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  1. How the Internet Has Changed Volunteering: An Insiders Guide to Recruiting a New Generation of Volunteers Michele Canning Director of Volunteer Services San Francisco, Conservatory of Flowers September 22, 2005

  2. Who are they? Serena Pahal Volunteer I Have a Dream

  3. What are they interested in? Deirdre Araujo Manager of Volunteer Services Exploratorium

  4. What is so different? Jeff Jones Program Coordinator MicroMentor

  5. So What? Bryan Connell Volunteer OUTDOOR Exploratorium Project

  6. User Research Study December 2003: • 996 random interviews selected from VM’s 30,000+ nonprofit user base1 • 1,122 random interviews with active users sampled from VM’s 1.5+ million annual visitors2 • Published in the Journal of Volunteer Administration, Volume 22, Number 3, 2004 1&2Based on 2003 Numbers

  7. Profile • Overwhelmingly female (84% women, 16% men) • Highly educated (57% have at least a college degree), and of the 39% who do not have a degree, half are under age 18 • Young (50% are under age 30, 32% are 40+ • Diverse (58% are Caucasian, 11% are African American, 10% are Hispanic)

  8. What they care about? Compared to other things you do in your life, how important to you is your volunteer work? One of the most important things in my life Not very important Somewhat important Very important

  9. How often do they volunteer? How many hours per visit do you volunteer? How often do you volunteer? Three or four hours One or two hours Once a week or more Three times a year or less One to three times a month Four to 11 times a year Five or more hours Under an hour

  10. First-time volunteers I had not volunteered before I had volunteered before

  11. What are they most interested in? Children/youth Animals Homeless/housing Education/literacy Advocacy/human rights Community Arts/culture Hunger Environment Women Health/medicine Crisis support Seniors

  12. What are their challenges? Finding volunteer opportunities that match my schedule Getting specific information about volunteer opportunities Finding volunteer opportunities that interested me Finding opportunities nearby/ convenient to get to Finding opportunities that matched my skills/abilities Finding an organization with a cause I care about Finding an organization that needed help Finding an organization responsive/easy to work with

  13. Volunteers Using the Web to Connect Monthly Visitors 50,000,000+ page views in 2004

  14. Nonprofits Using the Web to Connect Most useful nonprofit volunteer recruiting strategies Word of mouth Our Web site Internet recruiting services Live presentations to groups Events Newspaper ads Local volunteer center Relationship with local corporations Direct mail Radio/TV ads 71% 45% 37% 33% 29% 29% 17% 15% 8% 8%

  15. Finding the right place to serve How many volunteer opportunities do you generally respond to before finding the right place to volunteer? Two or three Four to six One Seven or more

  16. From referral to volunteer On average, what proportion of the people who respond are you able to engage as volunteers? None ofthe people 50% to 100% of the people 1% to 9% of the people 20% to 49% of the people 10% to 19% of the people

  17. 49% 38% 32% 26% Impact on Nonprofits Strongly agree with statement Somewhat agree with statement Has helped us reach out/ recruit volunteers we wouldn’t have found Makes it easier for us to find the right volunteers Has helped us find the volunteers we need Has allowed us to free up valuable resources 85% 85% 79% 68%

  18. Impact on volunteers Strongly agree with statement Somewhat agree with statement 86% Makes it easier for me to find the right opportunity I am more likely to find satisfying volunteer relationship I am more likely to volunteer 50% 82% 40% 79% 41%

  19. Common Online Recruiting Mistakes • Putting the sign in the garage • Forgetting volunteers have choices • Not being specific enough • Mistaking a referral for a reservation • Not being ready to say, “No Thank You.” • Letting listings rot

  20. An Insiders Guide • Use the web to build relationships, not dump information • Give volunteers a chance to help the organization do what it does, not what the staff would rather not • Don’t feel obliged to take volunteers • Think big and re-shape your opportunities accordingly • Be choosey • It is your responsibility to lead

  21. Real World Examples • Think outside the box about what volunteers will do Tech support, focus groups, web development • See the big picture, scale matters Working with groups, national recruiting, automate • Distribute responsibility by breaking down big activities into manageable parts Open source model, media volunteers

  22. Final Observations • The web has quickly become a powerful tool bringing good people and good causes together • Choice and information are shaping a new generation of volunteers • Volunteers have higher expectations of their volunteer experiences • The growing supply of volunteers is allowing nonprofits to be more particular • Meaningful volunteer experiences require strong nonprofit leadership

  23. Thank You Serena Pahal Volunteer I Have a Dream