Volunteer Sustainability


Volunteer Commitment


The survival of many nonprofits depends on the time and talents of volunteers. For interesting research and reading on the recruitment and retention of volunteers, check out the following article from the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund at The Aspen Institute.


“Volunteer Sustainability: How Nonprofits Can Sustain Volunteers’ Commitment,”

Snapshots, October 2004, No. 36. Retrieved January 5, 2009, from 2004Snapshots.pdf


Other publications on the subject of volunteers are available from the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund.


Essays on Charitable Contributions of Money and Time

The Volunteer Organization Environment: Key Dimensions and Distinctions

Volunteers’ Motivations: Findings from a National Survey

Women’s Labor Force Participation and Volunteer Work


Additional guidance on the recruitment and retention of volunteers may be found on the USA Freedom Corps site at




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Title: Volunteer Sustainability
Module: Sustainability
Author: Trish Redmon
Audience: Administrator
Sub Title: Factors in the retention of volunteers
Organization Source: PASS IT ON CENTER
Last Reviewed: 01-26-2009 5:40 PM