How to Inspire Volunteers

Motivate and inspire the backbone of your non-profit. 

Volunteering has become a popular solution for people who have got some time on their hands and want to build a better community and help others. As a non-profit leader, you’re aware that volunteers are the backbone of your organization and enable you to strive towards your goals. You may also know that finding and securing volunteers can be a full-time job in itself.

Here are four smart ways to start motivating your non-profit’s volunteers:

Show Respect

Arguably the most important aspect of managing volunteers happy is to show them respect. They are giving up their own time to help further your charity’s cause and showing respect is an integral part of building trust and empathy with them.


This is easily one of the most effective ways to keep your volunteers motivated. It is key to managing the expectations and responsibilities of your workers. Welcome suggestions and feedback and, most importantly, listen to what your volunteers have to say. You might be surprised about their ideas to improve the organization.

Find Common Goals

Understanding why a certain volunteer decided to give up their time in the first place goes a long way in building a healthy relationship. Sit down with them and work out what role is going to provide the most value for their own reasons for volunteering, as well as what is going to be beneficial for your charity.

Encourage Development

Almost all volunteers want to maximise the contribution they make to their charity, yet many receive minimal training. Investing in personal development and training could give your volunteers a better understanding of their role as well as motivating themselves to become better.

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