I found a great set of rules at “Hands-0n Blog” for recognizing your volunteers or when planning your volunteer recognition efforts.
The Nine Basic Rules for Volunteer Recognition
Consider these 9 rules for volunteer recognition when planning a recognition effort:
1. Recognize . . . or else — The need for recognition is very important to most people. If volunteers do not get recognition for productive participation, it is likely that they will feel unappreciated and may stop volunteering with your program.
2. Give it frequently — Recognition has a short shelf life. Its effects start to wear off after a few days, and after several weeks of not hearing anything positive, volunteers start to wonder if they are appreciated. Giving recognition once a year at a recognition banquet is not enough.
3. Give it via a variety of methods — One of the implications of the previous rule is that you need a variety of methods of showing appreciation to volunteers. Read the rest of this entry »
This is a partial re-post of an article at Engaging Volunteers from Nancy Schwartz’s Getting Attention blog and e-newsletter for nonprofits.
When it comes to recruiting and motivating volunteers to ever higher and more effective levels of engagement, no organization has its work more cut out for it than New York Cares.
In order to ensure that its massive and complex operation runs smoothly, the staff at New York Cares has spent considerable time developing and refining their volunteer recruitment strategies, whose lynchpin, not surprisingly, is communication.
Nancy spent some time talking with the folks at New York Cares recently and as you’ll see below, their strategies can be put to work to boost your organization’s volunteer recruitment, engagement and retention rates, no matter your size.