The Engaged Volunteer: Appeal to self-interest?

Dec 13, 2010 2:00 PM ET

(3BLMedia/theCSRfood) December 13, 2010 - Many argue that volunteer rates are falling. They complain that people today won’t make commitments to a cause. But what makes a volunteer program successful? Is it participation rates? Is it long-term commitments? Is it the number of walls that were painted?

Volunteers also want to know what’s in it for them. Yep, it’s true. But self-interest isn’t the problem. It’s the solution.

Join us for a provocative session where we will explore how volunteers' "self-interest" is the solution to finding, keeping and managing volunteers. Together, we'll explore how to use this understanding to:

  • Create new definitions of success 

  • Increase participation, enthusiasm, commitment and investment among participants and organizations 

  • Develop leadership skills among participants 

  • Learn how to create the kind of "space" where volunteers can experience transformation (and find out what this means) 

  • Understand the 3 stages in the journey of a volunteer and how to design your program to meet people at their highest level of contribution

To register:
Send an email to Susannah at 
Then mail your payment to: Pillar Nonprofit Network 251 Dundas St., London, ON N6A 6H9

About the facilitators:
Chris Jarvis
& Angela Parker are co-founders of Realized Worth, a leading employee volunteering and CSR consulting firm based in Canada. Chris & Angela provide training and hands-on involvement in the design and implementation of sustainable employee volunteer programs for businesses interested in leveraging their CSR programs and differentiating their corporate culture. Their frameworks, concepts and insights, including the Seven Steps of Employee Volunteering, are available in the newly released book CSR for HR. They are regular tweeters at

The presenting sponsor for this event is London Community Foundation