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Posted by Emily Steinbauer on Apr 23, 2019 11:48 AM America/New_York

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We find it hard to get volunteers to want to assist in our scholarship area.  We are working to improve this next year.
  • Posted Thu 25 Apr 2019 05:50 PM EDT
Hi, We use a seperate system to manage our volunteer data base and needs. But there has been some talk of using Blackbaud more in-depth in the volunteer department to see if it would works. Thank you,
  • Posted Tue 30 Apr 2019 01:04 PM EDT
We use the RE Volunteer module for our black tie gala, "A Night in the Valley". I have all the individual jobs set up along with the times each person should be at their post. It really helps keep us organized. We have about 70-80 volunteers (mostly) from the college that keep coming back year after year. They actually ask us about when it's time to volunteer and look forward to it.
  • Posted Tue 30 Apr 2019 03:29 PM EDT
Volunteers are critical to our organization - What we do wouldn't be possible without them! We use a separate system for volunteer scheduling and sign-up that integrates with the volunteer module in RE; enabling us to have everything in one place. It's great when cultivating and stewarding those that give the gift of their time.
  • Posted Wed 17 Jul 2019 09:48 AM EDT
  • Posted Wed 17 Jul 2019 02:24 PM EDT
I think it's great practice to add your volunteers to your database for further engagement opportunities, however our internal policies do not allow us to solicit our volunteers if they haven't already given on their own... not sure how to move that mountain.... I don't have enough clout yet. 
  • Posted Thu 15 Aug 2019 10:57 AM EDT