Suggestions and Examples For Your Next Volunteer Agreement


This week I worked with an organization on updating their volunteer agreement. Thought I’d post a few of the suggestions I came up with for others to marinate on and comment. What else are YOU putting into your agreements? I’ll probably update this as we finalize.

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The Productive Nonprofits Savior: A Deadline Calendar

Photo by Daphne Cholet via Flickr Creative Commons

How much detail to include depends entirely on what’s most helpful for your organization. Too much detail and it starts to look like a rocket schematic. Not enough detail and it’s about as helpful as Ikea instructions.   It’s no secret, I’m a fan of planning. Imagine that, an attorney with a (probably unhealthy) love […]

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Have You: Decided What State is the Best Home For You?


One of the top questions I get is, “Where should I form my organization?” Ironically, I use the availability of hot sauce and Whataburger’s as a determining factor for location. But clearly most of you want to be a bit more responsible than me and since there’s a ton of material out there already covering this, […]

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What NOT To Do When It’s Time For Your Organization to Wind-down

You read about organizations making uh-oh’s all the time. Expected and impossible to avoid. Sometimes they’re relatively minor uh-ohs, other’s are uh-oh’s so big it makes you want to run and hide. This recent uh-oh I read about is one that not only made me want to hide, but look for my passport. The Facts […]

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Tips & Tricks on Writing Board Minutes: A Resource Guide

I’ve had enough people ask about this one I figured I’d share it on the blog. It’s a brief guide I created for the 4Good community (join if you haven’t already). Just a few things to keep in mind when making your next go round at board minutes…because who doesn’t love writing board minutes? Would love to […]

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ED as Board President? Good or Bad Idea?

Mullets, motorized stools and Turducken. All clearly bad ideas. But one debate with not so clear an answer is whether an Executive Director should also serve as an organization’s Board President. I know where I line up on the issue. The two positions should be separate. But it might be helpful (for me and possibly […]

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Are Supermajority Votes Really That Super? Or Is It An Ego Thing?

I believe there are many conventions that survive solely because they sound schnazzy. Like any present use of the word of “indubitably.” And l’m convinced the supermajority vote is another one of these. Not a bird or a plane, supermajority votes are where more than a “simple majority” has to vote in favor of something for […]

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