GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program


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. Evaluating Your Existing Volunteer Program. Your co-workers and current volunteers can help you identify all of the ways that you can grow and upgrade your operation. Recruiting More Volunteers.

Top Tips for Volunteer Recruitment During COVID-19

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Leading a group of passionate volunteers, doing deeds that help the community around you, and making a meaningful difference to an important cause are what make the job of a volunteer management leader worth it. All you need is a dedicated and effective way to recruit those volunteers.


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Future of Volunteering from the Volunteer Canada Perspective

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We got the opportunity to sit down for an interview with Elizabeth Dove, the Director of Corporate Citizenship for Volunteer Canada. How does the current non-profit context impact volunteering opportunities? Many volunteers have also stepped back due to health concerns.

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5 Rules for Keeping Volunteers Safe in a Pandemic

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But as communities continue to rely on volunteers to deliver vital services, it’s important to remain vigilant. So, we enlisted the help of a public health expert to bring you these rules for keeping your volunteers healthy while continuing to ensure the wellbeing of your community.

From Outputs to Outcomes: Measuring the True Value of Volunteering

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The social good sector has struggled to effectively assess the value of volunteer programs for decades. We’ve used Independent Sector’s annual calculation of the value of a volunteer hour in order to talk about the impact of our programs in terms that the business world understands.

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. . Ciconte and Jeanne Jacob , volunteer motives vary, but generally people get involved for one of more of the following reasons: . According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , volunteer rates have been declining over the past decade. A happy volunteer is a loyal volunteer. .

Frequently Asked Questions About Virtual Volunteering

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With this in mind, employee engagement professionals transitioned their volunteer events into a virtual setting with little to no experience beforehand. 2) During a time like Covid-19, should our team pick who employees virtually volunteering with?

Honor MLK Day By Volunteering

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on Monday, January 18, volunteer or make the decision to volunteer in your community. You can turn to Volunteer Match to find volunteer opportunities right in your neighborhood or nearby surrounding area. As the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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? Many nonprofits do not know that the line between their volunteers and donors is very thin. The value of a volunteer who donates is also on average much higher than a donor only prospect (About 10 X Higher). Send volunteers personalized emails and notifications.

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. Here’s how you can appreciate and hold volunteers accountable. This should go without saying, but spelling out guidelines and expectations right away is crucial with volunteers. Featured Volunteer Management

3 Steps for a Successful Day of Skilled Volunteer Service

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Days of service are one of the most popular corporate volunteer programs. While most days of service engage volunteers in projects like building a home, cleaning a local park or packing groceries at a food bank, a skills-based volunteer day of service can help address a different type of nonprofit need: capacity support. In 2018, the challenge engaged nearly 400 volunteers and close to 70 nonprofits to deliver an estimated $500,000 in value.

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The Perfect Volunteer Experience


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. What made it perfect for me? This organization is my new philanthropic crush. Discover what earns my time in service at A Gift for Teaching, a Central Florida nonprofit serving the education system, such high praise

How to Recruit Remote Volunteers During COVID-19 Using RemoteHub

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By Julia Boyun , Marketing Manager at RemoteHub – a job and volunteer marketplace and community that connects and matches companies and nonprofit organizations with remote professionals. The crucial role of volunteers in nonprofit organizations can’t possibly be understated.

How to recruit paid volunteers


Businesses are paying their employees to volunteer, and this trend is growing. Read on to see how you can take advantage of this to recruit dedicated volunteer into your cause by connecting with businesses offering this benefit

4 Strategies to Increase Volunteer Sign-Up

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While donors are essential for funding your cause, volunteers are essential for supporting its ongoing functions, from day-to-day operations to fundraising event management. However, even if your nonprofit has the most ardent of supporters, it can still be incredibly difficult to actually motivate volunteers to give their time. Check out the following reliable strategies for increasing volunteer sign-ups: Solidify your mission statement. These supporters become volunteers.

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. Using Data to Better Understand Your Donors and Volunteers. Your nonprofit’s data can provide useful information about donor and volunteer motivations. Using Data to Drive Donor and Volunteer Conversions.

Volunteering 101 for Schools


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. However, with the help of VolunteerMark these kinds of catastrophes can be avoided and a school-wide event and even a classroom can run smoother

How to Create a Sustainable Volunteer Program

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Turning one-time volunteers into longtime volunteers isn’t easy. That’s why establishing a sustainable, organized and engaging volunteer program should be one of your organization’s top priorities. Chances are, your nonprofit most likely couldn’t stay afloat without volunteers, so follow these tips in order to treat them right and manage them well. Ask your volunteers to perform purposeful tasks and help them visualize their impact through goal-setting.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 124: Making Pro-Bono Volunteering Work for Your Organization

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Pro-bono volunteering can be a strategic resource for social change, benefitting companies, social good organizations and individuals. Danielle Holly, CEO of Common Impact, joined host Rachel Hutchisson to talk about how organizations can make pro-bono volunteering work. Pro-bono volunteer tools for nonprofits. Read more from Danielle Holly on Pro-Bono Volunteering. Podcast pro bono skills-based volunteering volunteering

Volunteering as part of everyday life.


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? How can we, as coordinators, commit ourselves to making volunteering a part of everyday life for our communities? Join us this week as we seek to answer these questions and find ways that we can tailor our volunteer opportunities to each unique volunteer

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Virtual Volunteer Mobilization Strategies That Can Solve Nonprofits’ Challenges During COVID-19

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In-person volunteers are disappearing for key activities (e.g., Hold live fitness events ( like this No Vet Alone yoga class for first responders and vets ) with shifts where volunteers could participate during their regularly-scheduled times. Nonprofit Nonprofit Management Nonprofit Marketing coronavirus COVID-19 virtual volunteering volunteer engagementCOVID-19 is forcing nonprofits to think differently about engaging supporters.

The 6 Hidden Benefits Of Volunteering


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 ? And with 85 percent of nonprofit organization relying heavily on the contributions made by volunteers, the problem is coming to a head. Learn how to better manage your volunteers.

Building Tech Capacity with Pro Bono Volunteers

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At Common Impact, we work to connect expert business volunteers to nonprofits that need help building organizational capacity in areas like marketing, finance, or HR. One of the most common requests for volunteer services from our nonprofit partners is technology support. Technical volunteer requests can range from help in implementing a new database to support for a website redesign. Yet, not all nonprofits are comfortable engaging volunteers for IT projects.

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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.

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. Develop a list of all volunteer jobs needed for the project after which you should decide on the characteristics you want your volunteers to have. Use volunteer recruitment forms to reach the right people for your project. Volunteer Delegation. Volunteer Evaluation.

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. Consider what key skills and competencies employees possess that could have a positive impact on nonprofits through skills-based and pro bono volunteering opportunities.

Volunteers Please Come Back

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Here''s a look at survey findings (and SlideShare presentation) that offer insight into what motivates repeat volunteers. Volunteers

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? As the Volunteer Manager for CSAA Insurance Group , and someone with more than 30 years of experience managing corporate giving and volunteering programs, I’d like to offer some tips on how we built our program from the ground up, and engaged a workforce with a variety of job requirements and locations.

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. Not only does the month commemorate the selfless efforts of so many people already volunteering, but encourages others to get out of their comfort zone and take action in bettering their communities. Volunteers come to you with the desire to help out (for free!) Show off your awesome volunteers! Featured Volunteer Management

6 Tips to Know Your Nonprofit Is Ready for Skilled Volunteers

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Engaging skilled volunteers (also known as pro bono service) can be way to solve the capacity challenge. But volunteers aren’t “free” and in order for skilled volunteerism to be effective, your organization must be ready to make the most of this valuable contribution of time and talent. So, just in time for National Volunteer Week , we are sharing our six tips to a ensuring your organization is ready to tackle a skills-based volunteer project.

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Know Your Volunteers To Drive Better Volunteers


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. Whatever volunteer problem your nonprofit might be tasked with solving, bringing in more volunteers, with better resumes is always (or at least should always) be at the top of your list.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

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Volunteer Accounting

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The tool that every volunteer coordinator needs


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? click into this article for a tool that you must have to nip ‘volunteer-fade’ in the bud

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. kickoff to a volunteering event. Take volunteer feedback to heart. The same goes for volunteers. Boost employee volunteer satisfaction by showing your appreciation.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 142: Tips for Virtual Volunteer Programs

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But there have also always been people who want to engage and contribute but who can’t, for various reasons, volunteer in traditional ways. This episode is about understanding and expanding virtual volunteer programs. Danielle Holly, CEO of Common Impact, an organization dedicated to skills-based volunteerism, joins the Podcast to share her insights and expertise on how nonprofits and corporations can better work together on virtual volunteer programs.

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. The session focused on using core social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to raise awareness and inspire others as a volunteer. Do you want to be sharing what you know and learn with other volunteers? Inspiring and recruiting your friends to volunteer with you?

How to Write a Volunteer Thank-You Letter That's Actually Meaningful (+ Template)

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Showing your volunteers how much you appreciate them with a meaningful thank-you letter can make a big difference in your volunteer engagement and retention.

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


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.

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. Your prospective volunteer doesn’t want to spend an entire day with you. Don’t make it hard for the volunteer to express their interest in you. “It’s not me. It’s you.” .

How to Find a Volunteer SEO Specialist for Your Nonprofit’s Website

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You could discuss any potential improvements with your volunteer SEO specialist. Having a basic understanding of SEO will help you find the best volunteer SEO specialist for your charity. So, make sure you enlist a volunteer SEO specialist who’s available long term.

The Mission Driven Volunteer

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Wouldn’t it be amazing to have an abundance of engaged, highly motivated volunteers who are brimming with ideas your association actually implements? Volunteers

Accommodating Volunteers with Disabilities

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You want to make volunteering as welcoming to the widest number of people possible. disabilities volunteeringAccessibility and diversity are about accommodating everyone, not just people with disabilities or people who are from minority groups.