How to Recognize Your Volunteers

Tips on how your nonprofit can appreciate your volunteers.

If your nonprofit organization often has the support and dedication of volunteers, you may want to stop and consider if your nonprofit is appreciating these people enough. Volunteers readily give up their time and money to help your nonprofit succeed, grow, solve problems, take action, and accomplish extraordinary things. Taking the time to recognize volunteers is essential for retaining existing volunteers and recruiting new ones.

Many nonprofits do not have the funds to show appreciation to their volunteers through extravagant dinners or beautiful gifts. As a result, we have come up with a few low-cost and no-cost options that help you to support your volunteers and show sincere gratitude.

  • Post photos of your volunteers on the nonprofit’s social media sites and thank them for their efforts.
  • Hold a photo or video contest among volunteers that will help build a sense of camaraderie and fun.
  • Provide food and/or beverages for volunteers, when appropriate, during events. A cup of soup in winter or fresh fruit in the summer would be quite appreciated!
  • Provide volunteers with small tokens of gratitude or gift cards. Ask local vendors for small donations now and again.
  • Honor volunteers with a variety of awards that will highlight their dedication to the cause such as Volunteer of the Year, Most Inspirational Volunteer, and Most Enthusiastic Volunteer.
  • Send simple, handwritten thank you notes to volunteers.
  • Remember your volunteers’ birthdays with greeting cards.
  • Celebrate milestones in the volunteers’ hours of services. It doesn’t have to need major milestones. Small milestones can encourage new volunteers, too.

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