“Please” and “thank you” are very powerful phrases and can make the difference in how your volunteers and community view their experience with your organization. People volunteer not only because they want to be part of something but also because they want to feel like they are valued and that their time, money, and effort make a difference. If you thank your volunteers, you’re more likely to see them again because they will feel like they made a difference in the life of your Club or Association.
There are many ways to say thank you that you may already do: sending thank you notes, putting donors/sponsors on your website, and even saying “thank you” verbally at events. With the growth of social media and technology companies, there are even more ways to thank your volunteers and donors, so get creative and grab their attention! Here are some great examples I found this week that I think will get your wheels turning:
The Prospecting blog on Philanthropy.com detailed how one woman used the Postagram iPhone app to print out postcards with a short thank you and her picture to send to her friends and family that sponsored her participation in a charity running event. By using images and words, she was able to vividly illustrate what their financial support meant to her cause and create a personal story. Volunteers/donors that can visually see the impact of their donation of time or money are more likely to help out again in the future.
Junior Achievement of Fox Cities/Oshkosh put together a short YouTube video to thank the volunteers that work with children in their schools program. The video is low-production and features the children and teachers that are affected by the program’s volunteers. With all of the volunteer coaches that support our recreational soccer programs, it might be easy to find players and parents that would want to thank the coaches and administrators that make it possible for their child to play soccer. Maybe one of your board members or parents even has experience putting together short videos for work or as a hobby.
How are you thanking your volunteers? Let us know in the comments and we’ll feature some Clubs/Associations in an upcoming post!