Free is not always good. Hosting a volunteer merely because they are free can actually harm your organization. The first thing you need to ensure is that you actually have a clear need for a volunteer. Read this guide we published in Stanford Social Innovation Review for help.
Choosing a Project Type
Time is one of the most important factors in determining the type of project you should post. Here are the most common types of projects::
Trainer (1-4 Weeks)
Bring in a short-term volunteer to help develop the skills and know-how of your team (like training your team on management best practices, Excel skills, accounting best practices, git methodology, HR best practices, or marketing analytics to name a few).
Doer (1-12 Weeks)
Engage a pro bono volunteer to accomplish a specific task or deliverable, like designing a new website, setting up an accounting system, developing a marketing plan, creating an engineering schematic, or other skills-based project.
Consultant (3–24 weeks)
Find help to identify your biggest challenges to growth, and get the support and guidance to overcome them.
Team Member (6+ months)
Find a core team-member for a specific length of time, like a contractor.
To help identify the biggest gaps in your organization, and to screen if a volunteer is the right solution, use our skills gap assessment (en Espanol aqui).