Kimberley non-profits invited to book launch

How to attract and retain the 21st century volunteer

Monday, March 25,  Centre 64

Kimberley has always been a city of volunteers. Everything from the biggest festival to the smallest club is driven by hard work from unpaid but dedicated people.

But times have changed and many non-profits are now struggling with how to attract and retain volunteers.

Next Monday, March 25 at Centre 64, REACH, the Resource, Education and Consultation Hub of the Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-op, is hosting a book launch.

The book, The Abundant Not-for-Profit: How Talent (not Money) will Transform your Organization, may be just what non-profits are looking for.

Lynda Gerty of the Vancouver-based not-for-profit, Vantage Point co-authored the book and she will talk about it at the launch.

“The whole gist of it is redefining a non-profit’s relationship with volunteers,” said Ingrid Liepa, who is organizing the Kimberley event.

“Many volunteer and non-profit organizations have highlighted the challenges of attracting and retaining volunteers, and may even be asking themselves whether volunteering is a lost art. This book launch presentation flips the equation, showing how the real disconnect may have more to do with a failure to rethink and redesign non-profit volunteer opportunities to fit with the realities of current values and lifestyles.

“The world is full of educated, experienced, talented people who genuinely care about community – but successfully engaging them requires a fundamentally new way of looking at the role of volunteers in realizing an organization’s mission.  Those who attend the book launch will be introduced to a new and powerful approach to cultivating more rewarding relationships with and for their volunteers.”

A decade in the making, the Abundant Not-for-Profit offers an innovative approach to drive transformative change in not-for-profit organizations. The book infuses theory with tips, case studies and practical tools to show how organizations can attract, meaningfully engage and integrate the 21st century volunteer. From organizational culture to planning, from great governance to excellent people processes, The Abundant Not-for-Profit offers leaders a new road map to transform their organizations with talent, not money.