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Feb 22, 2022

Volunteers are essential to nonprofits. Where can you find great volunteers? How do you motivate your volunteers to reach their full potential? Karen Knight joins us to share her expertise and years of volunteer leadership.

Conversation Highlights

{01:29} Introduction to Karen Knight
{03:27} Tips to keep volunteers motivated
{07:19} Tips to show appreciation to your volunteers
{13:20} Tips to find great volunteers
{15:56} Tips to make sure your volunteers don’t get burned out
{20:14} Tips for online volunteers
{24:10} What makes a good volunteer coordinator?

Remarkable Quotes

Travis: The difference between laying bricks and building a wall, is vision.
Travis: You've got to have a purpose to know exactly what it is that you're doing and why it matters.
Karen: Train volunteers so that they're not out there fumbling and hoping they're doing it right.
Karen: In Canada, 79% of people have volunteered in the past year.
Karen: Great minds discuss ideas and small minds talk about people.
Karen: It's not the board of directors or the executive director doing the work, it's the volunteers that get things done.

Karen Knight Bio

Karen Knight is a consultant, volunteer leadership expert, and a dynamic and engaging speaker. As District Director of Toastmasters International, Karen has overseen a program with twenty leaders reporting directly to her with all of them being volunteers. Karen currently serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association. She’s used her 25 years of experience as a leader and mentor in the not-for-profit sector to develop a proprietary framework for turning volunteers into an enthusiastic, reliable, and committed team.

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