A Volunteer's Bill of Rights
Many organizations have what they call a “Volunteer’s Bill of Rights.” While many of these “rights” are unenforceable under the law, they do carefully articulate an organization’s values and how those values are put into practice. Having a “Volunteer’s Bill of Rights” and, more importantly, putting it into practice, is perhaps one of the most effective forms of recognition an agency can offer their volunteers.
Here are a few links to organizations that publish their Volunteer’s Bill of Rights online. You'll also notice that most of these documents also include a volunteer’s responsibilities in their language as well.
I hope you find these examples inspiring and can see how having such a document in place is an excellent way for an organization to communicate how much they respect and value their volunteers.
Submitted by John Lipp
John L. Lipp Consultants
Nonprofit Management * Corporate Social Investing * Executive Transition
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San Francisco, CA 94103
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