All Volunteer, All Heart from Binky Patrol

Susan Finch - Binky Patrol

This show is about the ability to run a non-profit from the heart with a sense of humor and still be successful. We interview our volunteers, partners, and other non-profits to learn from each other, and support each other as we bring love and hope to our communities. Binky Patrol is a 100% volunteer grassroots 501c3 founded in 1996. Binky Patrol makes blankets and gives them away to children and teens in need of a reminder that they matter, are not invisible and that someone cares. We give to children who are ill, abused, or in trauma. read less
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EP61: Why You Need a Branding Guide for Your Organization
Jun 4 2024
EP61: Why You Need a Branding Guide for Your Organization
Susan Finch, founder of Binky Patrol, discusses the importance of having a cohesive branding package for nonprofit organizations looking to scale up. She shares insights from her own experience, highlighting the need for consistent messaging, logos, fonts, and phrasing across all chapters and volunteers. Susan also touches on the benefits of streamlining processes, such as providing digital patterns and outsourcing printing, to save time and money. By creating a comprehensive branding guide, nonprofits can ensure that their volunteers have the tools they need to represent the organization effectively and maintain a strong, recognizable brand. Whether you're a small nonprofit just starting out or an established organization looking to grow, this episode offers valuable advice on the power of branding and the steps you can take to create a cohesive brand identity.   Overall takeaways: A cohesive branding package is essential for nonprofits looking to scale up and maintain a strong, recognizable brand identity.Consistency in messaging, logos, fonts, colors, and phrasing across all chapters and volunteers is key to building a successful brand.Streamlining processes, such as providing digital patterns and outsourcing printing, can save time and money while ensuring brand consistency.Maintaining control over chapter branding and online presence is crucial to protecting the organization's reputation and mission.Creating a comprehensive branding guide empowers volunteers to effectively represent the organization and its values.The Binky Patrol branding guide sample covered in this episode (PDF)
EP54: Protecting Your Non-Profit from Image Copyright Scams
Mar 27 2024
EP54: Protecting Your Non-Profit from Image Copyright Scams
Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to exploit individuals and organizations. As a nonprofit or small business, staying vigilant and protecting yourself from photo copyright infringement scams is crucial. In this informative PSA episode, Susan Finch from All-Volunteer, All Heart from Binky Patrol shares her recent experience with a suspicious email claiming image copyright violations. With the help of an IP attorney friend, Susan dissects the red flags in the email and provides valuable insights on handling such situations. She also offers practical advice on sourcing legitimate images for your website and the importance of having access to legal counsel for your organization. Join us as we explore these critical issues and learn how to safeguard your nonprofit or small business from falling victim to these deceptive schemes. Stay informed, stay protected, and stay focused on making a positive impact in your community. Key Points: Be cautious when using images on your website, and ensure you have the rights to use them.Consider sourcing images from reputable stock photo websites, hiring a professional photographer, or finding a volunteer.Be wary of suspicious emails claiming copyright infringement, especially those with unprofessional language or sketchy links.Do not click on links in suspicious emails, as they may be attempts to extort money or gain access to sensitive information.Consult with an IP attorney or legal professional if you receive a suspicious email or have concerns about copyright infringement.Consider having a legal consultant on call to review any potential legal issues.Get to know your volunteers and their professional backgrounds, as they may be able to offer valuable expertise to your organization.
EP53: Invaluable and FREE Resources for 501C3 Organizations
Mar 13 2024
EP53: Invaluable and FREE Resources for 501C3 Organizations
Are you running a small non-profit organization and looking for ways to save money and maximize your resources? In this quick podcast episode, Susan Finch, our founder, shares some valuable tips and resources that can help you streamline your operations and promote your cause more effectively. From free email services to volunteer recruitment platforms, Susan covers a range of tools that can benefit your organization without breaking the bank. Listen in to discover how to take your non-profit to the next level! Key resources mentioned: Google Workspace: Offers free, unlimited email accounts for non-profits with their domain (e.g., @binkypatrol.org).TechSoup (techsoup.org): Provides discounts on software, equipment, training, and accounting services for 501(c)(3) organizations.Nextdoor: A platform where you can register your non-profit, post events, and engage in conversations with the local community.Local media outlets: Television stations, newspapers, and community broadcasting stations often have opportunities for non-profits to promote events, volunteer opportunities, or share success stories.Local service organizations: Connect with groups like the Scouts, Lions, Elks, and Kiwanis, as they may have resource directories or volunteer opportunities.City resources: Register your 501(c)(3) with your local city to be included in their community resources and post volunteer opportunities.VolunteerMatch (volunteermatch.org): A platform to create and manage volunteer opportunities at a low cost with excellent support and resources for non-profits. Here are some key questions listeners should discuss with their non-profit leadership to identify additional local partners and resources: Have we reached out to local businesses to explore potential partnerships, sponsorships, or in-kind donations?Are there any local community foundations or grant-making organizations that align with our mission and could provide funding opportunities?Have we connected with local schools, universities, or educational institutions to discuss volunteer recruitment, internship programs, or collaborative projects?Are there any local faith-based organizations or religious institutions that share our values and could become partners in our cause?Have we investigated potential partnerships with other local non-profits that have complementary missions or serve similar populations?Are there any local professional associations, trade groups, or industry-specific organizations that could provide resources, expertise, or networking opportunities?Have we explored partnerships with local government agencies, such as social services departments, to identify areas of collaboration or support?Are there any local service clubs, like Rotary or Kiwanis, that we could engage with for volunteer recruitment or community outreach?Have we contacted local media outlets to discuss potential partnerships, such as public service announcements or featured stories?Are there any upcoming local events, festivals, or conferences that we could participate in to raise awareness about our organization and build community connections?By exploring these questions and proactively seeking out local partnerships, non-profit leaders can tap into a wealth of resources and expand their organization's impact within the community.
EP52: Boosting Volunteer Morale: Tips for Thanking and Engaging Your Team
Mar 6 2024
EP52: Boosting Volunteer Morale: Tips for Thanking and Engaging Your Team
Today, we're diving into a topic that's close to our hearts: recognizing and appreciating the incredible volunteers who make our mission possible. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organizations, tirelessly giving their time, energy, and skills to make a difference in the lives of others. They are the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes, often without expecting anything in return. But as nonprofit leaders, it's our job to make sure they feel valued, appreciated, and supported every step of the way. In this episode, we'll be sharing some creative and affordable ways to show your volunteers just how much they mean to you and your cause. From small tokens of appreciation like pins and stickers to heartfelt gestures like personalized thank-you notes and special events, we'll explore a variety of ideas to help you celebrate your volunteers and keep them motivated and engaged. So grab a cozy blanket, settle in, and get ready to be inspired by the power of volunteer recognition. Together, we can create a culture of gratitude and support that will help our nonprofits thrive and make an even greater impact in the world. Remember, you are not alone in this journey. We are all in this together, working towards a common goal of making a difference in our communities. So, let's lift each other up, celebrate our successes, and show our volunteers just how much they are appreciated. Here are some key suggestions for non-profits mentioned in the episode: Recognize and thank volunteers through small gifts like pins, stickers, or patches. These can be ordered in bulk to last for years and distributed to volunteers at events or through chapters.Apply for grants specifically aimed at volunteer recognition and support to cover the costs of items like pins, stickers, and T-shirts.Partner with organizations like the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, who appreciate patches and can help spread awareness about your non-profit.Use services like Vistaprint  or lynmar.com to order promotional materials such as brochures, banners, and postcards. Take advantage of coupons and sales to save on costs.Create a store or online platform where chapters can easily order branded items for their volunteers.Organize contests and challenges for chapter leaders and volunteers to engage them and reward participation with small prizes like fabric kits or branded items.Encourage volunteers to wear and use branded items to promote your organization and make it easier for people to learn about your mission and how to get involved.Plan and budget for volunteer recognition initiatives, as they are important for keeping volunteers motivated and committed to your cause long-term. CopyRetry
EP51: Nonprofits Amplify Your Voice Through Toastmasters
Feb 14 2024
EP51: Nonprofits Amplify Your Voice Through Toastmasters
Susan Finch is joined by Coleen Gose, a professional speaker and domestic violence survivor, to explore the power of storytelling for nonprofit leaders. Gose's journey from finding her voice to becoming a professional speaker is inspiring and insightful. The episode delves into the importance of nonprofit leaders honing their speaking skills, the value of joining organizations like Toastmasters, and the impact of feedback in improving speaking abilities. Coleen and Susan also discuss the versatility of storytelling across various platforms, such as public speaking, remote presentations, and fundraising. This episode is packed with valuable advice and encouragement for nonprofit leaders looking to enhance their speaking skills and effectively share their organization's mission and impact. Get ready to be inspired and equipped with practical tips to take the stage with confidence and drive action. Links from this episode: Coleen Gose on LinkedIn Coleen's website Coleen's book, "A Woman's Journey of a Lifetime: Thriving Through the Transitions of Life." Find your local Toastmasters Chapter here. About Coleen Gose: As a Professional Speaker and Healthy Relationship Coach, Coleen has made it her mission to help corporate professionals build healthy relationships by teaching them transformational skills to build lasting and enriching connections. Coleen believes that we all deserve the room to grow unjudged, take risks, find the best version of ourselves, and still be loved Coleen earned her BA in Law and Justice from Central Washington University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Trauma Informed Coach and Published Author. She is the founder of Life 2.0 Coaching with Coleen.
EP47: Sparking Peace By Reimagining Communication in Education
Nov 29 2023
EP47: Sparking Peace By Reimagining Communication in Education
Susan invited Lori on to the show after the recent Bink-A-Thon in Thousand Oaks. Binky Patrol Director, Carolyn Berndt hosted her event at One Spark Academy and knew Lori has the same heart as Binky Patrol. This inspiring conversation delves into making positive change through education and understanding. Host Susan Finch speaks with Lori Peters, executive director of One Spark Academy, about supporting students through a difficult time and empowering them to create meaningful connections. Lori explains how her alternative learning program focuses on "finding that one spark" in each child and nurturing it through small class sizes, engaging electives like gardening and cooking, and daily "circle time" to practice communication skills. She shares the powerful story of two boys resolving a conflict after weeks of learning these techniques. Their journey illustrates how patience, empathy, and an openness to listen can work wonders. As Lori says, "By creating supportive spaces for young people to develop self-awareness and compassion, we plant the seeds for a more peaceful world." About our guest: Lori Peters is the founder of One Spark Academy. She wholeheartedly believes in the principles of teaching the whole child– meeting students’ academic, social, and emotional needs– and inspiring students to be healthy, balanced, and globally aware. In July 2011, after 16 years in public alternative education, Lori put her energy into helping students find their spark and enjoy learning with like-minded peers in a truly unique learning environment. Links from this episode: Binky Patrol One Spark Academy
EP45: The Power of Purpose -  How to Engage All Ages in Community Service
Nov 7 2023
EP45: The Power of Purpose - How to Engage All Ages in Community Service
Welcome to another episode of Volunteer All Heart from Binky Patrol. I'm your host Susan Finch, and today we have two of our amazing volunteers joining us to share their experiences hosting Bink-A-Thons in their communities. First up is Binky Patrol director, Carolyn Berndt, one of our dedicated volunteers who helped organize a small but mighty Bink-A-Thon with kids from a local charter school. She knows the power of involving youth in service. We'll also hear from Daphne Boyd, a longtime New Jersey Binky Patrol Area Coordinator who partnered with her local library for a Bink-A-Thon. Daphne knows the importance of engaging senior volunteers, using online volunteer platforms, and allowing flexible participation. Both ladies have great tips to share from their events, which the MrBallen Foundation sponsored. They'll inspire you with how our volunteers unite to make blankets and hope for children and families nationwide. Stay tuned! Here are some key tips from this episode and our recent event: Partner with organizations receiving donations to help promote and recruit event volunteers through their newsletters, social media, etc.Involve youth groups like Girl Scouts or school kids to participate in service activities. It teaches them to help others.Engage senior communities in making items, giving them a sense of purpose.Use online volunteer platforms like VolunteerMatch.org to manage and recruit volunteers. Have multiple admins.List your non-profit in volunteer directories like 211 and United Way to increase visibility.Consider hosting events in different seasons to provide more opportunities for involvement.Block enough time for setup, the event itself, and clean-up when planning. Allow some flexibility.Develop partnerships with local schools, companies, stores, etc. to host drives or service days.Provide options for volunteers with limited time, like setup/cleanup help only. Learn more at https://binkypatrol.org