This is a guest post by:
Shari Ilsen is Senior Online Communications Manager at VolunteerMatch, the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network. She uses online technology to help almost 100,000 nonprofits across the country connect with millions of volunteers every day. Catch up with Shari on Twitter @silsen.
123ContactForm is supporting #GivingTuesday! To honor this great initiative happening across the world, we are hosting a series of articles dedicated to nonprofits everywhere. Thank you, Shari for writing this!
At VolunteerMatch, we’re all about helping nonprofit organizations find the right volunteers. We focus on the quality of the match being made, so the connection between volunteer and nonprofit will last a lifetime even if the event itself only lasts one day.
You want your questions to be friendly yet thorough, so you present a welcoming face to your prospective volunteers, but also glean enough information to determine if it will be a good fit. I consulted with the experts on the VolunteerMatch Community Support team, who manage our Community-Powered Support page (thanks Shannon and Adam!) Here’s some advice they provided:This kind of meaningful, comfortable connection doesn’t happen automatically, however. It takes some magic on our end, and also some strategy and intention on the part of the nonprofit organization. We’ve learned that open and direct communication is critical at the beginning of a nonprofit-volunteer relationship, and the questions nonprofits ask can set the tone moving forward.
To streamline the logistics of your volunteer program:
To learn more about the volunteer’s background or inform future recruitment efforts:
Tools to Ask the Right Questions
What questions do you ask potential volunteers to make sure they are a good fit? Leave your answer in the comments, and I’ll give you a code for three free months of VolunteerMatch’s premium Community Leader recruiting service!