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Twenty great ways to reward volunteers

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Informal

  • Phone just to thank them.
  • Give a monthly award for contributions.
  • Create a yearbook of volunteers.
  • Send a letter to their CEO, and copy Human Resources.
  • Give tickets to an event.
  • Offer a free professional development session.
  • Write an article about them.
  • Nominate them for a leadership position.
  • Help them network.
  • Use them as consultants or advisors.

Formal

  • Designate levels of achievement.
  • Celebrate anniversaries of volunteer's years with you.
  • Produce a video of their work with you.
  • Provide incentives for volunteers' contributions.
  • Provide fees for educational or self-improvement programs.
  • Create a special assignment for special volunteers.
  • Give the volunteer ownership of the task.
  • Donate to the volunteer's charity of choice.
  • Name an award for an outstanding volunteer.
  • Establish a group award to promote teamwork.

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eburger@carr-engineering.com eburger@carr-engineering.com
Great ideas on how to reward volunteers for their time and making a difference in others lives. I especially like the informal idea of helping volunteers network around their community. Networking is a great way to build your own personal brand. VolunteerHub recently wrote a good post on engaging volunteers with volunteer perks. The article can be found here: http://www.volunteerhub.com/blog/engage-volunteers-volunteer-perks/
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