We talked about a number of subjects (and a few ways that I might be able to be helpful to them), but it seems to me that a really important theme of our conversations was about volunteer management. It’s a complex challenge that requires finely honed skills, plenty of experience, solid relationships, and a good head for strategy.
Of course, this is ever so much more so the case when a nonprofit is relying on volunteers to do a mission-critical technology implementation. I definitely have moments when I agree with the Nonprofit Curmudgeon that when it comes to nonprofit technology, “volunteerism is great but it ain’t the long term solution.” However, Common Impact provides a superlative model for skills-based corporate volunteering, and it works for technology implementations.
However, Common Impact can only work directly with a limited number of nonprofits. Fortunately, they are now making available online a “Readiness Roadmap” that will help organizations do the self-assessment and active preparation for a skills-based volunteer project. Actually, I suspect that using this tool will help any nonprofit that is seriously contemplating a major technology implementation, regardless of whether volunteers are part of the plan.
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