Nonprofits Are Pivoting Towards Volunteer Staffing
Nonprofits Are Pivoting Towards Volunteer Staffing

Nonprofits Are Pivoting Towards Volunteer Staffing

Unemployment Rates in the Nonprofit Sector Are Still Amongst the Highest In the Country! As a Result, Nonprofits Are Pivoting Towards Increased Volunteer Staffing

Optimism is in the air. Restaurants and pubs are slowly reopening. Fans are slowly filling the seats in stadiums and you can almost taste the new beginning. Unfortunately, until our dreams come to fruition people are still watching their purse straps. No industry got hit harder than the nonprofit sector. As a result, the nonprofits were forced to lay off their dedicated staff almost entirely. Over 1.6 million nonprofit employees were laid off between March and May in 2020.

So the Obvious Question Is What Should Nonprofits Do to Keep Up With Their Demand for Charitable Work With a Much Slimmer Staff

The healthiest attitude for any leader is to look at each and every challenge as an opportunity for growth. Good leaders look to turn their sudden inefficiency into opportunity.

When Good Leaders Are Forced Out of Their Comfort Zone They Become Energized

They understand that there is no other direction to go but forward. They understand that now will be a time for them to learn and create new systems for operation. Good leaders will quickly adapt and ask anyone who can help them with ideas on how to grow from this challenge.

Creating a healthy volunteer system should be at the top of the priority list for nonprofits. The easiest way to get good volunteers is to convince them by making them aware of the many benefits of volunteering.

Make Sure to Promote Your Social Media With Pictures of Happy and Fulfilled Volunteers

Use your Facebook page as a way to give shout-outs to your volunteers. Posts like these will make for spirited and engaging content!

Here Are a Few Great Topics to Help You Convince Volunteers to Join Your Cause

  1. Connects you to other volunteers so that you can make new friends with similar interests
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  3. Being active in pro bono work can advance your career
  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

One of the More Well-Known Benefits of Volunteering Is the Impact on the Community

Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need. And volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.

Make New Friends

One of the best ways to make some new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. It strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests. Once you have momentum, it’s easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts.

Volunteering as a Family

Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you’ll show them firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people and animals and enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know organizations in the community and find resources and activities for your children and family.

Nonprofits Should Invest in Making a Volunteer Button on Their Websites

The website should be clear of what skills you require and the time commitment involved. Nonprofits need to understand that the work commitment for volunteers is much lower than paid workers and therefore should overstaff projects from the outset.

If your nonprofit can reschedule programs during months that kids are home from college you can expect a much higher volunteer rate. Try giving out some flyers at a local college campus offering your nonprofit summer program. In addition, check out these great volunteer websites that you can post your free ads.

As a coach, I have helped many nonprofits in this direction and they have seen a very strong productivity level from their volunteers. If you would like to learn more about how your nonprofit can pivot towards volunteers send me an email to