Articles and book excerpts on this subject
- Elements of Effective Volunteer Programs — Part 8: Volunteer Recognition and Appreciation, a 4-page PDF, from the Seattle Public Schools Volunteer Coordinator Manual (2003)
- Exploding the Big Banquet Theory of Volunteer Recognition: An Incendiary Analysis by Ivan Scheier, YellowFire Press (1987)
- Introducing #ThankQThursday - an initiative to recognize volunteers through Twitter, started by i-volunteer in the UK (2010)
- The Radio Hour, from The Volunteer Recognition Skit Kit
- #6: Recognition Must Understand the Changing World Around It from Recognizing Volunteers and Paid Staff
- Recognizing Employee Volunteers from Employee Volunteering: The Guide
- Recognizing Online Volunteers and Using the Internet to Honor ALL Volunteers by Jayne Cravens
- Recognizing Volunteers by Mary V. Merrill, (September 2005)
- Recognizing Volunteers from Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today
- The Twelve Days of Christmas, from The Joy of Recognition
- Volunteer Recognition by The Virginia Community Association Network
- Volunteer Recognition Poems
- Way to Go: Ideas for Volunteer Recognition, from 4-H Volunteer
and Leadership Development, Louisiana State University
- When Recognition Isn't Enough from The Nonprofit Times column "On Volunteers"
- Words Cannot Express by Laura Biggs
Web sites with useful information on this subject
Baudville Recognition Resource Center
Free articles and ideas on recognition (for both volunteers and paid staff) from this recognition gifts company.
"Collective Wisdom" on Energize Site
People share their recognition success stories in this area on our site. Also see our listing of international awards and special days of recognition.
Volunteer Day (5 December)
Information about the United Nations-sponsored international day to celebrate volunteers, including a toolkit, media materials, sample project ideas.
My Thank You Site
A personal site from someone named Christy Murphy, in which she gives all sorts of tips and links about saying thank you in general, but with some creative ideas.
Scouting Web Awards and Thanks
Many recognition ideas from the Girl Scouts.
Thank You Letters Resources
Many tips on the art of saying thank you -- focused on money donors, but equally relevant to time donors.
Relevant Hot Topic essays
- What Leaders of Volunteers Can DO to Gain Executive Attention - Oct '11
- Celebreat Collective Accomplishments, Not Volunteered Time- Apr '11
- Making Ongoing Volunteering Valued and Visible - Sept '09
- A Medal for Volunteer Service - How to Measure Success? - Sept '02
- National Volunteer Week: Does Anyone Care? - Apr '01
- A Proposal for IYV2001: The Look Back to Look Ahead Project - Oct '00
- Enough Formal Banquets! Let's Transform Recognition Events - June '00
- The Giving of Thanks - Nov '98
- Give Volunteers a Voice - Feb '98
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