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Volunteer Management Guide

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 resources, review COVID-19 & Economic Downturn: Resources for Nonprofits.

Volunteer Management Workshops

501 Commons hosts a variety of workshops, via a partnership with United Way of King County, that are designed to help you improve your volunteer management practices. Please join us for an upcoming session:

Lifecycle of Volunteer Engagement Webinar Series: Tuesdays: 2/15, 2/22 & 3/1; 9am to noon

Why Can't We Get Along? Five Generations of Volunteers: December 8; 1-4pm




Volunteer Management Assistance

Revitalize your volunteer program with Volunteer Navigator! Participating organizations receive one-on-one expert level coaching, an assessment of your volunteer program, personalized recommendations, and hands-on consulting to realize tangible improvements.

Do you have a specific project you need help with now? Free consulting is available thanks to Serve WA. Contact Jan Burrell to schedule an initial discussion today!

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.