1. Designing and Managing Successful Skills-based Volunteer Opportunities

Designing and Managing Successful Skills-based Volunteer Opportunities

Designing and Managing Successful Skills-based Volunteer Opportunities
Event ID: 40025
Session ID: 13984

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Jennifer R. Bennett, CVA, senior manager, education & training, VolunteerMatch
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Board members, CEOs, executive directors, volunteer managers, development directors, financial staff, program managers, nonprofit leaders, community liaisons, funders, supervisors, and key staff

Skills-based volunteering applies the special skills and talents of individuals to help nonprofits achieve their missions and long-term sustainability. When skills-based volunteering is successfully integrated into an organization’s volunteer engagement program amazing things can happen. Time plus talent, multiplied by passion, can have a meaningful impact on an organization’s mission and the work it does in the community. But many skills-based volunteer opportunities fail to live up to their potential – too many projects fail to get completed, and too many volunteers walk away frustrated.

Please join Jennifer Bennett, senior manager, education & training at VolunteerMatch, as she walks you through the best practices for working with skills-based volunteers. From building buy-in with staff through recruiting and screening volunteers, from designing projects to evaluating outcomes, this session will help you understand the challenges and barriers of engaging volunteers in skills-based opportunities as well as provide you with the tools and best practices to make them a success.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Developing a strategy for integrating skills-based volunteers into your volunteer engagement program
  • Examining previous skills-based volunteer engagement for successes and challenges
  • Creating a communication plan to share the skills-based volunteer engagement strategy
  • Designing and scoping accomplishable skills-based opportunities
  • Managing the recruitment and screening of skills-based volunteers
  • Preparing skills-based volunteering documents and manage volunteers and paid staff
  • Measuring and evaluating the outcomes of skills-based volunteer opportunities


Your conference leader for “Designing and Managing Successful Skills-based Volunteer Opportunities” is Jennifer R. Bennett, senior manager, education & training, at VolunteerMatch. Jennifer joined VolunteerMatch to formalize and manage the organization’s volunteer engagement program. She is a strong nonprofit generalist, with over 15 years of nonprofit management experience, most of those years spent directly working with volunteers. With her breadth of experience she is well qualified to help VolunteerMatch’s community of nonprofits better recruit and engage volunteers.

Ms. Bennett shares her knowledge with volunteer managers through the webinars found on the Learning Center, in newsletters and blog entries, and in person at conferences around the country. She serves on the planning committee for the Volunteer Engagement and Capacity Building tracks for the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service.

Jennifer’s a strong believer in the importance of engaging volunteers in meaningful work and was certified in Volunteer Administration in 2009, and joined the board of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration in 2012, and is the current board chair.

Jennifer started her nonprofit work in the wildlife rehabilitation and conservation field, and continued that work with the Bar Association of San Francisco. She has also been an active volunteer all her life, and currently volunteers with Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco, and sits on the steering committee of the Friends of the California Academy of Sciences. She holds a B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA.

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