Welcome to 2012. One New Year's resolution might be to look
strategically at new ways to increase your utilization of skilled volunteers in
support of your organization's work and even to save some money. Below I've
highlighted a number of great resources to help you think through how to
recruit and engage skilled volunteers for agency projects.
But first, here are a few of my own tips for you...
and write more in terms of unpaid consultants rather than skilled
volunteers. For example, recruit for a
"Social Media Guru."
addition to your regular efforts, recruit skilled volunteers through businesses
and their associations/service clubs.
making your initial skilled volunteer requests short-term. In
promotional posts and blurbs, note the duration of the project ,
anticipated number of hours, and outcomes/deliverables desired.
time to make sure you have a good fit with a prospective skilled
volunteer. Make sure they have the skills you need. Is it important
that they be able to work independently? Would they be easy enough to work
shows that skilled volunteers are focused on accomplishing something
- so help them see how their work makes a difference to the organization,
then get them hooked for future projects.
Deloitte Volunteer Impact Study findings from a few years ago still hold -
companies are increasingly ready to help nonprofits engage their employees as
skilled volunteers, yet many nonprofits have been slow to respond.
me anytime should you have questions concerning how to maximize your engagement
of volunteers. I'm always happy to steer you in the right direction. Visit Volunteer
Frontier, to find great resources. Should you need additional help, my
rates are reasonable. Lastly, visit my blog to get my take
on trends and ideas in volunteer engagement. Post your comments there as well!