Volunteering can bring a lot of value to your association and its members.
But when there's a lot going on or the work requires more of your volunteers’ time and resources than expected, it can lead to concerns about burnout. That could be a problem, especially given broader cultural trends.
A recent Gallup poll found that volunteering has been in decline, with 56 percent of respondents saying they had volunteered in 2021. By comparison, that number was 65 percent in 2013 and 64 percent in 2017. (Also complicating matters: The people who are volunteering are having to devote more of their time to it, according to research from Independent Sector.)
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