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Volunteers Can Tackle Your Tough Tech Tasks

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A Win-Win – Finding Skill-Based Volunteers to Tackle Your Toughest Technology Tasks

The ever-evolving world of technology and the higher demand for cutting edge graphics, a stellar social media plan and interactive website components plagues most companies each day – even those with Fortune 100-sized budgets. So how do small- and medium-sized nonprofits manage to navigate even the smallest of technology tasks?

  1. Create a “challenge” on boasts a network of volunteers who are experts in a plethora of technology fields, all looking for the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Nonprofits of all shapes and sizes post requests for anything from logo design to website revamp. Volunteers sign up for certain causes, tasks and skillsets and are alerted when new opportunities are posted. You can set a deadline for completion and work with those who respond to get the best results.
  2. “Hire” a part-time volunteer. Post a volunteer position on your website as you would a paid position. Allow the volunteer to set his or her own schedule and even work from home. Figure out how the relationship can benefit them (college credit, volunteer credit hours, etc.). Students and young professionals in the technology fields are always in need of more success stories to put on their résumés.
  3. Reach out to firms or companies for in-kind services. There’s something certain about money in the nonprofit industry: everyone is asking for it. Instead of asking a company for funds, ask instead for their services in exchange for ad space or full creative rights to whatever they create. Everyone loves to be a part of something great.

Skill-based volunteering is on the rise as nonprofits are realizing the benefits of bringing in talent and planning tasks that will benefit their organization, no matter what the cost. The sky’s the limit!


  • Nicole Virant

    Great blog and ideas to help nonprofits! Another great place to look are colleges, many offer applied learning projects and students who are looking to put their skills at work with real world projects

    • Amy DeVita

      Thanks, Nicole! I recently spoke to a former college student who interned at a nonprofit—and complained that she was used mostly to get coffee. You are right, there are a lot of students like her who want a taste of the real world projects.

  • Zach The Marketing Coach

    Hiring part time volunteers is a good idea. But take note that you might not finish projects on time, unless its flexible. I think reaching out to companies in exchange for an ad space in your website will work. Where you can both start a good and long lasting partnership.

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