Source 5: Investing Wisely in Volunteers
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Source 5: Investing Wisely in Volunteers


Volunteers can be enthusiastic goodwill ambassadors for your programs. It pays to invest in them. 

Older Volunteers 

For more than three years, NCOA worked with nonprofits across the country to engage older adults in leadership and professional volunteer roles. Our Boomer Solutions report shares how nonprofits can best capitalize on the coming influx of Boomer talent into the volunteer workforce.  Get the report.

Corporate Volunteers

Securing employee volunteers gets your toe in the door of a business. It’s also the lowest risk and best initial form of partnership. The key is to be flexible, stay local, and bring the training to them. 

More on Corporate Volunteers

  • See seven tips for success.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Volunteering
    This site from Energize, Inc., offers a provocative and informative list of free electronic books, articles, models on corporate volunteering. See the list.

Virtual Volunteers 

Welcome to the brave new world where volunteers can sit at home or in their office and make significant contributions to your organization. Virtual volunteers complete assignments using their computer, the Internet, and other technology from their home or workplace. 

Virtual volunteering allows you to attract individuals who—because of time constraints, personal preferences, disability, or home-based lifestyle or commitments—may have been unable or unwilling to volunteer before. It also gives your current volunteers a new way to contribute.

More on Virtual Volunteers

More Resources

Hidden Assets: Involving Volunteers to Revolutionize Your Development Program
Author Diane Hodiak presents the REST (Recruit, Educate, Support, and Tenure) formula designed to help nonprofit managers use volunteers to strengthen their fundraising programs. The book includes case studies, worksheets, and specific advice on how managers can call on the volunteers they already have to assist in their organization’s fundraising efforts. Order the book. 


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