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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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Volunteering Can Make You Happier, Stay Healthier and Live Longer

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Now that the holidays have passed and the inches of snow begin to grow along with our waistlines from all those cookies, what is the secret to beating the post-holiday blues?

There are obvious benefits to the community when we volunteer – serving a meal to a hungry person, teaching a child how to read their first word, or walking a dog awaiting adoption in a shelter, to name a few, but how does volunteering help you as an individual? It makes you feel good, certainly, but it does much more than that! Volunteering can help us live a longer, happier life. The Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Research and Policy Development, did the research and I wanted to share a few highlights from their study:

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Seminar for current and future board members both educational and inspirational

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Boards are shaping the nonprofit sector in unprecedented ways. BVU is aiming to mold prospective board members to meet the trials and opportunities facing organizations today.

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WKYC teams up with BVU and the community to Make A Difference

Monday, October 29, 2012

A total of 748 volunteers donated 1,671 hours of their time on Saturday at 23 different locations across Northeast Ohio in an effort to make our community a better place.

Volunteers included WKYC staff members and viewers from across our area.

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The value of BVU’s customized board matching

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

In September 2012, LinkedIn announced that they are launching “Board Connect,” an online service to help nonprofit organizations find board members using the social media platform. The fact that LinkedIn is moving into board matching emphasizes the importance and challenge of finding great board members and also gives us an opportunity to highlight BVU’s board matching and the customized process that both individuals and nonprofits go through.

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Volunteers Contribute 40,526 Hours of Community Service Through the Cleveland Indians Volunteer Challenge

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Northeast Ohio volunteers have “stepped up to the plate” through the Cleveland Indians Volunteer Challenge! Through a unique partnership between BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (BVU) and the Cleveland Indians, volunteers performed 40,526 hours of service in our community in 2012. Based on Independent Sector’s value of a volunteer hour, these volunteers contributed $764,526 of service to local nonprofits!

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300 interns and young professionals to volunteer at “Summer of Service” Day

Monday, July 16, 2012

300 young professionals from 17 local businesses and organizations will volunteer at nonprofits during BVU’s 6th “Summer of Service” event on July 18, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. With this year’s service day theme of “Local Foods for a Sustainable Northeast Ohio,” the volunteers will roll up their sleeves to plant, harvest and maintain urban farms and community gardens to support the local food economy in Northeast Ohio. While BVU works with employers year-round to engage their employees in meaningful volunteer service, the annual Summer of Service event is specifically targeted as an opportunity for employers to connect their interns and young professionals to meaningful community service.

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