Volunteer Driven: Creating a Culture of Volunteerism

| Monday, May 19 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Room: Ambassador Salon III | Session Track: PD



Creating a Culture of Volunteerism


Volunteer Development Links and Resources

If you are a grass roots volunteer driven downtown organization, you require volunteers and you will probably admit that you need more volunteers. You may not admit that you could and should be better at communicating your volunteer opportunities. And the “ask” is the easy part! This session will help you improve your organization’s culture of volunteerism; preparing for volunteers before the “ask” and supporting volunteers so you can “ask” them again and again. Learn a little about what volunteers can do for you and a lot about what you can do for your volunteers.


Todd Barman, Barman Development Strategies, LLC
Todd Barman founded Barman Development Strategies, LLC in August 2013. Todd served over seven years on the staff of the National Main Street Center. During that time he worked regularly with executives/staff, board members, and volunteers of nonprofit community development organizations to build organizational capacity. He served as team leader and team member for resource team visits, program evaluations/assessments and reconnaissance/start-up visits. He is an accomplished facilitator of visioning, strategic planning, action planning, non-profit business planning and retreats. Prior to joining the Center, Todd worked for six years as the assistant state coordinator of the Wisconsin Main Street Program. During his tenure in Wisconsin, Todd was instrumental in developing the state’s first networking workshop for local board members. Prior to working with the Wisconsin Main Street Program, Todd was a Main Street manager in Darlington, Wisconsin for three years. Todd holds both bachelors and masters degrees in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program.