CiviVolunteer Survey Winners

Last month, Ginkgo Street Labs shared a survey to learn more about organizations’ volunteer needs. As the maintainers of CiviVolunteer, the volunteer management extension of CiviCRM, we are always looking to learn more about what challenges organizations face in managing their volunteers--and how they are solving those challenges. We tailored our survey to find out what tools and processes are being used to manage volunteers, from data collection, to communications management, to scheduling. Our goal, as always, is to continue to build and create the features that organizations most need from CiviCRM.

We understand fully that volunteer managers’ time is a finite resource. To show our appreciation for completing the survey, we held a random drawing for four $25 Amazon gift cards. The CiviCRM community is international, so it was not surprising that our winners were from around the globe--Marilyn with Cool Davis in California, Diego with DotPro from Brazil, Lars with Wildsight in Canada and Ahmed with Hidayah Foundation in Qatar! Although their organizational missions vary greatly--environmental issues, women’s empowerment, technology and community organizing--all have a great need to utilize volunteers to achieve their mission.

One thing was clear in the survey results: It takes time, effort and good technology to grow and manage volunteer programs effectively. Many who responded to our survey rely predominantly on people power--supervolunteers who know it all and volunteer managers who stay on top of all the details personally. Ultimately people are the most valuable resource to any organization, but your technology should support your people and free up their capacity when and where possible. As we continue to analyze the survey responses, we’ll be sharing some of the recurring challenges we saw across organizations, as well as ways you can better use CiviCRM to meet those common challenges.

Missed your chance to participate, but still want to share your feedback? Drop us a line at