Retain Volunteers: Be Realistic About Your Volunteer Expectation’s and Set Actionable Goals for Them

If you’re nonprofit really wants to engage and retain volunteers you need to start with the basics. Retain Volunteers by Providing Clear Expectations Providing volunteers with realistic expectations and actionable goals will help them to be successful in providing service and allow them to have the greatest impact. Volunteers should always understand what your organization is asking for them. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when creating actionable goals for your volunteers:

  • Do volunteers understand the mission and values of your nonprofit organization?
  • Do volunteers understand the goals and objectives of their chosen opportunity?
  • Are the goals provided to the volunteer SMART? (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound)
  • Are the goals of your volunteer opportunities aligned?  Are the goals provided to the volunteer in their comfort zone?
  • Do volunteers understand which tasks are a priority?


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