Turn Your Nonprofit’s Volunteers Into High Impact Volunteers

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Volunteers give expecting nothing in return. It’s in their DNA. And it is quite literally what defines them as a volunteer.


However, getting the most out of your volunteer force can be difficult, and finding ways to help them achieve more can be even more taxing.


Traditional corporate approaches to inspiring employees to create a bigger impact, like giving them more responsibility or compensation, do not work with volunteers. Give a volunteer too much to do, and they can quickly feel taken advantage of. Additionally, knowing the exact skill set of each individual employee is an equally difficult task, especially if your nonprofit uses a large number throughout the year.


The bottom line is, your highly skilled volunteers have the capacity to do more. Helping them get there is the hard part.


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Here are 5 tips that might just help your nonprofit take its volunteers to the next level.

  1. Start a focus group

    Task a few of your best and brightest volunteers to sit down and discuss exactly what they think would make them more successful. Even more, what other volunteers around them might need to be more successful. Whether it’s a better scheduling system, or an additional resource or tool, getting this kind of information straight from the horses mouth is much more beneficial than just thinking something up on your own.


    Your focus group can be of almost any size, but try not to go over 7-8 members. Too many voices can muddy the response, and even worse, intimidate others to not speak up and give their input. Let them know that nothing is off-limits, and their resources can be farfetched and abstract as they want.


  2. Use VolunteerConnect to track specialties

    Using a CRM system like VolunteerConnect will help your nonprofit keep track of its volunteers more effectively than in a spreadsheet, with its information stored in the cloud, tracking and understanding your volunteer force will be simplified, and your nonprofit will get a more complete snapshot of exactly what types of volunteers you have available to you, what their background is, and what unique skill set they bring to the table.



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  4. Create team leaders

    If you have enough, try imbuing a few volunteers to be team leaders to help drive projects through to completion. ‘Promoting’ a volunteer who’s been with your organization for a long time, knows your mission, and is well liked and respected by other volunteers can bring focus to that individual, and can inspire them to achieve more.


  5. Get Your volunteers more engrained

    Simple gestures like team t-shirts, an email address with your nonprofit, or access to an Office365 project can go a long way. This feeling of inclusion and importance will resonate with your volunteers, they’ll feel more involved and important to your organization. This simple gesture could be that extra push they need to show up earlier, work a little bit harder, and help your nonprofit complete its mission.


Topics: VolunteerConnect

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