Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) recently embarked on a research study which resulted in a set of eight strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. These strategies serve as a starting point for volunteer engagement leaders seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.…
Across the globe, volunteers are a powerful force for good, changing the world by giving their time, talent and other resources. Guiding these individuals are volunteer managers who help volunteers thrive by channeling their passions and skills.
The Volunteer Engagement track at the Conference on Volunteering and Service offered 20 sessions to equip organizations with breakthrough tools and strategies for recruiting, retaining and managing high-impact volunteer programs. In recognition that the nonprofit landscape continues to evolve, the track focused on the question of how organizations can capitalize on the passion and enthusiasm of volunteers, some who have never before added their voice to a cause. The sessions placed special emphasis on innovation and idea exchange with peers who manage multi-issue programs.
Across the sessions, five trends emerged: Click Below
Any volunteer can become a great volunteer, but sometimes you just won’t know how wonderful they truly are until after they are involved with your charity or nonprofit. In my experience, attracting volunteers is relatively easy but learning to retain them has been a steeper learning curve for me. I have worked with some fabulous volunteers, but lost some excellent ones as well. Sometimes we learn things the hard way.
Based on my own experience, and from listening to the wisdom of my colleagues, I have compiled my top ten tips for volunteer management and retention, to help you avoid some of the pitfalls of managing your own team of volunteers.
5 Volunteer Management Strategies Your Nonprofit Needs to Know – Click Below:
If your organization works with volunteers, you know how essential they are to your success. It’s not just the day-to-day impact that volunteers have, it’s also their ability to be advocates and connectors between you and the communities you serve. Whether you manage volunteers or you work with them indirectly, it’s vital that they know they are appreciated and feel that their time truly makes a difference.
Unfortunately, if a volunteer feels their time isn’t managed well or actually needed, they are much less likely to return to volunteer with your organization. The good news is, you can keep them feeling fulfilled and coming back to serve by ensuring projects and events are as organized as possible….
Understand volunteer management.
Build a better volunteer program.
Retain more volunteers.
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.