1. Make It Personal

Avoid the generic “thanks to everyone who helped.” Express your appreciation in ways that acknowledge specific people and contributions.

2. Make It Anytime

You don’t have to wait until the end of the year to organize an appreciation effort. In fact, volunteer appreciation works best as an ongoing effort rather than a single big event.

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3. Make It Yourself

There are lots of easy gifts you can put together that don’t cost a lot or take a lot of time. (You’ll find ideas and downloadable gift tags on the Volunteer Appreciation File Exchange.)

4. Make It Fun

There’s nothing like a party to lift people’s spirits. Even a simple event like a breakfast with coffee, pastries, and some decorations can really help boost morale.

5. Make It for Everyone

Don’t limit your appreciation only to the hard-core volunteers. In fact, thanking those who’ve helped on a more occasional basis can be a great incentive for them to come back.

6. Make It Known

Publicly thank helpers at your meetings, in your newsletters, and on your social channels.