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Holding on to top volunteers

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Though volunteers are even more indispensable as nonprofits struggle to cut budgets without harming vital programs, many nonprofits let some of their best talent slip through their fingers.

One-third of volunteers drop out after one year of participation, costing nonprofits an estimated $38 billion in lost labor.

David Eisner, Robert Grimm, Shannon Maynard and Susannah Washburn, in an article published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, provide insights into why volunteers leave and what nonprofits can do to keep them involved.

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