This is the stage most frequently neglected by volunteer managers. It takes a tremendous investment in planning time to launch the start-up stage and a great deal of energy to do the day-to-day management. Who has time to evaluate, recognize, and grow the program? However, if you want to achieve success over the long run, these practices are crucial to program longevity. Below is a menu of practices with links to further information to help you hone your skills in these critical areas.
Tracking the on-going activities of your volunteers will help determine your success as well as provide great information to share with funders, management, and the community. For information on tracking volunteers click here.
How do you know if you are really making a difference in your community? What are the tangible results of your impact? For help with selecting indicators and measuring results which is critical for receiving and keeping foundation and government funding see the Independent Sector's Nonprofit Pathway, and additional research and evaluation is available from the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network.
Do you know what motivates and sustains your volunteers? Learn to tailor rewards and recognition to the individual needs of your volunteers by reading these ideas from the field: Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center and the National Service Resource Center.