The Rise of Microvolunteering: What It Means for Your Volunteer Program

2022-06-07T16:14:26-05:00June 7th, 2022|

The Rise of Microvolunteering: What It Means for Your Volunteer Program What if people could volunteer in the time it takes to scroll through Facebook? These days, many people want to take action but need quick and flexible opportunities to engage with the causes they care about. Enter microvolunteering. It’s a convenient form of community action [...]

How Companies Can Reinvent Employee Engagement

2022-09-13T07:19:14-05:00May 4th, 2022|

How Companies Can Reinvent Employee Engagement Over the last few years, businesses implementing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs have risen and the reasons can vary to include consumer pressure if you are a small business to increasing employee recruitment and retention goals. The pandemic impacted CSR programs since companies closed offices to allow [...]

Is Your Organization “Woke” to Corporate Volunteerism?

2022-09-13T07:19:40-05:00March 13th, 2022|

Is Your Organization "Woke" to Corporate Volunteerism? The term "woke" refers to someone being aware or knowledgeable around societal issues, especially social and racial inequity. In recent years, there has been an increased outcry around corporate social responsibility which translates into the importance of companies and organizations developing or increasing their corporate social [...]

What is a social entrepreneur?

2021-06-24T11:01:55-05:00June 24th, 2021|

What is a social entrepreneur? Excerpts from Points of Light’s Civic Life research and magazine series. Volunteer Houston is a proud Global Network affiliate of Points of Light, a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. As part of the network, [...]

3 Myths About Volunteering for the First Time

2021-05-24T13:29:51-05:00May 24th, 2021|

3 Myths About Volunteering for the First Time Volunteering and giving back have always been important to me. It started for me back in high school by participating in United Methodist Army mission trips every summer. And that was only the beginning! I went on to work with my church to organize large [...]

Long-Term Value of Service Learning

2021-03-27T13:34:26-05:00March 27th, 2021|

Exploring The Long-Term Value of Service Learning The term “service learning” has long captured the attention of students, nonprofits, and professionals all around the world. The opportunity to volunteer for a worthy cause while enhancing their own skills and development has continued to appeal to learners everywhere. Here at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, [...]

Skilled Volunteers: Wes and Whitney

2021-07-20T08:02:20-05:00March 2nd, 2021|

Skilled Volunteers: Wes and Whitney When we think of nonprofits, one of the first things that comes to mind is volunteers. Volunteers are the reason many nonprofits are able to do what they do. They support us in ways our budgets will not allow. They pass along our mission to their communities and [...]

Getting the Most Out of Groups of Highly Skilled Volunteers

2022-09-13T07:23:22-05:00February 16th, 2021|

Getting the Most Out of Groups of Highly Skilled Volunteers I began serving as the Executive Director of the Houston ToolBank when it opened its doors in 2014. We are a lean organization with three staff and an annual budget of $450,000. Volunteers are critical to us successfully operating but not without challenges. [...]