Volunteers

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: Volunteers Are Your No. 1 Supporters (Make Sure You Support Them, Too)
October 31, 2017 at 10:30 am

Let’s take a second to talk about the term “peer-to-peer fundraising.” It can be a confusing topic to many of us—mainly because the many nonprofits that do not engage in peer-to-peer fundraising don't know what it is, don’t know how to start or think their nonprofit lacks the resources to begin a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, as we found in our recently released “2017 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study...

Get to Know Your Volunteers as Individuals
October 31, 2017 at 10:24 am

People volunteer for many different reasons, which mean they also have different motivations for lending a hand. Regardless of the reason, if someone is willing to lend their time and talents to your organization, you should take the time to get to know them as individuals…

Planning Ahead: Overcoming Volunteer Turnover
September 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Turnover is costly, even in the nonprofit sector. Although most volunteers are not paid, extensive training may go into preparing the volunteer to perform their duties. Nonprofits also invest money in recruiting volunteers either by inbound or outbound marketing strategies...

Understand What Your Volunteers Need From Your Nonprofit
September 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Remember Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? Just about everybody got a dose of Maslow somewhere along the line, either in high school social studies class, or college psychology or sociology courses. And if it somehow slipped by you in school, you may have read about it in management or productivity books. Even books on project management talk about it...

5 Best Practices for Converting Volunteers to Donors
September 12, 2017 at 11:38 am

It is not a secret that nonprofits need volunteers and donors to achieve their goals and carry out their mission. The question is, is your organization focusing on the volunteer base that you already have? Many nonprofits do not know that the line between their volunteers and donors is very thin.  The value of a…

Have a Volunteer Engagement Strategy
September 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Does your organization have a volunteer engagement strategy? Engaging volunteers takes an investment of time and also yields incredible benefits. It’s the time, treasure and talents: Research shows that people who volunteer donate five times more than those who do not volunteer. People give greater gifts to where they volunteer...

#NPPTrendingNow Ep. 14: Study Reveals Membership Retention and Preferences
August 25, 2017 at 9:29 am

Welcome back to #NPPTrendingNow, a weekly video series where NonProfit PRO Editor-in-Chief Nhu Te breaks down the top three coveted stories of the week. Here's what we've got going on for you this week: YourMembership released a new study on membership retention and preferences, Katrina VanHuss and Otis Fulton talk about how to attract more men to your organization and Erica Waasdorp reveals how payment processors help simplify monthly giving...

How to Improve the Volunteer Experience
August 8, 2017 at 10:23 am

It’s no secret that volunteers are one of the most important components to the success of your nonprofit and its ability to achieve goals. If volunteers engage in a positive experience with your nonprofit organization, they can fill multiple opportunities of need and take part in your fundraising campaigns. The truth of the matter is that providing an outstanding experience for your volunteers starts from the first communication you have with them...

Volunteer Handbooks: Essential Tools for Volunteer Development
August 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

A cursory search on the Internet for “volunteer handbooks” produces disappointing results. Most examples are no more than a couple of pages stapled together, highlighting dress codes, attendance policies and general volunteering expectations...