Celebrating Your Volunteers Instead of Scaring Them Away

Lessons learned from managing a small nonprofit.

Susan Poole
7 min readApr 18, 2024

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Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21–27), I’m sharing some advice I gave one of my nonprofit clients. The organization was losing volunteers, several of whom had been helping there for years. The director couldn’t fully understand why.

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Susan Poole

Mother, lawyer, nonprofit executive, breast cancer survivor, and aspiring author. Recently left her day-job to write about topics that she’s passionate about.