Volunteering at Scale

Baird Straughan, 7 Feb 2022 We started WaterGrass to help organizations manage growing volunteer programs with limited staff, and the Milwaukee Riverkeeper has achieved that in spades.  Along the way, they illustrate some basic principles of large-scale volunteer programs, and illuminate a new challenge for us. In our webinar How One Organizer Led 218 Events […]

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Know Your Database Culture

Installment #1 of the Nine Database Best Practices. Carl Paulsen, WaterGrass   Databases provide us with the tools to make our jobs with nonprofits easier.  Or at least that’s what they SHOULD do.  The trouble is, a database is like any other tool; it works best when in the hands of a skilled craftsman.  In […]

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Finding Your Database Maven

Finding Your Database Maven

Baird and Carl with thanks to the many mavens we have learned from.  At WaterGrass, we’ve watched a lot of organizations grow.  The successful ones maintain consistency in their database and get really good at using the data to generate donations and engagement from their supporters. They can do that because their data is entered […]

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Are Online Volunteer Waivers Legally Valid?

Are Online Volunteer Waivers Legally Valid?

Baird Straughan, April 2021 Online waivers speed up event registration, reduce paperwork, and liberate organizers so they can concentrate on the event itself and the people attending.  Nevertheless, some of our client organizations worry that if an accident occurred, courts wouldn’t respect a waiver that’s not on paper.  What’s the truth? Short answer: At present, […]

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