Organizational Assessment

woman and childThe first step in building a high-impact volunteer engagement program is an assessment of organizational readiness to leverage unpaid staff. If your organization currently has little or no volunteer infrastructure, an assessment helps you to learn about the necessary components and establish a program that aligns with your organizational capacity and resources. If your organization already has a program, then this process helps you to refine your practices to work more successfully with volunteers.

To facilitate assessment and planning in the Boomers & Babies Learning Community, the Oregon Community Foundation utilized the Volunteer Management Audit (VMA) by Susan Ellis at Energize, Inc. The VMA informs the Audit Team about:

  • What contributes to a successful volunteer program (Education)
  • The status of the present volunteer effort (Evaluation)
  • The possibilities for the future (Vision)
  • The next steps to take to move forward (Plan)
  • What support is needed from which parts of the agency (Resources)

The VMA has three primary stages of activity:

  • Assessing your current volunteer program (Phases 1 – 3 of VMA)
  • Analyzing your assessment data for strengths, weaknesses, and priorities for improvement (Phase 4 of VMA)
  • Planning a strategy for program improvement based on your organization’s capacity to develop and sustain the program (Phase 5 of VMA)

Assessment Resources

PDFBoomers & Babies Volunteer Management Audit Summary

PDFBoomers & Babies Volunteer Management Audit: Best Practicces & Lessons Learned

bookGet your copy of the Volunteer Management Audit (Susan Ellis, Energize, Inc.)

reportThe Hidden Workforce: How to Use Volunteers to Expand, Extend and Strengthen Your Services (New England Network for Child, Youth & Family Services)