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Capital Campaigns and Motivation: Lessons from Microsoft and Wikipedia

Here’s an interesting fact: Microsoft, one of the largest software makers and most valuable companies in the world, introduced its digital multimedia encyclopedia Encarta in 1993. It fizzled in 2009. Wikipedia, a largely volunteer-based organization, introduced its web-based free-content encyclopedia in 2001. Today, it is the biggest and possibly best multi-lingual encyclopedia in the world.

This is a wonderful example of just how powerful volunteers can be, when they are motivated. The problem is, most of us in the nonprofit world do not know how to motivate our volunteers—specifically boards of directors—very well.


Get Creative to Increase Volunteer Retention


Doesn’t every nonprofit want to retain their volunteers?
Organizations work hard to recruit and engage their volunteers. They spend countless hours and dollars encouraging volunteers to give their time. Training and educating new volunteers takes time and energy. By retaining current volunteers, your nonprofit frees up time to focus more on your cause. How about using your creativity to retain volunteers?


Top Trends in Volunteering and Volunteer Screening


What motivates someone to volunteer for your nonprofit? How many hours a month do volunteers give to their favorite organizations? And how can we ensure volunteers and the populations they serve are safe? These are all questions you may ask when evaluating your volunteer programs. The trends around volunteerism in the United States change all the time, as do the trends around screening, vetting, and rescreening volunteers. In a primary research study conducted by Verified Volunteers, more than 350 nonprofit organizations throughout the country were surveyed to see where they stand when it comes to their volunteer screening programs. The resulting report, Verified Volunteers Volunteer Screening Trends & Best Practices Report 2016, reveals several key trends and answers to your most pressing questions. 


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