Motivating Volunteers

Motivating Volunteers

As a foundation or association manager, you are probably aware that volunteers are the heart and soul of your association. The motivation of these people, who only help your association achieve its goals without any interest, is of key importance for your association to achieve its goals. So, as an association manager, what can you do to motivate volunteers? Let's try to explain what to do in 6 items.

Motivating Volunteers

As a foundation or association manager, you are probably aware that volunteers are the heart and soul of your association. The motivation of these people, who only help your association achieve its goals without any interest, is of key importance for your association to achieve its goals. So, as an association manager, what can you do to motivate volunteers? Let's try to explain what to do in 6 items.

1. Know the Reasons for Volunteering

Find out why volunteers are participating in your association's work. To engage and motivate a person, you need to know why they are there. Sometimes this can be the social consciousness of the person, sometimes the desire to learn new things and sometimes the desire to socialize. As the manager of the association, your duty is to learn the reason why the volunteers volunteer and to shape your motivation strategy accordingly. You should also remember that each individual has their own reasons and goals.

2. Contact

Perhaps the most effective way to increase the motivation of your volunteers is to communicate with the manager of the association. You will have the chance to manage the expectations and responsibilities of your volunteers thanks to well planned mutual communication methods. Making them feel that you listen to their ideas and that they are important will significantly increase the motivation in parallel with the sense of belonging.

3. Show Your Appreciation

Volunteers do not earn any income in return for the work they do for your association. Putting this feature of the situation aside, every person wants to know that they are at least appreciated for a job they do for nothing. It is a well-known fact that when the volunteers do not see the results of their efforts, their ties with the association begin to weaken and if the process continues in the same way, they break their ties with the association.
While a simple thank you is often enough, from time to time various awards, incentives or events may be organized to highlight the results of your volunteers' efforts.

4. Show Them How They Made a Difference

Let them see the results of their efforts to motivate the volunteers. Every individual is happy with a result that is worth their effort. For example, if your association operates in the treatment of sick animals, allow your volunteers to contact stray animals that have recovered. For an animal lover, there is nothing more motivating than an illness-free and lovingly wagging tail.

5. Get Social Recognition

To motivate volunteers, you can use channels that your association constantly broadcasts, such as social media accounts. Introduce your volunteers to your followers with the photos you will share on major platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Talk about what they do and the value they add. Let your volunteers follow the comments and the number of likes. The comments and thank you sentences made by the people who follow your association will increase the motivation quickly.

6. Be With Them

Do not forget that your volunteers have their own lives, apart from their activities under the umbrella of your association, and they have good and bad moments in the course of life. Make gestures to show that you are with them even if you do not attend on sensitive days such as illness, funeral, wedding and similar. This way, they will know that you are noticed and that you are with them.

Motivating volunteers is vital for foundations and associations. Of course, it may not be possible to know everyone personally, but thanks to Aidango, you can have detailed data about your volunteers. You can easily access which responsibilities of your volunteers, to what extent they have accomplished these responsibilities, their personal data and much more through Aidango modules.

Aidango, as Turkey's only ERP software for associations, is a wholesale solution that offers all the components and services you may need while managing your association, as well as the data you may need to motivate volunteers.


Work Remotely With Your Team

Companies that have adapted to the modern age by conducting their business online, have come to the forefront in the world of work. One of the important software that makes it easy to work from home is Aidango.

Sms Donation System

These are donations collected by foundations, associations and non-governmental organizations by sending an SMS to the short sms number defined by mobile service providers in order to reach those in need in cases of social responsibility, natural disasters and similar situations. Thanks to the system that brings great convenience to institutions and charitable donors who donate by sending sms, the amount of donations that institutions can collect increases while the periods are shortened.

Online Membership Application

In a not too distant past, we would visit the association and foundation that we were interested in and want to be a part of, and get detailed information about both the organization's structure and its activities, and if everything went well after spending considerable time, we would become a member. Nowadays, all these processes can be done in a few minutes. Becoming a member of an association or foundation that can receive an online membership application has been a very effortless process that takes no more than a few seconds for the end user.

Association Membership Procedures

Generally, real and legal persons with de facto competence have the right to become a member of associations. In addition, the membership conditions specified in the special regulations determined by the laws and the association regulations and the membership conditions of the associations are determined. If individuals wish to become a member of the association, they must apply to the association in writing, and the decision of acceptance or rejection must be made by the board of directors of the association in accordance with the association's charter and must be notified to the applicant within 30 days.

Association Management Program for Those Who Do Not Collect Dues and Donations

Foundations, associations and non-governmental organizations usually need membership fees or donations to fulfill their existential goals and to meet their own expenses. If you think the institution you are affiliated to does not fit this definition and you do not need an association management program, we recommend that you read our article carefully before making a decision.

Ways to Always Keep the Member Database Updated

The most important step for an association to realize its goals is undoubtedly the healthy communication it establishes with its members. Each member must notify you of the information you request from them during the membership process to be processed in the membership database. From this point on, this data should be stored in the member database and kept in a way that you can use it to communicate with your members whenever you need.

Member Management System

You have a great team and are you complaining about not getting the results you want despite working long hours? Then this article is for you. If one or more of the items that we will briefly mention below describe your situation, you should immediately review your resources and seriously consider acquiring a member management system.

Alumni Association

Alumni Association, to increase the solidarity between the alumni, to contribute to the development of the educational institution, to provide job opportunities for the graduates, to deal with the problems of the institution and the alumni, to contact and cooperate with other national and international associations and organizations within the framework of these purposes and to support these organizations and associations when necessary. institutions that undertake missions such as participating in their work.

How is the Foundation Established?

Pursuant to Article 102 of the Turkish Civil Code No. 4721, the will to establish a foundation is declared by an official deed to be made in the form of a notary public or a testamentary disposition. However, in order to establish the foundation, it is necessary to apply to the authorized court of first instance and ensure its registration. The foundation acquires legal personality upon registration in the registry held at the settlement court.

Non-Governmental Organizations

Non-governmental organizations are non-profit organizations where people with different opinions come together for a purpose, independent of official institutions and have no interest in the state, and their main purpose is for the benefit of society.

What to Consider When Choosing Association Software?

Association software is simple or compact programs that can meet the needs of foundations and associations in subjects such as data storage, display and process management, created with a software architecture suitable for current technologies. Considering that the technology changes and develops day by day, the development of the association software evolves towards different points with each passing day. While yesterday it was a program installed on a computer at the headquarters of the association, today we can talk about the concept of association software, which freely uses cloud technology and can include artificial intelligence support as appropriate.

Considerations for Raising Adequate Donations

For associations, foundations and NGOs, the key to sustaining their activities is undoubtedly the donations collected. If the regular donor does not have a large audience; The most valid way to collect donations for an association is of course a donation campaign. Fundraising campaigns are activities with wide participation and time restrictions, including regular donors.

Association Software Cloud Technology

The association software liberates the association's employees and managers thanks to cloud technology. In order to explain this subject in more detail, first of all, it is necessary to explain the cloud technology in an understandable way. Cloud technology is an information technology that enables web-based applications to provide uninterrupted service, prevents you from being connected to any place, and allows you to do your transactions very quickly thanks to the strong infrastructure it provides.

Fundraising Permit

The permission to collect aid is obtained from the relevant authorities by associations, foundations, sports clubs, institutions, media outlets and similar organizations in order to realize their purposes, to provide aid to the needy and to collect aid in order to perform one or more of the public services in accordance with the public interest.

Opening Branches by Foreign Associations and Foundations in Turkey

The procedures required for foreign associations and foundations to open branches and representative offices in Turkey are determined by the provisions of the Associations Law and Associations Regulation. Associations and foundations that fulfill these obligations can open branches and representations in Turkey.