What Girl Scouts Cookie Program Can Teach NonProfits About Corporate Training?

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Non-profit organizations have become a significant player in the evolving cultural and educational landscape globally. Apart from the enormous social challenges that lie ahead of non-profit organizations, one of the key ones is the non-availability of high-quality and dependable volunteers/resources. Often, the attrition in non-profits is very high. However, their targets for fundraising and social goals remain high. At such a time, they need to ensure that their workforce is equipped with tools that are good enough to keep them motivated.

At the same time, the requirements of each non-profit are unique which creates a constant need to train new volunteers and upskill existing ones. Training becomes mandatory and non-profit organizations have realized that a simple and engaging learning platform can help them to train volunteers quickly.

A good learning platform such as LE-AP provides 5 distinct advantages that may help non-profit organizations to better train staff and volunteers.

Simplifying Content Creation

Content creation is vital to any organization and non-profits are no different. At the same time, the content should be easy to use and understand.

The content creation requirements of a non-profit are different than that of a corporate entity. For instance, a non-profit needs to be able to create and modify the content for new campaigns quickly. LE-AP’s content authoring tool allows the use of existing material such as pictures and videos and faster creation of new courses. LE-AP also has an ability to integrate with existing learning tools and hone in on a specific outcome.

Higher Levels of Professionalism

Consider for a minute, the door-to-door Girl Scout cookie sales pitches versus that of an organization operating in your community. What is the difference? Training and professionalism. Despite their young age, the girl scouts are well trained in the art of sales and as a result, last year’s girl scout cookie program sales revenue were over $800 million in the United States alone.

Taking a page from this exceptional organization, if a non-profit seeks to increase their level of funding they need to operate at a higher level of professionalism. Individuals and corporations are more likely to give a charitable donation when they are sure that their gift will be used wisely. Non-profits that invest in training their staff and volunteers can ensure donors that their contribution will be stewarded well because of their level of professionalism.

As the HR Council of Canada shared in their report on trends and issues in the non-profit sector “Professional development in the nonprofit sector is a vital tool for strengthening organizational effectiveness in the face of continuous change.” Organizations that invest in the development of their staff will definitely see dividends.

Reduced Training Costs

When a non-profit organization integrates a learning experience platform into their training portfolio, they open the door to reduced training costs and more efficient use of their training budgets. LE-AP, for instance, allows staff members and volunteers alike to make use of online training to meet their training and learning goals. It reduces training costs by providing top-tier training without needing to pay for scheduling trainers, making conference rooms available for training, or providing accommodations for the event. The cost savings found in an e-learning strategy allow for non-profit organizations to pursue higher quality training at a reduced cost.

Better Adaptation

Staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations are known to travel on a regular basis. This requires non-profits to have a learning experience platform that is easy to use and engaging. LE-AP, An AI-driven LXP is particularly helpful in identifying the learning needs of different individuals and provide learning content accordingly.

Social Media Friendly

Globally, users of social media have seen a constant rise over the last 8 years, growing from a user base of 0.97 billion in 2010 to 2.62 billion in 2018 (Statista.com). Individuals today want to share what they are learning and discovering with others, and a robust learning experience platform can capitalize on this by being social media friendly. Non-profits can extend their reach and build influence when individuals can share Tweets, Facebook updates or Instagram posts by just tapping their screen. Also, when individuals across the board (and the world) are equipped to access the same information and collaborate on a project, learning is strengthened and output increases.

Reduce the challenges involved with classroom training and associated high training expenses with a well-managed Learning Experience Platform. It is a game changer that enables a non-profit to succeed. Contact us to learn more about LE-AP advantage for your non-profit!