Interested in the HIVE program?
We strongly encourage everyone interested in applying for the HIVE program to attend our upcoming informational webinar, “Skilled Volunteer Engagement”, on November 9. Register now!

Build your capacity to effectively utilize skilled volunteers.

There has never been a better time to engage volunteers. Boomers are retiring and looking for engagement in meaningful activity. GenXers are at the stage of life where they are settled in their communities and looking to increase involvement. Millennials were raised on volunteering and are seeking to align their giving activities with life goals. More and more companies are encouraging employees to volunteer.

The question is…Do you have the capacity to engage these individuals who are seeking to do more than walk dogs and ladle out meals? If someone walked in your office and said, “I’m a retired graphic designer and I’d like to use my skills to help your organization for free,” would you be able to take full advantage of that offer?

Engagement of highly-skilled volunteers takes time, effort and strategy. The High-Impact Volunteer Engagement (HIVE) program will provide you with the tools and guidance to boost your return on investment in those relationships.

What is the HIVE program?

The HIVE program is an intensive one-year cohort-based program that offers staff and volunteer leaders the opportunity to explore the latest trends and best practices in volunteer engagement and supports organizations to pilot one strategic innovation in volunteer engagement that will measurably build capacity. Over the course of the year, participating organizations will receive an introductory webinar, a full-day training in volunteer engagement, four individualized coaching calls and two group coaching calls facilitated by nationally recognized volunteer engagement experts, evaluation support, and a full-day project reunion.

Twenty organizations will be chosen to take a team of not-less-than 4 people through this program culminating in a completed volunteer engagement project that will build capacity for the organization to move forward with the skills to continue to effectively engage highly-skilled volunteers in future projects.

Organizations will have the opportunity to:

  • Innovate and model change in volunteer engagement for the organization
  • Gain professional development and training in project management, volunteer engagement, and work planning
  • Advance leadership development for volunteer and staff leaders
  • Benefit from professional executive coaching and training on change management for volunteer engagement and capacity building
  • Learn new techniques and strategies for organizational leadership, stewardship, and change

About the Facilitator

Beth Steinhorn

Beth partners with organizations and their leadership to increase their impact through strategic and innovative engagement. The author of multiple books and articles on strategic volunteer engagement, she is a popular speaker and trainer, known for her interactive and inspiring presentations. As a thought leader, Beth regularly participates in the national dialogue about volunteerism and engagement. Her consultations have included developing engagement strategies for Save the Children USA, Special Olympics Southern California, Best Friends Animal Society, and Repair the World. As a Service Enterprise Trainer, she has also trained and supported dozens of organizations to become certified Service Enterprises.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Beth worked as an executive director and marketing director with education and faith-based organizations and spent years working with museums as an educator, manager, and anthropologist. She draws upon her anthropology experience still, helping organizations through the culture shift process – from viewing volunteer management as a program to embracing engagement as a strategy to fulfill mission. Beth has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and also attended University of Washington for anthropology and museology.

Program Timeline

Date Description
November 9
1:00–2:00 PM
Informational Webinar
A free informational webinar to answer questions about the program and help you decide whether or not to apply. Watch a recording of the webinar.
November 30 Application Deadline
In order to be considered for the program, your completed application must be submitted by the end of the day on November 30. Review the application instructions.
December 8 Notice of Participation
All organizations that submitted applications will be notified as to whether or not they were accepted into the program.
December 13
1:00–2:00 PM
Introductory Webinar
January 11, 2018
9:30 AM–5:00 PM
Program Launch
February–July 2018 Coaching Calls & Progress Reports
Monthly progress reports from participants, followed by hour-long coaching calls: two group calls and four one-on-one calls.
October 11, 2018 Reunion Symposium

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted from November 9 to November 30. Interested organizations should:

  1. Attend the "Skilled Volunteer Engagement" webinar on November 9.
    Watch a recording of the "Skilled Volunteer Engagement" webinar.
  2. Create a volunteer engagement team of at least four people. Required time and responsibilities may vary depending on the project. Each team must…
    • be at least 50% volunteers, all of whom should have demonstrated organizational experience and leadership skills.
    • include at least one staff person responsible for, at least in part, volunteer engagement.
  3. Review the Frequently Asked Questions document to prepare for the application.
  4. Submit your application before the November 30 deadline.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Download an Application
(Available as a Word document or PDF)

Review the FAQs


This Volunteer Generation program is a presented in partnership with Volunteer NH, with funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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