10 Ways to Keep Your Volunteers Engaged

Adam J. Cheshier
5 min readAug 25, 2020

It’s no secret to any nonprofiteer that volunteers are the engine that keep your vehicle moving. We’ve said it here before and we’ll say it again; Volunteers are the lifeblood of any nonprofit organization and the sooner you believe that, the more success you will have in developing an appropriate volunteer strategy for your nonprofit org.

Here are 10 interesting ideas to keep your volunteers engaged, in-tune with the mission, striving for better results, and motivated to keep pushing the envelope to solve the cause.

Great Ways to Keep your Volunteers Engaged

1. Acknowledge their Contribution

Like mentioned, this is the least you can do as founder or high-positioned leader at a nonprofit. Don’t get caught in the trappings of day-to-day stresses so much that you forget that these are people volunteering their time to be there for you.

Show them your appreciation in more ways than one; even a simple verbal, in-person acknowledgment goes a long way in keeping your volunteers engaged and going.

2. Make Sure Volunteers Understand their Role

As a volunteer, and assuming you’ve volunteered before for other organizations in your life, you can probably relate to being thrust into a position where the role isn’t clearly defined and you struggle to get your footing in a hectic environment.

It makes you feel helpless, you lose confidence, you can’t feel motivated, and most importantly — you feel unimportant to the overall cause.

Instead of making your volunteers feel this way, you should spend time ensuring that your volunteers understand and feel comfortable with their roles. Sometimes, this will mean more than just fielding their questions. Prepare their role, clearly define it, and make sure it is explained well.

3. Give them Someone to Talk To

Especially in larger organizations, sometimes the person who does the hiring isn’t the one which…

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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