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TECH TIPS

Learn tips and hints to use a variety of electronic and technical equipment to enhance work with volunteers.

~July 2012~

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GATHER USABLE INFORMATION

Nonprofits are often weak in their use of technology to gather information about potential or current volunteers.  You can improve that data gathering.  Here are some tips on obtaining personal information, email, Facebook, or a Twitter addresses from stakeholders.

With online inquiries ask for more than email address. Gather name, street address, city, state or province, and zip code.  Inquire on how the person heard heard about you and volunteer program.

Do you have a Web site with free downloads.  If you provide free PDF documents, ask for an email address for the person to access the document.  Amass a special mailing list for those downloading information from your site.

Your volunteer application should ask for work phone, cell phone, home pperson filling out formshone, email (work and personal), Twitter, Facebook.  Ask which of all those forms of communication are best to reach the person.  And ONLY send or call those that are indicated.

Check on the accuracy of this information at least once a year.  Great job for virtual volunteer.

Use a program like Vertical Response, or Constant Contact to maintain lists and communicate with volunteers or members.


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