School of Continuing Studies
Engaging the New Volunteer Workforce: Attracting and Retaining Volunteers to Strengthen Your Organization and Effect Social Change
EVW / Non-Credit Course
Sixty-four million people volunteered at least once during 2012 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the numbers are increasing. In this course, you will learn the growing importance of volunteerism today, how to attract and retain volunteers based on an understanding of their needs and interests and how to develop the organizational infrastructure necessary to sustain a volunteer program. Readings and discussion will also emphasize the global dimension of volunteering today.>This intensive five-week course explores the following topics:• The new volunteer workforce: Changing roles, changing demographics.• Common barriers to effective volunteer management.• Best practices: Developing a strategic volunteer plan.• Translating for-profit skills to nonprofit agencies.• Wrap up: Attracting, retaining, evaluating and recognizing volunteers in your organization.>Learning Objectives What you and your organization will gain from this course: • Working knowledge of the changing scope and composition of today’s volunteer workforce.• Understand common barriers to the effective use of volunteers and identify strategies to overcome them.• Learn the benefits of and basic steps towards developing a strategic volunteer plan.• Understand how for-profit skills and competencies translate to nonprofit organizations.• Access to the best volunteer management resources online.>Special features of this course:• A weekly Resource Center, which provides carefully tailored readings and other resources.• “Studio” activities offer opportunities for new and experienced practitioners to cultivate practical skills.• Original case studies and problem-based learning activities.• In-depth weekly discussions on the real-life challenges and opportunities of volunteer management.• A small class size of 25 participants.This is an instructor-led course delivered entirely online. It is highly interactive and requires active participation on discussions boards and completion of assigned projects. There are no real-time class meetings. Students work at times that are convenient for them within the weekly schedule of activities. We estimate spending an average of 8 – 10 hours per week on each Certificate in Nonprofit Management course. For this reason, we highly recommend students participate in no more than two CNM courses at a time.
NOTE: This is a tech-enhanced course that requires access to Blackboard, a course management system used by UIC. In order to complete registration, you must submit proof of identity to secure your unique NetID (username). More information on this process can be found on the Know More about Registering and Paying section of our Web site.
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Section 1 (0415)
March 19 - April 22, 2015
|Course Fee: $550|
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015
|Location: University of Illinois at Chicago