If you have found web-base materials that we haven’t mentioned and that have helped you be more effective in any aspect of volunteer opera support, we invite you to contribute them to this list.  Click here to send your link with a short description.

VolunteerHub  http://www.volunteerhub.com/blog/

This website for a company selling fee-based volunteer management software includes a blog with free articles about many aspects of volunteer management such as recruitment, recognition and fundraising.

Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership  http://www.joangarry.com/welcome-2/ 

Non-profit consultant Joan Garry publishes regular blog posts and podcasts about many topics about all aspects of not-for-profit management and practices for volunteer leaders as well as professionals.

Abstract Edge: Digital Marketing for Do-Gooders  http://abstractedge.com/get-attention/

The how and why of attention-getting headlines for Facebook posts from a digital consulting firm.

Energize, Inc.  https://www.energizeinc.com/

Energize, Inc. publishes a free blog as well as fee-based books, articles and newsletters. Energize, Inc. offers a range of consulting and speaking services.

Guidestar  https://www.guidestar.org/

Guidestar is a 501(c)(3) public charity that collects, organizes, and presents about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. The Guidestar blog offers numerous free articles with emphasis on fundraising and philanthropy.

MailChimp  https://mailchimp.com/

MailChimp is the email marketing service used by many nonprofits, including OVI.  MailChimp Style Guide was created for users of this email marketing platform, but it can give valuable advice to anyone looking to improve online communication.

BoardSource   https://boardsource.org/

BoardSource is a fee-based membership organization that outlines practices intended to increase the effectiveness of nonprofit boards. Their website includes a free blog.

Their annual signature study, Leading with Intent, conducted biennially for the past 20 years, provides important information about current board composition, practices and performance, and charts important trends and changes in board leadership.  The report is free to download.

Recommended Governance Practices is free to download as a pdf.  This report includes BoardSource recommendations on the expectations for board member conduct to issues of oversight and reporting.

Higher Logic  https://www.higherlogic.com

Mission Driven Volunteer is a white paper based on a seminar from Higher Logic, the social networking, collaboration and communications company, takes a long, hard look at the traditional committee-driven model of volunteer organizations.   Co-authored and presented by Peggy Hoffman, CAE, President, Mariner Management & Marketing, LLC, and Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CEO & Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting LLC,

To access ‘The Mission Driven Volunteer’ whitepaper, click on the link: white-paper–MissionDrivenVol

Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Henry Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City     http://bloch.umkc.edu/mwcnl/resources/board-resources.aspx

The Midwest Center is a service and outreach unit of the Department of Public Affairs in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. It has a national reputation as a preeminent source of research and information on nonprofit governance and effectiveness. Follow the links in this web page to access some of MCNL’s nonprofit board resources.

Internal Revenue Service Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits

The relevant tax information from the IRS.

Managing Meetings

The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services published this basic guide to meetings that covers agendas, time management, facilitation and more with many references.

Skillshare.com/Email Marketing Essentials: Writing Effective Emails

Kate Kiefer Lee, a writer and editor at MailChimp, gives an online class in the specialized craft of writing emails that get attention and accomplish the desired action. This brief workshop is offered as a free class through Skillshare, an online learning community with emphasis on freelance artisans.

Volunteer Canada   https://volunteer.ca/

Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada.  They have been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation since 1977.

Their 2013 Volunteer Recognition study surveyed preferences around volunteer recognition and identified links between motivation and recognition practices.

Also on Volunteer Canada’s website is the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement, a set of comprehensive guidelines including recruitment, risk management, training and more.

Robert’s Rules of Order

“Why Use Robert’s Rules of Order”    https://www.su.ualberta.ca/media/uploads/580/DG-Why-Use-RONR.pdf

Published by the University of Alberta Students Union, this is an introduction to the theory behind Robert’s Rules and parliamentary law and how they form the basis for conducting business in a deliberative assembly.

“Robert’s Rules of Order – Simplified”  https://blogs.cornell.edu/deanoffaculty/files/2016/01/RobertsRulesSimplified-1ybt2mk.pdf

This ‘cheat sheet’ gives the basics of “Robert’s Rules of Order” in two pages. It was devised by Cornell University.


“What Motivates Us at Work”  http://ideas.ted.com/what-motivates-us-at-work-7-fascinating-studies-that-give-insights/)

Seven studies on motivation that might be applied to any leadership situation.