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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.
Send questions to AskConnieP@cs.com

~ November 2006 ~

Trends in Volunteerism

Dear Readers:

Frequently I am asked about the current trends in volunteerism. While volunteerism differs from region to region and community to community, there are some common trends that most everyone is experiencing. Volunteers and volunteering have changed dramatically in the past few decades. Here are some things to consider. . . .

More people are volunteering than ever before but in smaller increments of time.

The "typical" volunteer has changed. It is no longer "one size" volunteer opportunity fits all.

Volunteers have to budget time commitments more carefully because we all have less leisure time than ever before.

There are many more organizations today for which to volunteer, so the competition for volunteers in your community is stronger than ever.

More volunteers want one-time or short-term volunteer opportunities. (See all of the above!)

More people use volunteering to support their careers.

There are more legal liability concerns for volunteers and thus, "risk management" has become part of our lexicon in volunteer program management.

New technology is broadening volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer program management has become an established profession. More volunteer program managers are seeking credentialing and higher education opportunities.

Online volunteering is more prevalent and the differences between online and onsite volunteers have become fewer as more and more people engage in both activities.

More corporations have formal employee volunteer programs.

Volunteers increasingly want to see and to feel tangible, more immediate results because of their service, and they want more meaningful volunteering assignments in general.

When you're creating new volunteer opportunities, keep these things in mind to attract today's volunteers to your organization!

Best wishes,

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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.

Send your questions to Connie at AskConnieP@cs.com.
Connie Pirtle
Strategic Nonprofit Resources
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