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VT readers ask questions about volunteer management
and administration. Ask Connie, an experienced volunteer manager, consultant
and trainer, provides the answers for all to see.
~ May 2006 ~
Do you know if there is a definition of "active volunteer"? What factors would determine active vs. inactive, e.g., hours given, length of time inactive, etc. Thank you!
Every organization seems set have their own definition of what constitutes an "active" volunteer. One of my clients, for instance, considers a volunteer active if he/she works at one event a year. Another one considers "active" as working 20 hours/year. Yet another one uses the criteria of "one shift" per month. So you see, it just depends.
I recommend that the definition not be too limiting so that the organization has the largest pool of volunteers possible. I realize that it can be costly to stay connected (e.g., send newsletters and other communications) to all volunteers, but I think it's important that people have the opportunity to give you as much or as little time as they can.
I am writing up a "mini-grant" for uniforms for my new Summer Youth Program in a hospital. Do you have any data regarding uniforms and increased volunteer performance?
I'm sorry I don't know of any research that would help you. But what occurs to me is that volunteer uniforms can:
What are some ways to seek funding if we want to use graduate students as interns?
These are some funding sources that are often used for intern programs of all types:
You might also talk to someone in the financial aid office at the university to find out if they have a list of potential underwriters for your intern program. They are often very helpful in connecting "prospective employers" with "income sources" so that the students find appropriate internships.
Connie Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources, has 15 years' experience in working with volunteers. She has consulted and/or trained for such organizations as the Washington National Cathedral, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music America, and the Association for Volunteer Administration.
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