Skill-Based Volunteer Project Ideas

Nonprofit partners can use our volunteer recruitment software to find suitable volunteers to fill skill-based volunteer opportunities. Skill-based opportunities should be for short-term projects that have a clearly outlined task.

The following list contains various fields that volunteers can assist your organization with. Each field contains examples of projects to get you thinking about your organizational needs followed by specific skills you require volunteers to have. After reviewing this list create your volunteer opportunity following our tips for success listed here.


Accounting & Finances

  • Conduct a budget analysis
  • Provide financial planning
  • Teach personal finance skills
  • Teach staff how to read profit and loss statements
  • Teach staff how to use QuickBooks

Skills: 


Administration & Clerical

  • Staff an organization or program's incoming email box (to answer simple questions, refer emails to appropriate staff)

Animal Services

  • Watch foster dogs while foster families are away

Arts, Culture, Recreation & Sports

  • Docent for an exhibit
  • Lead an arts class for parents and children (drawing, painting, etc.) 

Language & Translation Services

  • Assist with language translation
  • Translate documents (or proofread translations by others)

Board & Committee

  • Serve on a committee or advisory board

 


Business Development & Sales

  • Create a gift acceptance policy
  • Research topics for grants
  • Write a donor solicitation piece

Call Center, Substance Abuse, & Therapy

  • Answer helpline calls

Advocacy

  • Create an advocacy plan

 


Communication & PR

  • Add alt texts to all images and graphics on a web site, so that the web site is more accessible for people with disabilities
  • Caption a video
  • Create a 3-6 month communication plan
  • Create a press release template
  • Create or edit a video
  • Create a podcast (writing the script, editing the audio)
  • Create content for an annual report document
  • Create layouts for email
  • Create layouts for social media posts
  • Create virtual tour of museum/nature trail/historical landmark
  • Design a publication (annual report, newsletter, brochure, mailer, etc.)
  • Replace "read more" and "click here" links on a web site, with descriptive links, so that the web site is more accessible for people with disabilities
  • Transcribe a podcast so that people can read it
  • Transcribe scanned documents
  • Write a press release

Construction & Facilities Management

  • Review lease agreement
  • Design a garden for a women's shelter

Disaster, Emergency, & Health Services

  • Create an emergency plan
  • Create COVID-19 safety and awareness protocol
  • Provide medical expertise for website content

Education & Child Support

  • Tutor or mentor students regarding homework, writing assignments, online safety, professional development

Environment & Engineering

  • Complete an environmental/agricultural assessment

 


Family Services, Counseling, & Translation

  • Provide counseling services

 


HR, Knowledge Management, & Legal

  • Create office policies and procedures
  • Develop or revise an employee handbook
  • Evaluate and revise HR policies
  • Evaluate and revise staff job descriptions
  • Interview candidates for a program, class, volunteering, employment, etc.
  • Provide legal expertise
  • Screen new applicants who want to volunteer (asking them questions, checking references, reviewing their qualifications, etc.).
  • Specific Human Resource project (PTO, FMLA, etc.)
  • Conduct leadership coaching for nonprofit C-suite

 


Marketing & Special Events

  • Create a 30-day Social Media Campaign
  • Research topics for marketing materials
  • Teach staff how to use Instagram
  • Teach staff how to use LinkedIn
  • Teach staff how to use Twitter

 


Shelter & Food Bank

  • Create weekly meal plans based off of donations

 


Strategy & Business Plans

  • Complete a website audit
  • Edit or write proposals
  • Facilitate SWOT analysis
  • Provide business expertise
  • Research topics for a new program or project

 


Technology

  • Adapt software to meet the needs of the organization
  • Design a database
  • Evaluate donor database for accuracy and efficiencies
  • Evaluate web site on its search engine optimization
  • Monitor the news or set up google alerts for media mentions and relevant articles
  • Research topics for software purchases
  • Revise website donation page
  • Tag photos and files with keywords (on website, internal server, etc., so that they can be more easily found by internal staff, search engines, the press, etc.)
  • Teach staff how to use Salesforce
  • Teach staff how to use Zoom
  • Teach staff to use Microsoft Teams

 


Transportation, Logistics, & Supply Chain

  • Inventory thrift store deliveries

 


Volunteer Management

  • Manage other online volunteers in projects
  • Create volunteer job descriptions