3.1 Recruit Volunteers


Determine where volunteers can help your club reach its goals - You can’t do it all alone! To grow your club and reach more alumni, you need to recruit volunteers to pitch in. Use your database to identify alumni who fit the profile of someone who might be interested in volunteering (eg. someone who’s enthusiastically and repeatedly participated in the past), then send them an email inviting them to sign-up on a volunteer page. Here are some best practices for recruiting volunteers:

  • Set goals - Your can set a variety of goals right in your club’s NationBuilder Dashboard tab. These goals might include how many volunteers you’ve recruited, how many event registrations you’ve collected over time, and how many members your club has.
  • Based on your goals, define the types of volunteers your club needs - People like to know what they’re volunteering for. Present alumni with several specific volunteer opportunities. For example, if you are looking to increase event attendance, you may want to recruit a group of volunteer club ambassadors responsible for spreading the word within their own social networks. If you are looking to diversify your club’s social event schedule, recruit a group of event volunteers who commit to hosting one event each year.
  • Create paths - Don’t let your volunteers fall through the cracks. With Paths, you can set-up your Volunteer page to trigger a Path and point person each time someone signs up. The Volunteer Path will help to clarify what steps the point person needs to take in order to effectively onboard the new volunteer.
  • Learn more - http://nationbuilder.com/goals_dashboard and http://nationbuilder.com/create_paths