it’s time for another evolution.
As part one of a three-part series, volunteer thought-leaders Ben Bisbee and Kathy Wisniewski are introducing a simple but paradigm shifting idea they think could be ground-breaking: what if we tracked volunteer time and talent more dynamically?