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The Cost of a Volunteer

8/25/2003:   Most nonprofit organizations recognize that although volunteers are one of the most valuable resources they have, nothing good is free. That's why the Grantmaker Forum on Community & National Service (GFCNS) decided to explore the question: What does it cost to mount an effective, high-quality volunteer program?

The organization conducted lengthy surveys of 21 of the most respected volunteer programs in the country, including everything from afterschool programs to animal shelters, and analyzed the results. Questions focused on volunteer program history, numbers of volunteers, program funding and costs, and strategies for volunteer recruitment, training, and supervision. An appendix to the report includes brief profiles of every organization surveyed.

To download a PDF version of this report and others offered by GFCNS, visit www.gfcns.org/gfcns/publications/index.html.

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