Author: Project management can improve nonprofits

Monday, July 15th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

Well-trained project managers who have achieved PMP® recertification can mean the difference between success and failure in the business world. In fact, they're so effective that one author is arguing that project management strategies should be used by nonprofits as well.

In her new book, "Practical Project Management for Agile Nonprofits," Karen R.J. White argues that the most effective nonprofits need to adopt business practices that make the most of their volunteers. She refers to it as "the new volunteerism," according to a press release announcing the book's release.

In the book, White advises nonprofits to make it clear to potential volunteers what they have to gain by offering their time and effort. This means addressing their needs, either by giving them more responsibility in the organization or by recognizing them for their hard work.

Communication is also important. White suggested that nonprofits make good use of social media websites like Facebook. In addition, virtual meetings over Skype or Google Hangout are also excellent tools for nonprofit members who cannot necessarily be in the same room at a scheduled time.

"[K]nowing what positions on what project teams or committees are best suited for a particular volunteer, knowing what that particular volunteer values and is skilled in, and knowing the importance of that project relative to the organization's strategic objectives is crucial to maximizing the benefits of that limited resource: an hour of volunteer time," White said.

Many of these skills can be learned through project manager training offered by New Leaf Project Management. For example, New Leaf's QPM™ series of games allows players to earn PDUs for PMP recertification at any time, even while on the go.

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