We often meet new members who are just coming into the field of volunteer engagement and are looking for advice on best practices on how to do their job and ways to connect with others. Being part of a professional association made up of volunteer directors, managers, coordinators, engagement professionals, whatever your title may be, if you’re engaging volunteers and managing programs and projects involving volunteers in the Los Angeles area, we are a great community of people to be a part of! Attend one of our meetings and see you’re not the only one who might be harried by the challenges of time management in a multi-faceted job where you need to be a know it all do it all team player capable of working entirely independently! And for those not nearby, we host a variety of resources on our members-only site as well as a member roster to connect with others.

In the meantime, VolunteerPro, who we’ve connected you with before to be part of the Volunteer Management Progress survey and results, has developed a guide which might help if you are working in a nonprofit or public sector organization looking for inspirational guidance on how to lead volunteers with purpose. “This Essential Guide to Managing Volunteers in Your Nonprofit will help you get started off on the right foot. Whether you are brand new to volunteer coordination or have been at for years, we hope you’ll find some helpful advice and resources on these pages.

To engage volunteer time and talent effectively, nonprofits need a solid volunteer management strategy in place. Successful volunteer management starts with a focus on the right tactics that include active volunteer recruitment, strategic placement, relevant training, proper supervision, and meaningful recognition. A well integrated volunteer talent management system ultimately leads to increased volunteer productivity, greater satisfaction, and longer-term volunteer retention.

Managing volunteers needn’t be a source of frustration. With a little investment of time and attention, your nonprofit can generate powerful volunteer impact that expands your base of donors and supporters and strengthens connections with diverse communities far beyond your agency’s doors.”

Click here for this robust resource: The Essential Guide to Managing Volunteers at Your Nonprofit and thanks to VolunteerPro for providing it to us!