Corporate Social Responsibility—Good for Society, Good for Business

New or small businesses may think of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs as something belonging in the domain of larger companies, but that is not necessarily true. There are many ways that small or mid-sized companies can develop social partnerships that also make good business sense. Recently, the Business Council of Westchester held its first […]

How to Become a Philanthropist

  When you think ‘philanthropy,’ do you envision famous, wealthy people such as Oprah, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg? And perhaps that thought is followed by, “If only I had the money to help.” The good news is that you can be a philanthropist even if you don’t have millions of dollars to give away. […]

4 Tips for Fun Family Volunteering

Are you trying to come up with some fun and valuable things that you can do with your family? Family volunteering is always worthwhile. It’s a great way to give back to your community, to bond with your spouse and kids, and to show your children the value of doing good things for others. If […]

Age Diversity Key Consideration in Building Modern, Effective Nonprofit Boards

Boards of directors are key participants in every nonprofit and are very often vetted through a rigorous selection process before being invited to join the organization. Most potential board members are ideally considered based upon strategic criteria including: professional experience and expertise, community ties, a personal connection to those the agency serves, and factors relating […]

Family Volunteer Day 11/21/15

The 25th Annual Family Volunteer Day will be celebrated this November 21 as families come together to volunteer in communities all across the country. This can be an exceptional opportunity for nonprofits to invite families to volunteer their time and talents and build valuable, long-term volunteer relationships during the process. Powered by generationOn.org and Disney […]

Tips for Recognizing your Volunteers

National Volunteer Week, an annual event in April, is a time for recognizing, celebrating and thanking individuals associated with your nonprofit association for their outstanding contributions as volunteers. It is an opportunity to honor these individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action, solving problems and accomplishing extraordinary things through volunteer service. Finally, it is a […]

Supporting and Appreciating the Essential Nonprofit Donor

Nonprofit organizations put forth much effort, and often invest significant resources, into soliciting and maintaining a steady stream of contributions from committed donors. However, once the donations are received, what many nonprofits often overlook is the necessary practice of appropriately showing appreciation for and valuing the donors themselves. By overlooking this key component, nonprofits are […]

National Conference on Volunteering and Service #NCVS

This year marked my fourth attendance at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS), hosted by Points of Light. Held in Washington, DC NCVS once again brought together nearly 5,000 volunteer managers and service activists. For anyone interested in volunteering and promoting social good, I highly recommend NCVS as an educational (and fun!) conference. […]