USE THIS STORY TO TRAIN YOUR TEAM:
A woman volunteered for an organization for ten years. She was hard-working and dependable; a modest woman, not a VIP in any sense of the word. When she inherited some money, she quietly gave them most of it: a $100,000 donation.
Not long afterwards, the organization held an event to honor volunteers. She was told that they would save a seat for her at a special table. When she arrived and took that seat, the wife of the CEO rushed up and whispered something to her. Quietly she moved her seat away from the VIPs. However, it soured the woman on the organization for a long, long time. She volunteered less and less (even though she still loved the mission.)
This is what the CEO’s wife whispered: “You can’t sit here. These seats are for donors.”
Horrible, right? If your volunteers go up, your donations go up, too. So be nice to your volunteers! (At least as nice as you are to your donors.) See the comments below for more volunteer horror stories. Use them to initiate discussions with your team. The benefit is like the lesson of EXODUS: If something horrible happens to you, don’t do it to someone else.
Do you have a story? You can post it below the comments in “Leave a Reply.” Thanks! Shar McBee