On the path to volunteer recruitment, it takes 5-7 touch points between the time a person to finds out about an opportunity to actually getting involved. Keeping your volunteers interested in getting involved can be a challenge. Developed in partnership with Volunteer Canada, the Volunteer Quiz is an interactive quiz that helps volunteers identify their areas of interests, as well as their preferred way of volunteering.
When you’re recruiting new volunteers or engaging current volunteers, having them take the volunteer quiz allows them to see what kind of volunteer experiences they may be looking for, and can more easily identify with specific volunteer opportunities. As a volunteer manager, you’ll be able to tell by their results if the volunteer is best suited for a short-term, sporadic, or committed, long-term volunteer role with your organization.
Type A volunteers are multi-tasking volunteers who say “yes” and mean it. They are the bedrock of your organization’s volunteer base, and you can count on them to get the job done.
Roving Consultant volunteers are incredibly focused and intense. They want to volunteer their specialized skills but it needs to be at their discretion and within their time-frame. One-offs are preferable for this type of volunteer.
Groupie volunteers thrive on the camaraderie of a group, like to have fun, and get results. Their hectic lives mean short term commitments work best for them, and volunteering at special events are their forté.
What kind of volunteers are you engaging?
We all know that every volunteer is unique – they have their own reasons for wanting to get involved; they each have distinct interests and skill sets, different schedules and availability, and varying levels of commitment. The volunteer types outlined above are just 3 examples of 6 volunteer types defined on the Volunteer Quiz.
Using Getinvolved.ca’s Volunteer Quiz is a fun, interesting way for volunteers to learn a little bit about themselves, and is the first step in getting volunteers activated and involved. Try it out and see for yourself!
Raising funds is one of the ways to get involved with your favourite charity or non-profit. And with many websites popping up designed to help you solicit donations from your friends and family, fundraising has never been easier — and more fun — than ever.
By Guest Blogger: Kelly Bergeron at Ontario 211
f you have yet to become a member of NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network), this post may convince you to run out and get yourself (and your organization) a membership. Thanks to them, I was lucky enough to win a full scholarship to attend the Connecting Up conference, a nonprofit tech, marketing and social media conference in Sydney, Australia.
Managing a community online — what exactly is it?
A picture is worth a thousand words, but in social media, not all images are created equal.
June 27th, 2011
Non-profit organizations are always hunting for new, innovative ways to share their stories and interact with their networks. Podcasts can serve as an effective brand-building tool for non-profits.
Since our re-launch on March 7th we’ve been outreaching to individuals and organizations to get their feedback on our improvements. We’ve completed our first survey and are thrilled with the feedback.
Having TVO as a partner brings new opportunities everyday. But on Sunday I had my first immersion in their most recent innovation – Agenda Camp .
You’ve got a voice, and we’ll give you a micro-phone. You know about the needs in your community, and we’ll give you an online forum. You’ve got ideas on how to improve our country, and we’ll give you an invitation to join our discussion. And you’ve got opinions about the upcoming election, and we’ll give you OUR EARS!
I had the great honour of being invited to the United Nations in Washington in November, to participate in a meeting on the State of the Worlds Volunteers Consultation meeting.
Interested in finding a Volunteer Centre in your area? Check out this list of centres across the country!