How VolunteerMatch Works

VolunteerMatch at Work for Nonprofits

VolunteerMatch allows any tax-exempt organization -- including charitable, civil, social, educational, governmental and political groups -- to recruit volunteers through its site. The organization and non-profits have even joined forces in the past to produce public service announcements that spread their volunteering message [source: PR Web].

The basic service on the Web site is free and requires filling out a series of online registration forms that take about 15 minutes to complete. As part of the registration, VolunteerMatch requires organizations to submit their employer identification numbers (EIN) to verify their status as a nonprofit.

Other than that, organizations simply post their listings, whether it's a request for greeters at a one-time event or tutors for an ongoing program that serves inner city youth, and wait for the volunteers to click on their links.

VolunteerMatch also provides an upgraded option called Community Leader that gives nonprofits a greater range of Web tools to boost their recruitment efforts, manage existing volunteers and promote their mission.

For $8.95 a month (or $75 a year), Community Leader allows nonprofits who subscribe to the service to repost their listing to the top of search results, send interested volunteers questionnaires and informational sheets, receive monthly account activity summaries and solicit financial donations through the site [source: VolunteerMatch].

Community Leader also gives nonprofits a 15 percent discount on postings in more than one zip code and highlights their listing in blue, giving them greater visibility to site visitors.

VolunteerMatch also has an online learning center for nonprofits with research on national volunteering trends, tips on how to recruit and keep good volunteers and webinars on everything from making the most of their online posting to managing difficult volunteers and attracting Baby Boomers [source: VolunteerMatch].

Read on to learn how VolunteerMatch helps volunteers find charities they like.