Many great nonprofits are built on incredible volunteer programs. Not only do volunteers deliver operational efficiencies (free labor!) but they are also the best donors (per Fidelity Charitable, volunteers donate 10x more over their lifetimes and over 60% of donors volunteered last year).
Great volunteer programs share a number of attributes, including…
- Engaging a cross-section of the local community (ages, court-ordered volunteers, organized groups, companies and more)
- High number of return volunteers
- Hiring policies that consider current volunteers
But more than that, great volunteer programs have great volunteer managers and great volunteers. Today, we at Golden, introduce you to two.
Volunteer Spotlight – Nancy Stone
Nancy is a Midwest Food Bank (MFB) volunteer, providing over $32 million in food monthly to 2,000+ nonprofits across the US. They also provide disaster relief and have regular operations in East Africa and Haiti.
And none of this would be possible without their 17,930 volunteers.
How did you first learn about MFB?
“Midwest Food Bank has been a presence in our community for years. I volunteered for a number of projects in the past, and then, two years ago, MFB needed a data entry role filled. As I had recently retired after a 37-year career, this was the perfect opportunity to make a difference.”
What about MFB keeps you coming back regularly?
“The staff and volunteers at Midwest Food Bank are a caring, nurturing family. Volunteers are welcomed warmly, be it their 1st or 100th visit. Project teams work together to accomplish a goal and celebrate each milestone along the way. Making a difference in another person’s life and KNOWING it is a powerful motivator.”