Volunteers and donors are often considered distinct groups, but the gap between the two may be nonexistent. It’s time to start thinking of volunteers as donors per this VolunteerPro article.
Volunteering and financial support go hand-in-hand, as shown by this analysis of Fidelity Charitable donors and how they give. The report tells a story of donors who support charitable causes with both time and money, and who are deeply engaged in the causes they care about.
Making The Invisible Visible: Capturing the Multidimensional Value of Volunteerism to Nonprofit Organizations
The papers demonstrate dimensions of volunteer service that are important but overlooked by those who rely on traditional volunteer metrics. Identifying and studying these dimensions can contribute to a holistic understanding of volunteerism that supports more strategic volunteer practices and more robust explanations of volunteer value.
TCC Group’s Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) is a 146-question online survey that measures a nonprofit organization’s effectiveness in relation to four core capacities—leadership, adaptability, management, and technical capacities— as well as organizational culture.
Supporting grantees in becoming a certified Service Enterprise Organization is a great way to strengthen capacity through the fundamental and strategic use of volunteers to address community needs.
Steps to help build grantees’ capacity to achieve mission.
Questions that can be used to assess an organization’s overall capacity to recruit, engage, manage and sustain volunteer resources, and increase impact through strategic engagement.
“We as funders must recognize that volunteer engagement is not a program but a critical strategy to assist all organizations and community groups in accomplishing their missions in this time of rising needs and decreasing resources.” – Jane Leighty Justis
A list of actions for funders to build nonprofit capacity and to sustain and promote more effective volunteer involvement.
These questions can be used to assess an organization’s overall capacity to recruit, engage, manage and sustain volunteer resources, and increase impact through strategic engagement.