100 Ways to Thank a Volunteer

This is complied from suggestions by hundreds of fundraising volunteers and professionals!

• Smile

• Put up a suggestion box

• Send a birthday card

• Give a recognition pin

• Maintain a coffee bar

• Give them a phone and an office

• Arrange for discounts or coupons

• Give a public reception

• List their names in the newspaper

• Provide a babysitter

• Greet by name

• Ensure they are growing on the job

• Respect their time restraints

• Respect and accommodate their physical needs

• Reimburse all their volunteer-related expenses

• Take them to lunch individually

• Involve in team planning

• Give them more responsibility

• Ask them to join a significant committee or the Board

• Provide good training

• Listen to their ideas

• Send a thank you note

• Provide scholarships for training

• Send a Valentine or Christmas card

• Give them an end of year letter valuing their time to the organization

• Have a picnic

• Give them theater tix or other special event gifts

• Promote a volunteer of the month club

• Give them high priority parking

• Praise them to their friends

• Recognize them in the monthly newsletter

• Take their picture

• Visit them when sick

• Give them a casserole to replace the meal they missed volunteering

• Release their great work to their alumni magazine or home newspaper

• Schedule a volunteers retreat

• Plan a roast when they retire

• Give them an oil change certificate

• Give them candy on their birthday

• Teach them how to use the computer in ways that allow them to communicate with family and friends

• Plan a field trip to a similar organization

• An annual certificate

• Arrange transportation to events at night

• Give them a personalized coffee mug

• Learn their names and their interests

• Ask about their hobbies

• Offer free meals when they work for you

• Involve their spouse, partner or family in recognition

• Appoint them to be spokespeople for the org.

• Change their assignments regularly or keep them the same

• Team them with a mentor

• Email cartoons or funny sayings

• Offer skill building training

• Take them to a baseball game as a group

• Plan lectures and in-service training just for them

• Leave anonymous kisses on their desk

• Ask them what they need and provide it

• Maintain safe and pleasant working conditions

• Send a letter of thanks to the volunteer’s employer

• Encourage staff-volunteer teams

• Give them access to important information

• Love on them

• Encourage their creative thinking

• Arrange a thank you letter from a client or service user

• Nominate them for state or national recognition

• Give them a plant

• Write a note of thanks on a helium balloon

• Reward them for cost cutting/savings suggestions

• Orient them to what you want to do in the future

• Leave a “we missed you” note when they are absent

• Hold them accountable for their mistakes and train them how to do better in the future

• Help develop their self-confidence

• Give them the training they ask for on their volunteer form

• Complete their reviews as promised

• As them what the organization can do better and pass the information along to someone who should hear it

• Provide t-shirts, name tags, “team” clothing

• Offer to have their car cleaned at the office

• Praise them

• Encourage them

 

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