Author Archives: Marjorie McLellan

Posts vs. Pages

You may be surprised to see that an assignment that you published earlier as a post has disappeared. I have moved several of these to Pages where the assignments belonged. I may not have yet added the link under the appropriate headings (nonprofits, nonprofit professionals, board members, and volunteers). If you look in the dashboard under Pages –> All you should see your assignment where I relocated it. Marjorie McLellan

Notes on Telling Your Story

For students who couldn’t join us for class tonight, please add your ideas to this list as well.

1. How to Tell Your Nonprofit Story

survivors’ stories, the person who has lived with it

life before and after

communicates hope

speak to broad audience through multiple means of representation

why you exist? What is the environment that you work in

speak from your head and your heart (heartfelt)


visual representation of your story – a picture is worth a thousand words

achievements, significant outcomes

credentials, accreditation, partnerships

“be the moon”


2. Ways to Get Your Nonprofit Story Out


posters, fliers

strangers at bus stops

use people who are well known

columns in newspaper

educating while sharing about your organization

being in the community

being effective with what you do

empowering your stakeholders—tell the stories to your stakeholders

separate stories related to roles

joining professional networks, attending events

holding events

social media

working the press

join private sector circles

invite people over

going door to door


3. What to Avoid in Sharing your Nonprofit Story

Airing dirty laundry

Be careful about too emotional/exploitative

Don’t bash other organizations or people

Be careful about repeating stories, make sure stories are true, don’t embellish, get your facts straight.

Publishing Interviews

Please post your interviews as a page rather than as a post. The page icon is the one that looks like a piece of paper about five icons down on the left hand sidebar. You can set your interview to private under Publish–>Visibility on the right. And under “parent” on the right, scroll to find the right category for your interview. Then you will need to copy the Permalink from under the title and list your interview as a hyperlink on the appropriate page (professional, volunteer, board).  If you find this last step confusing, I can do it for you–just email me when you have created your page.

Soul of a Citizen-Paul Rogat Loeb campus visit

Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times

Paul Rogat Loeb
Open to Campus and Community

Community Service and Change
4:00–5:30 p.m.
Discovery Room, Student Union

Loeb will discuss ways participants in service projects can balance their desires to help in concrete, one-on-one ways, while addressing root social structures that cause problems like hunger, illiteracy, and homelessness.

Paul Rogat Loeb, an Affiliate Scholar at Seattle’s Center for Ethical Leadership, has spent thirty-five years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment, asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment while others abstain, and exploring how to find the hope to stay engaged despite all the frustrations and barriers. His book Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Challenging Times has over 100,000 copies in print and is now out in a revised edition. The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear was named the #3 political book of fall 2004 by the History Channel and the American Book Association and won the Nautilus Award for best social change book.

Loeb’s other books include Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy & Action on the American Campus, Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. He has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Psychology Today, Utne Reader, Mother Jones, The Nation, Redbook, Huffington Post, the International Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor, and has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, NBC news, CBC, and the BBC.

Co-sponsored by Academic Affairs, Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Center for Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Services, College of Nursing and Health. College of Liberal Arts, Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement,Student Affairs

Nonprofit Values

Caring/Compassion/Love  4.2  (11)

Empowering 3.9 (11)

Effective  3.9 (11)

Accountability 4.3 (9)

Uniting/Connecting/Community/Collaborative 3.33 (9)

Responsible 4 (8)

Efficient/Organized 3.4 (8)

Responsive 4.28 (7)

Inclusive 4.20 (6)

Leadership 4 (5)

Mission Driven 5 (2 plus 2 as side notes with no number)

Charity, giving/Funding 4.8 (4)

Strategic 5 (4)

Educating 4.25 (4)

Trust/Integrity 4 (4)

Creativity/Innovation/Change 3.66 (4)

Ethics  4.66 (3)

Passionate 4.66 (3)

Respect dignity of those served 4.33 (3)

Productive 4.33 (3)

Engaged 4 (3)

Service 3.66 (3)

Sustainable 3.33 (3)

Reliable  3.33 (3)

Openness/Transparency 3.33 (3)

Professionalism 3.33 (3)

Enrichment 3 (3)

Communication 2 .66 (3)

Fairness/Equity 2.66 (3)

Humility 1.5 (3)

Volunteerism 5 (2)

Morality 3 (2)

Accessiblity 3 (2)

Equality 2.5 (2)

Flexibility / Adapt 2.5 (2)

Employment 2 (2)

Stewardship 5 (1)

Culturally competent 5 (1)

Self-Help 5 (1)

Productive 5 (1)

Inspiring 4 (1)

Public good 4 (1)

Recruitment 4 (1)

Boards 4 (1)

Encouragement 3 (1)

Citizenship 3 (1)

Consistency 3 (1)

Dedication 3 (1)

Community mindedness 3 (1)

Give back 2 (1)

Participation 2 (1)

Independence 1 (1)

Staying on course 1 (1)

Advocacy 3 (1)


MVAVA: Getting Me is One Thing…Keeping Me Is Another: From Diversity To Inclusion

8:30 am-1:00pm, Friday, October 8St. Peters Catholic School, Father Victor Ries Conference Center, 6161 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights, OH

Miami Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators

Information & Tickets

In this session, Stacey Lawson examines the environment that must be prepared to support organizational diversity initiatives for ensuring client engagement, successful outcomes, talent acquisition, development, and retention of volunteers.

How to ensure that we are transcending beyond metrics, leveraging our resources, and thereby creating environments of inclusion resulting in engagement, retention, satisfaction, and better use of resources will be a common thread of discussion in this presentation. This session will not only address how to effectively retain diverse candidates, but will answer the million dollar question: “What makes you stay?”

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Social Work CEU’s approved for 3 hours
PHR/SPHR/GRHPR pre-approved for 2 hours

$20 MVAVA member
$25 CAVA/VAN members
$30 non-members
*Lunch included

Registration ends September 30



SOCHE (Southern Ohio Council on Higher Education) has teamed up with TED to be an official partner in the effort to further engage college students in local and global issues that directly affect them!

To that end, SOCHE is hosting TWO LIVE STREAMs of TEDCity2.0: Dream Me. Build Me. Make Me Real.We invite college students, faculty, administrators, and urban enthusiasts from across the region to join us on September 20th (at Wittenberg University and at Sinclair Community College) for this LIVE streaming TEDCity2.0 Event!

TEDCity2.0 will feature urban innovators, organizers, stewards and builders. Co-curated and co-hosted by Chris Anderson, John Cary, and Courtney Martin, the event will surface stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, and feature an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers, including several 2012 City2.0 Award winners. Visit the TEDCity2.0 conference page to read about all the amazing speakers that will gather for the day.

Furthermore, there will be four official “calls to action” challenging students to mobilize and turn great ideas into impactful actions. Come find out what they are!

Please join us for the entire day or as much as your schedule permits. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact Kimberly Federle at SOCHE, 937.258.8890.

Questions for Board Members

  • Informally, describe your career track.
    • How did you get from point A to point B in your organization?
    • What brought you to being a board member?
  • What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were first job hunting?
    • When you’re looking for someone when hiring new members of the board – what are you looking for?
  • Describe a representative workday?
    • How does your board operate? Working board? Strategic board? Etc.
    • How do you balance your “day job” with board duties? Do you bring any skills from your “day job” to the board?
  • What misconceptions do people have about your job? What’s the reality?
    • What expectations did you have when you joined the board compared to what actually happens? Which expectations were similar?
    • How does your board work together? How do different communication styles gel during board meetings?
  • What do you love about your work?
    • Did your passion change any when you became a board member, for better or worse?
  • What advice would you give to someone interested in a career similar to yours?
    • How would you go about getting your name out there to become a board member? Market yourself?
    • What does your committee structure look like other than just the board? How is the communication between committees?
  • What resources might help someone interested in your field and job function?
    • What kind of training do you provide?
    • How would you make yourself a marketable potential board member?
  • What do you look for when hiring a new employee?
    • What do you look for as a board member in other board members?
    • What do they bring to the table?
    • How do you predict how people will work together?

Questions for Volunteers

What made you start volunteering?

How did you begin volunteering at XYZ Organization?

Have you learned anything about volunteering you wish you would have known before you committed?

What do you do in a typical volunteer shift?

Is volunteering at XYZ Organization what do you thought it would be? Do you think others believe  you complete different work than you do?

What do you love about volunteering here?

What advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering here?

Would you advise someone to volunteer here? Why?

What skills do you think would be helpful for someone wanting to volunteer for a similar role?

What skills have you learned from volunteering here?

What made you choose this organization over all the other opportunities in our area?