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Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong: A Look at Volunteer Recognition

Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong: A Look at Volunteer Recognition

Volunteer recognition is one of the few aspects of volunteer involvement about which we actually have quite a bit of reliable information. Mostly this is because volunteer recognition is simple to evaluate since recognition is, after all, in the eye of the receiver: “Does the volunteer feel appropriately recognized or not?” You can therefore evaluate recognition techniques through straightforward opinion studies, unlike other aspects of volunteer management that have seen far too many opinion-based surveys that reveal not much more than the ignorance of those responding to the questionnaire.

There are a number of interesting and useful studies about the most effective ways to recognize volunteers. In this issue of Research to Practice, Publishing Editor Emeritus Steve McCurley discusses one such study from Volunteer Canada. 

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Thu, 09/15/2016
This is a very important topic. Sometimes organizations tend to re-do the same time of recognition year after year. It's great to pause and reevaluate the types of volunteers you have and what is important to them. One of our program has volunteers ages 13-93 so it can be very difficult to build a recognition event that is meaningful to everyone. I don't want to separate them though, I like the teens to sit next to the seniors and share the common bond of service. We've found things that work well and are always thinking!