10 Reward Systems for Recognizing Your Volunteers

Adam J. Cheshier
4 min readAug 3, 2020

The best way to make sure your volunteers are continually receiving the recognition they deserve — not only internally but externally as well — is to set up a system of rewards systems so that their good deeds do not go unnoticed.

Recognition is one of the best ways to keep your soldiers fighting on the front lines. Everybody knows that a solid base of consistent volunteer work makes your organization go-round.

So, with that being said, don’t put off setting up your volunteer reward and recognition system any longer. CreativeVolunteer has put together a list of some of our favorite ways to reward volunteers — based on our own volunteering perspective and experiences.

Take a look!

1. Gift Card Giveaway

In a bad economy situation, it is easier to ask for donations in kind than in cash, especially if the donors know that gift certificates are given directly to unpaid volunteers. Both local companies and national retail and restaurant chains participate in charity giving, and asking for gift certificates is a great way to honor a volunteer at no extra cost to the organization.

Ultimately, local businesses benefit from this because few people spend less than $5 or $10 per visit. The company wins new customers and you can recognize your outstanding volunteers.

2. Implement a Themed ‘Kudos’ System

Everyone knows that when someone says “kudos” to you, it basically means that you have done a great job. Integrate this principle into the way you work with volunteers by developing a system of rewards.

3. Hold Raffles or Drawings

Every week, you can appoint a volunteer who will receive a reserved parking space right at the front door. Or, at the end of the month, a choice can be made for the lucky winner. This is just one example of a free drawing or raffle you can have to honor your over-performing volunteers.

4. Hold a Celebratory Barbecue!



Adam J. Cheshier

Documenting obscure pockets of the world across long-distance overland expeditions. Recently celebrated 7 years of nomadism. https://linktr.ee/adam.cheshier