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Facilitating a Volunteer Organization
Successful Volunteer Organizations just don't Spontaneously Occur and Thrive
It is the leadership of any nonprofit organization that establishing the principles and purpose of forming the organization. It is their vision and sense of purpose that must be communicated to the volunteers who usually are the first to contact the public has with the organization! It’s is more efficient and the costs ratio to benefits demonstrates the desirability of retaining existing volunteers.
A constant turnover of volunteers is a RED FLAG! Ignore this situation and
discover the pool of volunteers has shrunk below a sustainability level.
Studies have found that two-fifths of individuals who stop volunteering for an organization are caused by one or more poor volunteer management practices:
Guilt is a powerful motivating force". While it may be effective, it comes with a price - resentment.
There are better ways to inspire people to become volunteers.
In our stressful economic uncertainty there is a lessening of participation in leisure time activities, thus it has become extremely difficult to identify and retain volunteers who have dedication and willingness to commit for multiple years. Volunteers are key to the success of every non-profit organization.
What are appropriate ways to motivate volunteers?
The following ideas are based on observations of organizations that have demonstrated different and successful approaches: .
Positive Feedback is the best motivation
Give Regular Rewards and Recognition
Effective forms of recognition and rewards include:
Send chairpersons to training seminars, workshops, and conferences so they can return and share the information with leadership of the organization and organize internal training sessions.
Provide Training for each volunteer position
Provide each volunteer with a mentor that can assist individuals who need help in getting up to speed as quickly as possible. There is nothing to be gained by anyone not succeeding. Be proactive and insure any volunteer doesn't become frustrated, discouraged, and quit in exasperation.
Coordinate with committee chairs
Written progress reports by the committee chair should be communicated with the organization's leadership. The gathering of the information to prepare the report is an example of communication skills. This also is the time that feedback can be exchanges and resolution of potential problems be instigated.
Dr Judy Esmond is a leading international expert on volunteering. Download her articles -
You can also read so many more of her ideas on volunteer management, recruiting and recognizing volunteers and and members by subscribing at www.morevolunteers.com
Links to PDF files of specific Microsoft Courses are listed below:
PDF Motivating Volunteers - University of Nevada Motivating Volunteers. JoAnne Skelly, Carson City / Storey County Extension Educator. Roles of Volunteers. Volunteers are an important resource.
Understanding and Motivating Volunteers May 2005 - When involved in a nonprofit organization, board members, committee chairs, and volunteers have individual behavioral styles that differ from their other work environments. To form more effective relationships, nonprofit leaders should adapt their behavioral style to complement their volunteers.
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
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