This article from our colleagues at the Nonprofit Quarterly examines what it takes for a nonprofit to make the most and best use of volunteers. As it happens, the Nonprofiteer focuses part of her practice on this very question, with particular focus on high-skills volunteers. Her version of the material in this article: volunteers are looking for the Big MAC:
- Meaningful work;
- Autonomy; and
If you want to know more about how to apply these ideas to your nonprofit, drop us a line! Too many nonprofit staff members regard volunteers as a nuisance, but that's like complaining about litter when it's raining $100 bills.