Want to start volunteering?
Think about your interests, talents, skills, and availability. Knowing your goals and motivations will help you choose a volunteer role that is right for you.
Seek out an organization that engages volunteers.
Consider deepening your commitment. Talk to organization staff about how you might grow your involvement in a way that interests you and serves their mission.
Know a nonprofit ready to take their volunteer program to the next level?
See your organization through a volunteer’s eyes.
Take the time to consider the volunteer experience can reveal both strengths and areas for improvement in your volunteer program.
Integrate your volunteer program throughout the organization.
Reflect on how the volunteer program helps your organization meet its mission, and include it in organizational and strategic planning.
Develop a written multi-year volunteer management plan.
Capture, organize, and systematize elements of your volunteer program in a living document to bring clarity and focus to your program.
Collect, evaluate, and use data to inform decisions about the volunteer program.
Remember, skilled volunteers can help analyze data to support your decision-making.
Talk to funders.
Explore opportunities to fund volunteer management, such as incorporating its costs as budget line-items in grant applications.
Is your organization ready to take your volunteer program to the next level?
Fund volunteer programs to expand nonprofit capacity.
Support organizational goals by funding volunteer program costs.
Think strategically to incorporate volunteer program costs.
Collaborate with grantees to integrate volunteer budget line items across organizational programs.
Learn about the Deutsch Foundation's investment in volunteer programs.
Know of a nonprofit in Los Angeles County who would benefit from building a stronger organization by building their volunteer program capacity?
HALO Award Stories
Volunteer, nonprofit professional, selection committee member, Foundation staff—each of us has a Story to tell.
HALO Award Insights
Want to know more about the impact on organizations by investing in volunteer programs? Explore what the Foundation has learned over the past decade of this capacity building initiative.