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Selecting and Implementing the Right Volunteer Management System


This event will not be held on the first Wednesday of the month as per usual. Event moved to July 10 due to the holiday.

Also note different venue.


Networking and refreshments 6pm-6:30pm

Presentation 6:30pm


Intended for small and volunteer run nonprofits, this presentation dispels the mystery surrounding the selection and implementation of a database used to track volunteer related information such as contact info, skills, training history, schedules, time sheets, jobs, and job locations.  This non-technical presentation is specifically geared towards nonprofits which are starting to outgrow their current approach to tracking, managing, and reporting on volunteer activity.  The right volunteer data management solution can help free up time for managing volunteers (rather than administering the process), enable your organization to make better decisions through targeted reporting, and even increase volunteer hours by making it easier for individuals to engage with your nonprofit.

Those organizations currently using paper, spreadsheets, or desktop databases will benefit just as much as those nonprofits already using a purpose built volunteer management system.  Join us, share your own experiences, and learn from others as you are walked through the process of choosing and putting in a volunteer management system that best meets the unique needs of your organization.

Key Takeaways Include:

  • A step by step process for selecting the right database to recruit, schedule, coordinate, and communicate with volunteers as well as produce reports for use within the organization
  • A roadmap for moving to the new volunteer management system
  • Common selection and implementation issues and how to avoid them

About the presenter

Jeff Turner, PMP is the Principal at NPO Back Office, a company specializing in supporting the technology needs of small and volunteer run nonprofits. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Mr. Turner is an accomplished Information Technology professional, nonprofit leader and volunteer who spent the first 18 years of his career improving organizational efficiency and integrating mission critical systems for some of the most widely recognized companies in the Pacific Northwest. He now takes great pleasure in helping nonprofits leverage technology to reduce labor requirements and improve organizational communication.

What you'll get out of PDXTech4Good events

  • Nonprofit staffers will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those not experienced with technology, and many chances to ask questions of tech-experienced nonprofits and experts.
  • Techies will find opportunities to hear the real-world stories of nonprofit clients, and put their own expertise to social good — as well as the potential for lasting relationships (be they paid or volunteer) with leading organizations in our community.
  • Activists and community organizers will see and be given the chance to present on successful uses of technology for social change. We'll explore how technology can help support activism and where activism can push it forward.

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  • John K.

    We had a family issue at the last minute and could not attend but would really love the information.

    We would love to attend a make up session if you have one. John Krejcha
    Autism Empowerment

    July 11, 2013

  • Christy M.

    I am not sure about others who wanted to attend but ended up in the traffic mess. Is this one of the topics that could perhaps be repeated?
    I would be grateful.

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Derek K.

    Had a great time. Lots of good info. Thanks!

    July 11, 2013

  • Karen K.

    Sorry! We really wanted to attend for Autism Empowerment but had a last minute childcare cancellation. Hope the event is a great one! :-) Karen and John at Autism Empowerment

    July 10, 2013

  • Chad R.

    First time with the group, really interested in hearing more

    June 18, 2013

  • Derek K.

    Seems like SwapServe will fit in with this conversation perfectly. I'll be there.

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How to give this event twitter love:



    the mysterious Sarah Lyman :-)



    Please add any other twitter handles and hashtags for this event that I've missed!

    June 6, 2013

  • Denise B.

    looking forward to this one as our volunteer involvement increases!

    May 30, 2013

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    The Nonprofit Technology Network's 501 Tech Club is a financial sponsor.

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