Volunteer Involvement

An estimated  55% of charities and nonprofits are entirely volunteer run and every charity engages volunteers at least the board level. Engaging volunteers presents a unique set of circumstances when it comes to ethics, recruitment and risk management. Our sector could not exist or work without volunteers.

Provides resources that outline recruitment practices and issues around screening. 

Highlights standards, rights & responsibilities, placement & training, along with general management. 

For stats the Research on Volunteering section links to the most recent and previous years of analysis of the Canada Survey of Giving Volunteering and Participating. 

Volunteer Canada  is the definitive Canadian resource on volunteerism from management resources to policy issues.

Many of the principles and policies of managing any human resources, either volunteers or paid staff, are transferable. We recommend that you also look at our section on Staff Management.

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