Volunteer Management: The Essential Guide to Engaging (and Keeping) Volunteers

Understand volunteer management.

Build a better volunteer program.

Retain more volunteers.



Volunteer Management Guide


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Looking for helpful tools to boost your nonprofit’s use and management of volunteers? 501 Commons has compiled a list of best practices in volunteer management, as well as sample volunteer handbooks, job descriptions, surveys, training manuals, flow charts, and information to help you assess your needs.


8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program Category:


By Lisa Joyslin, Inclusive Volunteerism Program Manager, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration

Do volunteers at your organization represent the racial and ethnic diversity of the community you serve?

The answer, for most governments and nonprofit organizations, is “no.”

But this can change…..



Volunteer Management 101: 5 Keys to Total Volunteer Success

Volunteers are the driving force behind many nonprofits. Think about it: these amazing individuals dedicate their time and talents to your cause in a myriad of ways, from helping you pull off your fundraising event to serving others in their community on your behalf.

So, how do you show volunteers that they made the right choice by becoming a part of your organization? By providing a positive volunteer experience, for starters!…


The 27 Best Practices of High Performing Volunteer Organizations

The 27 Best Practices of High Performing Volunteer Organizations

Unless you’ve been in a coma your entire life, chances are good that you’ve had the experience of being a volunteer of some kind for a worthy non-profit organization — local, national, or international.

That’s the good news.

The not-so-good news is that many volunteer organizations, in various unconscious ways, sabotage the value their volunteers bring to the table.

Whether it’s bad management, poor communication, or the inability to acknowledge people for their efforts, things get funky.

The result? Volunteers back off, quit, or find themselves spending inordinate amounts time grumbling to the other volunteers about how weird the organization is.

I’ve recently done some informal research on the subject and have identified 27 best practices that high performing volunteer organizations abide by.

Take a peek below. Then, volunteer to share the list with the leaders of whatever volunteer organization you would like to see succeed at a higher level.

Sometimes all it takes is for one person, with vision, mojo, and frustration, to speak up. Like you, for example…..