Tech Tools for Scheduling or Tracking Online Volunteers

These are tech tools that can be used to schedule volunteers for work, or to track their progress - mostly by volunteers reporting their work and hours to you, rather than one person trying to input all the data.

Many volunteer management software packages allow volunteers to report their work and for you to schedule them. There is a list of volunteer management software, many of which include these functions.

Also see this report: the results of a global survey regarding software used for volunteer management (in PDF) from 2012, by Rob Jackson and Jayne Cravens, which revealed how widespread Internet-mediated volunteering, episodic volunteering, and other volunteering that did not require long-term commitment or onsite-only involvement is among a variety of organizations worldwide. This 2012 blog, What do volunteers do? The answer may surprise you, summarizes these results.

Other tools for scheduling or tracking online volunteers:
  • Email
  • Facebook groups and calendar
  • Yahoo calendar
  • Google calendar
  • Googledocs spreadsheet
  • Doodle poll
  • Ning
  • Basecamp
  • Huddle
  • Microsoft Sharepoint
  • WebEx
  • AnyMeeting
  • GotoMeeting
  • etc.

Remember that many tools aren't designed for volunteers, but could still be used for such. When looking for such software, remember that employee software can often work well for volunteer situations. And many software programs can be used in conjunction with each other - one tool to schedule, one tool to report, for instance.

Want to know what you need to keep in mind when using tech tools to schedule online volunteers? The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook can help! It's available for purchase as a paperback and an ebook from Energize, Inc. The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook provides details on this and all other aspects of supporting and involving volunteers using Internet tools.

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