Ideas for recognition


The Daily Point of Light Award, brought to you by Points of Light, honors exceptional volunteers, celebrating the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world. Winners get formally recognized by Points of Light, a certificate signed by President George H. W. Bush – and a bit of the spotlight. 

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. Since the program’s inception in 2003, more than 1.5 million volunteers have been recognized. The program has partnered with more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow presidential honors to volunteers.

The Corporate Volunteer Council Awards seek to honor the outstanding performance of Corporate Volunteer Councils (CVCs). Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 6, 2018.

Employee Volunteer Program Recognition Best Practices-how best to infuse employee recognition into Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs.

"Rethinking Volunteer Recognition Webinar." Align recognition efforts with what actually motivates volunteers. Presented by Verified Volunteers and VQ Volunteer Strategies

Volunteers Want in Their Recognition

  • The opportunity to learn
  • To hear the impact of their work
  • Ongoing and genuine, person to person
  • Data and stories (impact and the personal)
  • In person on an informal basis
  • Not necessarily a big, formal, inpersonal banquet
  • Often the ways people want to be recognized are also the most cost effective

Ways to Recognize

  • Annually
  • Ongoing Informal
  • Ongoing Formal
  • Include them in the planning or decision making
  • Listen to their suggestions
*Source: Volunteer Recognition Study 2013 (Canadian)


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