Back by Popular Demand: You Get What You Pay For—Volunteer Programming that Really Works

  • 27 Oct 2021
  • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom



You Get What You Pay For—

Volunteer Programming that Really Works

Speaker: Rachel D.K. Finney, CAWA, CEO, Columbus Humane 

October 27, 2021

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. on Zoom

This session addresses the most common sources of drama and dysfunction in volunteer programming and the negative impacts it can have on quality of life for the people and animals within the organization. 

The session is interactive, entertaining—even funny; and hits straight at heart of the problems we face daily. Using real-life examples and solutions, attendees learn why its critical to invest time, training and dollars in volunteer programming and how to get the most return out of that investment. Rachel will cover recruiting, training, retaining and thanking volunteers and stress the importance of accountability for all team members. Learn easy to use tools, tips and practical solutions for organizations of every size, philosophy and budget. 


Rachel serves as CEO at Columbus Humane, managing 60 staff and 425 volunteers with a budget of $4 million. She has 21 years of executive leadership in nonprofit management and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator with 17 years of experience in animal sheltering. Rachel has degrees in nonprofit management, psychology, political science and sociology from Indiana University. She was recognized as Nonprofit CEO of the Year by Columbus CEO in 2015 and a Columbus Business First 40 Under 40 in 2013.

Rachel is a regular lecturer at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and delivers keynote presentations on animal welfare and the power of finding advantages in personal and professional challenges. She operates under the philosophy that we should "never be afraid to do the right thing." She shares her home with her husband, 2 children, 3 dogs, 1 cat and 1 fish.


  • $20 per organization for Ohio Fedmembers with 1-5 program participants 

  • $30 per organization for Ohio Fedmembers with 6+ program participants 

  • $30 per organization for non-members with 1-5 program participants 

  • $40 per organization for non-members with 6+ program participants 

*Ohio Animal Welfare Federation is an approved provider of content which enhances professional competence and aligns with th5 domains of the CAWA Exam specifications. Every hour of training equals 1 CE towards CAWA Recertification.

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Ohio Federated Humane Societies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 21328, Columbus, OH 43221 

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