Volunteers are valuable. According to Independent Sector, a national organization of charitable nonprofits, foundations, and corporations that publishes research important to the nonprofit sector, the estimated value of volunteer time for 2016 was $24.14 per hour. So recruiting and managing this resource is a vital activity for most successful arts organizations. Paid staff rely on their volunteer workforce and need to ensure the entire volunteer experience is as painless as possible in order to retain these crucial workers. However, finding an easy-to-use tool that will work within the meager budget constraints of many not-for profits can be a challenge. Applications like SignUpGenius and SignUp.com (formerly known as VolunteerSpot) offer a variety of services at differing prices but require precious time for familiarization. Many programs offer a free-trial, or even a ‘freemium’ level of service, but they can expose your volunteers to popup ads, spam, or monetized mailing lists to cover their service’s costs.
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