DEVELOP A
SUCCESSFUL
VOLUNTEER
PROGRAM
Alexis Nadin
anadin@globalgiving.org
Why should you love
volunteers?
 Free labor!
 New
perspectives
 Unique skill
sets
 Potential long-
term
advocates
Objectives of a Volunteer
Program
 Recruit capable volunteers that will challenge
your organization to grow
 Fill gaps t...
How to Recruit Volunteers
 Write a description
that is:
 Compelling
 Honest
 Concise
 Specific
 Diversify volunteer
...
Managing Logistics
 Estimated cost
 Housing?
 Food?
 Transportation?
 Expectations
 Tasks
 Quality
 Time commitmen...
Hosting Volunteers
 Give people the chance to fall in love with your
organization!
 Provide a holistic view of your orga...
Stay Connected
 Brainstorm ways for
the volunteer to stay
engaged
 Set the ball in motion
while you’re still
together!
...
Develop a successful volunteer program
Develop a successful volunteer program
Develop a successful volunteer program
Develop a successful volunteer program
Develop a successful volunteer program
Develop a successful volunteer program
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Alexis Nadin, Program Associate for GlobalGiving, presented on ways to use GlobalGiving's tools to create a successful volunteer program.

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  • Disclaimer: I am not a volunteer expert. I have been a volunteer for numerous organizations here and internationally and I have managed volunteers for GlobalGiving in the field…but my focus for this presentation will be on the ways that you can use GG to both recruit volunteers and build relationships with volunteers that have lasting benefits.
  • It’s important not to have a narrow view of volunteers – often times I talk to organizations that think of volunteers as just high school students who can make copies, staple packets, etc.
    And while this is a certainly a viable option for volunteers, volunteers can be SO MUCH more!
    Highly qualified interns, professionals, etc.

    For fundraisers – this last item is crucial, volunteers can become future donors, can bring in future revenue
  • Things to think about when recruiting volunteers:
    - diversity! You want people who are going to bring new insight, challenge you, give you ideas
  • Write a description that is:
    Compelling – get people excited about this volunteer opportunity!
    Honest – at the same time, be honest. Don’t sugar coat anything. If people are going to be living in difficult circumstances, or doing a lot of photocopying, make that clear up front to avoid surprises
    Concise – people don’t like to read. So keep it short and sweet.
    Specific – tell people exactly what they’ll be doing, what your expectations are, the qualifications that they will need, the dates, the location (in the field, your office, or remote)
  • Link for this is on page 4
  • Has referred over 5 million volunteers in the past 10 years
  • This is especially important for international volunteer opportunities
  • Develop a successful volunteer program

    1. 1. DEVELOP A SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM Alexis Nadin anadin@globalgiving.org
    2. 2. Why should you love volunteers?  Free labor!  New perspectives  Unique skill sets  Potential long- term advocates
    3. 3. Objectives of a Volunteer Program  Recruit capable volunteers that will challenge your organization to grow  Fill gaps that have been created by limited resources  Create a safe, friendly, and productive environment for volunteers  Build fruitful relationships
    4. 4. How to Recruit Volunteers  Write a description that is:  Compelling  Honest  Concise  Specific  Diversify volunteer outreach Help youth in the Eastern Caribbean region walk!
    5. 5. Managing Logistics  Estimated cost  Housing?  Food?  Transportation?  Expectations  Tasks  Quality  Time commitment  Contacts  Emergency information
    6. 6. Hosting Volunteers  Give people the chance to fall in love with your organization!  Provide a holistic view of your organization  Encourage a sense of ownership and belonging  Provide opportunities for feedback Project FOCUS: Art for Development in Uganda
    7. 7. Stay Connected  Brainstorm ways for the volunteer to stay engaged  Set the ball in motion while you’re still together!  Create a GlobalGiving fundraiser page  Set goals and make plans  Follow up and stay involved

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