As a volunteer management leader, this past year has probably thrown you for a loop. With a global pandemic keeping people indoors and most in-person group gatherings on pause, engaging and retaining your current volunteer base is more difficult than ever. No longer can you train your volunteers face-to-face or host exciting events that bring your volunteers together.
Supporter acquisition, whether its donors or volunteers, may take up most of your nonprofit’s resources, but your work shouldn’t stop there! After acquiring volunteers, how do you ensure that you’re also retaining them?
Quality volunteers are often considered the bricks that hold nonprofit organizations together. In other words, there are times where you simply couldn’t survive without them!
So, how do you successfully recruit volunteers if you’re not sure where to begin or haven’t had success in the past?
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How are you currently managing and promoting volunteer opportunities and supporters for your nonprofit? Are you doing everything offline or do you have an online process in place?
From the outside looking in, one might assume that from a nonprofit’s pool of supporters, donors are the most valuable. After all, they’re the ones handing over the cold hard cash and that’s what keeps things running smoothly, right?
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that 2013 had the lowest volunteer rate since the study was first conducted in 2002.
With the 1.1% drop in volunteerism from last year, some may wonder if people are less motivated to give back. Others will conclude that the issue is not with the volunteers, but with how they’re being engaged.