Could your nonprofit use a few more hands on deck? Volunteers can be a great resource and increase your nonprofit's direct connection with the community. But, first, use this handy checklist to make sure your nonprofit has done its advance work and is ready to make volunteering an experience that people will want to sign up for and return to.
Too often, organizations passively wait for volunteers to come to them, relying on existing donors, supporters, and neighbors to show interest. But you can be more proactive in your volunteer recruiting efforts. Studies show that the Internet has become second only to word of mouth in its effectiveness
Nonprofits have many good reasons for using volunteers. For example, volunteers can allow your organization to get more done for less money (sometimes substituting for paid staff), create community involvement, and increase your organization's visibility. But many nonprofits have trouble retaining a stable core of loyal volunteers. All too often, nonprofits spend long hours recruiting and training volunteers, only to have them leave after a few shifts. In order to reap the maximum benefit from using volunteers, you have to figure out ways to keep them coming for the long term.
My daughter is in the fifth grade, and constantly being asked to sell things in order to support her school, sports activities, or various clubs. In the last year alone, I think she has sold cookies, wrapping paper, and raffle tickets, and taken part in one car wash. Is it legal to have kids spend so much time doing unpaid labor on behalf of a nonprofit?