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The Four Tenets of Good Volunteer Management

There are so many nuances that make a big difference in how you tackle specific management issues in a nonprofit organization. Take volunteers for instance, one of the more difficult jobs is to recruit, retain, and motivate volunteers in an effort to keep H.R. costs down and impact at its optimum.

Following these four tenets of volunteer management can make all the difference in your ability to leverage volunteers for your nonprofit…

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How to Get Your Content Shared

Attention is a scarce resource — especially online. This is illustrated by a Microsoft study that found the average attention span of an internet user has dropped substantially from 12 seconds in 2000, to just eight seconds in 2015.

If your post doesn’t look instantly appealing, your readers will click away before ever seeing how great your content is.

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How to Create a Content Marketing Srategy

Content marketing strategy isn’t a nice to have, it’s a requirement. Recent research from the Content Marketing Institute found that more than 80% of B2B marketers say they have a content marketing strategy, but only a third have documented that very same content marketing strategy. Let’s fix that.

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This workshop will take the mystery out of strategic planning and provide primary stakeholders including board and executive staff with a step-by-step framework for developing a dynamic strategic plan.
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Dolores River Boating Advocates needs another Board Member: Join and maybe save a river

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Wanted: DRBA Board Member!
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Dolores River Boating Advocates (DRBA) is seeking a new Board of Directors’ Member who is interested in helping support and further our mission, which is to “optimize flows, restore the natural environment, and permanently protect the Dolores River for whitewater boating.”


 Currently DRBA has a seven-member Board of Directors, all of whom are very active in the forward movement and efficacy of DRBA. At this point in time, our board consists entirely of boating and river enthusiasts. And while we feel this is important to our mission, we are also open and interested in adding a Board Member who appreciates our work but who may not necessarily belong to the “boating community”. We feel we are at a point in our organizational growth where a Board Member with particular expertise in non-profit budgets is of utmost importance to our continued progress. In particular, DRBA seeks someone with the following qualifications:

· Experience with non-profit budgets
· Financial reporting and bookkeeping knowledge and experience
· Familiarity (and preferably competence) with Quickbooks 2012
· Critical thinking skills
· Open-mindedness
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
· Honesty and confidence, especially in a group setting
· Passionate about conservation of rivers and wild landscapes

We at DRBA have a lot of fun, and we also work very hard to attain our goals. All board members are active in our meetings, events, fundraising, and various planning and outreach activities. This commitment is appreciated and expected from our Board Members. We work closely with our paid staff person, Lee-Ann Hill, who serves as our Program Coordinator. Ms. Hill is a consummate professional, steeped in the skills and knowledge needed to lead DRBA as we venture into several stout and vital projects in 2015. Our most prized project for 2015 is the creation of a documentary film about the Dolores River. We believe that our work is making a difference in boating and river awareness related to the Dolores River. Below is a list of our accomplishments in 2014 and a list of goals for 2014 and beyond.

All interested parties are encouraged to contact myself, Sam Carter, DRBA Board of Directors President, via email (sam) or phone (907-739-3275) at your earliest convenience. We will begin a conversation to see if there exists a potential match between yourself and DRBA.

We are proud of and excited about the work we are doing at DRBA. Consider joining us as a Board Member!

Sincerely,
Sam Carter


DRBA’s Current Projects, Recent Accomplishments and Future Goals

Projects and Accomplishments:

  • Obtained 501 (c) 3 status in 2013
  • Trained a cadre of volunteer river rangers in 2013 to take the place of a BLM river ranger below McPhee Reservoir after federal funding was slashed
  • Worked with the U.S. Forest Service to enhance a current boating put-in and build a new put-in between Dolores and Stoner, CO (where no proper access is available)
  • Worked with an upstream rancher on the Dolores River to build two safe pass-through river fences to keep his cattle contained and assure safety for whitewater boaters
  • Submitted comments regarding the important and emerging Colorado State Water Plan
  • Conducted river clean-up activities in the Town of Dolores and upriver with Trout Unlimited
  • Provided and secured financial support for the operation of the USGS Slick Rock River Gage operations on the Lower Dolores
  • Conducted Tamarisk removal project with Paradox Valley School and the Dolores River Restoration Partnership in the Dolores River Wilderness Study Area
  • Host annual ‘Permit Party’ for regional boating community to promote whitewater access and advocacy
  • Offer Leave No Trace and river stewardship activities to local schools and adults
  • Produce monthly radio show, “The River Trip”, about the Dolores River, including recent interview with river champion Katie Lee
  • Produce monthly DRBA e-newsletters highlighting stories and issues involving the Dolores River
  • Active participant in the Lower Dolores Working Group’s Steering Committee
  • Participate in discussions regarding federal legislation for a National Conservation Area (NCA) for the Lower Dolores River
  • Offer free raft rides to the public at the Dolores River Festival in June every year
  • Sponsor a water quality monitoring site on the Dolores River for River Watch, a national program that monitors the health of rivers
  • Secured grant from Patagonia to produce film about the Dolores River!

Future Goals (2015 and Beyond):

  • Continue our educational, stewardship, outreach, advocacy projects and programs
  • Planning an “Adopt a River Section” program to annually clean and maintain river camps on the Lower Dolores River from the confluence of the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers to the confluence with the Colorado River
  • Production of a new river guide for the upper and lower Dolores River and San Miguel Rivers from their headwaters to the confluence of the Colorado River. Proceeds will fund future DRBA education, stewardship, advocacy, outreach and operational costs
  • Attract national attention to the Dolores River with documentary film sponsored by Patagonia, Osprey and other sponsors.

Great article about the risks of an organization creating standards for members of the industry – and I did not write it

The article exams the ways that standards can come back and be a liability for the organization that created them.

The Center for Association Leadership is the trade association for non-profit association directors. Its purpose is to provide information and education for non-profit associations, their directors and their boards. Part of that education is articles by attorneys to outline the risk areas of association.

One article was sent to me by one of my trade association clients. It is titled Certification and the Law. The title is a little misleading. The article is really about standards rather than certification. If you read the article you will see the term certification is used interchangeably with standards.

The article talks about the risks of doing so first and discusses the National Spa and Pool Institute litigation in the late 90’s that put the association in bankruptcy. The legal costs alone exceeded the insurance available to pay the claim.

Thankfully, full-scale judicial attacks are relatively rare, but as the cases involving the National Spa and Pool Institute show, such claims can be devastating. NSPI lost a jury trial in 1998 which, inter alia, alleged that NSPI had failed to exercise a duty of using “reasonable care” when it promulgated its swimming pool standards. NSPI’s legal defense costs greatly exceeded its insurance coverage. To avoid being shut down by the jury’s verdict and in order to post a bond for the appeal of the case, NSPI filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.

There are many other legal issues discussed in the article including educational programs etc. but I’ll quote sections concerning creating standards that I think are important.

Antitrust. Certification programs beg antitrust scrutiny, given that the object of standard setting is to bring competitors together to set criteria for, among other things, restricting entry into a field. Antitrust law prohibits anyone from unreasonably creating a barrier to practice in a profession. Therefore, the certification organization must make sure that all of its eligibility requirements are reasonable-that is, relevant to determining the professional’s skill level and not so high as to block the majority of professionals from being eligible to apply for certification.

The article discusses the liability requirements to hold an association liable for its standards.

Third-party reliance. If a customer, patient, or employer is injured by a certified product or professional, it is possible that the certifying organization will be held liable for negligence or negligent misrepresentation. The argument follows that the person relied on the certification as a guarantee of competence; because the certified product or professional did not perform competently, the certification should not have been granted. Thus, it is argued, the standard-setting organization should be liable to the injured person for its mistaken or negligent grant of certification.

In order to find liability, the injured party generally must prove that

    the organization should have known better than to grant certification;

    the organization should have known that its mistake could result in the injury; and

    the injured party was justified in relying on the certification as a guarantee of competence.

There are very few of these types of lawsuits. The article discusses lawsuits that have been filed.

Among those that have arisen, several have held that the organization is not liable in the case of products when it did not manufacture the product that caused the injury and did not exercise control over the manufacturer. Nevertheless, it is clear that liability may be found when certification is negligently granted or maintained. The deciding factor is the degree of control that can be shown that the standard-setting program exercised-or should have exercised-over the product or professional.

As the article points out, lawsuits against trade associations are rare, however, if they do occur, they can be devastating.

See Certification and the Law

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Colorado Secretary of State has created Webinars for Non-Profits

The first is titled Board Education and Effectiveness

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced its release of a free eLearning program for directors of nonprofit corporations, entitled “Board Education and Effectiveness.” The first part of this five-part series is called “Fiduciary Duties of Nonprofit Directors,” and is available online through the Secretary of State’s website.

The board effectiveness training program was developed through a series of meetings between the Secretary of State’s office and nonprofit community leaders. The program is designed in hopes of strengthening nonprofits in Colorado through education. The Secretary of State noted that not all nonprofit directors are clear in understanding their roles and responsibilities, so education is a key component to help instill best practices in these directors.

The remaining four segments will be released in the coming months, and the entire course should be available to the public by mid-2014.

See Secretary of State Releases First Part of Series of Webinars for Nonprofit Directors

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Dolores River Boating Advocates is looking for a Program Coordinator

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Help Wanted

DRBA is looking for the next Program Coordinator to manage the day-to-day operations of the group. Jay Loschert, the current Program Coordinator, is moving to Phoenix at the end of July. Interested individuals should visit the info by June 25. This is a part-time contract position with a start date of August 1, 2013.

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