My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Volunteer Center Serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, San Francisco, CA, USA
I worked with The Volunteer Center to promote The Board Match Event. During my two months there, I was impressed with their event planning skills. With minimal resources, this seasoned team of four pulled off a very well organized event. Despite rain, a volunteer hiccup, and a location change results indicate that there were several potential matches made.
As a volunteer, I felt the team delegated jobs with clear instruction, provided room for creativity, looked for projects that fit my growth goals, worked well to solve unexpected problems under pressure, and constantly solicited feedback on how to improve the event.
I would work with them again in a heartbeat!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
hosting quality community events that increase volunteerism, effectively training volunteers and nonprofits on best practices for board service, and consulting with corporations on how to better manage their volunteer programs.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
- Tell more of their wonderful success stories with engaging videos on their website/facebook page. Real volunteers talking about their experiences (versus quotes) is powerful for recruiting, teaching, fundraising, etc. - Consider providing snippets of the training sessions online for free and provide the full session for a fee upon downloading. - Hire an intern to manage all Web 2.0 properties on a daily basis to keep your fans engaged between events.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Heat on the weekend! Ha! Other than that, I really enjoyed it!
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
This experience taught me about grassroots event marketing, introduced me to a fantastic group of 150 nonprofits, and provided a way to meet some of the leaders on the Bay Area Corporate Volunteer Council.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
This experience validated my decision to leave corporate advertising to pursue work in the nonprofit, foundation, and CSR space.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?