volunteers Posts

How to keep your volunteers engaged – part 3

On Wednesday, March 23rd, GlobalGiving hosted a training on volunteer recruitment, management and retention. Listen to the training recording. Visit the training slides. We are blogging about the topics that we discussed in this training. Last week, we talked about recruiting volunteers that are right for your organization and creating a memorable volunteer experience. Today, I want to discuss the importance of and strategies for keeping volunteer engaged after they’ve left your organization.

Volunteers are different from your other donors because they have met the communities that you serve and contributed to your organization’s mission with their time, energy, and skills. They know your organization’s story and have experienced it in a very personal way. This means that volunteers are often the best people to communicate your organization’s importance, accomplishments, and needs.  Take advantage of this deep appreciation for your organization to ask volunteers to consider setting up a fundraiser.

Asking your volunteers to set up a fundraiser

How to create a memorable volunteer experience–Part 2

On Wednesday, March 23rd, GlobalGiving hosted a training on volunteer recruitment, management and retention. Listen to the training recording. Visit the training slides. We are blogging about the topics that we discussed in this training. Earlier this week, we talked about recruiting volunteers that are right for your organization. Today, I want to summarize our conversation on how to create a volunteer program that gets your volunteers excited, passionate, and eager to help.

Be prepared!

Don’t get caught off guard. Hosting or managing a volunteer can be a lot of work. Before your volunteer starts, be sure to discuss the volunteer’s task and your expectations, such as time commitment, performance quality, etc. Have a conversation about the logistics of the volunteer experience including associated costs, accommodations, travel, etc. It is also important to have emergency contact information for your volunteers.

How to Attract the Right Volunteers – Part 1

On Wednesday, March 23rd, GlobalGiving hosted a training on volunteer recruitment, management and retention. Over the next several days, GlobalGiving will post blog posts about: 1) attracting volunteers, 2) managing volunteers, and 3) converting volunteers into long-term supporters. Listen to the training recording. Visit the training slides.

Why should your organization love volunteers?

It is important not to develop a narrow view of volunteers. So often, we think of volunteers as individuals who do our office grunt work—stapling, stuffing envelopes, etc. But volunteers can be so much more! They can provide your organization with:

  • Professional and technical skills (marketing, business planning, web design, medical, etc.)
  • New perspectives (from a different country or educational background)
  • Long-term support and advocacy

Trainings: Holiday Giving, Volunteer Programs, Managing Donors, and GG Corporate Partnerships

This past Saturday, October 23rd, GlobalGiving hosted its first ever workshop for partner organizations in the DC area! We were excited to have the opportunity to host 15 organizations in our downtown-DC office, to show off some of our newest features and to hear our partners’ thoughts and suggestions for GlobalGiving.