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From an Expert: Opportunities at the Crossroads of Volunteer Engagement and Development

Pop quiz: Raise your hand if you get paid to engage the community’s hearts, minds, and resources to advance your nonprofit’s mission and make the world a better place. Your hand is just as high whether you’re a fund development or a volunteer engagement professional. So why are our jobs so siloed? Separate departments, separate budgets, separate audiences, separate credentialing…the list goes on. What might happen if we tiptoed out of our silos and planted a flag in the big, overlooked crossroads between our two worlds? A whole lot of good, say trend-watchers and data crunchers in both industries. They also say we might not have a choice. Current trends in how Americans give time and money are quickly eroding the wall between our two worlds – whether we like it or not. In this post we’ll dig deeper into two of these trends and see how you can turn them into opportunities for good.

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