Hell-Raiser's Blog: How to Thank Your Volunteers

Being thanked - it's like a 
mini-birthday party where
you're the birthday girl.

Happy National Volunteers Week!

If you have ever volunteered your time and/or talent, you - hopefully - have had the experience of being thanked - being appreciated and valued. It can feel like being the birthday girl (or boy) when everyone at the table is singing to you. 

If you are someone whose work (or whose organization's work) benefits from the contributions of volunteers, perhaps you have wondered how to thank them - apart from the usual "thank you." 

Here are some ideas. Say thank you:

In newsletters,
Blog post headers,
At the annual meeting,
With Priority seating,
In an email blast,
With a tasty repast,
Or a thank you note,
Or a thank you tote,
On your home page,
When you’re on-stage,
With fresh flowers
Or cherry sours,
A thank you plaque,
A thank you snack,
A thank you call,
A red Nerf ball,
A thank you card,
A bunch of chard,
A ride back home,
A currant scone
Delivered by drone.
One more thought from this manners geek:

Thank these folks, this and every week.

#nationalvolunteersappreciationweek, #volunteers, #volunteerrecognition


The Hell-Raiser's Blog: Nonprofits and "Metrics"

I have heard a couple of Seattle's city officials say that funding practices for homeless service providers are going to have to change - that providers are going to have to demonstrate results if they want to get funding (again).
This is unsettling. Is the City funding agencies that aren't doing their job, and if so, why? Or could it be that homeless service providers are doing good work, but the enormity of the problem compared to the pitiful resources allocated nonprofits renders significant change impossible?
Two questions:
1. What kinds of results?
2. Will Boeing and other recipients of, um, generous tax breaks have to demonstrate results?