A bequest is the act of giving property or
personal holdings. It
is the act of giving or leaving personal property via a will; a legacy.
One does not need to be rich to make a bequest. Modest bequest
of a few hundred dollars are always welcome. People rarely
hear about the smaller donations; the big ones get the headlines.
The Baby Boom generation is into its 60s
and then some. It
is time to consider a strategy to help “boomers” remember
the organization in his/her will. It can be in the form of
a planned gift. What are you waiting for?
often and in secret.
suspicious of new ideas.
suspicious of new ideas from the lower level of volunteers.
everything. Do not encourage volunteers to take authority or responsibility.
sure the smallest decision goes through every level of the organization. Twice.
rarely. Criticize often.
volunteers in front of them.
When was the last time you asked volunteers
the benefits received from volunteering? By knowing the benefits
described by current volunteers it is possible to craft effective
An old survey of extension volunteers reported
that 86% of volunteers benefitted from increased knowledge. Imagine a Facebook page
with the organizational logo that leads with “Have we got something
to teach you……” That is an intriguing opening.
All recruiting material should reflect on
the benefits as identified by current volunteers. This is
a regular part of recruiting and retention.