VNZ in the News

VNZ Releases InvolveMe to Increase the Effectiveness of Volunteering

Volunteering New Zealand is pleased to release ‘InvolveMe’ a free online tool designed to help strengthen the effort of our nation’s 1.2 million volunteers.

VNZ Releases InvolveMe

“New Zealand’s volunteer workforce generates the equivalent of $3.5 billion to the economy, across more than 100,000 non-profit organisations, so it is vital that we ensure people with responsibility for volunteering across all levels of an organisation remain agile and strategic in the face of changing forms and expectations of volunteers” says Scott Miller, Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand.

The InvolveMe tool comprises a survey and customised report for organisational staff and volunteers to assess their organisation’s existing strengths and opportunities by providing an almost 360 degree picture of the organisation’s effectiveness across four domains: (1) strategy, (2) organisation culture, (3) communication, and (4) tools, processes, and resources supporting volunteering.

Miller explains that the tool will help people to “look at their strengths and weaknesses, and to start a conversation about what work can be done to support and improve the volunteer experience. By identifying any gaps and generating ideas for addressing these, we think it will be ideal to use when reviewing or refreshing your organisation’s volunteer involvement.”

The development of the tool has been gratefully funded through the 2016 Department of Internal Affairs’ Community Leadership Fund.
Improve the effectiveness of your volunteering experience by trying the InvolveMe tool for yourself at www.involveme.nz

National Volunteer Week – VNZ in the news

Here are some of the articles that the VNZ team have written or been quoted in for National Volunteer Week 2017:

  • How to find time to be a volunteer [AUCKLAND NOW] – http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/93413814/how-to-find-time-to-be-a-volunteer [Author, Dave Adams]
  • Dave Adams: 7 reasons you should become a volunteer [Dominion Post, Opinion page] http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/93732112/dave-adams-7-reasons-you-should-become-a-volunteer
  • Retired couple find meaning through mentoring children [Over60 online] http://www.oversixty.co.nz/lifestyle/retirement-life/2017/06/retired-couple-find-meaning-through-mentoring-children/ [Author, Dave Adams]
  • NZ Football and its volunteers 

    VNZ recognises International Volunteer Managers Day with a new business qualification

    Managers of volunteers, the people responsible for ensuring many of New Zealand’s workforce of 1.2m volunteers have as great an impact as possible, will be celebrated on nationwide on Sunday, 5 November during International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMD).

    IVMD is a chance to recognise and celebrate the vital work volunteer managers provide to volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations through effective volunteer strategy, culture, communication and resources. Without this work, volunteers’ time, talents and efforts would be wasted.

    New partnership to promote more effective volunteer management
    VNZ is therefore proud to promote its new partnership with Careerforce to increase the professional standard of New Zealand’s managers of volunteers with a new business qualification; the New Zealand Certificate in First Line Management. This certificate is a flexible, affordable learning opportunity designed for experienced or aspiring team leaders, supervisors or coordinators of volunteers.

    “It’s a great way to match your passion for supporting others and making a difference in our communities with a nationally-recognised professional framework, allowing you to better manage, engage and inspire your teams,” says Careerforce Chief Executive Ray Lind.

    The qualification builds on VNZ’s acclaimed Competencies for Managers of Volunteers, and is a strong step forward in promoting volunteer management as a recognised and respected profession within the wider management field.

    “Volunteers are a significant part of our society and if we want them to remain generous with their time and effort, we need to ensure we invest in their success through effective management and leadership,” says Scott Miller, VNZ Chief Executive. “Without it, our national volunteering efforts would be much, much less effective,” says Miller.

    Note: This new qualification will be available in early 2018, once assessors have been trained to meet the anticipated demand of this exciting new qualification.

    Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of national volunteer-involving organisations that have a commitment to volunteering. Their mission is to maximise the impact of volunteering in our communities. www.volunteeringnz.org.nz

    [ends]

    Managing volunteers the easy way

    Managing volunteers the easy way

    Volunteering has been an integral part of the community sector since the inception of charitable organisations, from handing out food and blankets to highly skilled volunteering on boards, or even experts in international disaster relief and recovery. Volunteering adds value to any mission, can create lifelong advocates and help to future proof your organisation.

    Find the right volunteer when an opportunity arises

    Many organisations have a long list of volunteers which is great, however, a list of names is not enough. Connecting volunteers to either something they want to do or something they have expertise in is critical for maximum impact and continued engagement.

    Our Giftworks platform specialises in volunteer and donor management. Organisations can list their volunteers the same way you do in a CRM but with tailored tags and category searches designed specifically with volunteers in mind. Match the right volunteer with a role that matches their skills and availability.

    Engage volunteers with the right task for your event

    Once you have the right information about volunteers who are willing to help your organisation you’ll be able to connect them to more skilled jobs.

    Our online auction platform BiddingForGood (BFG), offers more than auctions.  These types of events require a lot of hands to help with the planning as well as the running of each event. BFG helps volunteer managers connect all the roles to the right people ensuring the success of your auction and fundraising gala. Remember, when people have a fulfilling contribution to make they are more likely to put their hand up again and encourage others to do the same.

    managing volunteers the easy way

    Future Proofing through volunteering days at work

    From the commercial perspective, volunteering can enhance recruitment of employees whether it’s a simple try before you buy approach for a candidate, or an attractive component of corporate culture. The workforce more than ever before, want to align themselves with companies that are committed to making a positive impact in their community. FrontStream’s workplace giving platform Truist has thought of this.

    Truist takes a holistic approach to Workplace Giving with consideration to volunteers. Volunteering days is a big part of a successful workplace giving strategy, Truist helps track volunteering days and the impact on causes by collating the whole giving story between staff, management and charities.

    Like the whole giving sector, volunteering is changing. While volunteering hours are dwindling in New Zealand there are ways we can help those special people who put their hand up to help others, and make a difference to their community. We can make it easier to sign up online, we can offer flexible volunteering positions and we can connect to workplaces who invite their staff to take the time to volunteer while getting paid. These are just a few possibilities that can help bridge the divide between volunteers and opportunities, something we can all benefit from.

     http://www.volunteeringnz.org.nz/2017/06/nzf/ [Author, Hely Kim]
  • Lights, camera — just try it!

    VNZ recognises International Volunteer Managers Day with a new business qualification

    Managers of volunteers, the people responsible for ensuring many of New Zealand’s workforce of 1.2m volunteers have as great an impact as possible, will be celebrated on nationwide on Sunday, 5 November during International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMD).

    IVMD is a chance to recognise and celebrate the vital work volunteer managers provide to volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations through effective volunteer strategy, culture, communication and resources. Without this work, volunteers’ time, talents and efforts would be wasted.

    New partnership to promote more effective volunteer management
    VNZ is therefore proud to promote its new partnership with Careerforce to increase the professional standard of New Zealand’s managers of volunteers with a new business qualification; the New Zealand Certificate in First Line Management. This certificate is a flexible, affordable learning opportunity designed for experienced or aspiring team leaders, supervisors or coordinators of volunteers.

    “It’s a great way to match your passion for supporting others and making a difference in our communities with a nationally-recognised professional framework, allowing you to better manage, engage and inspire your teams,” says Careerforce Chief Executive Ray Lind.

    The qualification builds on VNZ’s acclaimed Competencies for Managers of Volunteers, and is a strong step forward in promoting volunteer management as a recognised and respected profession within the wider management field.

    “Volunteers are a significant part of our society and if we want them to remain generous with their time and effort, we need to ensure we invest in their success through effective management and leadership,” says Scott Miller, VNZ Chief Executive. “Without it, our national volunteering efforts would be much, much less effective,” says Miller.

    Note: This new qualification will be available in early 2018, once assessors have been trained to meet the anticipated demand of this exciting new qualification.

    Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of national volunteer-involving organisations that have a commitment to volunteering. Their mission is to maximise the impact of volunteering in our communities. www.volunteeringnz.org.nz

    [ends]

    Managing volunteers the easy way

    Managing volunteers the easy way

    Volunteering has been an integral part of the community sector since the inception of charitable organisations, from handing out food and blankets to highly skilled volunteering on boards, or even experts in international disaster relief and recovery. Volunteering adds value to any mission, can create lifelong advocates and help to future proof your organisation.

    Find the right volunteer when an opportunity arises

    Many organisations have a long list of volunteers which is great, however, a list of names is not enough. Connecting volunteers to either something they want to do or something they have expertise in is critical for maximum impact and continued engagement.

    Our Giftworks platform specialises in volunteer and donor management. Organisations can list their volunteers the same way you do in a CRM but with tailored tags and category searches designed specifically with volunteers in mind. Match the right volunteer with a role that matches their skills and availability.

    Engage volunteers with the right task for your event

    Once you have the right information about volunteers who are willing to help your organisation you’ll be able to connect them to more skilled jobs.

    Our online auction platform BiddingForGood (BFG), offers more than auctions.  These types of events require a lot of hands to help with the planning as well as the running of each event. BFG helps volunteer managers connect all the roles to the right people ensuring the success of your auction and fundraising gala. Remember, when people have a fulfilling contribution to make they are more likely to put their hand up again and encourage others to do the same.

    managing volunteers the easy way

    Future Proofing through volunteering days at work

    From the commercial perspective, volunteering can enhance recruitment of employees whether it’s a simple try before you buy approach for a candidate, or an attractive component of corporate culture. The workforce more than ever before, want to align themselves with companies that are committed to making a positive impact in their community. FrontStream’s workplace giving platform Truist has thought of this.

    Truist takes a holistic approach to Workplace Giving with consideration to volunteers. Volunteering days is a big part of a successful workplace giving strategy, Truist helps track volunteering days and the impact on causes by collating the whole giving story between staff, management and charities.

    Like the whole giving sector, volunteering is changing. While volunteering hours are dwindling in New Zealand there are ways we can help those special people who put their hand up to help others, and make a difference to their community. We can make it easier to sign up online, we can offer flexible volunteering positions and we can connect to workplaces who invite their staff to take the time to volunteer while getting paid. These are just a few possibilities that can help bridge the divide between volunteers and opportunities, something we can all benefit from.

    http://www.volunteeringnz.org.nz/2017/06/lights-camera/ [Author, Laura Allen]
  • Media Release: Our Week to Recognise our 1.2 Million Volunteer Workforce http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1706/S00394/our-week-to-recognise-our-12-million-volunteer-workforce.htm
  • Volunteering Best Practice [dogoodjobs.co.nz] http://dogoodjobs.co.nz/guest-post-volunteering-best-practice/ [Author, Laura Allen]

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