Fundamental to advancement success is the building of strong relationships. While we appropriately place high emphasis on relationships with generous donors, no relationships are more important than those that form among administrators, advancement staff, and the volunteers who govern, advise, and support the institution.
What, though, does a productive and meaningful staff-volunteer relationship look like? Under what circumstances and areas of work should volunteers take more of a leadership role? And, similarly, when should administrators and staff adopt a followership mindset?
Learning how to better engage, educate, support, and, at times, lead the members of an institution’s governing board, advisory council, task force, and other volunteer groups will help determine short-term advancement results and longer-term institutional culture. Simply put, without a unified team approach among an institution’s administrators, key volunteers, and advancement team, no significant or lasting institutional progress will occur.
In this one-day Virtual Workshop, brought to you by the Gonser Gerber Institute, our faculty will guide you – as administrators, volunteers, and advancement staff members – to deeper understandings of the roles, responsibilities, and opportunities each position has to enhance the overall outcomes for your institution.
This Virtual Workshop is designed for volunteer leaders to attend as well as administrators and staff members who have volunteer-liaison responsibilities. This is a great opportunity to invite a team, including the president/CEO, key volunteer leaders, and advancement staff to attend together and learn more about the principles and practices of the most effective staff and volunteer relationships.
Topics We Will Cover Include:
- Why (and When) Volunteers Matter
- How Staff Members Can Be Better
- How Volunteers Can Be Better
- Identifying, Recruiting, and On-Boarding The Best Volunteers
- Different Roles. Same Goals.
- Making Meetings Better (For Everyone)
- Volunteer Committees and Committee Structure
- The Work That Happens Between Meetings
- Establishing Goals For Your Work Together
- What To Do When Things Go Off Track
The fee for this one-day virtual workshop is $595 for the first registrant, and $495 for each additional person from your institution. Current clients of Gonser Gerber consulting get a discounted rate of $495 per person. Attendance is limited to 14 people.
Gonser Gerber Institute workshops allow you the opportunity to work with experienced faculty, learn from your peers, and offer you the tools you need to develop work plans that will help you do your job better. Join us for this program to refresh your skills, learn new techniques, explore what your peers are doing, and provide you with the time to enhance your program.
Jason McNeal, Ph.D., Gonser Gerber partner, is a recognized authority on advancement leadership for non-profit and educational organizations. Having served as the chief advancement officer at East Georgia College and Maryville College (TN), he also has consulted with institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada for the last decade. Dr. McNeal has written extensively on key issues in non-profit fundraising and leadership including his blog that you can find at http://www.jasonmcneal.com.
Michael Littell joined the firm in 2007 as a Senior Associate and has been in the advancement field since 1982. Beginning his 34th year with Saint Xavier High School, a private Catholic school for young men, Saint Xavier’s advancement program has earned several honors and awards including ten CASE Circle of Excellence Awards for Overall Development Performance most recently in 2017 and a Grand Gold CASE award for video productions. He recently received The Robert Bell Crow award from CASE – the highest honor bestowed upon an independent school advancement professional, recognizing dedication to an institution and to the entire profession.
9:00 – 9:30 am Welcome and Introductions
9:30 – 10:00 am Great Volunteers Equal Great Advancement Staff
10:00 – 10:30 am How Staff Members Can Be Better
10:30 – 10:40 am AM Break
10:40 – 11:30 pm How Volunteers Can Be Better
11:30 – 12:30 pm Identifying, Recruiting, and On-Boarding The Best Volunteers
12:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm Making Meetings Better (For Everyone)
1:45 – 2:30 pm Committees and Committee Structure
2:30 – 2:40 pm PM Break
2:40 – 3:15 pm The Work That Happens Between Meetings
3:15 – 3:45 pm Establishing Goals For Your Work Together
3:45 – 4:15 pm What To Do When Things Go Off Track
4:15 – 4:30 pm Final Questions and Wrap Up