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Motivation

Books and articles devoted to this subject or that have a substantial component on the subject are shown below.

Handling Problem VolunteersHandling Problem Volunteers

Insightful and humorous guide to dealing with a wide range of problem behaviors exhibited by some volunteers, from irritating to seriously dysfunctional.

Book coverKeep Those Volunteers Around

A back-to-basics book on volunteer retention. A dozen easy tips to excite, inspire, & retain your most valuable asset...volunteers. 

Book coverKeeping Volunteers

Examines the art of keeping volunteers productively connected to the organization including how to enhance volunteer motivation, avoid volunteer burnout, get beyond short-term commitments, and more.

Making Dreams Come TrueMaking Dreams Come True without Money, Might or Miracles

Inspiration for leaders of volunteers who act at "dream-catchers" every day.  Examine how to keep dreams alive, form dream-nurturing environments, and support volunteers' dreams to reality.

77 Ways to Recognize Volunteers77 Ways to Recognize Volunteers

An idea-a-page to show real appreciation for volunteers.

Share of Mind, Share of HeartShare of Mind, Share of Heart

A compact guide providing insight into nonprofit marketing and practical tools for engaging volunteers and paid staff in shaping the organization's image and brand.

Step-by-StepStep-by-Step

Ideas for how young people can discover what they care about, gain support, and implement a plan for change.

Volunteering by Unemployed PeopleVolunteering 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.

Training Module 4: Volunteer Motivation

Explores why people volunteer and teaches how to respect and respond to differences in motivational needs.

Volunteer Recruitment BookThe Volunteer Recruitment (and Membership Development) Book

Complete guide to recruitment, from designing volunteer roles to assessing your organization’s image to where and how to look for new volunteers. Long chapter on membership development for all-volunteer organizations.

Supervising VolunteersWhat We Learned (the Hard Way) about Supervising Volunteers

Advice, wisdom, and experience from over 85 real-life, on-the-job supervisors of volunteers: crystal clear analysis of what works and what doesn't in supervision.

Engaging the Head, Heart and Hands of a VolunteerEngaging the Head, Heart and Hands of a Volunteer

A guide on volunteer motivation and leadership skills for leaders of volunteers to feed the passion of those who choose to serve.

The New BreedThe New Breed, Second Edition

Understand the wants and needs today’s “new breed” of volunteers, especially those who don’t respond to old management styles.