In the face of ever-growing community needs and persistent economic strains on nonprofits, volunteerism isn’t just a nice thing. It’s a necessary thing. Volunteerism is a strategic choice to use human resources to […]
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When designing volunteer training, my biggest challenge is how to create a program that doesn’t scare volunteers away. Often, the programs I work with have daunting amounts of information volunteers must learn in […]
As our economy evolves, I hear the frustration expressed that volunteers aren’t available any more. Two reasons are often cited — 1) Older volunteers are delaying retirement, and 2) Unemployed volunteers are returning back to work. But, I wonder of this is the case.
In his recent Ted Talk, “The way we think about charity is dead wrong,” author and fundraiser Dan Pallotta raises some serious questions about our current mindset in the social sector. He argues that a discriminatory belief system about nonprofits stunts our growth and capacity. This also impact how we think about and resource our volunteer programs.
Naturally, leaders of volunteers want to express their gratitude for the contributions of their volunteers and want to encourage them to continue their efforts. As I work on a volunteer recognition and retention plan for one of my consulting clients, I’ve taken a step back to reconsider — What really motivates us? How can that be integrated into how we reward and recognize volunteers?
We are thrilled to announce that we’ve expanded here at TJA and have added two new team members. I took a minute to ask them to share some advice on volunteer retention — Check out our interviews below.
Many people think of volunteer screening interview as an exercise in risk management. That’s only partially true. Interviews can also be an opportunity to more deeply understand the motivations of your applicant, which can help you with volunteer retention down the road.
All volunteers need some sort of training. In fact, training has a big impact on whether volunteers stay or go. According to “Volunteer Management Practices and Retention of Volunteers,” a study by the […]