How To Mobilize Volunteers For Your Nonprofit

By | June 18, 2013

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Volunteers can be an enormous asset for your nonprofit…as well as your cause.

The evolution of how nonprofits make the most of volunteer power has gone from stuffing envelopes to canvassing neighborhoods to serving as “advocates” with specific audiences. Many nonprofits rely on volunteers to simply function, while others are able to take a more strategic approach to “community engagement.”

Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, June 19, from 12-1 pm EDT for, “How To Mobilize Volunteers For Your Nonprofit.” Share your success stories of working with volunteers, pitfalls, tips and more, during this hour-long discussion with other nonprofit professionals.

If you have participated in #fundchat before, you know the drill. If not, here’s how it works:

  • Share this post with your social networks.
  • During a #fundchat discussion, we post a new question every 10 minutes related to the topic. Suggest your question using the comments section below and we may include it during #fundchat!
  • Show up at 12 pm EDT and join the convo either by following the hashtag or by using our live discussion page!

Here is the line-up of questions for this week (subject to change):

  • Q1 What are the characteristics of a top volunteer?
  • Q2 What roles do volunteers play for your nonprofit and why?
  • Q3 How did you recruit your top volunteers and how do you keep them engaged?
  • Q4 Name one innovative way for nonprofits to use volunteers that breaks from the norm?
  • Q5 Finish this sentence: We love working with volunteers, but…
  • Bonus! Q6 Have you ever had to “fire” a volunteer and how did you handle it?

#fundchat is a weekly conversation on Twitter where experts share and discuss topics related to nonprofit fundraising and marketing. Joining #fundchat is a snap. Just use our live discussion page to follow the conversation. When you want to offer a comment or question, the form will auto-fill the hashtag for you. Alternatively, you can use your favorite Twitter client to follow the hashtag (#fundchat!) during 12 – 1 pm EDT to see the conversation in action. When chiming in, be sure to include the hashtag in your tweet. If you are new, you should also check out our participation guidelines.

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4 thoughts on “How To Mobilize Volunteers For Your Nonprofit

  1. Brendan Kinney

    Some initial thoughts on questions to guide this week’s #fundchat:

    What roles do volunteers play for your nonprofit and why?
    Are there roles that volunteers are not suited for, but typically get tasked with?
    What are the characteristics of a top volunteer?
    What are some innovative ways that your nonprofit has utilized volunteers?
    Finish this sentence: We love working with volunteers, but…
    What are the drawbacks of working with volunteers?
    How did you recruit your top volunteers and how do you keep them engaged?
    Have you ever had to “fire” a volunteer and how did you handle it?

    Wow, more than we can use in a single #fundchat conversation…what ones do you think would be most productive for our discussion?

    1. Liz Rejman, CFRE

      I think the last two questions are definitely keepers (especially in terms of how to keep volunteers engaged and how to effectively manage them once recruited). I think #1 & #3 could be eliminated if necessary.

      1. Brendan Kinney

        I posted the final questions early this a.m. Adding a bonus question…too many good ones to choose from!

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