The Lowdown on Maximizing the Value of Your Volunteers

This week on #GrantChat we are exploring the lowdown on maximizing the value of your volunteers. Volunteers are often at the heart of a successful program or event. Often, they help us leverage limited dollars by generously giving of their time and expertise.  Grant-seeking organizations often miss opportunities to maximize the value of volunteers.  I have seen this happen with many of my nonprofit and public-sector clients. I have also been absolutely data-geek over the moon when I am handed a detailed report by a wonderful volunteer manager.  Volunteer management, tracking hours, keeping records, running data, and representing the value of your volunteers to stakeholders and fundraisers isn’t easy – but, it is worth it!

We would love to hear about your programs and how volunteers make a difference for your grant projects. We invite you to share your stories with the GrantChat Facebook group and using the hashtag #grantchat on social media.

We hope you can join us on Twitter at  12 pm noon ET on Tuesday, January 24th.

Question Preview:

Q1: Does your organization engage volunteers? If so, how? #grantchat

Q2: What is your biggest challenge with volunteers? #grantchat

Q3: What tools have you used as a volunteer or to manage volunteers? #grantchat

Q4: Is your organization reactive or proactive in its approach to engaging volunteers? Explain. #grantchat

Q5: How do volunteers impact your #grant and/or program success? #grantchat

Q6: How are you reflecting volunteer contributions in your grant applications/budgets?  #grantchat

Q7: What investment in engaging, tracking, and/or appreciating volunteers would help your organization the most? #grantchat

Q8: What do you wish your decision-makers knew about your volunteers and their impact? #grantchat

 Q9: Do you think funders appreciate the value of volunteers? Please explain. #grantchat

Q10: What are some great examples of volunteer appreciation – from your org/client or any other org? #grantchat


We’re looking forward to having you join @Grant_Chat at 12 Noon ET. Join our Grantchat Facebook Group to get the check in question and to keep the discussion going!

Sponsor: GrantHub@Grant_Hub

Host: Jo Miller, GPC @jm_grants Presented: SmartEGrants @smartegrants


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