Volunteer management software enhances tracking methods

A volunteer management system helps a nonprofit track its volunteer pool. From rebuilding homes to participating in a food drive, volunteering is a priority for many Americans. More than 60 million people volunteer annually in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The demographics among volunteers vary, which is a why volunteer tracking software comes in handy. The BLS reported that more women than men volunteer, most people who volunteer are between the ages of 35 to 54, employed individuals volunteer more than those who are unemployed and many volunteers spend most of their time fundraising, tutoring or teaching.

Volunteers do so much for nonprofits. As of 2013, their estimated value of volunteer time is $22.55 per hour, according to Independent Sector. Since individuals enjoy volunteering, nonprofits need to be prepared to record a volunteer's contact information, interest and talents. With volunteer management software, a volunteer coordinator can easily keep track of everyone's information.

Instead of sifting through Excel spreadsheets, nonprofits can easily locate volunteers on their database systems and send thank-you emails. Volunteer management software allows nonprofits to focus on what's most important.