In this update I provide interesting and
research findings that have come out over the years. Hopefully this
information will be useful in your work to help build the business case for
dynamic volunteer utilization. Also,
visit my website's Top
Ten Reasons to Assess Volunteer Engagement for good talking points focused
on the rationale for investing in volunteers.
Business Case for Strategic Volunteer Engagement: As
noted in the still prescient article, The New Volunteer Workforce, by David
Eisner, "Nonprofits rely heavily on volunteers, but most CEOs do a poor
job of managing them. As a result, more than one-third of those who volunteer
one year do not donate their time the next year at any given nonprofit."
See the full article from the Stanford
Social Innovation Review.
Volunteer Retention: Baby boomers who engage in
professional or management volunteer activities are most likely to continue
volunteering from year to year compared with boomers who are given
administrative tasks. Source: Keeping
Baby Boomer Volunteers Volunteering, CNCS, 2007.
As we all keep bringing
home the facts and research in this area, I am hopeful we'll reach the tipping
point where organizations better support the broad spectrum of volunteer
me any time should you have questions concerning how to maximize your
engagement of volunteers. Visit Volunteer Frontier, to find
great resources along with a free
downloadable assessment tool to get you started. 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!