GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

A thriving volunteer program can help maximize your organization’s impact. By evaluating your existing volunteer program and renewing your focus on recruitment and retention, you can build a thriving and sustainable volunteer program that will propel your work forward.

6 Tips to Retain Volunteers

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Volunteers are superheroes! It’s imperative that you recruit a strong volunteer base and, more importantly, retain their commitment them by valuing their time, effort, and skills. . According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , volunteer rates have been declining over the past decade.

How to Hold Volunteers Accountable

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For many of us, volunteers are the lifeblood of our organizations. In some cases, nonprofits are run entirely by volunteers. And while many of your volunteers are beyond helpful, there are some that are, well, not so helpful. Featured Volunteer Management

5 Best Practices for Converting Volunteers to Donors

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It is not a secret that nonprofits need volunteers and donors to achieve their goals and carry out their mission. The question is, is your organization focusing on the volunteer base that you already have? Here are 5 best practices to help you convert more volunteers to donors.

15 Steps to Corporate Volunteering Success

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Do you have a goal to make your company or organization more socially conscious, but are having difficulty motivating employees to participate in volunteer programs? At CSAA Insurance Group, all new hires participate in a volunteer project as part of their on-boarding experience.

The Perfect Volunteer Experience

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In deference to Craig and Arianna, the popular SNL cheerleader skit from a few years back, I offer the PERFECT CHEER for the perfect volunteer experience. The operation, the other volunteers, the environment, and most importantly, the leaders.

4 Ways to Recognize Volunteers for National Volunteer Month

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April is National Volunteer Month! Yes, you heard that right: there is a whole month dedicated to honoring volunteers across the country. Volunteers come to you with the desire to help out (for free!) Show off your awesome volunteers! Featured Volunteer Management

Volunteering 101 for Schools

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But a few parent volunteers didn’t show up and it’s quickly becoming a disorganized mess. It’s a special time at your child’s school. They’re so excited. It’s Field Day. They’ve waited for this all year long and can’t wait to get outside and have some fun.

Creating the Perfect Volunteer Recruitment Page (& Start a Great Relationship)

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When recruiting a new volunteer to your organization, it should begin just like that great first or second date. Rather than dinner at a fancy restaurant or a picnic in the park, that first date with your prospective volunteer is most likely a landing page on your website.

The Knitting Factor: Making Skills-Based Volunteering Work for Your Organization

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The 2017 CECP Giving in Numbers reports that more than 50% of companies have developed skills-based volunteer programs to support community and business goals. For Fidelity, the volunteers not only strengthened their existing skills, but learned new ways to approach their work.

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Volunteering as part of everyday life.

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What systems do you have in place for getting to know your volunteers? How do you tailor volunteer opportunities to match the professional background of your volunteers?

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How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

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In addition to attractive employee perks, building transformative employee volunteer and giving programs and embedding them within the organizational culture is key to promoting happy employees who stay with their companies. Volunteering benefits everyone.

The 6 Hidden Benefits Of Volunteering

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As if contributing to a cause that’s bigger than yourself wasn’t reason enough to give your time, volunteering your time to a charitable cause has some hidden benefits, too. If it is so intuitively obvious that volunteering is beneficial to someone, why is volunteering at a 10 year low ?

Why And How to Manage Your Volunteer Program Professionally

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Volunteers are every nonprofit’s dream. So let’s take it step by step and look at why and how to manage your volunteer program professionally: 1. Volunteer Recruiting. Use volunteer recruitment forms to reach the right people for your project. Volunteer Delegation.

Know Your Volunteers To Drive Better Volunteers

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of of Americans over the age of 16 volunteered in some capacity between 2009, and 2013. Whether it’s through public out reach, word of mouth, or online recruitment, finding the best and brightest volunteers is difficult. Learn how to better manage your volunteers.

The tool that every volunteer coordinator needs

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How often has this happened to you - you interview a prospective volunteer, love their background, love what they offer, and love what they could bring to your movement, but you never hear from them beyond the initial interview?

Understanding Volunteers and Donors With Analytics

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Truly understanding your organization’s prospects and customer behavior can be the difference between successful and unsuccessful volunteer recruitment and fundraising campaigns. Many nonprofits forget that their volunteers and donors are also customers.

8 Long-Term Health Benefits of Volunteering

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Sponsored by Reward Volunteers. Wherever it occurs, volunteering exists to help others. We did some digging to find out all the reasons why volunteering rocks. Volunteering helps build a strong safety net for when you’re experiencing trying times.

Mastering Social Networking as a Volunteer

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Yesterday was the 2012 New York Cares Leadership Conference , and I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a session to volunteer leaders and inspiring community members. Do you want to be sharing what you know and learn with other volunteers?

3 Volunteer Engagement Lessons Corporations Can Learn from Nonprofits

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But corporations can learn a lot from nonprofits, too, particularly around volunteer engagement. Since nonprofits realize the critical importance of volunteers to help achieve their mission, it’s only natural that they’d have lessons to share about getting the most out of volunteers’ time.

VIP Volunteer Opportunities

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Board Development Volunteers fundraising moves managementOne of the most important things we can do to is let our donors and prospects know how their gifts make an impact. For our major gift prospects this is the time to give them an experience deepening their understanding of us that brings them closer to making a gift.

7 Ways to Use Infographics to Recruit Volunteers and Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story

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From information on employees, volunteers, the number of people or families you’ve helped, the amount of money raised, to engagement on social media—these are all sources of information that can help grow your organization. Do you need more volunteers?

Team-Up for Textbooks: Volunteer to Help Students with Disabilities

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To meet that need, the Benetech Volunteer Program is piloting a new initiative—and we’re inviting you to join us! Volunteers can now help fulfill students’ book requests faster during periods of peak demand by joining Benetech’s newest volunteer initiative: Team-Up for Textbooks.

Being a Visionary in Your Volunteer Work

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When tackling social justice issues (which much volunteer work and nonprofit organizations are devoted to), it is important for us to have a productive, caring, and positive outlook.

How to make the most of your holiday volunteers!

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All too often we get a massive influx of volunteers and givers during the holiday season only to see them whisked away by the dawn of the new year. It''s unhealthy for us, for the volunteer, and for our community.

Volunteer Accounting

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I had the pleasure of visiting Meals on Wheels and More in Austin, … Financial Management

Helping Students Discover Why Volunteering is Important

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Often, young people see older adults in positions of power and success and think that in order to effect change they have to be of a certain age and status in society. But that’s not true at all.

How Volunteers Can Organize a Giving Day

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You spend hours volunteering your time, try to raise awareness and give financially where you can. There’s a cause near and dear to your heart. You wish you could do more to help, but you don’t know how or what you could do.

How To Help Volunteers Create Crowdfunding Campaigns

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A common, but detrimental, practice of charities is to return to the same small pool of supporters over and over again to ask for funds or volunteer hours. Nonprofits rely heavily on the generosity of donors.

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5 Clutch strategies for recruiting AmeriCorps alums as volunteers

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AmeriCorps alums are an incredible resource as you grow your volunteer program. They are experienced volunteers, dedicated change agents, and creative problem solvers. You can and should be recruiting them as volunteers - here''s how

Why Your Nonprofit Needs Skills-Based Volunteers

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Kimberly Dulin is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and the Partnership Manager for Catchafire , a for-purpose social mission business that makes skills-based connections between volunteers and nonprofit organizations. Enter: Skills-based volunteering. There’s a volunteer for that!

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Angels as Assets: The Importance of Volunteer Management Software

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Case in point: one area of data management where many non-profits fall woefully short is in the organization of volunteer assets. And yet a huge majority—93 percent—report that “the most important functionality lets staff track volunteer activities and the number of hours worked.”

Volunteers Or Donors: The Millennial Question

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What you might not have known, is that donations and volunteering often go hand in hand. Sign-Up for Nonprofit Insights for Targeting Volunteers in 2015. Donors or volunteers? Sign-Up for Nonprofit Insights for Targeting Volunteers in 2015.

UC Santa Cruz Students Volunteering for Impact with Bookshare

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I’m delighted to share with you today a wonderful success story from our Volunteer Program. It’s the first time we have engaged volunteers in this way, and our hope is to refine and replicate this pilot project.

Simple Ways to Encourage People to Volunteer Their Time

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of most non-profits and charitable organizations. Organizations that can’t hire as many employees as their for-profit counterparts turn to volunteers who give their own free time without expecting financial compensation

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Top Five Tips from National Volunteer Week

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National Volunteer Week 2017 has come to an end, but treating your volunteers well should be a priority each and every one of the other 51 weeks. In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we compiled our top five tips to motivate your volunteers and keep them coming back.

Bursting your comfort bubble through volunteer opportunities

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The more we share with one another, the more we challenge our own mindsets and step out of our comfort zone. But, comfort zones are comfortable and people are ambivalent about leaving them and experiencing something that could make them feel…uncomfortable, tested, and unfamiliar.

Community Leadership and Volunteering: A Gateway to Happiness

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Volunteering your time serves an important function in your community. To put this into perspective, in 2011 American’s volunteered almost 8 billion hours of their time, which accounted for over $170 billion worth of labor.

[Cause Camp] Keys to Effective Volunteer Management

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The lifeblood of most organizations comes in a few different forms, but one of the most important is the people who selflessly dedicate hours to your mission—volunteers. Only once you’re ready to handle a volunteer program, then it’s time to get started recruiting helpers.

How to Engage Volunteers in Your 2016 Giving Tuesday Strategy

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If your volunteers are not playing a key role in your Giving Tuesday strategy , they should! As you begin to prepare for Giving Tuesday 2016, here are 3 easy ways to engage your volunteers on the day! Ask your volunteers to donate. Engage your volunteers as advocates.

Rethinking Volunteer Recruitment: A Real-Time Example of How Not to Attract Volunteers

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Leaders of volunteers are just that, leaders of people who choose to serve. Still, developing a little savvy around what it takes to wear the marketing "hat" while attracting future volunteers can go a long way. Then, learn more about what it takes to apply "otherliness" to your volunteer marketing messages They are typically not marketing wizards, and are not expected to be.

The health of volunteering in the UK

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I want to see the real aspect of volunteering across the pond, rather than the stereotypical soup kitchen support and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”style philanthropy of the US, compared to the Dickensian cliches of British Childrens Charities

How to Treat Volunteers as an Extension of Your Staff

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Volunteers are a vital part of your nonprofit organization. Once you’ve recruited a solid group of volunteers and have boots on the ground to make things happen, you need to develop relationships with them in order to treat them as an extension of your staff. We’ve got a couple of tips on how to manage your volunteers in hopes of retaining them for the future. This is especially true if you’re expecting to continuously have large groups of volunteers.