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May 6, 2019

Growing Volunteers is the theme for this month’s column and, yes a shameless plug, for the 2019 National TRS Volunteer Management Workshop series. You can participate in person or online throughout the year …. All the way until the wrap up in November with the Growing...

May 5, 2019

A few months ago, I join my friend Kathy Nimmer for an awards luncheon.  Kathy is giving the keynote speech. As Indiana Teacher of the Year and a National Teacher of the Year finalist, it is no surprise that Kathy is chosen for this honor.

The surprising part, for those...

November 15, 2018

My passion is helping event managers find and finesse great volunteer solutions for their specific needs. You likely know that my company, TRS, helps events discover the right combination of technical solutions – online volunteer management, background check, online tr...

At a recent volunteer management conference, I noticed a common theme in every session: The volunteer world is shifting.

Several speakers were discussing a shift in the perceived role of volunteers.
According to Rick Lynch, principal consultant at Lynch Associates, the...

October 24, 2018

Over the past few years we've seen major shifts in the volunteer world, including more competition for volunteers and a huge growth in the number of events held. There are a plethora of festivals, endurance events, school sports, charitable fundraisers and much more co...

September 21, 2018

We have clients who've spent years hosting events .... nearly identical events. I've worked with many this year and observed the impact of very different volunteer data collection process.

Is this Organization getting good ROI on their Volunteer database?

I ask this ques...

September 11, 2018

We regularly get questions about volunteer waiver templates for TRS. Our recommendations?

1. Consult your attorney to ensure your volunteer waiver meets your state laws. Using a waiver template from another state could be a big mistake.

2. Ensure that the waiver is...

May 16, 2018

May I Help You?
The desire to serve is at the heart of the volunteer
experience. It is with pleasure that I’ve signed on to write
about the driving factors related to recruiting, managing and
retaining the right people. The people who want to serve.
The right people? Y...

January 30, 2018

In Search of The Right Product

“What do you seek in an online volunteer management system?” is the first question in our fact-finding meeting with potential clients. The leadership response typically includes elements of the following response: we are seeking a product...

November 15, 2017

The right people? Yes, the right people. The people who choose to spend their free time working long hours for your event. The people who volunteer to do hard and often thankless jobs. The people who feel so committed to your festival or event that they come back year...

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