Compensate volunteers by providing more engaging opportunities

February 26, 2014

Compensate volunteers by providing more engaging opportunities

If you're nonprofit is having a hard time finding volunteers, it's not because they aren't out there. Likely due in part to the high unemployment rate over the past five years, hiring managers are putting considerable stock in the volunteer service that they see on a candidate's resume. People realize that volunteering when they are out of work shows they still have initiative and a desire to gain new skills. Companies have realized this as well. 

According to Forbes, LinkedIn's Volunteer Marketplace had 339 openings for skilled volunteers shortly following its rollout in January, however, more than 600,000 members state on their profiles that they would be interested in more volunteer work if the right opportunity arose. That level of discrepancy between open positions and candidates might be expected in the job market, but not the volunteer one.

While hardly a barometer for the entire nonprofit industry, the LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace does suggest a disconnect between those looking to volunteer and the opportunities that nonprofits are offering.

Make volunteering more appealing
When intelligent and skilled people are looking to do more volunteer work, organizations should try and place them in positions that will be more engaging. While many volunteer opportunities are somewhat unglamorous or redundant, give those who give their time a sense of importance about what they are doing. Make sure they understand how their small actions have a large impact on others.

In addition, throw in some marketable skills such as providing committed volunteers the opportunity to fill a leadership position or contribute ideas to the organization. This engagement will not only foster future involvement with the nonprofit, but gives the individual something positive to put on their resume.

Content presented by First Nonprofit Companies, the leading provider of state unemployment insurance solutions for 501(c)(3) nonprofit employers.


Ready to chat?
Get in touch today to request a no-obligation savings evaluation.


We first started using First Nonprofit’s Unemployment Savings Program when we were a small startup nonprofit.  We didn’t have an HR department and needed expertise in the event that an unemployment claim was made.  We knew we were eligible to be a reimbursing employer, but weren’t sure how to navigate that process.  They made it easy to set things up, plan for, and then manage claims when they came at a very reasonable cost. The amount of time and stress they’ve saved us dealing with all this has been worth way more than the cost.  We’ve now grown to a large nonprofit and do have an HR department but have no plans to stop using their services.  I highly recommend them to every nonprofit I come into contact with!


Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.

Prevent Blindness America, Chicago, IL

Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Chicago, IL

It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios.

Thresholds, Chicago, IL

NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.

New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

Visually Impaired Preschool Services has been a client of First Non-Profit since it was first offered as a benefit of VisionServe Alliance. We completed a thorough evaluation of cash savings to our agency before taking advantage of this wonderful benefit and it has been a very wise decision. Our experience with the processes from accounting to claims have been professional, expeditious and easy.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY

Luckily for us, our interactions regarding any issues with staffing has been very minimal! I can say that all other interactions with regards to billing, 941 reporting, etc. have been extremely pleasant, accommodating and easy to work with. Kim Ghanayem is always prompt, professional and friendly. Thank you so much!

Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

First Nonprofit has been easy to work with and makes the administrative process easier and smoother. We enjoy working with you.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY