Saying thank you can also be a group team-building activity. Have the staff spend 15 minutes at a staff meeting writing personal thank you notes to people who helped at a recent event. Or ask the Board to write personal thank yous on annual fund thank you letters to people they know at the end of the board meeting. Or, nominate a volunteer for a statewide award. Get others on your team to write letters of support. Pack up a car load of people to attend and applaud. Bring your cameras and make sure to send copies to all who participated as well as to the media. People who feel their efforts are genuinely appreciated are more apt to want to continue to help and to offer their financial support.
Showcase all that has been accomplished (or 10 great things that have been done this year) in an upbeat presentation at your annual membership meeting or holiday staff-volunteer gathering. This can help generate enthusiasm, encourage participation by new volunteers, and build team spirit for working together to accomplish your mission.