Maximizing Volunteer Engagement as a Nonprofit Leader (Lauren Kaufman)

December 2021

Are you utilizing the full abilities of your best volunteers?  As the leader of an all-volunteer organization that has seen a 40% growth in the past six months, Lauren Kaufman discusses strategic actions to attract, activate, grow, and retain diverse young professional volunteer talent. Connecting the individual volunteer's skills and experiences with specific organizational roles and committee opportunities strengthens not only the individual's resume, but the relationship they have with the organization as a whole.  In episode #136 of Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, you'll hear tips every nonprofit leader can implement to improve their volunteer experience.  Lauren also discusses the value of building alliances, one of Patton's Five Keys to a successful nonprofit, with like-minded similar organizations, as well as organizational skills from which every nonprofit leader can learn.

"As the demand for active and engaged volunteers escalates, you must be mindful of the volunteer experience."



By day, Lauren works at Dimensional Fund Advisors where she provides the tools financial advisors need to strategically manage and grow their business. She also oversees Dimensional's global philanthropic program. By night (and weekends), she is president of the Young Women's Alliance, an Austin non-profit dedicated to empowering the next generation of women leaders. As president, Lauren oversees 500 members, 16 Board of Directors, and 80+ chair positions. As an entirely volunteer run organization, Lauren ensures that YWA is meeting and exceeding all parts of its mission by developing KPI's, strategically planning for the future of the organization and ensuring that YWA continues to be an organization that connects and supports women in Austin. Through Lauren's leadership, YWA remains committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization where women in Austin feel welcomed and empowered. Most recently, Lauren added an additional role to the Board of Directors: VP of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her partner Aaron and their two French bulldogs, Tater Tot and Queso (@theloadedtots). Lauren speaks Chinese, German, and Spanish and holds her Series 7 and 66.



About PMA Nonprofit Leadership 

As a firm, PMA Nonprofit Leadership is constantly developing content and programs to help you in three distinct ways.  The first way is to help you be a thought leader in the nonprofit sector by producing weekly content through our podcast Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership. The second way is through individual coaching, training and our unique Mastermind Nonprofit Leadership program. The third way is to help your nonprofit organization through support of its strategic planning, board & staff development, and fundraising. Through our exclusive partnership with the Institute for Philanthropic Leadership, we also  guide aspiring nonprofit leaders thought the virtual New Development Professionals cohort training program, as well as the annual Leadership Gift School, now entering its 10th cohort season.  Let us know how we can help you! Join our community by signing up for our free resources here, and schedule a call if you'd like to learn more about ways we can help you on your journey to nonprofit leadership.