How One Nonprofit Makes a Case for Investing in Volunteer Engagement Internally and Externally

Nonprofits juggle many priorities: delivering programs, raising funds, cultivating awareness and relationships, responding to changing community needs and building trust with multiple audiences, to name just a few. These tasks tend to fall in separate departments, yet one strategy—when done well—can contribute to each of these areas: volunteer engagement. Southwest Human Development in Phoenix, Arizona, has discovered this lesson firsthand. 

Partnerships Equal More Impact

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When lean funders combine their grantmaking, influence, and passion, they have more impact than either could individually. The Leighty Foundation (Juneau, AK) and the Lodestar Foundation (Phoenix, AZ) both believe that strategic volunteer engagement can advance the missions of funders and their grant partners.