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You Need Less Volunteers - Not More!

by Mike Perras

Now did I actually hear that title right? I need less volunteers, not more?

Answer: Absolutely true. Less is more & I'll prove it.

In my 30 years of volunteering and fund raising I know this to be valid. The 80/20 rule is everywhere and that includes many of the not-for-profit organizations.

80/20 you say ... hmmm how do you figure? Again very simple, and you'll get this in 10 seconds or less.

80% of the work to be done or 80% of the dollars to be raised always comes from 20% of your volunteer team. You see, this 80/20 thing has been proven to be true in almost all situations where humans are involved.

Too few of your volunteers are selfless and too many are self-serving. Well hey now, that's a real mouthful. But in fact, the truth!

The Selfless volunteer is unconditionally committed. There is zero ego, no personal expectations and certainly no What's In It For Me thinking.

The Self-Serving volunteer is only conditionally committed. Everything else comes first and if their schedule allows they'll pitch in, maybe! They show up for the social part of the volunteering experience and too often sign up to volunteer only to look good at work or enhance their resume. Hey this isn't a rant I assure you, I'm just cutting to the chase here, as we only have so much time together right?

Separate an emotional attachment to what I've said and you'll see it for what it is.

Of course these two personality types are not only volunteers. They are everywhere. Look at your co-workers as an example. I'm pretty sure you can name off the few Selfless workers and surely the Self Serving ones are very obvious.

As someone who speaks publicly to volunteer groups, I remind them less is more!

Here's the best way to process the numbers. If you have 100 volunteers and only 20 are truly Selfless, then find 20 new volunteers, just like them, and let the other 80 go. Now you only have 40 volunteers in total to manage. Your productivity almost doubles and your fund raising efforts go through the roof.

Sometimes I just have to be very direct to get the point across.

You know, the 80/20 rule is pretty much everywhere you look. If you are in the not-for-profit sector, you are already working with limited resources. There's no need to complicate matters with volunteers who just aren't willing to do the work. In the end, it will always come down to the quality of the recruiting you do.

Recruit well, and the 80/20 issue just takes care of itself.

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About the Author:

Mike Perras is a public speaker on the subject of Volunteering & Fund Raising. He has 30 years experience as a volunteer and fund raiser. He speaks passionately about Inspired Volunteering.

He is also available to consult your not for profit organization Mike Perras Consulting. He is also a former broadcast executive, freelance journalist and public speaker. You can write to him at

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