Take The Volunteer Engagement Survey In ten minutes complete the Volunteer Frontier Volunteer Engagement Surveyfor a free and confidential assessment to highlight opportunities for increased volunteer engagement. Volunteer Frontier will provide key questions and suggestions for next steps based on the information given. Feel free to also share the survey with members of your team to stimulate thinking on volunteers.
Join A Movement - The Reimagining Service Initiative Over a year agoPoints of Lighthelped start an initiative calledReimagining Service. Its purpose is to explore new ways of increasing social impact through volunteer engagement. The effort is gaining traction as nonprofits figure out new ways to support and utilize volunteers. I thought you'd find their guiding principles helpful. You can also be a signatory to the principles by going to their website.
Principle 1: The volunteer ecosystem is more effective when all sectors participate in its evolution. We can increase the impact of volunteerism by working to improve the system across all sectors (nonprofit, private, faith-based, education, government).
Principle 2: Make volunteering a core strategic function, not an add-on. Volunteers fundamentally increase our ability to achieve our objectives and advance the social mission of our organizations.
Principle 3: Focus volunteer engagement on true community needs. Strive to identify key priorities in the community then find volunteers with the core skills needed to meet those priorities. Measure the impact of volunteers, not just the hours they serve.
Principle 4:In order to get a return, you have to invest. Having effective volunteer engagement can generate as much as three to six times the community value as the cost of supporting volunteers, but it requires upfront and ongoing financial investment from the private and public sectors.
The TCC Group'sPositive Deviants in Volunteerism and Service Studyof over 650 nonprofits found that most nonprofits aren't leveraging volunteers very well. A main finding was that core nonprofit organizational capacities are significantly stronger for nonprofits with more than 50 volunteers AND a strong volunteer management model. But, only 11% of all nonprofits in the study met this standard. The findings from this report are consistent with numerous past studies showing that many nonprofits do a marginal job managing and engaging volunteers.
Contact me any time should you have questions concerning how to maximize your utilization of volunteers. I provide staff in-service trainings and help with assessing and retooling volunteer engagement efforts. Visit Volunteer Frontier, to find great resources and a full list of my services. A small consultation can yield increased funding and more skilled and leader volunteers. Lastly, visitmy blogto get my take on trends and ideas in volunteer engagement.