Tips to Motivate Your Volunteers and Keep Them Coming Back

Finding a good volunteer is like finding buried treasure. It’s not always so easy to get to where X marks the spot, but it’s certainly worth the work.

Volunteers are valuable in themselves, but keep in mind that a committed volunteer could mean a committed donor, too! Either way, their commitment to your nonprofit is key. To keep that commitment alive, we have some tips for keeping your volunteers motivated and coming back time after time.

Tips to Motivate Your Volunteers and Keep Them Coming Back

4 Simple Guidelines For Your Nonprofit Social Media Storytelling Strategy

Creating a vibrant, effective, and workable social media storytelling strategy can be daunting for many nonprofits, especially small and grassroots organizations with little to no staff capacity or tech savvy.

It doesn’t have to be!

To begin, take out a piece …

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Top ten tips for volunteer management and retention

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….


A-Z Volunteer Management Library

Welcome to our extensive resource library. Each topic is organized into four types of materials:  articles and book excerpts; reports and guides; relevant Web sites; and tips from colleagues.  We also recommend books in our bookstore and articles in e-Volunteerism that deal with each topic. (When we find videos or additional things useful to a topic, you’ll see an extra tab for “Other Resources.”)

This resource library is continuously updated and we welcome colleagues to submit new materials and share their personal tips.  Permission to Reprint

Energize, Inc. is an international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. Founded by Susan J. Ellis in 1977, Energize has assisted organizations of all types to start, expand, or strengthen volunteer involvement — whether in nonprofit health and human service organizations, cultural arts groups, professional associations, schools, government agencies, businesses — anywhere volunteers are found.  We have worked with clients across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia.  We can work with small and large groups, whether brand new to volunteer management or those seeking to refresh their skills.




Click to access 2017_VolunteerStudy_Summary_Web.pdf

It could be debated that nothing promises as many personal rewards as volunteering
does. More and more studies are demonstrating our physical and mental health can
benefit in many ways through volunteering.
The 2017 Doing Good Is Good for You Study, in partnership with VolunteerMatch, once
again affirms these results: from feeling better to enhancing well-being and providing a
sense of personal enrichment and satisfaction (in other words, being happier), “doing
good” is good for you. Let’s not forget that people who are happier live longer!