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Wednesday, October 11 • 7:30am - 9:00am
Moving Toward Collective Impact: The Volunteer Program Assessment (90 mins)

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Volunteers are essential to the operation of many organizations, contributing 7.9 billion hours of service and saving $184 billion for nonprofits in the United States in 2015 (Corporation for National and Community Service, 2016). Unfortunately, many organizations with volunteer programs experience challenges in retaining their volunteer workforce. Since 2002, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016) has reported an increasingly bleak picture, with the rate of volunteering in the United States stagnating or declining each year. It is currently at an unprecedented low, with only 24.9% of citizens volunteering in 2015.
The Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA), an organization operating out of six urban universities, seeks to help address this issue by providing organizations with a free assessment and consultation service to identify strengths, growth areas, and evidence-based recommendations for volunteer programs. To maximize the effectiveness of VPA’s mission to help struggling volunteer programs across the United States, the organization has adopted, out of necessity, a collective impact approach. Although not initially developed as a collective impact (CI) effort, the program currently exemplifies many of the characteristics of a CI initiative, which have been instrumental in expanding reach to a larger number of organizations. We examine VPA’s alignment with collective impact strategies, discuss how this has benefited the organization, and outline how VPA will continue to strategically move toward adopting a collective impact approach.

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Joseph Allen

Associate Professor, I/O Psychology Director, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Sheridan Trent

Graduate Assistant, University of Omaha

Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Colorado Ballrooms

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