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I am interested in drafting a policy that would establish paid volunteer time off for the employees of the non-profit organization I am employed by. Are you aware of other nonprofit organizations that have formal employee volunteerism policies? I would greatly appreciate learning about them.
What you're describing is an "employee volunteer program" that is often provided by for-profit organizations interested in encouraging their employees to participate in community service. Generally the organization offers employees a certain number of hours or days per month in which to volunteer on "company" time. The best source of information on employee volunteer programs is the Points of Light Foundation http://www.pointsoflight.org Also, check with your local Volunteer Center to see which organizations in your community offer employee volunteer programs, and then contact someone there to get information about their policies.
I need a good basic "volunteer ask" letter. Do you have any samples?
Here are the basic elements of a volunteer recruiting piece that can be generic for a recruiting campaign or tailored for individual prospects:
I work in a zoo coordinating volunteers. It is beset by problems of people feeling stale and basically the zoo is a business so there are many things the volunteers cannot tackle. However what we do is important and the volunteers are dedicated to it. We would welcome anything free that can boost morale for the group.
Your question is close to home for me because I volunteer periodically at the National Zoo here in Washington, DC. To maintain our interest in volunteering, we receive a monthly news bulletin (not newsletter) by email telling us about upcoming events and activities at the zoo. Some of the items are volunteer opportunities and some are merely advance notice of upcoming events. Whenever I volunteer we often get a behind-the-scenes look at the operations or an "introduction" to the animals (our new pandas are a hot ticket right now!). Food is generally provided at training sessions held in the evenings on weekdays. This isn't free of course, but it's a low-cost way to maintain morale. After every volunteer project we receive information on the results, such as a fundraising event, or how our work made a difference for the zoo. When I was on the rhino baby watch team, each volunteer received a picture of the newborn baby rhino with a thank you note for our work. There are lots of "free" things you can do just be creative!
I want to get a Christmas related canned food drive or collecting gifts for children deal going at the small Montessori school where I work and at my church. Do you give information concerning this kind of stuff? Thanks!
The first step is to identify which organization(s) you want to collect items for and contact them to get their requirements for such gifts. For example, some organizations request specific canned goods or new toys that are unwrapped for specific ages of children. After you've done your homework and know what the requirements are, you begin to promote the drive in your community (flyers, items in the church bulletin, and maybe a sponsor such as a local grocery store). You'll need a collection point and possibly someone there to accept gifts. After you deliver the gifts to the agency be sure to let the community know the results of the drive and thank everyone involved.
A local nonprofit which offers mental health counseling is looking to hire a full time volunteer coordinator but has no idea of appropriate salary ranges. Do you have some kind of chart for regional areas or a national statistic about that?
The "Nonprofit Times" publishes the results of its annual salary survey in the February issue. (New statistics will be published in February 2002.) They might still have the complete results for this year at http://www.nptimes.com.
The overall average of projected pay for 2001 for Director of Volunteers (their title) is $35,285.
Here are the breakdowns by organization budget size and region of the country:
|Organization budget size|
|$50M or more||$62,139|
|Director of Volunteers by Region of the U.S.:|