Wild Apricot Podcast Episode 4 : A Conversation on Volunteer Retention and Engagement

Farhad Chikhliwala 02 June 2015 0 comments

Volunteers are often the backbone of many associations, nonprofits and membership organizations. They take on many different roles - everything from management positions, fundraising help and event management assistance. They give up their valuable time and skills to work towards meeting an organization's goals.

But getting the right volunteers onboard and accomplishing your goals, are huge challenges of their own. That’s why, Episode 4 of the Wild Apricot Podcast sees myself and Lori Smith facilitate a group discussion with members of our  Membership Advisory Group on the key challenges membership organizations face in trying to engage, motivate and retain volunteers.

Some of the key challenges we touched upon were:

  • Getting volunteers and  matching them to right task.
  • Recruiting enough volunteers to staff events.
  • Identifying members who can become consistent, active volunteers and transition into leaders of the organization.
  • Engaging volunteers so that they follow through with assignments.

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Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

Posted by Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

Published Tuesday, 02 June 2015 at 8:30 AM

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