023: Andrew Stanley Empowers Volunteering

Listen to our interview with native Kansas Citian and fellow Jayhawk, Andrew Stanley.  Andrew is the founder of VolunteerMark,  a social enterprise designed to enhance the volunteer experience for nonprofits and charities as well as for volunteers.  Andrew was frustrated with the lack of coordination and efficiency he found when tried to volunteer with many local organizations.  In 2011, Andrew began working on a way to solve this problem, which led to the creation of VolunteerMark.  VolunteerMark is an online software application that helps nonprofit organizations and their volunteers maximize the volunteer experience through communication, scheduling and reporting tools. Using the mobile-friendly software, nonprofit organizations can easily manage volunteer opportunities, schedule multiple shifts at once, recruit new volunteers, communicate through multiple platforms and track volunteer data.

Andrew shares some great messages with us in this interview and really breaks down what it truly means to be a social entrepreneur.  He mentions the strategies, struggles, and successes that have made VolunteerMark to achieve a social impact of over 1,000 volunteers in just one year.  Andrew also reveals the source of daily inspiration in a Mother Theresa quote,

“We can’t do great things in this life, we can only do little things with great love.

Show Notes:

  • Who is your hero?

    • Father Greg:

      • Impacted Andrew while on a missions trip by working to give hope and opportunities to the people of an impoverished Guatemalan town that Andrew.

  • What is your favorite resource for inspiration?

  • What is the best piece of advice you have received?

    • Celebrate the small successes.

  • What is your favorite book?

  • What is your favorite comfort food?

    • Famous for Nachos

  • What is the first thing everyone can do to start changing the world?

    • Get involved in volunteering


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