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Announcing GlobalGivingTIME–connect with online volunteers!

GlobalGiving.org is excited to introduce GlobalGivingTIME, an online volunteering tool that gives you quick, easy and entirely cost-free access to a pool of enthusiastic and skilled online volunteers for advice and support. For the past year, GlobalGivingTIME has been available to organizations through GlobalGiving UK. We are happy to announce that GlobalGivingTIME is now available to all organizations on GlobalGiving.org!

What is GlobalGivingTIME?

GlobalGivingTIME is an online platform where GlobalGiving partner organizations can post small, short-term volunteer tasks (called microvolunteer opportunities) that can be accomplished completely online in less than 2 weeks.

GlobalGivingTIME is powered by Sparked, an American organization that facilitates online volunteering. Sparked is used by individuals and corporations to identify easy-to-do online volunteer opportunities. It is a great tool to connect with skilled, short term volunteers.

What can I get help with?

Graphic design, translations, HR, Marketing. The sky is the limit! You can get help with just about anything! Previous project leaders have received help creating new logos, ‘thank you’ notes, reviewing mission statements and newsletters as well as translating documents. GlobalGivingTIME volunteers are happy to use their experience and expertise to help you if you’re struggling with a task.

Who are these volunteers?

GlobalGivingTIME is used by professionals all over the world, and across all manner of fields.

One of GlobalGiving UK’s key corporate partners, Aegis Media, is running a campaign during the 2012 Olympics on GlobalGivingTIME to encourage their employees (17,000 worldwide!) to share their knowledge, skills and expertise to help you with your most pressing tasks.

How does it work?

Step 1. Start by clicking here or go to www.globalgiving.sparked.com on your browser.

Step 2. Click on ‘Apply to join here’ below ‘GlobalGiving partners’.

Step 3. Tell us what your cause is and click the blue arrow on the bottom of the screen to contine!

Step 4. You’ll then be asked about your needs. Click on the blue arrow to continue once you’ve filled those in. Don’t worry: your tasks don’t always have to be limited to your top 3 needs!

Step 5: Fill in your organization’s details and start posting ‘challenges’ for the volunteers!

GlobalGivingTIME Olympic Challenge

During the London 2012 Olympic games, GlobalGiving and Aegis Media will be hosting the GlobalGivingTIME Olympic Challenge. Aegis employees from all over the world (17,000 in total!) will be answering challenges on GlobalGivingTIME every day as part of a special company-wide promotion. What’s more, employees will also be making financial donations to some of the NGOs they work with.

Want to learn more about the GlobalGivingTIME and the Olympic Challenge?

Introductory Webinars

GlobalGiving UK is hosting webinars on Monday, July 9th and Wednesaday, July 11th to help you post exciting and engaging challenges on GlobalGivingTIME and to learn more about Aegis Media’s Olympic Challenge.

Click here to register for Webinar 1: Monday 9th July, 12 pm EDT (This time in your city)

Click here to register for Webinar 2: Wednesday 11th July, 4 am EDT(This time in your city)

How to keep your volunteers engaged – part 3

On Wednesday, March 23rd, GlobalGiving hosted a training on volunteer recruitment, management and retention. Listen to the training recording. Visit the training slides. We are blogging about the topics that we discussed in this training. Last week, we talked about recruiting volunteers that are right for your organization and creating a memorable volunteer experience. Today, I want to discuss the importance of and strategies for keeping volunteer engaged after they’ve left your organization.

Volunteers are different from your other donors because they have met the communities that you serve and contributed to your organization’s mission with their time, energy, and skills. They know your organization’s story and have experienced it in a very personal way. This means that volunteers are often the best people to communicate your organization’s importance, accomplishments, and needs.  Take advantage of this deep appreciation for your organization to ask volunteers to consider setting up a fundraiser.

Asking your volunteers to set up a fundraiser

How to create a memorable volunteer experience–Part 2

On Wednesday, March 23rd, GlobalGiving hosted a training on volunteer recruitment, management and retention. Listen to the training recording. Visit the training slides. We are blogging about the topics that we discussed in this training. Earlier this week, we talked about recruiting volunteers that are right for your organization. Today, I want to summarize our conversation on how to create a volunteer program that gets your volunteers excited, passionate, and eager to help.

Be prepared!

Don’t get caught off guard. Hosting or managing a volunteer can be a lot of work. Before your volunteer starts, be sure to discuss the volunteer’s task and your expectations, such as time commitment, performance quality, etc. Have a conversation about the logistics of the volunteer experience including associated costs, accommodations, travel, etc. It is also important to have emergency contact information for your volunteers.

How to Attract the Right Volunteers – Part 1

On Wednesday, March 23rd, GlobalGiving hosted a training on volunteer recruitment, management and retention. Over the next several days, GlobalGiving will post blog posts about: 1) attracting volunteers, 2) managing volunteers, and 3) converting volunteers into long-term supporters. Listen to the training recording. Visit the training slides.

Why should your organization love volunteers?

It is important not to develop a narrow view of volunteers. So often, we think of volunteers as individuals who do our office grunt work—stapling, stuffing envelopes, etc. But volunteers can be so much more! They can provide your organization with:

  • Professional and technical skills (marketing, business planning, web design, medical, etc.)
  • New perspectives (from a different country or educational background)
  • Long-term support and advocacy

Trainings: Holiday Giving, Volunteer Programs, Managing Donors, and GG Corporate Partnerships

This past Saturday, October 23rd, GlobalGiving hosted its first ever workshop for partner organizations in the DC area! We were excited to have the opportunity to host 15 organizations in our downtown-DC office, to show off some of our newest features and to hear our partners’ thoughts and suggestions for GlobalGiving.