How To Recharge Your Volunteer Program

By | December 8, 2015


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Many nonprofits rely on the work of volunteers to fulfill their missions. A volunteer is often worth their weight in gold. Yet, volunteerism in the United States is at an all time low.

According to a new report by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship, “Adults in the United States volunteered in 2014 at the lowest rate since the federal government began collecting such data 13 years ago.”

What can nonprofits do to fight against this national trend? Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 12-1 pm EST for “How To Recharge Your Volunteer Program.”

Here’s what you can do to ensure a successful #fundchat:

  • Share this post with your social networks! Invite your colleagues to join the conversation.
  • Suggest questions that we should ask during the chat to guide the discussion (use the comments section below).
  • Review the question line-up for the discussion. We typically post these guiding questions the night before the chat.
  • Participate in the conversation. Don’t forget to follow and use the hashtag. You can also use our live discussion page.

Guiding Questions

A new question will be posted every 10 minutes (or so) during #fundchat to help guide the discussion:

  • Q1 What roles do volunteers play for your nonprofit and why?
  • Q2 How did you recruit your top volunteers and how do you keep them engaged?
  • Q3 What are best practices for an effective volunteer orientation session or program?
  • Q4 Finish this sentence: We love working with volunteers, but…
  • Q5 How does your organization reward and/or recognize volunteers and their efforts?

About #fundchat

#fundchat is a regular conversation on Twitter where experts share and discuss topics related to nonprofit fundraising and marketing. Joining #fundchat is easy. Use your favorite Twitter client to follow the hashtag (#fundchat!) during 12 – 1 pm EST to see the conversation in action. When chiming in, be sure to include the hashtag in your tweet. You can also use our live discussion page or Nurph.