partnering with skilled volunteers

If you are responsible for running a NFP Organisation, there must have been times when you had felt unsure about what you were doing, or if you were on the right track with the development of a certain aspect. It is only natural that you may need help. You are in luck. The good people from Volunteering Victoria have partnered with NAB to create the NAB Employee Volunteering Program. Read on to learn more about this fabulous program and how you can benefit from it.

The essence of the program is quite simple. NAB has 28,500 employees in Australia and each of them is encouraged to volunteer, having the option to apply for a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer leave per year. This, according to the statistics, means that for the past 17 years (the program started back in 1998), NAB’s employees have contributed over 180,000 community volunteering days, and their contribution for the last year only was estimated at $8.2 million.

So what kind of help can you get from these experienced volunteers who can come working at your NFP organisations for a couple of days? Basically, help in every aspect of NFP governing from Project Planning to Operations Management! If you contact NAB or Volunteering Victoria, they will discuss with you the current needs of your NFP and find the perfect specialist volunteer for you. Here are the areas you may want to consider:

  • Projects
  • HR Policy
  • Process Engineering
  • Strategy & Business Planning
  • Information Technology
  • Communications & Marketing
  • Relationships & Business Development
  • Financial Management
  • Audit & Risk Management
  • People Leadership
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Operations Management

What is more, with more than 28,500 employees in Australia, you can be sure that NAB will be able to cover many aspects of these topics, so if you need a very specific help with something, no matter if it is a mobile application for your NFP or budget planning, it is likely that they will be able to find the right specialist for you.

So far, this post was mostly about Small Skilled Volunteering Projects that would take 1-2 days and will cover a specific need of your NFP. In order to find help with such projects, you will need to visit NAB’s website, and submit your need so NAB can take care of it. However, if you don’t have anything specific to ask for, you can still benefit from NAB’s various resources. For example, you can visit one of their Group Training Sessions & Workshops, receive 1:1 mentoring by hosting a specialist in your organisation or going in another organisation yourself, get help with Large Scale Skilled Volunteering Projects or take advantage of High Quality Business Diagnostic & Consultancy free of charge!

So, if you are interested in partnering with skilled volunteers and getting help from some of the most experienced professionals in Australia, you can find more information on Volunteering Victoria’s website or check out NAB’s Service Catalogue. This is one great opportunity for the beginning of 2015 – make sure you make the most out of it!