Karen Knight of Karen Knight Consulting in Kamloops, BC, Canada, has provided volunteer recruitment, engagement and training for not-for-profit organizations for over 25 years. “My professional life has spanned many industries, working in both the private and public sectors in various leadership positions,” Knight noted. “Through my passion for making a difference in the world, I have gained decades of experience in not-for-profits as a leader and a board member.”
Knight served in Toastmasters International for over 25 years, engaging in various roles including District Director, where she was responsible for one of the largest Toastmasters districts in the world. She oversaw a budget of a quarter of a million dollars, 300 individual clubs with over 5,000 members and had 20 leaders reporting directly to her, all volunteers. Knight currently serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association, which “helps create opportunities for personal growth, healing and connection through a shared experience with horses.”
After many years working and volunteering with not-for-profits, Knight found that many leaders of volunteers have difficulty with aspects of their volunteer programs, whether that be in recruiting the right people or assigning those people to roles that both support the organization’s mission and keep the volunteers enthusiastic. As a Volunteer Management strategist and mentor at her own consulting firm, Knight combines her hands-on experience with extensive studying and research into volunteer recruitment, engagement and training to help solve these challenges for not-for-profit organizations.