It seems very simple to thank volunteers, but as I learned today, “every ‘thank you’ is your next ask.”
I’m working on the annual report for a Pittsburgh-area non-profit and the design team is exploring the role of the annual report. Is it just to thank last year’s donors? Or can it somehow mobilize the people who read it into action?
As we prepare to thank volunteers who contributed to the non-profit during the season of giving, the holiday season, this agency is eager to encourage donors to get involved in a second season of giving during the spring when their donations and support wane.
So can we thank volunteers and encourage them to take action more than once a year? Can one little annual report really do all that?
I’m an idealist so I think it can. During the brainstorming meeting I was tossing out ideas left and right.
- QR codes so people can scan and donate! (Shot down because QR codes are ‘out.’ Ok, so what’s in?)
- Tear out calendar.
- Pages that people can write on and take notes about their volunteer ideas.
- Tear-out action cards.
- Tear-out thank you notes so people can thank volunteers they work with.
- Tear-out thank you cards that people can send to motivate new volunteers!
I think some of those ideas might get used. The team was interested in a lot of them. We’ll see what the budget can hold. In the meantime, if you’re looking for ways to thank volunteers, consider picking up a copy of my e-book Thanks! 100 Wonderful ways to Appreciate Volunteers. It’s the season of gratitude and maybe it’s time some volunteers in your life could use some thanks!