10 Ways to Motivate Your Nonprofit Volunteers

Adam J. Cheshier
6 min readAug 7, 2020

Keeping your volunteers motivated is as important as any aspect of your nonprofit organization. And, actually, it’s not that difficult. You will be surprised how little acts of gratitude and support can go a long way in the eyes of a volunteer.

Take a look at this list of ten things you can do to continually motivate your volunteers below:

Keeping Your Volunteers Motivated:

1. Respect their Time

Don’t invite a volunteer until you’ve got something to do. Letting a volunteer in is a waste of time for you and him. They are free, so they will use your help as long as it is available.

It is important to remember that volunteers are not your regular employees. Be careful and consistent in your plans. Be on the front line when communicating your needs. Indicate the duration of the task, when it will be available and when it should be completed. Offering other options is also a good option, even for volunteers who have busy schedules but still want to spend their time.

2. Make Joining Easy

Because the volunteer registration process is simple and effective, you can motivate your supporters to register and promote your organization’s capabilities. In today’s technically challenging world, it is very important to give volunteers the opportunity to register online. Using volunteer management software can give your non-profit organization the tools it needs to effectively promote, recruit and manage volunteer data.

3. Build a Community

Invite volunteers to join your non-profit community! Meet with them and make them feel welcome. A sloppy volunteer will not come back, but social ties will connect the volunteers to your organization and your case.

Food is always a great way to bring the community together. Arrange a meeting for volunteers or eat before you start a project. During the meal, they can get to know each other and get their own opinions. Some pizza boxes can make a big difference. If you are…



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