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Volunteer Management Guide

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The Volunteer Management Guide is sponsored by United Way of King County
Looking for helpful tools to boost your nonprofit’s use and management of volunteers?

501 Commons has compiled a list of best practices in volunteer management to help you engage the people who serve your mission. You will also find other important materials such as sample volunteer handbooks, job descriptions, surveys, training manuals, flow charts, and information to help you assess your needs.

Volunteer Management During COVID-19

For information related to managing volunteers during COVID-19, or other emergencies, check out the following resources:

Need help creating or managing virtual volunteer opportunities?

For additional fodder, review COVID-19 & Economic Downturn: Resources for Nonprofits.

Volunteer Management Workshops

501 Commons hosts a variety of workshops, via partnerships with United Way of King County and Serve Washington, that are designed to help you improve your volunteer management practices.

Current offerings are as follows:

Life Cycle of Effective of Volunteer Engagement Webinar Series | Tuesdays 9 am - noon | Online Only

  • Session 1 | Volunteer Management Strategy | Aug. 4
  • Session 2 | Effective Volunteer Recruitment | Aug. 11
  • Session 3 | Volunteer Engagement | Aug. 18

Effectively Engaging Skills-based Volunteers | Tuesday, Sept. 22, 9 am - noon | Online Only

Measuring and Communicating Volunteer Impact | Wednesday, Sept. 23, 10 am - noon | Online Only

Stay tuned for more sessions coming in 2021!

Volunteer Management Assistance

We offer two different programs to vitalize your volunteer engagement program:

Volunteer Navigator: Receive one on one expert level coaching, volunteer program assessment, recommendations, and hands on consulting to realize tangible improvements.

VIP Volunteer Management Corps: Work with two Executive Service Corps consultants to help your organization assess and address areas of improvement in your volunteer program. Many of the resources in this guide were developed for organizations who participated in United Way's VIP Volunteer Manager Corps program!

Further Reading

For more information on successful volunteer programs check out:

Have any questions?

Do you have a question related to effectively engaging volunteers that you cannot find an answer to? Or a great resource you think we should include in this guide? Please send us your feedback! We would love to hear from you.