Something that’s near and dear to my heart when it comes to a nonprofit is volunteers. 

Those amazing folks who donate their time, energy, and skills to help make the world a better place. 

Whether they’re stuffing envelopes, mentoring kids, or planting trees, volunteers are the backbone of our nonprofit organizations, and we couldn’t do what we do without them. They are literal superheroes behind the scenes!

But here’s the thing – engaging volunteers isn’t always easy. 

With busy schedules, competing priorities, and endless distractions, it can be tough to keep folks motivated and committed to your cause. So how do you do it? 

Well, fear not – I’ve got some tips and tricks to help you keep your volunteers engaged and excited to be part of your team:

The most engaged volunteers are the ones who feel like they’re making a real difference. So be sure to show them how their efforts are impacting your organization’s mission. Whether it’s sharing success stories, highlighting the impact of their work, or simply saying thank you, let your volunteers know just how much you appreciate them.

We all lead busy lives, and volunteering shouldn’t feel like just another item on the to-do list. So be sure to offer flexible opportunities that fit with your volunteers’ schedules and interests. Whether it’s weekend events, evening meetings, or remote volunteering options, the more flexibility you can offer, the more likely folks are to get involved.

No one likes feeling like they’re in over their heads, so be sure to provide plenty of training and support for your volunteers. Whether it’s on-the-job training, mentorship programs, or access to resources and tools, giving your volunteers the support they need to succeed will go a long way in keeping them engaged and motivated.

One of the best parts of volunteering is the opportunity to connect with like-minded folks who share your passion for making a difference. So be sure to foster a sense of community among your volunteers. Whether it’s through social events, networking opportunities, or online forums, creating a sense of belonging will help keep your volunteers engaged and coming back for more.

Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to say thank you! Whether it’s a handwritten note, a shoutout on social media, or a small token of appreciation, taking the time to thank your volunteers for their hard work and dedication will show them just how much they mean to your organization.

Remember, volunteering should be fun, rewarding, and above all, meaningful. So go ahead, show your volunteers some love, and let’s keep changing the world together!

If you’re interested in learning more about board management, schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me to see how we can work together.


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