The worst thing any nonprofit organization can do to its volunteers is to give them meaningless tasks. Volunteers, especially corporate volunteers, want to make a difference with their time. Here are 10 ways to motivate corporate volunteers.
To get a handle on what’s in store for 2015, NonProfit PRO rounded up some of the nonprofit industry’s finest, who were kind enough to share these 70 trends for this new year — everything from leadership to staffing to fundraising and more.
I strongly encourage every person in our profession to volunteer and give back to help to others. Giving is what makes our profession special and unique. In truth, all of us are volunteer consultants in the sense we have acquired skills and experiences that are transferable to others. Even if you feel you have given back for many years, take a deep breath and volunteer again. To those who are just entering the field, work and volunteer at the same time. Who knows, you might eventually work for the cause that is currently your focus for volunteer service.
Charities should motivate their volunteers to strive for their own individual Triple Crown Award each fiscal year, which represents a new season. Instead of baseball terms, the charities should seek each individual engagement in the areas of time, talent and treasure.
If I secure nine people for volunteer or volunteer board positions, one third of them will be outstanding and exceed expectations, another third will ebb and flow, and the remaining third will be a complete bust.
Now is the time to step back and take a clear-eyed assessment of where you are, what you have to work with and how best to go forward.
Labeling a campaign volunteer a "storyteller" blurs what is expected of the annual-fund volunteers — that they ask for a gift.