A low-cost infusion of energy and expertise for your nonprofit

Nonprofit applications are due September 30 for the 2019-20 High-Impact Volunteer Engagement (HIVE) initiative

What is HIVE?

HIVE is an intensive cohort-based program that offers staff and volunteer leaders the opportunity to pilot a project that will build your capacity to fulfill your mission. Organizations receive training, coaching, and evaluation to bring their pilot projects from concepts to outcomes.

Who can apply?

Nonprofits serving New Hampshire with a minimum level of current volunteer engagement are eligible. Organizations should also be able to assemble a volunteer engagement team of at least 4 people (with at least 50% volunteers and one staff member responsible for volunteer engagement as part of their role).

What is the time commitment?

Over the course of a year (October 2019-2020), 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. Nonprofit teams will move their projects forward between these milestones.

Does our nonprofit need to have a pilot project in mind to apply?

Your team should have some ideas in mind about how skilled volunteers might help your organization fulfill strategic goals, but a specific project can be developed with guidance from HIVE facilitators later on.

How much does it cost?

The fee to participate (if selected) is $100 for members of the NH Center for Nonprofits and $300 for not-yet-members.

Our nonprofit is interested in HIVE. How can we learn more?

View Informational Webinar  Program Details

Nonprofit Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2019. Interested organizations should:

  1. Begin to 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.
  2. Review the Application Questions document to prepare for the application.
  3. Submit your application online before the September 30 deadline.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  4. Supplemental documents requested with the application include:
  • List of board of directors and their tenure
  • Strategic Plan (if available)
  • Current organizational chart, including senior staff positions and staffing for volunteer engagement (if applicable)
  • Background information about the prospective team members including Name, Length of time as a volunteer or staff with the organization, Role. For volunteer members, please indicate leadership roles (in the organization and/or the community), and, if possible, their current or past occupation. Indicate which team members are the Team Leaders and alternative point of contact. Team leadership can be shared between a volunteer and staff member.
  • Any relevant work plans around volunteer engagement that are currently in effect.
  • Signed mutual expectations sheet

Program Timeline

September 30, 2019 Nonprofit Application Deadline
In order to be considered for the program, your completed application must be submitted by the end of the day on September 30, 2019. Review the application instructions.
October 3, 2019 Facilitator-in-Training Educational Session
A full day training with the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits and the project consultant (VQ Volunteer Strategies) utilizing the HIVE Facilitator Tool Kit, which includes detailed resources, meeting agendas, exercises, and tools.
October 17, 2019 Nonprofits notified
All organizations that submitted applications will be notified as to whether or not they were accepted into the program.
October 31, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Introductory Webinar
An orientation and introduction to some of the trends in volunteer engagement.
November 19, 2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Program Launch 
A full-day training in Cocord with the project consultant (VQ Volunteer Strategies) to walk you through planning your pilot project. 
December 2019 -September 2020 Pilot Project Implementation & Support
Individual and group coaching calls (four individualized team calls and two cohort-wide calls) and tools to support implementation of the pilot projects.
October 2020 Reunion Symposium
A full-day event where participating organizations share their pilot project successes and challenges.


About the Lead Facilitator

Beth Steinhorn

Beth Steinhorn, President of VQ Volunteer Strategies, 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. 

Learn more about Beth Steinhorn here. 

Facilitator-in-Training Program

Are you passionate about the potential of volunteer engagement to help nonprofits fulfill their dreams?

To make the HIVE initiative available to more NH nonprofits, the Center seeks to engage experienced facilitators to provide training in the model by national consultant, Beth Steinhorn of VQ Volunteer Strategies. The Center and VQ Volunteer Strategies will provide training and coaching to up to 5 individuals who will gain hands-on experience in coaching 4-5 nonprofits through a year-long pilot project.

Facilitators will:

  • Have the opportunity to truly make a long-lasting difference for the HIVE organization by demonstrating the power of skills-based volunteer engagement.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in and help shape an innovative model for nonprofit capacity-building.
  • Gain new skills in facilitation and experience in professional coaching.
Applications are closed at this time for Facilitators-in-Training


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

Volunteer NHCorporation for National & Community Service

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