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The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes an annual report sharing data on the number and demographics of Americans volunteering in their communities as does the Corporation for National & Community Service. More resources and access to data relating to volunteering and civic engagement in America are available from the website of the  Volunteers are a vital resource to the nonprofit sector. 

Did you know? The vast majority of charitable nonprofits are governed by a volunteer board of directors and according to the IRS, 85% of all charitable nonprofits have no paid staff and are run entirely by volunteers.

Best practices for managing volunteers:

Appreciating the resources required to successfully integrate volunteers into a nonprofit’s operations is key to a sustainable program. Financial resources as well as dedicated time to recruite, screen, train, supervise, and evaluate the contributions of volunteers are needed but paid staff are often so busy with their primary responsibilities that managing volunteers is a challenge. Rather than building a volunteer management program from scratch, why not collaborate with another nonprofit or tap into existing programs? The HandsOn Network offers database solutions for volunteer management and local volunteer centers are excellent resources for nonprofits and prospective volunteers alike. Find a volunteer center in your state. VolunteerMatch offers resources to help your nonprofit have a great volunteer program.

What about skilled professionals offering assistance pro bono?

Pro bono engagements can be helpful to address longer term projects or projects requiring specific expertise. Learn how your nonprofit can be "powered by pro bono" through the TapRoot Foundation's resources and the book, Powered by Pro Bono. Catchafire can help assess needs, find the right pro bono expertise, and ensure that the pro bono engagement is a positive experience for both nonprofit and volunteer.

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