About Volunteers

Do you want to be a volunteer?

Volunteering can be a great source of satisfaction and a learning opportunity, but we recommend you do some reconnaissance before you commit. Most people start by finding a mission that resonates with them. Visit the organization and get a sense of the environment and the people. Be specific about your schedule and the amount of time you are willing to commit and make sure the organization agrees and does the same. Ask for a job description of what you’ll be doing (if the organization doesn’t offer those, that could be a red flag). Find out what training they offer and the supervision/feedback arrangement.

Volunteers are there to serve, but you also are expecting something in return. Be clear about what you want to gain from this relationship so that you can determine if this organization is able to fulfill your expectations.

Is your organization seeking volunteers?

This space is your opportunity to post a job description for volunteer needs your organization has. If you’ve gotten this far, we’re going to assume that you have the basic elements of a volunteer program in place, including job descriptions; orientation and training programs; supervision, feedback and evaluation procedures and recognition/appreciation activities.

For more information about The Nonprofit Center’s collaboration with United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania to offer a Certificate in Volunteer Management, click here.

From the blog

I Give, Therefore I Am

Posted by Laura Otten, Ph.D., Director on 7 December 2018, 7:44 am

As nonprofits are pondering just how much money will come in over the remaining days of the calendar year, it seems fitting, in a sad, sadistic way, I suppose, to report on a study with the subtitle, “American donors are far less generous than they think they are.”  But maybe some donors will read this and as a result decide to go back to their checkbooks. This study, the second in a series of research called “The Donor Mindset,” looks at American donor’s actual generosity and in comparison to the donors’ self-assessment of their generosity.  While generosity can be defined.

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