Managing volunteers the easy way

Managing volunteers the easy way

Volunteering has been an integral part of the community sector since the inception of charitable organisations, from handing out food and blankets to highly skilled volunteering on boards, or even experts in international disaster relief and recovery. Volunteering adds value to any mission, can create lifelong advocates and help to future proof your organisation.

Find the right volunteer when an opportunity arises

Many organisations have a long list of volunteers which is great, however, a list of names is not enough. Connecting volunteers to either something they want to do or something they have expertise in is critical for maximum impact and continued engagement.

Our Giftworks platform specialises in volunteer and donor management. Organisations can list their volunteers the same way you do in a CRM but with tailored tags and category searches designed specifically with volunteers in mind. Match the right volunteer with a role that matches their skills and availability.

Engage volunteers with the right task for your event

Once you have the right information about volunteers who are willing to help your organisation you’ll be able to connect them to more skilled jobs.

Our online auction platform BiddingForGood (BFG), offers more than auctions.  These types of events require a lot of hands to help with the planning as well as the running of each event. BFG helps volunteer managers connect all the roles to the right people ensuring the success of your auction and fundraising gala. Remember, when people have a fulfilling contribution to make they are more likely to put their hand up again and encourage others to do the same.

managing volunteers the easy way

Future Proofing through volunteering days at work

From the commercial perspective, volunteering can enhance recruitment of employees whether it’s a simple try before you buy approach for a candidate, or an attractive component of corporate culture. The workforce more than ever before, want to align themselves with companies that are committed to making a positive impact in their community. FrontStream’s workplace giving platform Truist has thought of this.

Truist takes a holistic approach to Workplace Giving with consideration to volunteers. Volunteering days is a big part of a successful workplace giving strategy, Truist helps track volunteering days and the impact on causes by collating the whole giving story between staff, management and charities.

Like the whole giving sector, volunteering is changing. While volunteering hours are dwindling in New Zealand there are ways we can help those special people who put their hand up to help others, and make a difference to their community. We can make it easier to sign up online, we can offer flexible volunteering positions and we can connect to workplaces who invite their staff to take the time to volunteer while getting paid. These are just a few possibilities that can help bridge the divide between volunteers and opportunities, something we can all benefit from.

Leadership through values based services

Mary Schumacher, CEO of Hospice NZ shares her thoughts about demonstrating leadership through values based services at Hospice.

Demonstrating leadership through values based services

Hospices grew from the community, in many areas of New Zealand a group of volunteers were instrumental in the establishment of a hospice service. Volunteers play a huge role in all areas of hospice – providing leadership at a Governance level, providing services to patients and families and raising funds and awareness. Every year over 1 million hours of time are given by more than 14,000 people. We are hugely grateful for the generosity of such an important group that ensure our connection with community continues.

I believe our shared values are what drive people to give so much – respect, choice, empowerment, holistic care and compassion are the bedrock of hospice. The way services are provided has changed considerably over the years in response to becoming integrated in the mainstream health system, however the values remain the same.

To me leadership means the values are reflected through all areas of a hospice service and are understood and demonstrated by any person, paid or a volunteer and at all levels of the organisation. When this happens, people using hospice services receive better care as they experience those values through their interactions with staff and volunteers. No matter how medically focused the service becomes a patient and their family and whanau should always feel respected, that they have choice, empowered and that they have received compassion in their care.  That is when real and effective leadership has occurred.


Hospice – demonstrating leadership through values based services

Mary Schumacher
CEO, Hospice NZ






More about Hospice NZ

Hospice is not a building; it is a philosophy of care. Our goal is to help people make the most of their lives.”

We care for the whole person, not just their physical needs but also their emotional, spiritual, and social needs too. We care for families and friends as well, both before and after a death. Irrespective of where they are, this philosophy of care does not change and everything we provide is free of charge.

We believe that hospice care should be available to anyone who needs it, helping people make the most of every moment, in whatever way works for them.”

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