Key Findings: Top two ways volunteers want to be recognized • 80% stated that they would like to be recognized or thanked by the organization they volunteer for by hearing about how their work has made a difference. • Close to 70% stated they would like to be recognized by being thanked in person on an ongoing, informal basis. Least preferred ways volunteers want to be recognized. • Volunteers indicated that their least preferred forms of recognition include banquets, formal gatherings, and public acknowledgment in newspapers, radio or television. Interestingly, these methods are common methods for many organizations, with 60% citing banquets and formal gatherings, and 50% using public acknowledgement as their recognition strategies.