How To Calculate The Value Of A Volunteer

Adaptistration People 040Joe Patti published an entirely useful post at ArtsHacker on 2/11/2015 that provides wonderfully useful resources for calculating the value of volunteer time and using those figures, he walks you through some straightforward calculations that illustrate just how much volunteers, from board members through ushers, add to an organization’s bottom line.

If you have 25 volunteers helping at 8 performances a year at around 4 hours each performance, that is 800 hours right there. If 25 board members attend an average of 10 one hour meetings a year and 15 of them are engaged in an average of 2 hours of committee work a month, that is another 610 hours.


At the national average of $22.55, that is $31,795.50.

Patti’s article also includes resources for helping determine a fair value for a variety of occupations so running your own calculations becomes that much easier. All in all, it’s well worth your time thanks to a great deal of useful resource info packed into a short and sweet post.

Read The Value Of A Volunteer

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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