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How To Motivate Volunteers To Support Your Organization

Finding good volunteers to support your non-profits objective is not always as easy as it sounds. Sure, being an organization whose mission it is to help your community might sound like its compelling enough but its not. With so much going on in the world today, people's times are the most sought after commodity so you must have a good way to inspire people to want to support you. Here are four ways you can motivate volunteers to help your organization succeed.

Things you'll need

  • A good positive attitude and the ability to inspire people.

Set A Clear Mission

While it may seem obvious that every organization should have a clear mission, some do not do a good job of conveying their message in a clear and concise way. The reason so many business schools focus on practicing the “elevator pitch” is because they understand that people have a short attention span and need to be able to latch onto something that is easy to digest.

By setting a clear mission that can be conveyed in a few words, not only does this make it easy for them to understand, but they can also relay their work to their friends, families, and peers. Remember, people love telling their friends what they are working on so you want to make it easy for them to share your message.


Make It Easy

The work that you want your volunteers to do must be easy to understand. Remember, these people are giving you their limited free time and so it must be very simple for them to understand what you need them to do so that they can get in and get out.

It is highly advisable that you provide a clear set of instructions with a step by step process for them to follow. And if possible, provide some tutorials that they can learn from so that you don’t have to manage them all the time.


Praise & Acknowledge

People volunteer their time to support your organization because they want to feel good about what they do. So make sure you find authentic ways of praising and acknowledging them so that they feel rewarded from their hard work.


Use Motivational Quotes

One of the best ways to find ways to motivate people is by borrowing from other leaders. There have been many people who have learned how to inspire and motivate others through their own efforts, why not borrow from them?

Here are some great quotes you can learn from:

Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
You were put on this Earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously. - Steve Maraboli

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine. - Roy T. Bennett
Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do. - Brian Tracy

If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows much more easily. - Jack Canfield


Further information

In conclusion, if you want to be able to motivate volunteers to help you, you must:

1. Set a clear mission

2. Make it easy for them to support you

3. Praise and acknowledge them so they feel good

4. Become a great leader yourself


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