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Volunteer Recruitment 

(includes Volunteer Motivation)

Also see, Books on this topic and the list of "Websites Where You Can Post Volunteer Opportunities"

Articles/excerpts on this subject

Also see the "Recruitment Insights" area of our Collective Wisdom section.

Free electronic books on this subject

Appealing to Experience:  Zeroing in on the Right Message
From Experience Corps, this 44-page booklet discusses how to recruit seniors into volunteering (2005).

Clever Communications, guide for charities who want to know more
about working with the media, including volunteer recruitment, from askCharity in the UK (90 pg. PDF).

Developing the Volunteer Motivation Inventory to Assess the Underlying Motivational Drives of Volunteers in Western Australia by Judy Esmond (2004, 82 pg PDF).    Executive Summary also available.

Doing Good Well:  Engaging Ad Hoc Volunteers, from the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, Singapore (2008, 40-pg PDF)

Inspiring Volunteers:  A Guide to Recruitment and Communications, from MediaTrust and i-volunteer (UK), emphasizing social media (2010, 76 pg.PDF)

A Matter of Survival: Volunteering in, by, and with Low-income Communities
Points of Light Foundation (36-page PDF) guide.  See the Neighboring section of their Web site for more materials.

Recruiting Male Volunteers: A Guide Based on Exploratory Research (pdf file)
Assesses factors that increase male volunteering in service programs and offers concrete approaches to overcoming barriers and designing programs that are attractive to males.

Strategic Recruiting: Using Creative Communication Principles to Find the People You
A 26-page PDF published by Community Literacy of Ontario (Canada) about creative outreach strategies for the 21st century.

Tool Kit for Recruiting and Supporting Job-Seeking Volunteers, produced by the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (2011, 32 pgs.) or view the components of the Tool Kit on the MAVA site.

Turn Your Organisation into a Volunteer Magnet, 2nd ed.
Edited by Andy Fryar, Rob Jackson, and Fraser Dyer (2007, 204 pp.)
Essays from contributing volunteer managers around the world on attracting the best and most diverse volunteers and then working with them successfully.

Web sites with information on this subject

Beyond Recruitment
"An Online Workshop About Recruitment & Maintaining Volunteers in the New Environment" by Community Literacy of Ontario.

Celebrity Volunteers
Several articles both cautioning about and explaining how to recruit and work with celebrities as volunteers, from The Chronicle of Philanthropy's "Philanthropy Careers" site.

Convio Connection
A free bimonthly newsletter for nonprofits on how to attract constituents, drive action and build loyalty through online relationship management. Archives available online. 

Encouraging Involvement in Community Work
Chapter 7 of the "Community Toolbox," with self-teaching modules on gaining participation by community members.

Fenton Communications
Approaches to advocacy communication campaigns.  Click on "resources" from the home page to access their free resources.

The Serious Leisure Perspective
Canadian academic William A. Stebbins has devoted his career to studying the connection of leisure to work and volunteering, as well as professional to amateur.  The site offers a wealth of materials, including a  Digital Library of many articles.

Stronger Together:  Recruiting and Working with Ethnocultural Volunteers
Online manual by the Central Volunteer Bureau of Ottawa-Carleton (Canada) about how to make volunteer programs attractive and accessible to ethnic minority volunteers, based on input from program managers with experience.

“Tag Lines”
Clever phrases for recruiting volunteers into virtual volunteering assignments.

Volunteer Genie
This very useful site, no matter where you are located, is a project of the Voluntary Action Media Unit (VAMU) in the UK.  Volunteer Genie aims to help site visitors “use the power of the media to recruit volunteers.”  Full of ideas, advice from media experts, and other free guides to develop a media strategy.

Volunteer Recruitment: Tips from the Field
Resource guide compiled by Sarah Jane Rehnborg and Betsy Clubine with a team of volunteer professionals from around the state of Texas.

Relevant Hot Topic essays


For information on this topic specifically relating to the Australasian region please visit our friends at OzVPM :



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