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Volunteering can offer something for everyone

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Looking to volunteer but don't know where to start?

With 24,000 nonprofits in an 18-county area in Northeast Ohio, there is no shortage of options when it comes to volunteering, said Brian Broadbent, president of BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence. The Cleveland-based organization works with businesses and nonprofits, providing one-stop shopping for volunteer referral, consulting and training.

But if you're thinking about volunteering and don't know where to start, Broadbent has some advice.

“The best volunteers are committed to a passion,” he said, adding that the trend in volunteering is up substantially, with baby boomers and millennials showing the largest interest in volunteering.

Some individuals need a nudge to find their passion, so the BVU created a quiz — — to identify the type of volunteer work someone is best suited for — hands-on, skill-based or leadership opportunities. The quiz, launched in January, identifies an individual's passion, and narrows down when and where they want to volunteer, providing a link to local opportunities that match personality and volunteer type.

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Encore careers give postretirement adults a chance to pursue a passion, make a social impact or return to a previous field of study

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A typical leisurely retirement didn’t quite suit William Beckenbach.

“I hate hot weather, and I don’t like to play golf,” he says.

So after selling his business Clark Consolidated Industries 18 years ago and retiring at age 60, he began an encore career — a postretirement career reboot that a growing number of age 50-plus Americans are choosing as a way to explore a passion, make a social impact or fulfill unfinished business such as returning to an area of study they started years ago.

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Leadership through volunteering

Sunday, January 04, 2015

What do our region's leaders have in common?

Well, probably many things, but one thing that stands out is their commitment to serving the community.

Well-known leaders like Beth Mooney, Chris Connor and countless others are deeply involved in nonprofit initiatives, and they have been since early in their careers.

Why is this important? Because serving the community provides meaning and purpose to our lives and our businesses.

For example, by serving as nonprofit board members, we can support a cause close to our hearts, deliberate about important issues, learn new skills, strengthen our leadership styles, develop relationships, and better understand the critical issues affecting our region — all while improving the community in which we live.

These experiences as a volunteer nonprofit leader help to shape us into more effective leaders.

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Cleveland Foundation announces $15.6 million in fourth-quarter grants

Friday, December 19, 2014

Three grants, totaling $1.25 million, will expand the foundation's Encore Cleveland initiative, which seeks to channel the time, energy and talents of experienced Clevelanders into solving community challenges and filling unmet needs.

•$948,300 goes to BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence to implement an Encore Cleveland Fellowship program, with a goal of recruiting and placing 40 fellows over the next three years in paid, time-limited engagements with local nonprofit organizations.

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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.

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