Transforming Disruption to Impact
Rethinking Volunteer Engagement for a Rapidly Changing World
by Edited by Doug Bolton, Beth Steinhorn, Jerome Tennille, and Craig Young
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Pub Date 01 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 12 Dec 2022
Amplify Publishing Group, Amplify
For generations, engaging volunteers has been a vital strategy for communities to solve problems, but the events of 2020 disrupted how people work and volunteer. Unlike previous disruptions, when Americans rolled up their sleeves and volunteered in record numbers, the COVID-19 pandemic restricted traditional volunteering. While many organizations put their engagement strategies on hold, others saw the dramatic increase in demand for services, the increased spotlight on racial injustices, and the opportunities that technology offers. Instead of hibernating, these forward-thinkers actively adapted to engage community members despite the disruptions.
Transforming Disruption to Impact captures the many ways and different mechanisms used to engage people in volunteer service to address the world’s most critical issues—made even more critical due to the pandemic. It’s a collection of essays and contributions highlighting practical, future- focused, innovative, and inspirational volunteer engagement strategies, practices, and tactics that were born out of necessity but that are evergreen and, in many ways, the future of service we can expect for generations to come. In this book, you’ll hear from globally recognized social impact professionals from across the nonprofit, governmental, and corporate responsibility sectors about the different ways they engage people in volunteer service during such a challenging time across the globe. This book brings together the voices of CEOs, funders, corporate engagement leaders, volunteers, and volunteer engagement professionals—a collection of exemplary stories from those who transformed the disruptions into impact. These stories are the key to unlocking that potential.
“The pandemic brought us face-to-face with an inevitable conclusion: volunteer engagement is a vital strategy for organizational sustainability, especially during times of disruption. Spotlighting organizations that had the courage to take novel approaches—engaging community members in innovative ways and delivering on their missions by providing critical new services and scalable solutions to boot—Transforming Disruption to Impact offers inspiration for achieving a deeper, more meaningful impact and the impetus to keep evolving now and during any times of unsettling change.”—Karen Reid, CVA, CEO, Kaber Communications; leadership team member, The National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement
“This timely publication will launch important conversations among the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors about how best to convert the disruptions we face into opportunities by leveraging volunteer talent—a critical renewable resource. Our foundation believes that strategically deployed volunteer energy increases our return on investment with all our grantees.”—Jane Leighty Justis, president, The Leighty Foundation
“Transforming Disruption to Impact is a collection of voices that sing a powerful, poignant song: The lyrics tell us that, yes, our world has been dramatically disrupted . . . but we have within our reach the tools, the techniques, the principles, the practices, and the people who will show us how to transform this disruption into something positive and enduring. Service to others is what binds us together as humans; it is what propels us forward, even (perhaps especially) through the darkest times. This book reminds us that our darkest moments can eventually create the brightest light—again, through service to each other and to our communities. This book is what the world needs, precisely when the world needs it.”—Kristin Clark Taylor, author, editor, and journalist; former White House communications strategist; member of USA TODAY’s original creation and launch team