Training Materials

Learn more about best practices in volunteer recruitment and engagement, and how to get the results you need.

NOTE: These are examples from public libraries and should be reviewed and modified to ensure fit with local policies and culture.

Title Keyword Tags Year
Why Should We Pay Attention to Volunteer Trends?
If we could see the coming volunteering trends, we could prepare for them, right? Thirty years ago, were there signs that volunteers wanted more… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers trends, corporate 2018
Gaining Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
This chart created by Carla Lehn identifies the common reasons that staff are resistant to the idea of engaging volunteers in their work, and… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training staff buy-in 2018
Getting Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
Video clip on this topic from a Get Involved Volunteer Engagement Institute in Oakland California in May 2015. (26.5 minutes)
Engaging Staff and Unions 2018
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways
This one hour archived webinar was presented by Jennifer Bennett from VolunteerMatch on October 24, 2018. It focuses on: How long do volunteers… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersStaff Training 2018
The Essential Guide to Managing Volunteers at Your Nonprofit
A free comprehensive overview for volunteer management from VolunteerPro.
Capacity Building 2018
A Different Kind of Volunteer Work: More companies are encouraging empoloyees to donate their professional expertise
This brief September, 2017 Wall Street Journal article speaks to societal factors leading to the increase in corporate pro bono programs.
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact Volunteers 2017
How to Turn Away Volunteers and Still Have an OK Day
In this August, 2017 article, Elisa Kosarin shares her basics for making this difficult experience manageable.
Volunteer Screening / InterviewingInterviewing VolunteersStaff Training 2017
How Changing Our Volunteer Interview Approach Increased our Retention Rate by 30%
Elisa Kosarin of Twenty Hats describes Behavior-based interviewing, and how its implementation in her situation helped to increased the quality of… more
Volunteer Screening / InterviewingInterviewing Volunteers interview, screening, retention 2017
The Volunteer Interview: Making the offer . . . or not
This July, 2016 article from Verified Volunteers covers strategies for assessing candidates, how to handle when it's not a good fit, and… more
Volunteer Screening / InterviewingInterviewing Volunteers 2017
Small Library VolunteerMatch Success -- Johnson City TX
In this 4 & 1/2 minute video, Johnson City Texas Library Director, Maggie Goodman, shares her successful experience in posting a need for IT… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources rural, small, maker space, LinkedIn, VolunteerMatch 2017
Small Library VolunteerMatch Success Story - Brownwood Texas
In this 2 minute video, Brownwood Texas Library Director, Becky Isbell, shares her successful experience in posting a need for a skilled graphic… more
Capacity BuildingEngaging High Impact VolunteersOn-line Volunteer RecruitmentVolunteerMatch Tools and Resources rural, Skilled Volunteers, VolunteerMatch 2017
Volunteers: More Work? or More Work Force? - Idaho Commission for Libraries
This is a 30 minute archived webinar, presented May 15, 2017 by Sheila Winther, Volunteer Coordinator for the Idaho Commission for Libraries. This is… more
Staff Guides for Working with VolunteersCapacity BuildingStaff Training volunteer coordinator 2017
ASCLA Library Accessibility ToolKits
An excellent list prepared by ASCLA of links to resources that can help in a number of areas including: Autism Spectrum Disorders, blind, deaf,… more
Capacity BuildingStaff Training disabilities 2017
Volunteers are the Reputational Assets Your Organization is Overlooking
A great reminder in a brief article by Erin Rebecca Spink.
Capacity BuildingStaff Training 2017
ESL Conversation Circles Toolkit
This wiki from settlementatwork.org could be useful for staff designing and implementing ESL Conversation Circles, and also for training ESL… more
Job Specific Volunteer TrainingStaff Training 2017
Why Company Sponsored Volunteer Programs are Keeping Millennials Happy at Work
What motivates millennials to stay in a job is having an impact on corporate social responsibility.
Volunteer RecruitmentMillennials Millennials, high-impact volunteers, Recruitment 2016
If Your Board Looked Like Your Community
While written by an Arts organization, the 4 “Hurdles” described, along with strategies to consider and actions to take are relevant to all… more
Staff Training diversity, inclusion, inclusive 2016
2016 Arizona Volunteering Report
Arizona State University's Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation's 2016 Summary Report of their survey and focus group… more
Capacity BuildingMillennials Arizona 2016
Checklist to Minimize the Most Common Volunteer Risks
A good basic list of issues to consider and how to approach them.
Capacity BuildingStaff Training Risk Management 2016
Millenials and Volunteering: Bridging the Generation Gap
Every day my LinkedIn feed and various business magazines are filled with articles about Millennials. Generally, the writer advises the reader on how… more
Millennials Millenials, young volunteers, Recruitment 2015