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Indians Volunteer Challenge

Monday, April 07, 2014

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence works closely with the Indians and area businesses and groups to identify and fill volunteer opportunities.

This Indians season, BVU and the Tribe have a deal you won't want to pass up. It's called The Indians Volunteer Challenge. Not only are you giving back to the community but you get to take in a ball game for free.

If you volunteer for four hours or more and log your hours in the volunteer center at BVU, you will a voucher redeemable for two tickets at one of 28 select Indians games.

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Message from Greater Cleveland nonprofits to young adults: We need you

Friday, February 28, 2014

In Greater Cleveland, nonprofits wanting to connect with prospective young philanthropists and recruit volunteers have a place to turn. BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence connects businesses and nonprofits looking for volunteers and board members.

Although the numbers include all age groups, BVU has matched about 2,300 business professionals to more than 450 nonprofit boards since 1993, according to President and CEO Brian Broadbent.

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Another Good Reason to Volunteer (and Encourage Your Employees to Volunteer)!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

We have talked about the benefits of volunteering before, but the studies on this subject keep coming. And, they continue to show that volunteering is not only good for the community, but good for volunteers and for employers, too. A recent study released by UnitedHealth Group and the Optum Institute for Sustainable Health demonstrates the health benefits for individuals who volunteer. In addition, the study also highlights how employers benefit when their employees volunteer:

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You Can’t Afford to Ignore Social Media

Friday, August 16, 2013

I heard a great quote the other day: “Social media is free like a puppy is free.” If you’ve ever gotten a “free” puppy, you understand. No money changes hands up front, but the minute it’s yours, the bills start rolling in. The currency for social media is time, and of course, time is money.

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Without a Succession Plan, The Mission of Your Organization is in Jeopardy

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What is succession planning, and why does your organization need it? Succession Planning is “replacement planning” for key staff roles in your organization. Succession planning for nonprofits is routinely overlooked and yet a vital HR process. So, why is it often overlooked?

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Local Business Interns and Young Professionals Came Together to Clean-Up Ohio City Neighborhood

Friday, July 19, 2013

200 young professionals from 10 local businesses gave back during BVU’s 7th annual “Summer of Service” event on July 12, 2013. This year’s service day was focused on lending a hand in Ohio City. Volunteers completed beautification projects, worked in local community gardens and other various projects. The Summer of Service event was organized by BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence as an opportunity for employers to connect their interns and young professionals to meaningful volunteerism, meet other civic-minded young professionals and raise awareness of the Cleveland community.

“BVU gave me the opportunity to not only volunteer in a great community, but also network with other young professionals.” (Steven Roby, young professional at Skoda Minotti)

Volunteers attended a kick-off event at the Market Square in Ohio City and then walked to their volunteer sites at 9 local nonprofits. Some of the projects included:

• Weeding at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities– Ohio City Urban Farm which is an agriculture employment program designed to provide work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
• Cleaning a newly acquired house that will host Urban Community School’s new after-school program.
• Playing with the children living at the West Side Catholic Center at a local park.

We were thrilled to welcome volunteers from BVU to Ohio City for the Day of Service last Friday. It was exciting to see and feel the energy brought by the volunteers to our neighborhood nonprofits through the community beautification projects. The groups from BVU were able to make a very positive impact in our community, while experiencing the rich diversity that makes Ohio City such a unique and great place. (Eric Wobser, Executive Director, Ohio City, Inc.)
This year’s participating employers were: Cleveland Clinic (Group of Aspiring Leaders), Bober Markey & Fedorovich, Deloitte, Dominion East Ohio, Jones Day, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, PriceWaterhouseCooper, Skoda Minotti, Squire Sanders, and Swagelok Company

Ohio City nonprofit project sites included Cuyahoga County Board of Development Disabilities (Ohio City Urban Farm), Ohio City Inc., May Dugan, Malachi House, Providence House, RePlay for Kids, Transitional Housing, West Side Catholic Center, and Urban Community School.

To view pictures from the event, please visit:

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Engage the Next Generation of Leaders: Attracting Young Professionals to your Nonprofit Board

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Millennials are tech savvy, ambitious, team-oriented, creative and generous with their time. Based on our work with nonprofits and businesses, we hear many times that nonprofits are looking for ways to reach Millennials to build a future base of supporters and volunteers for their organization and its mission. At the same time, businesses are trying to figure out the best way to meet the requests of their younger employees to give back and make a difference, something that the millennial generation has grown up with and is part of who they are.

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BVU Celebrates 20 Years of Connecting Northeast Ohio Businesses and Nonprofits

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

BVU’s impact on the community through its twenty-year history has been significant, through its core work of engaging businesses, strengthening nonprofits, building strong nonprofit boards and connecting volunteers. The numbers tell a significant story, but even more powerful are the stories of individuals, businesses and nonprofits that are making a difference in our community.

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Volunteers rewarded with 2 FREE Indians tickets

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Individuals who volunteer for four (4) hours or more receive one (1) ticket voucher for two (2) Upper Box or two (2) Mezzanine tickets to select 2013 Cleveland Indians games. Tickets are subject to availability.

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Nonprofit Board Member Recruitment 101

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The key to board recruitment is defining what you need and using ALL available networks to spread the compelling message about your work and the need for board members. A few key steps along the way:

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