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They are volunteers, too!
Look here for information and the latest techniques to develop your board or committee. The purpose is to help those who work or serve on nonprofit boards of directors or committees.

~July 2010~


Board members are volunteers, too!  These are people who need recognition as much as those providing more direct service.    Here are some ideas culled from the Web (address below) with excellent ideas to acknowledge the work of volunteers who serve in a governance or advisory capacity. 

  • Organization-branded gifts such as t-shirts, pens or coffee mugs with the organization’s logo, tagline and mission statement.
  • Mission-based gifts specific to the organization. If the nonprofit works with disaster victims, for example, an emergency flashlight might be a good volunteer gift.
  • Special access or educational opportunities. For cultural, sports and academic nonprofits, inviting volunteers to attend classes or events can be very effective.
  • Awards, certificates and plaques. Certificates can be simple and inexpensive, while awards and plaques will cost more. Ultimately, they all serve the same purpose – to recognize the work of the volunteer as contributing to the mission of the organization.  Check out formal volunteer recognition versus more informal types of recognition before embarking on this expensive road.
  • Speaking or writing opportunities. Volunteers are often honored to be asked to make remarks at an event or to have their story shared in a publication. This is a win-win for the nonprofit because others inside and outside the organization want to hear from volunteers.
  • Volunteer newsletters. Articles could be written by volunteers about their experiences or could be an adaptation of materials already compiled for other publications.

From:  http://volunteer-management.suite101.com/article.cfm/ways_to_thank_nonprofit_volunteers_and_board

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