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Volunteer Motivation & Coordination
Every Nonprofit Organization Depend on its Volunteers
You might say that volunteers are the reason for an organization's success. Without a plan to recruit and retain volunteers, the existing individuals will become extremely stressed and may feel they deserve some measure of entitlement since they are bearing the burden of doing most of the work.
Leadership of any organization must be responsive to the needs of its members. Recruiting volunteers should start with the organization's membership! It's is more efficient and the ratio of benefits to costs demonstrates the desirability of recruiting from the existing membership base who is presumed to share the same goals and aspirations with the organization's by-laws.
After identifying potential volunteers, a formal training program must be in place so each individual understands what is expected and who will be their direct supervisor. Without any training, the prospects of retaining existing volunteers is unlikely. A constant turnover of volunteers is a RED FLAG! Ignore this warning at your peril.
The Task is to Motative
In any group of volunteers
performing similar tasks, each person is an individual and what
motivates one person won't necessarily motivate another.
Motivating volunteers and athletes in a positive manner is important if you wish them to remain of a period of multiple years. Positive motivation is based on recognition and other rewards for positive results and performances. If you treat volunteers and athletes like intelligent individuals and they will be willing to go the extra mile for you and your organization. Treat them as if they are a 1st grader, and you will experience a rebellion.
Negative strategies to achieve
The following are some tips for keeping your volunteers motivated day after day, week after week:
Dr Judy Esmond is a leading international expert on volunteering. You can also read so many more of her ideas on volunteer management, recruiting and recognizing volunteers and members by subscribing at www.morevolunteers.com Download her articles -
9 pages PDF file The Volunteer Motivation Executive SummaryPDF Sustaining volunteer motivation in the nonprofit ... The study sought to identify what motivated volunteers to join the nonprofit, as well as what factors motivated them to leave,
82 pages PDF file The Volunteer Motivation Full Report
PDF Determining Volunteer Motivations - MSU Extension ... Determining Volunteer Motivations - A Key to Success. Joanne Schultinik, Volunteerism AOE Team Member. Mary J. Riley, Volunteerism AOE Team Member.
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.
Want better volunteers? Understand their motivation — Evidence ... April 23, 2010 ... Snyder is exploring what can be done to move general motivation into actually volunteering. As part of his research, he has developed the ...
Using Motivational Types to Place Volunteers in the Right Job How do you motivate volunteers? First, understand that motivation will come from the volunteer, not you. Your job is to find out about their personality type and ...Resources:
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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