Preparing for Volunteers

There are many things to do before you ever recruit the first volunteer.  The resources here discuss the many things that are needed to prepare your organization.

 

See also: Policies

21st-Century Networks, Sarah J. Butler, 21-22
Barriers to Preventing Abuse, John Patterson with Charles Tremper and Pam Rypkema, Child Abuse Prevention Primer for Your Organization, Nonprofit Risk Management Center., 1995
Bridging the Gap between HR and Volunteer Management, Sean Brinkley, Thoughtful Thursdays discussion on Twitter, #ttvolmgrs, 2016
Do You Stick Your Neck Out When Advocating for Volunteers?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2016
The Domino Effect of Setting Goals for Volunteer Involvement, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2016
The Fair Labor Standards Act and Other Obstacles to Progress, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2006
For Arts Nonprofits, What’s the Value of a Volunteer?, Duncan Webb, The Clyde Fitch Report, 2016
A Great New Report to Praise, Criticize, and Use, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2004
Helper Triage: Volunteer Management in Emergencies, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2007
Internal Marketing, Izabella Csordas, pp. 97-99, Foundation for Museums and Visitors, Hungary, 2012
Letting Volunteers into the Team’s Locker Room, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2015
The Middle Management Barrier, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2006
Mixed Messages: What Do We Really Think about Young Volunteers?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2000
Retention of Volunteers, Susan J. Ellis and Rob Jackson, Energize, Inc., 2015
Volunteer/Staff Ratios and Relations, Sarah Jane Rehnborg, et. al., pp. 28-30, RGK Center for Philanthropy & Community Service, 2009
Volunteers as the "Third Branch" of an Organization, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1997
The Wall of Executive Indifference, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1999
Why Is It Labor Unions vs. Volunteers?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1997

By Alex Parish, Jane Heath, and Meryem Hassan for the National Center for Volunteering, UK. 

, 2003, pp. 60

Volunteer Wellington has released this guide for Managers of Volunteers to provide practical tips, tools, and resources to help develop their volunteer program. The guide is intended to complement the Competencies for Managers of Volunteers that were developed by Volunteering New Zealand. As a manager of non-profit organisations, the resource will act as a first or next step for developing individual aspects of your volunteer program. 

, 2016, pp. 60

Produced by the National Centre for Volunteering (UK), this booklet examines how developing the right policies leads to a more diverse volunteer corps.

, 2002, pp. 20

Tobi Johnson of VolunteerPro provides this free guide for the newcomer to volunteer management -- lots of good context and tips.

, 2016, pp. 57

Created as a "A Guide for South Australian Local Government" by the City of Salisbury in SA, this contains many useful tips for determining potential risks in volunteer work, even if the legal issues discussed will not be the same in all locations. Also suggests ways to create volunteer position descriptions from a health and safety perspective.

, 2014, pp. 60
Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Major source of information and publications on all aspects of risk and liability for nonprofit organizations in the U.S. (much is relevant in other countries, too).  Volunteer risk management is one of their featured areas: http://www.nonprofitrisk.org/search/volunteer.asp.

Print and e-Books in Our Store

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This book offers leaders a new road map for transforming their organizations with talent, not money, by meaningfully engaging and integrating volunteers as knowledge philanthropists.

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A compendium of the best techniques for leading volunteer engagement, proven to work in a myriad of settings.

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Demystifies risk management and sets out in plain language what every volunteer program needs to know about this sometimes scary, always critical subject.

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A walk-through of the importance of developing policies for and about volunteers, with clear examples and templates.

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Outlines the key executive decisions necessary to lay the foundation for successful volunteer involvement: policies, budgeting, staffing, employee-volunteer relationships, legal issues, cost and value of volunteers, and more.

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Understand the concept and practices of virtual volunteering and integrate online service successfully into your overall volunteer involvement strategy.

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Workbook of checklists, worksheets, idea stimulators, and other practical tools for senior-level leaders to incorporate volunteer involvement as a key ingredient in the overall strategy of an organization.

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Detailed guide about developing a handbook for new volunteers, with specific suggested topics and examples of policy statements.

Proof Positive

The basics of a volunteer recordkeeping system: the why and how of application forms, volunteer data files, assignment records, time and activity reports, proving impact.

Strategic Volunteer Engagement

Based on a research study of executive directors, this report makes a strong case for investing in volunteer effectiveness and introduces a new a Volunteer Involvement FrameworkTM with which to plan future volunteer engagement.

A validating tool for analyzing the effectiveness of an organization's volunteer management practices, with complete Scoresheets and instructions to conduct the process successfully.

Volunteering by People with Disablilities

A guide from the UK on how to recruit and retain people with disabilities in volunteer work as a route to opportunity, with a realistic approach to issues and barriers.

Volunteering by Unemployed People

A guide from the UK on how to recruit and retain people who are unemployed in volunteer work as a route to opportunity, with a realistic approach to issues and barriers.

Packed with practical information, stories, tools and resources, this guide provides support and advice for making organizations more socially inclusive and including individuals with mental health problems as volunteers.

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An assessment and planning tool for developing best practices for dealing with young people as volunteers, complete with forms to copy and use again.

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