Time, talent and skills are the main assets of non-profit organisations and volunteer organisations need more people to help their business be a success.
Time and talent most valuable asset
For non-profits, the time and talents of their volunteers can be seen as their most valuable asset. Not only will it help the organisation with its strategic planning and create human resources to help implement and execute any activities, but it is an impressive resource which accounts for a large amount of revenue. It is estimated that in 2006, America donated 1.9 billion hours and at an estimated $20 per hour, that calculates to about $38 billion in volunteer time in one year. This is why it is imperative that non-profit organisations see volunteers as a highly valuable asset and use them effectively by including and retaining volunteer talent in management and strategic planning.
How talent translates into assets
Due to the nature of their businesses, volunteer organisations do not have the same amount of capital and resources, handicapping them in terms of recruitment qualifications and level of talent that they can afford. In essence non-profits cannot compete against the salaries and benefits that private businesses can offer their recruited talent, and in the current economic crisis skilled employees are more valuable than ever. Volunteers aren’t always unskilled labour and may have many skills and experiences which can be utilised. Skills and experience that non-profits would not have been able to afford on their own. The combination of these skills, alongside the willingness and ability of retired volunteers is an invaluable asset for non-profits and contribute to the volunteer organisations success.
Qualified vs unqualified volunteers
Volunteer organisations and non-profits require both qualified and unqualified volunteers to make their business a success. You don’t need to have a lot of experience and skills in order to make a difference and young volunteers’ enthusiasm and willingness to work is the backbone on which a volunteer organisation and non-profit is built. That is not to say that the older generation cannot contribute even though they cannot participate in the physical labour and work. Older volunteers have the necessary life experience and skills in order to assist on a managerial level, helping raise funds and mentoring young staff and volunteers.
DTR Volunteer organisation
At Dreams To Reality we welcome qualified and unqualified volunteers, having a need for volunteers from all walks of life to assist in the upliftment of children in South Africa. Our programs have no skill requirements as the programs all require enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard, allowing anyone over the age of 18 to make a difference. Our wide variety of programs also ensure that volunteers get to choose a program that interest them and meets their skill set and love of sports or teaching. All teaching volunteers will also be accompanied by qualified teachers to help guide and mentor them and also add to the level of experience of the volunteer.
Want to become part of DTR’s volunteer program? Contact us to find out more.