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Tools for Building a Strong Volunteer Program


VolunteerMatch is the web’s largest volunteer engagement network and has facilitated over 7.5 million connections between nonprofit organizations and interested volunteers since its founding. As part of the Community Support team at VolunteerMatch, I work with nonprofits like yours as you develop and improve your volunteer engagement programs. I love seeing volunteers all over the country reach out to connect with the causes they care most about.

You may have already heard that thanks to a new partnership between GuideStar and VolunteerMatch, GuideStar Exchange Gold or Silver level participants can now access VolunteerMatch’s premium recruiting tools at no cost. (To learn more about this and about using VolunteerMatch tools, we’ll be doing a free webinar on March 18 to help you make the most of your VolunteerMatch account!)

Taking your Volunteer Program Further

Of course, engaging volunteers isn’t as simple as posting your open volunteer opportunities online. Getting volunteers in the door is a great start, but it doesn’t end there.

How do you make sure a volunteer is the right fit for your organization? What’s the best way to provide training? How do you make sure the volunteer’s work is meaningful to them and furthers your mission? Is your volunteer program strategically positioned for future growth and success? How do you use social media to engage volunteers? What do you do when members of your paid staff resist the idea of working with volunteers?

VolunteerMatch is here to help with topics like these, with a full calendar of free 1-hour webinars designed to help nonprofit professionals successfully engage volunteers. The VolunteerMatch Learning Center also comes equipped with a variety of resources and tools to help with your volunteer program.

Staying Informed

The world of volunteer engagement is constantly evolving as organizations find new ways to leverage volunteer talent, connect with passionate individuals, use technology, and collaborate. The VolunteerMatch blog Engaging Volunteers, offers tips, news, best practices and stories about volunteering as a major focus in the nonprofit sector. Topics range from tough ethical dilemmas to creating a volunteer program budget to how college students are helping the homeless.

You can also connect with other organizations to share stories and tips through our active communities on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Engaging volunteers and using new technologies come with challenges. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to connect with the volunteers you need and build a strong volunteer program. So check out the resources at VolunteerMatch today!

What are your favorite nonprofit volunteer engagement tools and resources?

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Are you already a GuideStar Exchange participant? Don’t miss out on the VolunteerMatch benefits for Silver and Gold participants. Learn more about putting them into action here.

The preceding is a guest post by Shannon David. Shannon joined VolunteerMatch in 2013 as the Senior Associate, Community Support, to support nonprofits in volunteer engagement and to help volunteers connect with causes they care about. She’s a long-time volunteer with 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing center for kids in San Francisco, where she currently co-teaches a journalism workshop for ages 8-11. Connect with Shannon on Twitter.

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