We love our volunteers- and for the most part you (hopefully) have a good relationship with all of your volunteers. But the hard truth is that sometimes it doesn’t work out. One aspect of volunteer management that gets almost no attention is how to part ways with a volunteer. We know it can be a tough subject, but it is vital to know how to handle the end of a relationship with a volunteer.
Relationships with volunteers generally end one of two ways: volunteer-led or organization-led dissociation. Volunteers choose to leave an organization for a variety of reasons: lack of time, life changes, etc. More often than not, the volunteer initiates the process of leaving the organizations. Sometimes, however, the organization needs to be the one to begin the process of letting a volunteer go.
In case you didn't already know, volunteers are amazingly valuable. According to a study done by the Independent Sector, the estimated national value of each volunteer hour is $24.69. With 63 million volunteers in the U.S., it is hard to overstate just how important of an asset volunteers are to nonprofit organizations all over the country.
With that in mind, volunteer management is an extremely important piece of the nonprofit puzzle, and one that is often overlooked. When you find a group of committed volunteers, you better know how to hold on to them. And that takes care, dedication, and an investment in your volunteers.