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Chapter 1 Introduction Volunteers are often referred to as the heart of a nonprofit, and committees the backbone. One supports the other. Whatever you want to call the relationship, the fact is that a nonprofit needs both groups working in harmony to be successful. One simply cannot function without the other. Volunteers provide benefits and services through their donation of time and talent. Volunteer activities provide a venue for people to help others in the community, an avenue for social networking and the opportunity to serve on committees that further the work of the association. Committees perform much of the decision making and advisory work for nonprofits. Perhaps its most vital function, however, is serving as a mechanism for actively involving volunteers in the organization’s slate of work. Today I am going to teach you all about the role of volunteers and committees in the nonprofit organization. In Chapter 2 you will see how the history and definition of volunteers drive the way they fit into the scheme of nonprofit management. You will learn that there are actually two types of volunteers and why this is important to the nonprofit manager. I will also give you some statistical information that will help you understand the value of the volunteer in the nonprofit setting. In Chapter 3 I teach you about volunteer relations. You will learn why volunteer programs must be reviewed and revamped with the times to keep volunteers answering the call to service. You will also learn how to retain volunteers and how to attract future leaders. In Chapter 4I review committees and their scope of work in the nonprofit. You will understand why nonprofits have committees and what a committee is supposed to do. I also give you a list of typical committees with brief job descriptions. This lesson will help you understand how to manage volunteers and the committees they serve on. This is important because a nonprofit manager is expected to recruit and retain volunteers, and to staff committees that the board of directors create to further the mission of the association. Skill development is one common reason why people volunteer and an increasingly valued way organizations can give back to the committed individuals who offer their time and talent. If you rely on your volunteers, developing their skills is key to furthering your organization's mission. Providing ongoing support to your volunteers is a vital aspect of volunteer retention. It helps to build and maintain good relationships with volunteers, allowing them to have an enjoyable and satisfying experience. How you support each individual volunteer will change over time, depending on: Your relationship with the volunteer Their skills and experience
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The volunteer's position Their length of time with the organization and in their current role Where they are located (ie virtual volunteers) You can offer support through good training, education, supervision, feedback, and recognition, all of which are important in proving to your volunteers how much you value their contribution to
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