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365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding Your Volunteers: A Complete Guide for Nonprofit Organizations

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    I find this book to be very detailed and organized. Its chronolo

    I find this book to be very detailed and organized. Its chronological process of unveiling beneficial information is literally how the strategy in sourcing, screening, placing, motivating and retaining staff should be - for volunteer work, or in fact, I see this to be applicable not just to nonprofit organizations but probably to most organizations in general as well. It guides you through the entire process. It tells you what to do and how it can be done. It is evident in the abundance of information provided that this work is the result of the author's extensive experience in the field coupled with assiduousness to share all the possible bits of wisdom she can impart on the subject.

    It is very successful in putting you in the shoes of volunteers and this brings forth insightful understanding of their work dynamics. I especially like how this book features numerous organizations with diversified volunteer situations.

    This book is truly worth more than what it is sold for!

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating, and Rewarding Y

    365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating, and Rewarding Your Volunteers: A Complete Guide for Nonprofit Organizations is a comprehensive guide for drafting, managing, motivating and empowering volunteers. Prior to launching the recruiting process, the author presents ways to helps the reader identify their needs, analyze their workplace needs, choose a volunteer liaison, and prepare a recruitment budget. It also offers advice on how to create a volunteer contract and help volunteers understand their place in the organization. In addition, it provides step-by-step instructions on how to create a recruitment package, and how to launch the recruitment campaign. Once the prospective volunteers have been selected, the books guides the reader through the interview process, and provides advice on how to respond appropriately to applicants who are not accepted as volunteers. Finally, the book reveals how to create a volunteer-friendly environment, which includes how to empower and motivate them. The author includes several case studies of nonprofit organizations, and their approach to volunteerism. The book would be useful for any type of organization that needs to know how to recruit and successfully manage volunteers.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    An Essential for Volunteer-driven Organizations

    365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating, and Rewarding Your Volunteers delivers practical information and tips for non-profit organizations of all sizes. A balanced mix of common sense ideas and innovative approaches, the book serves as a good reminder on how to ensure not only the quantity, but the quality of your volunteers. The author has compiled many great case studies from successful organizations around the country that help illustrate theories in practice. I especially liked the format of lots of bullet points, sidebars, and checklists; this definitely makes for a quick and handy reference. Another plus was the section on dealing with difficult volunteers – while it is easy to accept any and all help, it can be extremely difficult to cut ties when necessary and maintain your association’s image at the same time. This is a good read to be passed along to staff, board members, and committee chairs.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    A must read for any nonprofit organization!

    When a company considers bringing volunteers into their organization, they may initially think, 'Great! Free help!' And while volunteers may not require an hourly wage, there's more that goes into their integration and into their daily schedule than simply finding them something to do. The reality is that there is a whole lot more! Author and veteran volunteer Sunny Fader hopes to assist in this endeavor with the release of her new book, "365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating, and Rewarding Your Volunteers: A Complete Guide for Nonprofit Organizations". "365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating, and Rewarding Your Volunteers" is a fantastic step by step book on the successful use of volunteers. Written with the nonprofit organization in mind, Fader explains exactly what needs to be done even before you begin recruiting and continues to follow through with good advice at every stage of the process. She debunks various volunteer myths, explains how to make the recruitment message appealing to potential applicants, and shows the importance of screening. Further, she details the hows and whys of integrating the volunteers with paid staff members and stresses the uses of motivational tactics to retain quality candidates. Fader also includes success stories from various organizations and sprinkles them throughout; the reader has the ability to learn from these tried-and-true examples of real life situations. Fader shines as she imparts her 30 years of experience with nonprofit organizations and wraps this enormous amount of information up in a delightful, easy-to-read book. She fully explains her steps without overburdening the reader and maintains a lighthearted feel throughout - it's business casual in written form. Well organized and edited, the book projects an authoritative, 'expert' feel. I would think that any nonprofit which hopes to either bring in volunteers for the first time or improve upon an existing program will greatly benefit from Fader's advice. "365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating, and Rewarding Your Volunteers: A Complete Guide for Nonprofit Organizations" is an absolute 'must read' for any organization that uses an unpaid workforce to accomplish parts its mission. A struggling economy doesn't mean scraping for volunteers or having to go without; even the smallest nonprofit can successfully obtain and retain unpaid help with the right tools. A+! Reviewed by Vicki Landes, author of "Europe for the Senses - A Photographic Journal"

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Comprehensive guide

    As president of a nonprofit organization I'm thrilled with the information in this book. Getting volunteers is one of the hardest things to do for any group but keeping them motivated is even harder.

    I was enthused after reading the first section "Before You Begin Recruiting" and realized that we, as an organization, weren't clear on our needs. We needed volunteers but in desperation due to time pressures we didn't access everything we needed to.
    As well I found out how to launch a campaign using word-of-mouth and local media. We've never had much luck with media before but after perusing this chapter I now realize why.

    The whole book is full of ideas and facts that would benefit any nonprofit organization. I believe by following the steps set out in this book the nonprofit organization that I head will have no problem getting volunteers and keeping them motivated to continue. Two thumbs up!!

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    A "People First" Approach

    The first thing that comes to mind while reading 365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding Your Volunteers is the tone of respect and appreciation that the author has for people willing to volunteer their time to an organization. They make sure to say that the time is not 'free', but rather is a 'gift'.
    What follows is a well laid out discussion of how to recruit, reward and keep volunteers. While keeping the focus on a 'hands-on' personal approach, the author goes through advice on how to interview, evaluate and get the most out of volunteer workers. They discuss staff-volunteer relations, how to handle possible conflicts and how to keep everyone comfortable and working together harmoniously. With helpful summaries at the end of each chapter to keep the reader on track and availed of a quick reference guide, the author does not shy away from meticulous detail in their approach and handles topics from fundraising to creating a company brand with skill and confidence. This book is a must-read for any organization looking to recruit a quality volunteer workforce.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    Build them up and keep them around!

    365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Movitating and Rewarding Your Volunteers by Sunny Fader makes the case that your organization's volunteers are best off evolving, not revolving. Don't kick yourself about volunteer turnover, turn over a new leaf instead and follow Fader's lead to lead the pro-bono crew that surrounds you. You will no longer think twice about empowering, engaging, motivating and making nice. Fader also dispells myths about building, retaining and rewarding your team. From budgets to burn-out, achieving volunteer utopia will no longer be a dream.

    Fader also does an excellent job motivating you. Her tips, trends and case studies [including the advice to build your brand so the volunteers will follow] surround you with successes, providing ideas and ideals from in, and outside of, the box. You'll find that it's okay to start small, so long as you're thinking big when it comes to organizing volunteers for your organization. Open this book and know that your opportunities are going to be bigger and better than ever.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

    An Essential Guide for Nonprofits

    First off, let me say that I love a book written about nonprofit management that is giving a part of its profits to a nonprofit organization. Not only should you purchase this very poignant, easy to read book to aid in the success of your nonprofit volunteer management, but to help support a nonprofit, the Humane Society, in their cause.

    Volunteer management is a topic of survival for most nonprofit organizations as they rely on volunteers to make their mission a reality. This is quite literally a manual to aid nonprofits in a time of need, and nonprofits should never turn a blind eye to such an expert perspective of successful volunteer management. Right from the beginning it is obvious the author is well experienced in working with volunteers and passionate about the work nonprofit organizations do. Her expertise is demonstrated by the sheer number of people she was able to get volunteer their time and expertise to the project of the book.

    The book is easy to read and follow with simple bulleted tips within each section, clear examples of what is being described and case studies to back up the author's steps within the process. Each section will cause you to pause and absorb its important contents as they expand into related critical topics such as staff involvement, branding, working with the media and incorporating modern technology into your volunteer process. I love that so much time is spent on the planning before you even begin the actual recruiting volunteers. It's so important to be ready for your volunteers before they show up from every aspect to ensure the volunteers have a comfortable experience which enables them to provide effective use of their gifted time.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

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    365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding Your Volunteers is a book I would recommend to anyone looking to start a non-profit organization. The tips are extremely helpful with getting you started, and following through.
    Right from the beginning it helps you analyze your organization's needs and requirements. With the help of this book, it would be very easy to start and stay organized! The book provides tips and information any non-profit organization should know.
    This book helps you with every step of starting your organization. A must buy for anyone just starting out with no idea how to.
    I give it 5 out of 5 stars

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