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.

Managing Volunteers: Four Tips to Keep Volunteers Coming Back

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….


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…..