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5 Free Volunteer Management Software Options

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When I was the president of my Young Americans for Liberty chapter in college I found out that managing volunteers is not unlike herding kittens into a closet sized room.

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Everyone has their own interests and working speeds, which makes volunteer management and motivation a difficult task, especially since volunteers go unpaid for their efforts. I didn’t have the money to pay my volunteers for their time, let alone the money to invest in volunteer management software. If only I had known there were free options for the taking on the internet.

If you are a nonprofit that is struggling to find the funds to purchase volunteer management software, your troubles are over. I have compiled a list of five volunteer management software options that you ought to try out before you decide to go without lunch in order to afford a more expensive system.

Church Director

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Once you get past the name of the software (and the out of place erectile dysfunction ad at the bottom of their homepage), you find that Church Director easily works as a general volunteer management software. Aside from limits on teams and team members, the free version of this software has the same features as the paid options.

Features Include:

  • Individual schedules
  • Recurring Schedules
  • Team Calendar
  • Printer Friendly Reporting
  • RSS Feed Team Alerts

Software Type: Online

Have you used Church Director? Be sure to leave a review!

SignUp Basic

SignUp

SignUp Basic is the free base release from SignUp that offers plenty of the features necessary to manage your volunteers. As long as you only need one activity organizer account and one group page, the basic version is all that you will need.

Features Include:

  • Mobile Signups
  • Easy Signups w/No Passwords
  • Social Media Sharing
  • Printable Rosters and Calendars
  • Exportable Data Reports
  • Customizable Page

Software Type: Online

Have you used Signup? Be sure to leave a review!

Son of Service

Son of Service (SOS) is a free and open source volunteer management software. Although SOS is a more barebones software option, it does offer limitless volunteer records and coordinator accounts/logins. If you are code savvy, you can even modify SOS to your own specifications due to the open source code model. On the other hand, this means that no vendor servicing is provided with the software.

Features Include:

  • Reporting
  • Volunteer Information Storage
  • Work History Spreadsheets
  • Reminders

Software Type: Installed

Have you used Son of Service? Be sure to leave a review!

WhenToHelp Lite

WhenToHelp

WhenToHelp Lite is a quality free volunteer management software, so long as you qualify for their extended free use program (501(C)3, considered a charity, only schedule unpaid volunteers, etc.). Their board grants this free use “on a case-by-case basis,” so your individual case will have to be made to the company by application.

Features Include:

  • Email Schedule Reminders
  • Unlimited Access for Schedulers and Volunteers
  • 100 Shift Spaces Per Week
  • Scheduling
  • Mobile Capabilities
  • Tech Support

Software Type: Online

Have you used WhenToHelp? Be sure to leave a review!

YourVolunteers Free

YourVolunteers

YourVolunteers is a free volunteer management option first and foremost, which also offers a few extra features through a premium subscription. The free option covers many of the necessary features needed for volunteer management through a slick user-interface.

Features Include:

  • Scheduling
  • Email Reminders for Volunteers
  • Volunteer Tracking
  • Virtual Volunteering Capabilities
  • 1,000 Volunteer Maximum Per Focus
  • Mobile Capabilities

Software Type: Online

Have you used YourVolunteers? Be sure to leave a review!

Conclusion

If after a while you find that the free options aren’t necessarily covering all of your needs, many of these software options offer premium options with more features and database limits. On the other hand, if you are looking for other software options, be sure to check our list of the top volunteer management software and leave a review for any that you have used.

Are there any free options I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

Looking for Volunteer Management software? Check out Capterra's list of the best Volunteer Management software solutions.

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Nick Morpus

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Nick Morpus is a Content Writer for Capterra, a free resource that matches buyers and sellers of business software. He has a background in politics, economics, and journalism, which he dedicates his off-time to contributing his thoughts to other political sites. In his free-time he enjoys reading, playing guitar, writing, cooking, and dominating the world of video games.

Comments

I was looking for an online system to build and to maintain effective communications with our volunteers. We need a free version as currently we can’t afford a paid version.

The Son of Service seems to match the requirement more closely than others. But it appears that we lack the necessary IT skills to get it installed.

In addition, if something may be made available online, in the cloud, rather than on a personal computer that may be better – as the fear of losing the data due to problems with the PC may be minimised.

Thank you for this list! I volunteer at a very small charity that does not have funds to pay for a tracking program. I know they would like to be part of that volunteer recognition program through DC, but they just don’t have the ability to track well enough, yet. I was researching sites for a free volunteer hour tracking program (cloud or download). I did come across something call Track it Forward. Have you reviewed that one? It would be interesting to know how it compares to those on this list. I’ll be checking these out for sure.

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