Types of volunteering

In contemporary society, there's a multitude of ways in which individuals volunteer or engage with community


We've defined five models of volunteer engagement, which reflect the diversity of volunteers and volunteering in modern times. These models promote social inclusion and diversity of engagement.

Many nonprofits have a variety of volunteers working across the scope of the organisation and use more than one model.

For example, most nonprofits would have a management committee (governance model) but also have volunteers engaged in formal and project models.

It’s essential that nonprofits recognise the various ways in which individuals are choosing to volunteer in contemporary society, and offer a variety of models to address their cause.

Doing so will ensure an inclusive, vibrant and sustained volunteering future.


Photo: Festival volunteersAustralian Volunteer Coast Guard and Feed My Starving Children