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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 partnerships with United Way of King County and Serve Washington, that are designed to help you improve your volunteer management practices.

Lifecycle of Volunteer Engagement Webinar Series:

June 9, 10, 11; 9am to 12pm

August 23, 25, 27; 9am to 12pm

Virtual Volunteering for Success: May 12, 9am to 12pm

Taking Chances—or Taking Care: Risk Management in Your Volunteer Program: July 21, 2-5pm



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.